Cardmaking Ideas – 4 Easy Cards using Stencils

Hello Everyone,
This is  Swapna from Magic Paper Pixie and I am back this time with some simple yet elegant cardmaking projects I have put together using distress oxides, the versatile stencils from Craftangles along with the handy blending brushes.

Before we go into the details of the cardmaking project , a quick reminder to check out our challenge for the month of February with the theme  “Celebrate Love”.  There are so many wonderful ideas by lots of creators on there. So whether you are looking for some inspiration or just on the watch for pretty looking cards that’s the place to head to. Here’s the link below:

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Alright so lets get down to todays cardmaking post…..

For the first card today, I used the heart mask stencil by Craftangles along with a few distress oxide inks. I have used the smaller of the two hearts on the stencils and ink blended over it making sure to put with a heavier hand on the bottom part and progressively getting lighter towards the top of the shape. This is a good way to give some dimension to the shape (as opposed to keeping it evenly toned across which kind of makes the whole thing go flat). I also overlapped few hearts on the edges to complete it with a layered look.

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For this particular card I have used three distress oxide inks – Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral and a Yellow Ink that I found in my stash to color the hearts (you can also substitute the Yellow Ink with Squeezed Lemonade that is available in the distress oxide range itself). These are not typical colors and I felt they are a refreshing new take on how we think of Hearts outside of the typical pink we associate them with. I finally gold embossed on vellum paper the sentiment “Have a Beautiful Day” from the “Hello Lovely” stamp set and mounted it on matching cardstock with foam tape. 

For the second card , I wanted to try out a geometric pattern so I went ahead and used the rectangle mask stencils to create a few triangle patterns using a light pencil on the card stock. I then used those lines to align the stencils and ink blend to create individual colored trianges (when doing this do ensure that you mask surrounding area to prevent rogue finger prints from ruining the card- trust me when I say I have learned from my past mistakes in this regard ).

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If you noticed I left a little white space between each triangle to given each one its individual space. I then used gold paper strips thinly cut to further accentuate the triangles. The gold nicely accentuates the colors making it pop. I finally added  a sentiment “So happy you are my friend” from the “you are in my thoughts” stamp set using white embossing powder over black card stock to wrap up the look. 

For the third card, I used the autumn leaves stencils on a white cardstock. This is perhaps the simplest to make since I simply blended rainbow colored distress oxides using the blending brush over the stencil to create this multi-colored pattern.

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I then die cut card paper and progressively stacked the sentiment “Hello” to create a 3D Hello which I colored black and glossed up using glossy accents. I have then simply pasted this directly on the panel with a vellum strip. Simple and sweet! 

And…  since I was on a roll and in the zone with the whole ink blending thing (I just love the whole technique as you can tell ) I decided to make one more simple Heart themed card this time again but instead of using the stencil I used the heart mask. This card uses negative space and ink to create a Halo effect. 

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 I used a washi tape to adhere the mask on to a card panel and ink blended the edges of the heart with some rainbow colors. The resulting view makes it look like a white heart that has a rainbow colored halo. To complete this card I finally stamped the sentiment “So happy you are my friend” in the center of the heart using memento black ink. 

Heres are a few pictures of all my cards together.

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So there ! Hope you liked this cardmaking process and I hope I inspired you to try out these techniques.

Do check out the detailed cardmaking tutorial below :

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Until later .. Happy Crafting!

Love

Swapna

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Swapna Nair

A HR professional before she turned full time crafter, Swapna beleives that the thrill of making something with your bare hands is second to none. A cardmaker by choice, she loves creating magical paper pixies

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