Friend You Amaze Me | By Tracey McNeely

Welcome back for another inspiration post at Birch Press Design. Today I have a fun card to share with you using the Viva Stencil set. The set comes as three separate stencils that work together, but for today’s card I only used Layer A so that I could do some ink blending right on the stencil.
I gathered my supplies together and made a short video to show you how I used the Mandala Card Frame along with the stencil to ensure that my ink blending only went through the stencil and not all over my white card base.
Armed with my Frog Tape I taped the Mandala Card Frame, that was cut with very thin white cardstock, over my 5 1/4″ x 4″ panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock. Once I secured the top and both sides down I lay the stencil over the circle and then taped the stencil down on the top bottom and both sides so that it would not move when I was blending ink over it. It might seem a bit much but there is nothing worse than a stencil shifting when blending ink on it. Lets have a look at how I created this card…

The stenciling is so vibrant. I used Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Inks. My ink pads were very juicy so I barely had to pick up any ink because my blenders were still a bit wet from the first run. Yes I did have to start over since I didn’t have my stencil secured enough with the Frog Tape the first time.
I used a sentiment from the Best Friends clear stamp set which I embossed in white on the same purple cardstock, that I used for the shadow on the Big Friend Sugar Script die and for mat behind the main panel. The purple really picks up the purple in the design.
A closer look at the blended colours from the stencil.
Thanks for stopping in today to create a card with me. All of the stencil sets at Birch Press Design open up so many options for colours and design. Have a wonderful day and we’ll see you next time.



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