I always have so much fun when I work with stencils. This stencil shadow technique is no exception. Creating shadows with a stencil adds dimension and interest to any card project. A stencil with lots of holes works best for this technique. Therefore I am featuring the beautiful and elegant Glorious Petal stencil from Hero Arts.
White Pigment Ink
White pigment ink and colored die ink are used to create the shadow effect. Begin by taping the paper directly to the backside of the stencil. Actually I learned this awesome tape tip from Lydia Fiedler, Lydia blogs at http://understandblue.blogspot.com. Otherwise the stencil could slip and move while sponging on the color!!!! Using a sponge dauber or a makeup sponge, apply the white pigment ink through the stencil. Because white pigment ink will not show up very well on white paper, it is important to use a mid tone color of paper such as kraft.
Adding the Shadow
The white pigment ink needs to be completely dry before moving onto the next step. Clean and dry the stencil. Line the clean stencil up over the original white image. Now to add the shadow, move the stencil slightly up and over to the side. Don’t move it much, just slightly. You should see some of the paper color through the holes. Flip it over and tape the stencil into place so that it does not move while sponging. Next using a colorful die ink, repeat the sponging process over the entire panel.
Remove the stencil to reveal the dimensional background! I love the look of the Glorious Petal stencil with this shadow technique.
Heat emboss the greeting on a vellum strip. Indeed this is a goto look for me when I want the focus to be on the background.
Handmade gifts are wonderful to receive. I like to stamp the back of my cards with my name. A link to the company I ordered my name stamp from in the supply list below. The handmade with love stamp is from Hero Arts.
For finishing touches stamp a hello and a small heart on the inside panel. A corner punch finished off the corners of the inside panel. Stencil the envelope flap with the same stencil to match the card. On the outside add some bakers twine in a coordinating color and a odd number of pearls.
Here is the finished card and matching envelope. I am very happy how this turned out. Thanks so much for stopping by
Below you will find the list of tools and supplies that I used to make this card. In addition, you can click the thumbnails to purchase a product. Compensated affiliate links are used when available, however there is no additional cost to you. All items were personally purchased. Thank you so much for your support!