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Design Team ~ Have A Grate Birthday By Ian Rump-Smith

Design Team ~ Grate Birthday By Ian Rump-Smith | Craftmania Blog

Hello all.....

I wanted to show with this card that stencilling can be subtle, yet used in different ways.

Let's start... you will see how easily a stencil can add detail to your projects!


Step 1

▪️I used an 8x8 card blank, and then cut a mat in Gold Mirri Card - measuring 17.5cm square, which I glued onto the centre of the base.


Step 2

▪️Using Foundations Coconut White Card I made 2 more mats measuring 15cm square.

▪️Using one square, I cut a background using Creative Expressions Wings Of Wonder - Moroccan Scalloped Lattice Die Set.

▪️Make sure it is central and held down with some low tack tape when running through your die cutting machine.

TOP TIP - I kept some of the pieces from the lattice for later.


Step 3

▪️Take the other square and stencil with Kaiser Craft's Lace Stencil.

The best tool out there for stencilling is Wendy Vecchi's Make Art Stay-tion in my eyes.

The magnets keep your project secure so you are free from holding anything down.


▪️Here I've used Distress Oxide Ink - Shaded Lilac and a Blending Brush to go over the stencil and only press harder in random places so we get a shaded effect.

Remove the stencil, and then using some Gold Gilding Polish add some highlights to the pattern.


Step 4

▪️Grab your lattice layer die cut and using your Blending Brush and Shaded Lilac ink, go around the edges of the lattice, being gentle so not to tear the centre cut.

▪️Again using the Gold Gilding Polish, add some highlights around the frame.

Use my photo as a guide.

▪️Using foam tape around the back of the frame, stick the lattice frame to your stencilled square.

I used doubled sided tape to add this to the centre of your card.

TOP TIP - I found it easier having the lattice facing foam up and then you lay your stencilled square on top so you can see what you are doing.


Step 5

▪️Next I made some daisies from Coconut White Card using Jamie Rodgers Pierced Collection - Daisy Blossoms; cutting both leaves and flowers. I coloured the leaves using my Gilding Polish.


Now I've tried something a little different...

I laid the daisy die cuts out, face up and then laid the stencil over the top.

Carefully, while holding the stencil and using the Oxide Ink again, I went over the daisies using a blending sponge.

I love how it just adds subtle detail to the flowers.


Step 6

▪️I used a silicone glue to add the flowers and leaves to my card (see full photo for a guide).


Step 7

▪️Remember I kept some of the pieces from the lattice?

Well I've added some Gilding Polish to them and then used a moulding mat and Embossing Tool to shape them. Using silicone glue again, I added these to the card and then used another shade of 3D Glue for the centres.


Step 8

▪️For the final step, I added a sentiment with Creative Expressions Wordies.

These are perfect for an instant sentiment - I chose a white Birthday sentiment and mounted it on gold mirri card. Add this onto your card with silicone glue.


This was an experiment, and although the pattern is subtle, this can sometimes make the card stand out more when the recipient notices it.


Well that's it until next time, thanks so much for reading and hope you liked my step by step guide.


Take care

Ian x



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Jamie Rodgers
Jamie Rodgers
Jul 28, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Beautiful Ian

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