The Leading Lady for February was the awesomely talented Rosali and she introduced the first challenge which was 'Masking with Stencils'. I'll be honest.....masking scares the c**p out of me. I don't know why but it makes me so nervous, I always make mistakes and smudge things everywhere and its always a disaster. So, with that all said I decided to suck it up and give this one a go!!
You know what?? This wasn't actually as bad as what I thought it would be but maybe that's because I didn't need to use masking paper (that comes in another card I had to make...eeek). I never, ever think to use stencils on a card but each time I use them I think why don't I use them more often!!
I wanted to create spaces on a card to put some little animals, so I die-cut some white CS using the smallest circle die from W&W 'Essentials: Carly's Cutaways'. I used some temporary tape and put the circles on the card front. I laid the W&W 'Harleen Creative Screening' stencil over top and held down with washi tape. I then used Distress Oxide inks 'Picked Raspberry' and 'Spun Sugar' and a mini-blending tool to create the ombre effect. I then carefully removed the stencil and the circles and voila!
On some white CS I stamped the critters from W&W 'Welcome to the Family with Evelin T. Designs', coloured them with pencils and fussy cut out. I then popped them up on foam tape in the three spaces. The sentiment was stamped in black (from W&W 'The Big, the Bold and Happy') on a strip of white CS, backed with black CS and put on foam tape, along with some iridescent jewels from Pretty Pink Posh.
I thought this would make a great birthday card for a little girl, so I'm going to link to the Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge where their theme is 'Feminine/Girly'.
I've got 5 more cards to share with you over the next day, so I'm trying to space them out a bit. You'll be glad when its all over I'm sure, although maybe some of you will be tempted to do some Winnie and Walter shopping......See you again soon!