Dies can be used is lots of different ways to enhance and spice up your creativity and creating stencils is just one of many.  What I like to do is either die cut a scrap of cardstock or a window sheet with the die I would like to use for my project. You can use a sponge dauber, stampin’ sponge, or even our new blending brushes with your DIY stencil.

Today I am sharing two stencils I created using the “cloud” die from the Happy Dies set and the succulent background die from the Potted Succulents dies set.  I chose to use my blending brushes for my cards.

The first card I used the new Butterfly Bouquet Suite that will be released in March.  I was delighted to see that the big die with the connected butterflies can be used to die cut butterflies right from the DSP…man I love that!

I used my new “cloud” stencil and my blending brush along with the Balmy Blue ink pad to blend some clouds onto the background.  I would tilt my stencil sometimes and flip the stencil over with each new row to avoid a set pattern with my clouds.  When using the blending brush, remember to tap gently on your ink pad to pick up the ink and then when blending start just to the side of your card stock and blend into the middle.  This way you can avoid the “blotch”.  This is where you tap your brush down to start blending and it leaves a dark rounded blotch on the card stock. They are hard to blend out so if you start just outside your art piece the blotch stays on your scrap mat and not on your finished card.

After you are finished creating your cloudy sky you can finish creating the rest of your card.  With this butterfly card I die cut the butterflies right from the DSP and attached them to the card with dimensionals.  The greeting was embossed in white onto Basic Black card stock and mounted using dimensionals as well.

Here are a couple of cards I played with as well. They may need some tweaking but I thought I would share them anyway to get your mind moving with ideas.

Here are the measurements for the butterfly card: Minit Macaron 4 1/4 x 11 (top folding card), Balmy Blue 5 1/4 x 4, Basic White 3 3/4 x 5

The next card I took the background die from the Potted Succulents die set and die cut the pattern from a scrap of Basic White.  I used Soft Sea Foam and my blending brush to add some color.  The key to this is to use some low tack tape like washi tape to hold the stencil in place and a little bit to hold the piece you are coloring in place as well. Make sure you blend gently so as not to tear the stencil and just layer the color on till it is as dark as you like.

To complete the card I stamped a pot from Cinnamon Cider card stock and die cut the pot along with a few plants from the die set.  I added the braided trim by adhering some tear tape to the back of the trim and sticking it to the card.  This made it easy to cut the trim at an angle without it fraying as the tear tape kept the fibers together. I did use dimensionals to attach the pot and the greeting.

Measurements for the card: Crumb Cake 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, Mossy Meadow 4 x 5 1/4, Basic

White 3 3/4 x 5.  I also used scraps of Cinnamon Cider, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, and Basic Whtie.

March is a special month for Paper Pumpkin! Eight years of creativity to your door…how cool is that??  Each March, to celebrate the anniversary of Paper Pumpkin, subscribers get a special treat in their box.  This year it is a collection of stencils.  If you would like to find out more, feel free to contact me.  February is a great time to subscribe with our prepaid subscriptions because you get a free Sale-abration item(s) for 3 month, 6 month or even a 12 month subscription.  There are lots of perks!

Happy Creating!



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