Monday, 14 July 2014

Happy Birthday with Stencils

Today is my friend Cathryn's birthday. It was the lovely Cathryn who got me into all this craft last November so I thought I should make her a card! I have been struggling with my composition on cards (been doing too many tags!) so I sought inspiration from Jenny Marples over at Pushing the Right Buttons. I have Jenny's blessing for my Jenny style card. 

At both Country View Crafts and That's Crafty the theme is to use stencils. My background on this card was made with lots of distress inks and the Tim Holtz doily stencil. Having laid down an inky background I  spritzed water through the stencil and lifted with cloth to remove some colour. Then, once dry, laid the stencil back down to add more ink through in places. I love how this creates the illusion of depth.The same technique was used on the central panel but slightly darker. On this panel I also took another stencil and inked through.

I added some flowers, greenery and my sentiment.

Thanks for looking and Happy Birthday Cathyrn!


  1. gorgeous colours and love the use of the stencils in the background x

  2. Fabulous layers and techniques Nikki. This is a beautiful card which I am sure your friend loves xx

  3. Another beautiful card, Nikki xx

  4. Such a beautiful card Nikki and I'm so glad to have provided you with a little bit of inspiration. I love the way you've layered your elements and your stencilling is wonderful. This will really show your friend how far you've come. Have a great week. Jenny x

  5. This is gorgeous,fab design and

  6. Arn't stencils such a wonderful thing? You made great use of yours. Love the feeling of depth and the color saturation. thanks as always for sharing.

  7. Nikki, this card will bring wonderful warm feelings to your friend. congradulate you on a beauticul work of art

  8. Love your layered stencilling Nikki, and I myself get loads of inspiration from Jenny's style and knowledge of composition. I am sure your friend will be so happy to receive this. Mo x

  9. Your card is wonderful Nikki, the composition is perfect and the colours and design are wonderful. Jenny was clearly a wonderful inspiration! Anne x

  10. A fabulous design and the shades of green lok beautiful.

  11. Hello Nikki,
    Great looking card and wonderful stencil work. Thank you so very much for joining us this month at CVC.

  12. Nikki, your friend will just cherish her birthday card. It is gorgeous and I love the soft colors and stenciling! Love your Jenny style card! Hugs!

  13. Such pretty colours and I love the stencilling!
    Alison xx


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