Sunday, 1 May 2016

Stencils and Wildflowers

Addicted to Art - Tim Holtz Wildflower and Layering Stencil
 Hi everyone and thank you for stopping by today. The start of the month marks a new challenge at Country View Crafts with our theme being to Use a Stencil. 

But this is no normal month we also have a blog hop and an amazing prize up for grabs - you could win a
Sizzix Big Shot Machine & Die Bundle
To enter, you must be a follower of the Country View Crafts Challenge Blog and also hop along to each of the Design Team Members blogs and leave a comment. 
The normal monthly challenge is still taking place and those who link their Use A Stencil projects will also be entered into the £20 Voucher draw. Winners will be picked at random in early June. 

So here are some links for you:
If you are here from Doreen's blog (hello!) the next on your list is Monika.

After all that excitement here are some more details of my project!
I decided to make a few cards with different backgrounds all using a slightly different technique but all using distress inks and Tim Holtz layering stencils.
Addicted to Art - Tim Holtz Wildflower and Layering Stencil
From left to right:
1. I added various inks to my card using cut and dry foam. I then placed the stencil (my favourite - latticework) on top and spritzed with water - gave it a few seconds to react and then laid kitchen roll over to remove the ink.
2. I used the splotches stencil. I secured it over the card and used cut and dry foam to add a blue toned ink randomly but not over all of it. I then took a green ink and added to the remaining white areas.
3. Latticework again secured to my card. With a stencil brush I created a rainbow effect by brushing my inks in lines down the card.
4. Not as successful I think! The honeycomb stencil with 2 tones of pinky / purple - again with a stencil brush - the aim being to create a slight shadow.

I cut wildflowers from the die set out of dark blue cardstock and matted my backgrounds onto the matching card.
Addicted to Art - Tim Holtz Wildflower and Layering Stencil
Nikki
xxx

53 comments:

  1. Wow, great use of the stencils Nikki, the black silhouettes against the subtle pastel colours are striking.

    Love and hugs
    Maarit

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  2. A gorgeous selection of cards.xxx

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  3. Fantastic cards with beautiful subtle shades.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  4. They all look beautiful and make a lovely set for a gift.

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  5. Beautiful rad with a stunning background. Love, Denyse x

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  6. These are all just gorgeous Nikki, the wild flower dies are my faves and I use them so much too.Your stencilling is so delicate, what a lovely set of cards.Hugs xx

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  7. Gorgeous silhouettes, love them Nikki. X

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  8. Lovely cards, Nikki! I love your backgrounds and I think I really need these wildflower dies!

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  9. Lovely cards - the colour palette is gorgeous x

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  10. A fabulous selection of cards Nikki - wonderful colours. Great use of the wildflower dies! Jennie x

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  11. Beautiful Nikki, love the rainbow coloured backgrounds, they seem to POP!

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. A great use of the stencils Nikki and fabulous cards for any occasion. Mo x

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  13. A beautiful quartet of cards Nikki! Very pretty shaded backgrounds with the silhouettes popping from them. I love them all!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  14. Beautiful cards and fabulous stencilled backgrounds xx

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  15. Love your cards with this rainbow color through the different stencils! The wildflower die is fitting perfect.
    xx Evelyn

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  16. Wonderful cards nikki ... loving them..i need to use that die .. to my shame its sitting in a box xx

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  17. These are fab, Nikki !
    Corrie x

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  18. Gorgeous cards great stencils love the effect of stamping in black on pastel colours
    MaggieH

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  19. Your cards are great! Love how you used different stencils for each background and the Tim's wallflowers. Very creative. Love this blog hop...love stencils!

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  20. These cards are really beautiful

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  21. Really beautiful cards Nikki, what fabulous techniques you've used here xx

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  22. These are utterly delightful Nikki, wonderful colours and designs.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

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  23. Beautiful collection of cards ! Nikki . Wonderful use of the stencils, inks and dies.
    Love ! xx

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  24. Gorgeous creations Nikki.
    Gr, Elly

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  25. Lovely cards, great backgrounds.xx

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  26. Love the softness of these designs, they are spectacular! :)

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  27. Loving the cards and the black really makes the whole design pop. Happy crafting, Angela x

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  28. Wow... And I just got those wildflower dies in the mail today, got to try this :)

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  29. Beautifully shaded backgrounds.
    Such a lovely collection of cards :-)

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  30. Niki, what a beautiful set of cards! Well done!
    Jackie ")

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  31. Your cards are so elegant! I love the first one.
    Irena

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  32. my favourite stencils! love your designs

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  33. Delightful variations on a brilliant design, Nikki - love the silhouetted flowers. My favourite (no big surprise) is the one with those beautiful blue/green bubbles!
    Alison x

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  34. Such beautiful backgrounds for the lovely silhouettes! I love all the subtle shading and variations.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  35. Such simple and beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing each of the technique!

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  36. Oh wow - these are WONDERFUL Nikki. They just seem so peaceful and make me feel content - must be the beautiful color combinations. It would be quite a treat to receive one of these! Just lovely. Xj

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  37. What a nice way to make cards. Beautiful.

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  38. Very pretty, I love your colours.
    Carol x

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  39. Lovely card the effect is fab, Louise

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  40. I love the pretty pastel colors and fab stenciling! Beautiful!

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  41. Nikki, simple designs, but oh, sooooo effective! And I have to disagree with you on the purple/pink one. I think the shadowing came out beautifully! Great idea, and fabulous use of those stencils! Great inspiration! Hugs!

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  42. A gorgeous selection of cards. I love the effect of the silhouette flowers against the beautiful backgrounds. xx

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  43. wow what a perfect outcome with the stencils

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  44. Oh these are just lovely. So simple yet so stunning. xx

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  45. Gorgeous cards! I love all the different ways to stencil, and the TH wildflower die is the perfect accompaniment to those beautiful backgrounds. x

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  46. I love all of your cards and would struggle to choose a favourite. Love the rainbow effect. Fabulous cards! :)x

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  47. Oh, these are gorgeous. Love all the different looks. Thanks for the inspiration. Hugz

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  48. Lovely cards - the wildflowers look great against the stencilled backgrounds. I may have to buy that die now.

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