Handmade card using stenciling and reverse stenciling technique

Juan’s 2010 bday card, inside spread

Originally uploaded by gardenwife

This last weekend, I tried something different. I stamped an image, cut it out, and used both the cut out image and the remaining cut-out left in the cardstock as stencils on a card. I like the masking technique and am happy with how this card came out! I’m going to develop some original, hand drawn designs and import them into Make The Cut from my scanner so I can cut them out using my Cricut. I’ll use plastic next time around so my stencils will last. Have I mentioned lately how much I love Make the Cut? *Sigh*

After I cut out the leaf images I used on the front of the card, I was left with their shapes outlined in pieces of cardstock. So, I inked around one of the cut-out leaves several times, using a white Cat’s Eye ink. Then, I used the leftover cardstock with the shapes cut out as stencils, using a cream color. I cut smaller shapes out of another stamped image (this made it easy to see where I wanted to make my cuts) and used that paper as a stencil for the dark areas you see on the cream leaves. The ribbon’s velvet. The vellum paper with the quote was part of a Die Cuts With a View quotes stack.

The quote:

“The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that outlasts it.”
William James

The note to my friend is blurred out for privacy reasons; when will I learn to take photos before I write in cards?

Those without Cricut machines can check out stencil cutters such as these. You can trace your design onto plastic and cut it out yourself.

If you’d like to learn about similar inking techniques, there’s some great how-to videos on YouTube. Here’s a good one to get you started:

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