Friday, May 15, 2020

May Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the May Technique Blog Hop! 

This month, the technique is to use stencils. This can be done in several ways - I chose to create a background using a stencil and texture paste as well as a second card using a stencil with inks. 

You should have arrived here from Lauren Moore's blog.

I originally had a different card ready for this blog hop and changed my mind a few days ago. The other card is posted along with details below.

I mixed some texture paste with the Lagoon Shimmer Brush until I had a colour that I liked. Using a stencil I cut from the Artbooking cartridge, the paste was applied over the stencil. While that dried, I stamped the two little sentiment pieces and mounted them. The word "happy" and two stitched rectangles were die cut. One rectangle was offset and the sentiment follows that line. I added a few black dots to finish off the card.  

Here is my original card for this blog hop...

I began by cutting a pattern from the Artooking Cricut cartridge on a stencil sheet. That was adhered to my white cardstock and I used two shades of purple - Lilac and Thistle - to create the background. I blended the colours together using sponges. Once that was finished, I random stamped floral and splotch images onto a piece of Green Apple cardstock. The flowers and leaves were coloured and the piece was cut on an angle. The hummingbird and flowers were stamped, coloured and die cut. I added shimmer to the flowers as well as stickles in the centres. Some ribbon and a few gold gems and this card was finished! 

I hope you enjoyed my cards. 

The next blog on this hop is Judy Faye Garner's blog
I'm sure she has something amazing to share with you! 

Products used are all Close To My Heart:

Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Lagoon Cardstock, Green Apple Cardstock, Lilac Cardstock, Thistle Cardstock
Stamps: Stitched Together Cardmaking, Sweet Hummingbird, A Million Little Things 
Inks: Intense Black, Black, Lilac, Thistle, Green Apple
Accessories: Artbooking Cricut Cartridge, Stencil Sheets, Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts, Stitched Together Cardmaking Thin Cuts, Texture Paste, Sponges, Sweet Hummingbird Thin Cuts, Tri-Blend Markers, Gold Skinny Ribbon, Gold Glitter Gems, Clear Shimmer Brush, Lagoon Shimmer Brush, Golden Rod Stickles, Black and White Dots



  1. Oooh! Super fun! I especially love your polka dots and the brightness of that card!

  2. Your cards are lovely as always! I love the texture and dimension plus shimmer!

  3. Love your cards. Beautiful job!

  4. The happy card is so bright & happy & the hummingbird card is very sweet - love how you incorporated the stencils into both.

  5. Fantastic cards. Love the coloring and textured polka dots.

  6. Beautiful cards! I love the lagoon with the white and black such a bold and stunning card. I also love the the softness of the lilac and thistle background of the second.

  7. Love the polka dot stencil- so bright and cheerful!

  8. Your card is so pretty, Alyson! I adore hummingbirds! Your colour combo is gorgeous, and so is your colouring! Our first hummingbirds arrived last week. The were late arriving and we've only seen two so far, so I'm not sure if we'll have as many as usual, not a strong start.

  9. Both are great; thanks for sharing!


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