Saturday, May 17, 2014

Oh Happy Day for The Crafter's Workshop

I'm so excited to be sharing my first guest post for The Crafter's Workshop!  Today I am sharing a simple technique that doesn't require much in the way of supplies and allows you to stretch your stencils to get a totally different look from them.  This technique is especially applicable to more open stencils, and would also be perfect for Balzer Bits and Ronda's Fragments.  

This is the stencil I used, Julie Balzer's Stick Flowers:

While the pattern covers the entire 6x6 stencil I used just the bottom right corner to create my card.

After carefully studying the stencil and deciding which part I wanted to use, I placed it over my cardstock panel, taped it down and very lightly traced around the selected portions of the stencil, and then colored the image in with Copics.  This was a little more time consuming than I thought because you have to be very careful since you just have that very thin pencil line as a guide, but the results are well worth it.

I colored in stages since I wanted the inner sections to be completely dry before I colored the outer layer to prevent cross bleeding.  I first colored the inside of the flowers, then the inside of the leaves, then the stems/outer leaves, and then the outer flower layer.  If you don't have a lot of markers, no worries....I only used five on this card.  Two shades of red for the flowers, the inner portion was shaded and I used the lighter red for the outer layer as well, two shades of green for the inner leaves and one very light shade of green for the stems/outer leaves.

I love the clean Scandinavian feel of the card, and wanted to preserve that look with a simple sentiment and pale blue base.  I let it sit overnight and then went back and erased any of the pencil lines that were still showing.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Crafter's Workshop - Mini Stick Flowers

Avery Elle Oh Happy Day Stamp Set
Copics - R22, R24, G40, G43, G46
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Bazzill Card Shoppe and Crafter's Companion Cardstock
Tombow Mono Adhesive


  1. So gorgeous! LOVING the colors!!!!!!!

  2. Ok this is darling! LOVE those red flowers!

  3. LOVE!! Your use of stencils is amazing!!! Unique card!!

  4. love this! It's super fresh and happy!

  5. What a great way to use your stencil! Love the way it turned colorful and happy. Your sentiment is divine with it's flourishy font.

  6. Beautiful! Amazing technique..and fabulous results!

  7. Beautiful card. Great coloring and the way you used the stencil

  8. So pretty, Miriam! LOVE the rich color! I can totally see this on a layout, and I adore that sentiment font!

  9. SO LOVE this! What a fun technique. Neat how you got very distinct colors on the flowers ... what patience you have. And to wait until the next day to erase your pencil lines. I just couldn't hold off that long! Oh, and great choice to add the pale blue border, really sets it off.

  10. So inspiring ! I shared on Facebook... Love it ! Gorgeous card.