make your own stencils

One of the trends I kept seeing at CHA was stencils. They were everywhere and even companies who had never carried them before had them to match their lines. I had no stencils, but wanted to try some of the techniques I saw right away, so I cut my own on my Pazzles Inspiration.

I made this little arrow stencil in the software and cut it out on some thicker cardstock. I laid it over my card background and used a micron pen to trace inside each of the stencil lines. I went back over the drawn arrows with gold gelatos and rubbed it in with my finger.

As a final touch I sprayed these with black Color Shine. It made such a cool background, almost like making my own patterned paper.
The rest of the card was made with die cut elements. I kind of love that almost everything on these cards is DIY. I even used brown paper lunch sack to make the flower layers. Most of my stuff was packed away for our move, so I had to get a little creative.

We've moved into our new house and I am unpacking my scrap room and trying to be realistic about what to purge and what to keep. It's so hard! I love every scrap and bit of ribbon just as much as the next. I was a little disturbed by my 3 foot stack of Thickers Alphabet Stickers though. That seems a tad excessive! I can't wait to get it all organized and get back to normal.

Linking up to the Moxie Fab World Styling With Stencils Challenge.
Faber Castell Gelatos
Heidi Swapp Color Shine
Pebbles Inc. Stickers

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