GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with another card that is the result of some late night experimentation. As you’ve probably noticed, I love incorporating stencils into my cards and I’ve amassed quite a collection. I’m always looking for new and different ways to use them. Like many crafters, I’ve also accumulated a variety of different mediums that I often play around with (also with varying results!).
When I decide to try expanding my coloring beyond Copics, I purchased a set of Prismacolor pencils, but found that I didn’t really enjoy using them. But recently I decided to give it one more try – not with Prismas – but with Farber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils. Although I do suffer from full set syndrome, I did manage to control myself and purchased a set of 36 pencils, which I thought would have enough variety to in color to experiment.
I selected the Peacock Mandala stencil from Picket Fence Studios and taped it in place with iCraft Purple tape to a piece of Stonehenge White paper. I wanted the mandala to be bright and colorful, so I selected a several pencils in blues, greens and yellows. Then I just colored the open areas of the stencil. Polychromos pencils are oil based and seem to soak into the paper. I found them much easier to use than Prismas and did not need to use Gamasol to blend.
Once the coloring was complete, I removed the stencil and applied the dot pattern with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black. I really have to thank Wendy Vecchi for showing me in a recent class how to apply enamel drop products with a stylus for a quick, easy, and consistent application.
To finish, I added a die cut from Honey Bee Stamps that I popped up with foam squares. I really love how this card turned out and I’m sure I’ll keep this technique in mind when I’m using my stencils.
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Paper: Neenah Solar White 110# (card base); Stonehenge White by Legion (coloring layer)
Stencil: Peacock Mandala by Picket Fence Studios
Dies: Bloom by Honey Bee Stamps
Embellishments: Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black by Tonic Studios
Polychromos: (order from center to edge) Hellioblue-Redish #151; Ultramarine #120; Light Ultramarine #120; Colbalt Turquoise #153; Colbalt Green #156; Emerald Green #163; Leaf Green #122, Light Green #171; Dark Naples Ochre #184; Cadmium Yellow #107; Cadmium Orange #111