Monday, May 4, 2015

Stenciled Mother's Day Card

Hello, friends! Welcome to my newest followers; I'm really happy you're here! Today I have a card for you that I created for my Mom. Please click on any image for a closer look.

 I was inspired to use lots of stencils-six in all- in some new ways for me (5 different techniques) by Sue at Frilly and Funkie for her challenge "Stencil Mania". A while ago I book marked a tutorial by Jenny Marples at Frilly and Funkie on a great stencil technique, and I wanted to give it a try. I've tried to include lots of purple in my card, since my Mom LOVES purple!



You can read how I made my background on Jenny's tutorial here. It'a actually a "two for one" technique involving stencils, texture paste, Perfect Pearls powder, and ink spray. First spread texture paste through the stencil. While it is wet, sprinkle with Perfect Pearls and spritz with ink spray. Remove the stencil and set this aside to dry.  Then take the "dirty" stencil and flip it onto a piece of card or a tag, and brayer it to create a second background. I chose to use Tim Holtz' Gothic stencil and Distress ink spray in making my background. I followed Jenny's instructions to the letter for my first panel, which I will save for another project.  Then I flipped the  "dirty" stencil onto card stock according to her instructions to make the background panel for this card.  I did put my own twist on it though, by blending some Distress inks over the textural and shimmery background.



For my left hand background panel, I was inspired by Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 March Tag to do some stenciling using another of his stencils--Flourish. Please check out his 12 Tags of 2015 March blog post for steps I followed to make this panel. In the background I used his Tissue Tape and Distress Paints. Once the texture paste dried, and I melted the embossing powder, I went back in with some Dylusions Crushed Grape spray mixed with Distress Picket Fence paint and water for a little purplish wash. You can clearly see the butterfly embossed (through a stencil, of course) on the back petals of the largest flower in this next photo.



The clock face is a Tim Holtz Weathered Clock die cut, painted with Vintage Photo Crackle Paint and Faded Jeans Distress stain dripped into the cracks.

The mannequin is cut using Tim's Sewing Room die and watercolor paper.  I blended Shaded Lilac and Seedless Preserves Distress inks, placed my stencil, misted it with water,and dabbed at it with a paper towel to get the ghosting effect. Edged, of course, in Vintage Photo.

The flowers are homemade, using Tim's Tattered Florals and Tattered Flower Garland dies, tissue paper, and purple and white card stock.  I used a TCW butterfly stencil, Tim Holtz Shattered and Doily (first time using both of these) stencils to create patterns on the card stock and tissue paper. On the white card stock, I inked through the stencil using Shaded Lilac Distress ink, applied clear embossing powder and heated.  When cool, I used more of the same ink, and Seedless Preserves DI and edged in Walnut Stain ink.  A few of the flowers were cut from plain purple card stock and white card stock blended with Distress inks. The next shot shows the Doily stencil  embossing on the smallest flower.


The largest flower's center is made from tissue paper and 3 of the mid-sized Tattered Floral flowers. First I applied Distress paint Through the Shattered stencil, allowed it to dry, and then spritzed with Dylusions spray.  I misted it with water to blend.  The paint acts as a resist, and the paper is beautiful. Shame to crumple it up like this. This shot shows the pattern made from embossing another butterfly from the TCW stencil.


I must have stamped the  Stampin' Up sentiment 5 times before I realized someone had put the rubber image on the block crooked.  I purchased this at a yard sale, so I can't take the credit.  I couldn't get it straight, so I ended up stamping on a scrap and fussy cutting it. Inked and edged in Distress.

I was, again, inspired by Tim in coloring my ribbon, this time with 12 Tags of 2015 April Tag.  I love this ombre effect by using two colors of Distress marker. Well, it should be an ombre effect...mine kind of took on a life of it's own.  Too pretty and too much ribbon to waste, so I went with it.  My Mom will love it anyway! I added a few 1/2 pearls to complete the card.


I hope you enjoyed this post.  I thank you for stopping in today, and for all your lovely comments! Hugs and Blessings!

Sara Emily

I would like to enter this in the following inspiring challenges:

A Vintage Journey "Spring Colors" Everyday on my way to work, I see the most amazing clematis that is this shade.  Love it! The darker purples remind me of the iris blooming in my own garden.

56 comments:

  1. Gorgeous card, Sara! I love your beautiful embossing and fabulous flowers! What an amazing purple colour! You used a lot of awesome techniques there and did a great job with your stencils! Your Mom will be very happy! Stunning, my friend!
    Hugs :)
    Branka xxx

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    1. Thank you, Branka! You've really made my day with this sweet comment! I really had a good time making this for my Mom, and I can't wait 'til she sees it! Purple is not a color I go to often, so it was rewarding to see what could come of this! Big hugs!

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  2. Oh Sara this is simply stunning!!! Your mum is going to love it! Your background is absolutely fabulous and of how I love the flowers, just stunning! Thanks also for adding it to our challenge over at MMM!!

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    1. Thank you, Astrid! It gives me great pleasure to get such an awesome compliment from you! I'm looking forward to hearing my Mom's reaction, too!

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    2. Hey Sara, just saw you added this to a Vintage Journey too, great, I so like it, so thanks for that also!! Love your work!!

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  3. This is fantastic Sara!!! I'd forgotten that tutorial - so pleased it has inspired you to make this gorgeous card. Thank you for the heads up. I love the purples with it and the way you've really used worked those stencils hard for every element. Any bets your Mum will be picking it up and looking at it all the time. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie and A Vintage Journey! Jenny x

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    1. Jenny, thank you for dropping in and leaving this wonderful comment. And thank you, too, for the great tutorial! I loved reading it, was inspired, and so happy to finally give it a try!

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  4. WOW!!! Stunning!!! Love the colors and such a gorgeous design!! Bravo my friend!!!

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    1. Wow, this is a great compliment coming from you! I think your cards are just wonderful, so it feels good to know you like this. Especially the colors--I really struggle with colors! Big hugs!

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  5. Purple rules! Your card is STUNNING Sara, your embellishments and techniques are amazing and i think bright enough for our challenge. So much shine and fab textures here.

    Thank you for joining in with our challenge!.

    Mo :-) xxx
    DT MMW

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    1. Wow! Another purple worshiper, huh? Thank you for this wonderful compliment, Mo!

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  6. this is so beautiful! I love the techniques you incorporated. Thanks for joining us at Inspiration Journal this month. =)

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I love trying out new techniques! So many...so little time!

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  7. Superb, love this tag, Sara. Great many techniques to get inspiration from!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Shilpa!

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  8. I love purple, and especially on your card. You have a lucky mother! Beautiful! Thanks for joining us at OCC.

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    1. What a lovely compliment, Lys! I think my Mom's going to love it!

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  9. Such a pretty card, your mum is going to adore this!! What beautiful colour and texture!! Big hugs hun xx

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    1. Aww, thank you, Georgie! I think she'll like it! Hugs!

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  10. Gorgeous card! I love the colors. Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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  11. Fabulous and Feminine and simply Lovely, Sara Emily!! It's so good to see you at my April Showers Brings May Flowers challenge at Our Creative Corner! You know how I love techniques and I can tell you really enjoyed creating this beautiful card for your Mom!! Thank You so much for coming over!! XOXO-Shari

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    1. Hi, Shari! Oh yes, I did enjoy creating this card...love it when they practically make themselves! I was just so inspired by your theme, and of course, all the beautiful flowers in bloom here now! I hope you are getting some spring in your neck of the woods by now! And thank you so much for this huge compliment on my card! Hugs!

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  12. Wow Sara, this is stunning! You used so many wonderful techniques here, love the addition of the metallics! I love that you made more than one background, I'm addicted to that too!! The purple is just so beautiful, your Mom is going to be over the moon for this beauty!! Gorgeous flower too! So many beautiful elements to ooh and aah at!

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and More for our 'Make Your Own Background' challenge and at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Stencil Mania' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

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    1. Wow, Pamellia, you have just made my day! It's always a happy day when you compliment my flowers, since you are the Queen of Many Beautiful Flowers and I'm only an occasional dabbler! I hope my Mom will ooh and aah, too! Big hugs!

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  13. The colors and textures in this are just fabulous! It's dreamy...and all your flowers are stunning! xo

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    1. Thank you so much, Kathy! Another fun project to make, and I'm so happy you like it! Hugs to you!

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  14. Love this entry,it's so creative! Breathtakingly beautiful! Thank you for sharing with Creatalicious, Jackie CT member.

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  15. Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week :) Fabulous card! hugs x

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  16. Wow Sara, that is indeed stencil mania! What a lovely card, your Mom is going to love it.

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    1. Thank you, Deb; how sweet! Yes, lot's of stencils happening here! Hugs!

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  17. Such a lovely design, Sara - I'm sure your mum loved it. Thanx for sharing with us at Fantasy Stampers.
    Hugz, Jan (DT) xx
    http://jaybescraftybitz.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, Jan! Hopefully my Mom will have gotten it in the mail today!

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  18. Beautiful tag - love your background.

    Thanks for joining us at Fantasy Stampers.

    Helen x

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    1. Thank you Helen! I'm happy you like my background!

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  19. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Embossing” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our next challenge as well…

    Hugs,
    Melanie
    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)
    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
    (DT Come and Get It)

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    1. Awww, thank you, again, Melanie! I'm happy you like it!

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  20. Beautiful piece...especially with the purple, pastels and gold all together. I like how you utilized a steampunk piece in the background and made it work so well with this card.

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    1. Wow! Thank you, Libby! I'm happy you like it!

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  21. This is exquisite! Thanks for playing the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge with us!

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  22. Love the flower - love the stencil detail and the resist of the paint - amazing!! Thank you for playing along with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!!

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    1. Thank you, Karen, I had a lot of fun making this for my Mom, and she LOVES it! All that counts!

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  23. Gorgeous! I love the stenciling on your flowers, and the colors are beautiful!

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  24. Gorgeous! I love the stenciling on your flowers, and the colors are beautiful!

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    1. Marci, I always like to return the favor of a visit, but I hit a dead end! Do you have a blog to visit? Thanks!

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  25. What a gorgeous card! I love the texture paste element. Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty cardmakers & more...

    Jackie

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    1. Thank you, Jackie! Yes, I love texture paste! You can do amazing things with it!

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  26. I like how you used intense colors but subdued them where appropriate. The jewel tones were perfect for this gorgeous piece. The flowers are stunning.

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  27. Thank you, Libby! That's a wonderful compliment, because I think colors and flowers are two of the things that I need the most work on! :)

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  28. Gorgeous mixed media card. Love all the layering and the color palette! Thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.
    http://www.lynnkopas.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Lynn! It's a pleasure to read your comment!

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