I needed a card for a friend in the crafting community who is both generous and kind. She also loves succulents. I love painting with my Distress Inks and I love coloring with Copic Markers. It’s always a toss up as to which one I will reach for. Sometimes it just all comes together. I was able to combine ALL of these things to create today’s card! LOL
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I have been wanting to play with my Wreath Builder Template, from Gina K Designs. The stencil is a simple piece of plastic which allows you to get perfectly spaced images as you rotate the paper inside a stamping tool, such as a MISTI. It is meant to be used with a square piece of cardstock, but I will show you how you can use a rectangular piece. You can always draw a circle and eyeball the spacing, but the stencil is much faster and easier.
Place the stencil in the MISTI and put the paper in one of the corners. You can mark the center by aligning the ruler with the tips of the triangle openings. Rotate the paper and mark again. The intersection is the middle. You will rotate the top of the paper to the next opening each time that you stamp the image.
I chose a succulent sprig, from the Hello Sweet Friend Stamp Set, and stamped onto Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock using Ranger Black Archival Ink. You will stamp the image eight times. I chose the Hello sentiment, positioned it between two sprigs, and stamped it at each rotation as well.
I stamped the image, from the Let Love Grow Stamp Set, onto another piece of watercolor paper. I laid down lots of water on both pieces of paper and dropped in Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber, Broken China, and Peeled Paint Distress Inks with a #6 DaVinci Cosmotop Spin paintbrush.
I added additional color and shadows to the succulent images using Copic markers. I also added a touch of white to the crystals, using a white Prismacolor colored pencil. There is a coordinating Let Love Grow Die Set, but since I didn’t use the whole image I had to fussy cut it.
The background panel was adhered onto a piece of Simon Says Stamp black cardstock using a Kokuyo Tape Runner. I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap piece of black cardstock using Versamark Ink and Hero Arts White embossing powder. Stray white powder really shows on dark paper so be sure to treat the paper with a Powder Tool first. Scotch Foam Tape was added to the back of sentiment strips and the succulent image for added dimension.
Trinity Stamps has many small images in their stamp sets that would work beautifully with this stencil. Again, you can draw a circle and hand stamp the images around it. You could also create a cutout version of the stencil yourself with a ruler and an exacto knife. This just makes it so much easier and takes out all of the guess work!
Joyfully, Jo Ann