Hello there!  The fourth Saturday of the month means it’s technique time at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  This week we’d like to see stenciling on a Christmas or wintry card.

This challenge was more difficult for me than I thought it would be.  I do have a few stencils, but none of them are Christmasy.  So it took me a while to figure out how I was going to meet this challenge.  I finally decided to sponge ink over the stencil to create a background for one of my blueprint stamps.  I stamped the image first.  Then I masked it, fixed the stencil in place, and sponged two shades of brown ink around the image.  After I carefully removed the stencil and the mask, I colored the image with my Copics.  I debated whether to use a red or a green mat for the image, and picked the red because it looked better against the kraft card base.

52CCT 02-27-2016

The current challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More is “Make Your Mark”, so I’m going to throw my card into the proverbial ring over there.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what our challenge participants at 52CCT create this week!  Be sure to link your card at the challenge post by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, March 4.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamp: Christmas Blueprint 2 (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Kraft, Real Red (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake (SU)
Other: Burlap stencil (Tim Holtz); markers (Copic); sponge

5 Responses to “52 Christmas Card Throwdown – February technique challenge”

  1. Fabulous! I really like the stencil you’ve used. The colour and pattern work perfectly to frame that gorgeous Christmas stocking. Great work. xxx

  2. Hi Patricia! I loved reading about how you used the stencil, image and mask. I just wrote down the name of the stamp set because I am totally craving it now! I also love the red against the kraft. Awesome card!!

  3. Love the stenciled background, I agree that the red is more in keeping with the kraft.
    Thanks for MYM at ATSM. 🙂

  4. Love the gentle stencilling with the crisp colouring of your copics. And a great idea to pick colours from your image for your borders.
    Thanks so much for sharing at ATSM this week, Anita x

  5. Le résultat est superbe Patricia, quelle bonne idée, biz

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