I am so thrilled and excited to have been asked to be the July Guest Designer over at Just Us Girls! I was asked because I was chosen Chic of the Week on May 18th.
This week is Word Week and the word is 'CITRUS'.
It appears that I don't have any citrus stamps in my craft room (!?!?!?!) so I used citrus colors - orange, lemon, and melon
Here's a little explanation of how I made this lovely stenciled background for my card.
First I laid my stencil over a panel of watercolor paper, shook 3 different colors of Brusho over the stencil. Then I spritzed water over the stencil until the colors were activated to my liking.
I removed the stencil, turned it over so the watery Brushos still on the stencil were facing down and laid the stencil onto another panel of water color paper and pressed over it with a paper towel. This gave me a negative outline print of the stencil.
I dried both with my heat tool. Then I laid the clean stencil over the negative print of the stencil (bottom left) and sponged Distress Inks over the stencil. (Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters) Top left is the original stencil print using Brushos and water over the stencil. Bottom left is the negative print of the stencil sponged over with Distress Inks.
Another view - on the right below is the negative print of the stencil before sponging and on the left is how it looks after I sponged color through the stencil.
(I made a bunch of these panels because I was so excited about how wonderful they came out - so these below don't match each other but they do show before and after!)
Another look at the negative stencil and the inks and Brushos used (Lemon, Orange and Grey).
I know this may sound difficult as it took a lot of words to explain it (!) but it's really simple when you just do it! And isn't the result beautiful!?!
So please join us over at Just Us Girls showing us how the word Citrus inspires you! You'll also find lots of inspiration from the creative Design Team! You have until 9 pm EST July 12th to link up your card.
I'm also linking my card to:
The Card Concept
my card is mixed media, inspired by the orange blossoms and green leaves
Stamps: Sentiment Staples: Birthday - PTI
Paper: Watercolor Paper - Canson, Orange Zest, Limeaide Ice and White - PTI
Ink: Hero Hues Black, Ranger Distress Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters.
Accessories: Bloom Boldly Stencil - Artplorations, Brushos Lemon, Grey and Orange, green enamel dots, foam dots.