Thursday, June 13, 2024

A Stenciled Birthday In the Woods

 Today I'm thrilled to begin my time as Surprise Party Guest over at Seize the Birthday.  How excited I was when I received an e-mail from Nancy asking me if I'd be interested??  Ummm, YES! And what a thrill to be working with this wonderfully creative team for June and July!

This is today's challenge.

So Double Stenciling is a special technique where you take a card panel and  lay one stencil over another stencil and ink through both stencils.  Then you lift up the top stencil and ink through the bottom stencil with another color.  Usually a lighter color first and a darker color second - and you have to think about how the colors will mix so not to make mud.

SO -  here's my card followed by a few creation step photos -  
if you are a visual learner like me, and so I remember how I made this!  

I have to say, I tried a number of stencils and ink color combinations before coming up with something I really liked.

and here's the inside to prove it is a birthday card - a nice masculine design for the guys in our lives - or for anyone who loves the outdoors!

How I made it:  
Taped a white panel onto my work surface.  Placed the Birch tree stencil over the card panel, taping the stencil along the top.   Placed the Moc Croc Stencil over the Birch Tree Stencil, taping it along the top.  Sponged over all these layers with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink. 
It looks pretty crazy like this - hard to tell what it's going to look like, right?
Lifted up the Moc Croc Stencil and sponged through Birch Tree Stencil with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.  
This stencil is a Slim Line so it's longer than my card panel.
Lift off that stencil and your design is done!   Pretty magical right?!
The Birch Tree stencil came with a 2nd stencil to mark the brown bits on the birch and I wanted those on there - so I just matched up that stencil over the trees and sponged with a brown ink.  
(But that's extra, not part of Double Stenciling!)

I stamped the sentiment and adhered it over the panel with foam dots.

So, we invite you to join in and add another card to your birthday stash!  You can use the topping of Double Stenciling or just make it birthday!  You'll find the challenge here.

Also linking my card to:

First time using the birch tree stencil

Stencil Fun  ends 6/29

Just Us Girls ends 6/19

Stamps: Peek a Boo Pals - Camp Wanna Stamp - Ellen Hutson, inside Birthday Basics - PTI.
Ink: Mermaid Lagoon, Evergreen Bough - Ranger Distress, Espresso - Altenew
Paper: white - Papertrey Ink.
Accessories: Moc Croc Stencil - AALL and Create, Slim Line Birch Tree Stencil - Rubbernecker, foam dots, blender brushes.


JoAnn said...

Great job with the double stenciling Julia. Love the stencils & colors you used for this lovely card. It is a great masculine card. So glad to have you Guest Designing with us at STB.

Loll said...

WOW! Beautiful card Julia! Awesome stencils that are amazing together. Congrats on being Party Guest for June & July!! xx

HilaryJane said...

Congratulations on your surprise party guest spot. This card is just stunning. What a great technique. I must try it - I keep saying that and not doing it! Time is an issue these days. I shall look forward to seeing all your cards over the 2 months as I am sure they will all be as special as this one. Thanks for sharing your process too. I never remember to take photos as I go and often forget how I did things when I come to write it up! xx

Darnell said...

Congratulations on the two-month gig honor at STB, sis! I think this sounds so intriguing and so fun! It's a brand new technique to me, so thank you for the photo steps explaining how you made your magical birch design, great for any gender! Hugs, Darnell

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Such a fun technique, Julie - you combined the trees with an interesting texture stencil & it's fabulous!! Just like dappled sunlight through trees! Congrats on your guest spot - such great inspiration!! I'll try to play along - just got a new batch of stencils - woo hoo!

Christine Alexander said...

Congratulations on your place in STB, how fun.
Your double stenciling is so pretty, I'd forgotten all about that technique and now need to pull out my stencils :)

Barbara said...

Love having you as our Surprise Party Guest for the next couple of months After seeing your creation for this challenge, I can't wait to see what you come up with in the future. This card as so much depth and the colors are sublime. I get the feel of a ice storm that has just passed through the forest. So very cool!

Nancy said...

We are the lucky ones to have you, Julia! Love your card and your step-by-step photos are fabulous too. Wonderful job with the Topping! Have a great day!

Susan said...

Love the double stencilling on that card! Great colours too. Thanks for explaining the process!

Bonnie said...

Congratulations on your Guest Designer spot on this fun team, Julia! You found the perfect stencils for this technique! Love the birch trees with that fantastic background!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Awesome end result! Thanks for being our Guestie :)

Vicki Dutcher said...

Whoops - Thanks for joining in at JUGS too!

JulieP said...

I love that you included a visual!!! This looks amazing and we're so happy to have you guesting with us!!!

ElizStewart said...

Julia... that is magic! What fun! I can't believe how intriguing that croc stencil...what an inspired choice! Thanks for joining and sharing at Just Us Girls this week!

Colleen said...

Julia, this is a fabulous card, the design is great for a man...those are hard to do because I love flowers so much! LOL thank you for being our special party guest at STB for the next two months, we look forward to more of your inspiration!

Cathy said...

Such a creative card Julia, love the photo tutorial and the amazing end result! Thankyou for guesting with us, Cathy x

Ashwini Rao said...

I must say you've done a great job of selecting the stencils. The Moc Croc stencil looks like one I would also use to create water surfaces (think pool water), but I have to say it looks fabulous on the sky! I really love what you have created here, Julia - thank you so much for this fantastic inspiration!!

shirley-bee said...

Brilliant combination of stencils, Julia! I love the effect that it’s given to the background. Great to have you back as our surprise party guest at STB.

Linda said...

Wonderful card, Julia. Your double stenciling is perfect for a masculine card. I love the pretty blue with the white Birch trees. Welcome to Seize the Birthday as our Special Guest.

Glenda J said...

What an absolutely brilliant idea to use the birch as your initial stencil. The effect is so fantastic! Love it! So glad to have you joining us at Seize the Birthday.