Hello Altenew friends! I’m so glad to be back and sharing cards with you again (featuring a fun quilt design)! I took some time off in January, so it feels like a very long time since I posted here!
How to Do Paper-Quilt With Stencils
I’ve invoked the name of Laura Ashley in my designs before, but I think today’s cards are the most like that designer’s fabrics and prints I’ve ever done! And the card on the left makes me want to pull that quilt up under my chin for a sweet winter nap!
CARD IDEA #1
I began this card by stenciling all over an A2-sized card panel with all four layers of the Blobby Roses Layering Stencils. I used my favorite ink colors: Frayed Leaf and Mountain Pine for the leaves and Frosty Pink, Cotton Candy, and Coral Berry for the flowers.
Next, I ran the stenciled card panel through the die cutting machine with the Circle Quilt Cover Die, using the rubber pad and an adjusted acrylic plate sandwich so that the die didn’t cut through the paper, only made an embossed impression.
I used the smallest of the pens in the Fine Liner Pen Set to draw stitch lines over the embossing on the panel. Then I die cut a flower and matching leaves from watercolored paper in my stash. I often paint a whole piece of watercolor panel and let it dry, to use in just such a case like this). I used the Layered Rose Die Set, which includes a die that cuts a solid shape that matches the outline die. I used the solid shape dies to die cut both leaves and flowers from vellum paper and adhered it to the back of the watercolored outline die-cuts.
Then I die cut two more layers of the outline die from heavyweight cardstock scraps to glue behind the vellum to lift it up off the background design. I adhered them to the card front using strong liquid adhesive (necessary when adhering to a textured background like this one.) Then I stamped a happy birthday greeting from the Sentiment Strips 3 Stamp Set and layered it over top of the flower. Finally, I finished by adding a few matching enamel dots.
CARD IDEA #2
For my second card, I ran a piece of white cardstock through the die cutting machine, again, with the rubber pad that allows for an impression rather than cutting. Then I started the process of making the stencil/die-cuts. For this purpose, I decided to work backward – die cutting the shapes first, re-inserting them into the die-cut openings, and taping them in place.
Having the die-cut outlines to guide the stencil means no waste of stenciled roses that are too close to their neighbor to be properly die cut, or wasted paper/design because they're too far apart when you cut them out. Plus there are (partial) blooms on the stencil that doesn’t have a matching die, so having the shapes already cut out saved me unnecessary effort.
I used all the same colors of inks as listed above to stencil with. Next, I used the All About You Word Dies to die cut “hello” from heavyweight black cardstock, and stamped and die-cut the “you” using the Tall Alphabet Lowercase Stamps and Dies.
Next, I trimmed the embossed card panel slightly smaller than an A2-sized card and matted it with a coordinating shade of pink cardstock. Then, I positioned all the die-cuts in a pleasing pattern and glued them to the embossed background with strong liquid adhesive. A few clear flat sequins finished things off nicely!
I hope you are inspired to try some of these products and the paper-quilt technique yourself! Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!