I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted to do when I started this card, so I just dove in. The Tropical Background stencil from Pretty Pink Posh (PPP) is a pretty intricate stencil; one you have to be careful with as you’re ink blending (when you don’t own Pixie Spray) as the interior can shift about. Such a level of intricacy most often yields beautiful results and this stencil is no exception.
As a crafter who prefers masking over die cutting more times than not, I thought I’d try to mask this puppy and see if I could color it with ink. It took some time, but I’m thrilled with the results.
Essentially, running the stencil through my Spellbinders Platinum 6 embossed the stencil onto my masking paper (Avery Removable Labels 8.5″ x 11″ cut down to 6″ x 6″). I cut around the leaves and flowers creating many small masks and adhered them on top of the stencil. This allowed me to ink blend the background while keeping the leaves and flowers protected.
OK, it wasn’t 427 hours, but it was a labor of love. The background is Distress Oxide inks in the colors: Spun Sugar, Dried Marigold, and Scattered Straw. Once the background was finished I pulled off masks and used Tsukineko Fantastix Bullet Tip to carefully color inside of the leaves and flowers. I used a combination of Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, and Abandoned Coral.
Once the background was finished, I die cut using the PPP Sunshine Script die five times from white cardstock. I cut a rectangle using the stitched border die from the PPP Stitched Borders 2 die set using Papertrey Ink Green Parakeet cardstock. I used a portion of a sentiment from the PPP Encouraging Greetings stamp set to finish the sentiment and applied PPP Marigold Jewels.
The panel is cut to 5 1/8″ x 5 1/8″ and adhered to a 5.5″ x 11″ card base on Neenah Solar White 110#.