Saturday, May 17, 2014

Layered Stencil Backgrounds

Tim Holtz was one of the day 11 guest instructors for the Watercolor for Card Makers class at Online Card Classes. He demonstrated how to make a background with a layering stencil, distress inks and water.

For my card I used his Speckles stencil and the Nautical Blueprints stamp set.

I selected several blue family distress inks for my stenciled background then did some Vintage Photo and Peacock Feathers splattering. The edges of the background layer are sponged with Vintage Photo.

The sand dollar and starfish were heat embossed with Rust Embossing Antiquities, water colored with Antique Linen and Wild Honey and popped up onto the background.  The ribbons are seam binding colored with Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist and a burlap ribbon. In lieu of a sentiment I chose one of the "dream" adage tickets which I crumpled and sponged with Vintage Photo and attached with some May Arts natural jute.  The card stock used on this card was Tim Holtz distress watercolor card stock and Neenah solar white.

If you look real hard, just above the sand dollar, you will see the seahorse that I clear heat embossed.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I love your card! The technique works beautifully for seaside themes!

  2. WOW...I really love your card!!! I'm always drawn to ocean themed projects, they just make me smile :-D

  3. A really gorgeous card. Marvellous colours and design.