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Shadow Stenciling

Hi everyone, today I’m on The Crafter’s Workshop blog with this fun shadow stenciled card project. I will use today’s technique in two different ways and one background is also quite subtle and one is more bold. This way you can pick and choose which one you like best!


The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.


Step 1:

I started my project by die cutting two rectangle panels from some craft coloured card stock, each panel is two sizes smaller than my card base. I placed my stencil of choice over one of the panels and applied some opaque white ink (Spectrum Noir Opaque “Pure White”) over the stencil using a foam applicator tool and let that dry (also wash your stencil).

For today’s project I choose a The Crafter’s Workshop stencil called “Explosion” (TCW884s). You can use any TCW stencil for this technique but it will work best with a stencil with larger openings.

Step 2:

After the white ink has dried I replaced the stencil back on the craft coloured panel but slightly off set, where the stencil was when I applied the white ink. After replacing the stencil in a slightly off set way (you can do this by placing it first exactly over the previously applied white ink and then slight it up or down and a little to the right or left) I applied my next layer of ink: I choose a very light coloured ink, which creates a beautiful subtle result but if you don’t like this look you can of course pick a darker colour.

I used a Spectrum Noir ink in the colour “Winter Rose” in combination with a foam applicator tool to apply the pink ink over the stencil creating a wonderful off set design over the first white layer.

Step 3:

For the second card project I first used a darker coloured ink (instead of the white one first) which results in a bold and more busy shadowed stenciled design. For this first layer I used Spectrum Noir ink in the colour “Parakeet” and applied it with a foam applicator tool. Let the ink dry well (this way your white ink will be contaminated as little as possible in the next step).

Step 4:

As with the first card, replace the stencil in a slightly off set way, and apply the white ink from before over the first layer.

Step 5:

This is what my two background panels look like right now! Aren’t these fun! Now we can make some cards with them.

Step 6:

I figured these backgrounds would benefit most by some simple bold sentiments. For the white and pink background I die cut the word Happy from some green glitter card stock (and also three of these same shapes from crème coloured card stock, to create a stack with the green glitter one on top, adhering them all together using liquid glue). Both of today’s word dies are by Winnie & Walter.

For the turquoise and white background I choose a vibrant orange glitter card stock and a die that says Wishes (and I also created a stack with them using crème coloured card stock in three layers with the orange glitter one on top).

The Birthday word is from a Winnie & Walter stamp set called “The Big, The Bold & The Party”, which I stamped onto black card stock using VersaMark ink and I heat embossed using Wow! “Opaque Vanilla White” embossing powder, and cut the strips to size.

Step 7:

Time to put my cards together: for the white and pink background I die cut a slightly larger pink rectangle panel and adhered both rectangles together using liquid glue. This combination I adhered to a crème coloured card base using one millimetre thick foam tape. To finish this card I adhered the Happy die cut on top using liquid glue and added some sequins as my finishing touch.

For the turquoise and white background I did the same but I choose an orange rectangle mat, and didn’t add any sequins because this background is busy enough on it’s own.

Detail pictures:

And that’s it for today’s card project! I wish you a creative day!

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