Today is my last post on the a2z Blog as I'm stepping down from the DT at the end of April. I want to thank everyone at a2z for giving me this great opportunity. Today's card started with making a stenciled background using the wonderful Numbers Background stencil--a GREAT deal in the Sales/Retired section. I inked the stencil with 4 Hero Arts colors, spritzed with water & laid it on a watercolor panel. The look wasn't what I wanted, so I laid the stencil back in place & used daubers with the same ink colors. That worked well, but the colors didn't flow from one to the other. A light coating of Gesso totally changed the look & saved my panel from the trash can! I dry embossed it & sponged on a couple shades of brown adding to the artistic look & bringing out the embossed design.
Each HA butterfly was stamped & embossed twice--once on kraft cardstock & once on watercolor paper. After watercoloring with the same inks, I added a very light covering of Gesso & sponged with brown ink. Clear Wink of Stella & Hero Arts gems give them shimmer & shine while hemp cord is wrapped around the bodies with the ends used for antennae. The HA sentiment was heat embossed on the kraft card front & then the background panel was trimmed to fit. I attached the colored butterflies to the kraft ones only in the middle & bent the wings slightly up before attaching them.
Hope I've inspired you to join the current challenge to use a stencil on your project. Links to my supplies are in the a2z Blog Post. Feel free to use my code, GRETA15, to get 15% off a minimum $25 purchase. I'm entering the Things with Wings challenge at Uniko, Layers & Dimension at Virginia's View, In the Garden at Die Cut Divas, & Pixies Snippets Playground. Thanks so much for all your support & taking time to visit my blog.