Hero Arts November MMH: Tips & Tricks for Using Stencils on Dark Cardstock

Hello Crafters! Welcome to the  My Monthly Hero Kit November 2023 Blog Hop! You should have arrived from the fantastic Meg Brooks but if you’re just popping in you’ll want to head over to the Hero Arts Blog  so you don’t miss any of the inspiration along the hop or the giveaway!
Hero Arts is generously giving away a $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, November 12th at 11:59pm Pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog.

I used elements from the Premium Kit for my cards today. In the kit they have these beautiful snowflake stencils. I also used some of the add ons and their coordinating stencils too! I thought it would be fun to add some color to our darker colored cardstocks using our stencils.

I used the Unicorn White Pigment as the base of all my images. Once I had the whit pigment ink down I went in with my Hero Arts Reactive inks and laid down color overtop of them. Having the pigment ink as a base helps the colors to really pop off the dark background. I did some spatters with the Iridescent spray and outlined the largest snowflakes with a white gel pen for a bit more drama. I finished the card off with these cute little snuggle owls and a heat embossed sentiment.

For this next card it has a coordinating stamp set. I first stamped in my white pigment ink them heat embossed the image with white detail powder. I Used the white pigment ink with the stencils first and then again added color with my reactive inks. I think it adds a pretty dimension to the branch images. This pretty owl sitting in the branch finished this card.

For this last one I used the house stencils. Again I started with white pigment ink and then added a bit of color over top with my reactive inks. In order to get stronger color and a bit more personality out of the card I used the inking as a guide to add colored pencils on top. I didn’t spend tons of time blending it and in most cases I only used one maybe two colors of pencils. The result is a bit more whimsical which I think is super fun. Instead of outlining in white like I did the snowflakes I outlined in black. Outlining over pencil can be tricky if you’re using a wax based pencil but honestly I think the imperfect lines adds to the whimsy!

You can see all three cards come together in the video below.

I hope this inspires you to try stencils on darker cardstock for a different look! Your next stop on the hop is the talented Natasha Vacca.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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