Much like many of you, I find myself struggling to find the time to craft "just for me". While I absolutely love being on Design Teams, and greatly enjoy creating with the products I've been blessed to work with, I still get excited when I find time to make a card or project that isn't for any particular reason, but rather, just because. It makes me happy. And while these cards don't always turn out to be my best work, I enjoy trying new techniques and learning new trends in crafting. So hopefully, when I try implementing one of these newly-learned techniques again in the future, I will get better at it and be able to successfully work that new technique into my crafting.
This technique is called Die Cut Stencil Shapes and it's the featured Make It Monday challenge over on the Papertrey Ink Blog. There are several samples given in the video, but you can use any die-cut you have to achieve a similar look. I used a My Favorite Things tree and leaves to do this technique at the bottom right of my card. I did the positive stenciling (as shown in the video) on the tree, and then did the negative stenciling on the leaves. I used lace and baker's twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and a Papertrey Ink stamped sentiment (Noel).
Here's where I'm linking my card in case you'd like to try this technique and play along. I'm sure that these challenge blogs would love to have you play along.
Papertrey Ink Blog -Nichole Heady:Capture The Moment - Make It Monday #264 - Die-Cut Stencil Shapes - I enjoyed learning this new technique, and hope I can improve on it moving forward. I used a Papertrey Ink stamped sentiment from their Think Big Favorites set.
My Favorite Things Challenge - Sketch Challenge #303 - I love the simplicity of this sketch. I didn't mount my sentiment on a background, but instead I simply placed it as shown in the sketch layout. I kept everything very simple, just followed the basic layout. I used the My Favorite Things "Out On a Limb" (retired) die-cut to create the tree and leaves background with ink.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and please know I greatly appreciate you comments and sweet words of encouragement. I look forward to visiting your blog this weekend, too.