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  • Writer's pictureRick Adkins

Easy & Quick Card using Stencils & Dies

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I have a super fun card to share with you using the Boho Circle Stencil from Simon Says Stamp and some Distress Inks. This combination of products makes for some fun crafty play time to create backgrounds for your cards.

Boho Circle Watercolor Card by Rick Adkins

Inky Background:

To start off my card I used the Boho Circle Stencil from Simon Says Stamp to create the card panel. But, I didn't use it in the traditional way you use a stencil. I taped the stencil to my glass work surface and applied Distress Ink to the backside of the stencil. For this version I used colors on the cool side of the color wheel; blues, teals, and greens. You can use any water reactive inks for this technique but I do suggest using the ink cubes because it makes adding the ink easier.

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Once I had the ink applied to my stencil I spritzed my stencil and card panel (Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper) with some water. Just a couple light mists of water to each. I then moved the stencil over onto the watercolor paper and lightly pressed it down in areas with my fingers. You want the water and the ink to work together. The color from the ink will flow where the water is just like traditional watercolors so you don't want a lot of water on the paper but you want enough so that the ink will move a little. You may have to play with this to get a look you like. Once the ink had transferred I lifted the stencil and repeated the process again (this is where the tape hinge comes in super handy) if there was any places that didn't get enough ink.

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Once the panel was dried I cut it down to 4" x 5 1/4" and attached it to a top folding card base made from Basic White Thick Cardstock. I added the hello die cut (CZ Design Hello Wafer Die) to the center of the panel. I used Basic White Cardstock to cut the shadow die and Basic Black Cardstock for the hello. I found a sentiment strip in my stash that had friend in it an cut it down to add to the card front. I then finished it off with a few Pastel Pearls sprinkled around the card. Thanks for dropping by today I hope that you have a wonderful day.

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