Saturday, February 6, 2016

{Winnie & Walter} February Leading Lady: Take 1 + Giveaway!


Hi, everyone! I'm so excited to be Winnie & Walter's Leading Lady this month!! Every Saturday, I'll be sharing projects with a weekly theme. Today's theme is stencilling. I made two cards, each one with a completely different stencilling technique, and two of my favourite ways to use stencils.


My first card uses The Leaf Effect stencil with embossing paste tinted with three shades of green distress inks. It's a great technique that allows me to customize the colour of the paste. In this case, I created greenery for the hanging birdhouse. The In a Word: Home die was sponged using purple distress inks.


The birdhouse and bird, from Happiest of Holidays and used here to show versatility in a non-holiday design, were coloured with Copic markers. I applied a generous coat of Wink of Stella on the bird. Since I was partially stamping sweet home on some of the embossing paste, I didn't want it to react and bleed so I used archival ink. I also used my MISTI stamping tool to make sure it lined up and, if it didn't stamp well the first time, stamp it again in the same spot.


My second card uses the Madison stencil with daubers and a rainbow of distress inks to create a bold background that allows simple flowers and leaves from Anna's Flora to shine without added colour. All I did was add some sparkling clear sequins for a bit of shine. The sentiment was created with a combination of stamps and dies from The Big, the Bold and Friends and The Big, the Bold and Party Cutaways.


Here are the two cards shown side-by-side to show how stencils can be used in two very different ways. I love the option of creating a lot of texture versus keeping it flat.


GIVEAWAY

Winnie & Walter has given me a $30 gift card to share with my readers! All you need to do is comment on all four of my Leading Lady posts this month and you'll be entered to win. Good luck! :)


Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you'll join me again for Take 2 next Saturday!


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Sources for Best Wishes, XOXO:

69 comments:

Ashwini Rao said...

Awesome awesome cards, Emily! Don't know which one's better! But using three distress inks in embossing paste! Mind blowing - I did think there was a shading in those leaves, then when I read you had used embossing paste, I had to see it once more - it was still there!!! Totally amazing!

Karen B. said...

Emily these are so very beautiful! You've inspired me to play with stencils more!

Christy Bray said...

I love both of these and I was just working with stencils last night! I have not played with coloring my embossing paste! Going to do that today!!! Thank u for the inspiration

Natalie s said...

Wow Emily, your "home sweet home" card is so wonderful! I have some friends who are moving houses so I might just have to CASE this one.

Scrapthat said...

You did awesome Emily, love them both and TFS!

cm said...

Emily, a duo of gorgeous cards, featuring innovative ways to use stencils. The bird house is darling; the florals, lovely! You are most certainly an impressive "leading lady" creating magic with these W&W products.
~carol

maria f. said...

Had to come tell you that I am sooooo impressed with that secondary sentiment on your new home card. I would have been sweating bullets stamping that onto the dimensional paste. Guess that is one more reason to invest in a MISTI! Lovely projects.

Anita in France said...

Fabulous stencilling, Emily ... the texture with that sweet birdhouse is brilliant ... love those line florals against all that gorgeous colour! What a fantastic debut as Leading Lady! Anita :)

I Card Everyone said...

How delightful to see you in the Leading Lady post! Emily, you've given new life to that darling Christmas set with your darling periwinkle bird! Both cards are just charming! Fingers crossed!
=]

Mich C said...

Beautiful cards! Love what you did with the leaf stencil! Thanks for the inspiration!

Satori said...

Wonderful cards! Great inspiration and reminder to play with stencils!

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

Beautiful cards. I love Winnie &walter!

Brandi R said...

Beautiful cards! The Home card is so sweet and completely darling ♥

conil said...

It's always a pleeasure to see what you have up your sleeve, and this post is no exception. Love the colored paste but the scene you surrounded it with is simply charming. Great color and design. Your second card captures the attention with it's vibrancy and the bold black sentiment. Excellent work.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Congrats on being chosen Leading Lady! Your cards are gorgeous! Love the stenciling!

luvhymns said...

Stunning cards because of the way you colored them. Makes the stencil, and word die pop!

Melissa Friedrich said...

Beautiful cards, clever and brilliant techniques with stencils! Love both of these cards!

mtscrapgal said...

Emily, congrats for your Leading Lady selection. I'll be here every Saturday to see what you created for us. Todays cards are super. Both stenciling techniques are beautiful. Thanks.

T Blevins said...

I love your cards. Everything you create is awesome and so inspiring. I have neglected my stencils and embossing paste, but these cards have reminded me how much I love using paste and stencils with ink too. Thanks for sharing your cards.

pcm said...

congrats on leading lady! i love the soft background on that bird card!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

These are awesome! I really love the colorful background and the way the white flowers just pop!

Jean Bullock said...

So beautiful. I love how the images fade into the negative white space. Gorgeous!

Lynne in NI said...

Beautiful cards, I especially love the colouring on your birdie card :)

Rose said...

I love your use of stencils in both cards. I especially love the varying shades of green embossing paste & the gorgeous purple together. Really lovely!

Tracey McNeely said...

Beautiful cards Em, I love embossing paste and haven't used it is far too long! Congratulations!

Denise Bryant said...

Lovely cards! I love your color combos and pretty details! I need to try some embossing paste... have some and some stencils! You have inspired me!

Marie-Pierre Capistran said...

You are one awesome creative soul Emily!! All love all your creations and these two don't disappoint! Well done! Love the tinted paste. :)

Christine Canfield said...

i love the fade on the chunky "hello"

mimi said...

These two cards are so beautiful - great job!

Michele Henderson said...

I just love the darling purple color of your home card! Gorgeous! Thanks for the stenciling tips!
Take care!
Michele

Denise Ward said...

I love both of these cards. The one with the birds is so subtle and sweet while the other one has more vibrant colors, yet they are equally beautiful and impactful! Happy birthday to Winnie and Walter!

TracyM #6773 said...

CONGRATULATIONS on being Leading Lady Emily!!!
SO HAPPY for YOU and for US too :)
LOVE both of your cards, the designs are DELIGHTFUL, the colours & colouring SO BEAUTIFUL!!! Great idea with the tinting in the embossing paste, a product and technique I look forward to trying!!!
THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION, can't wait to see what you have to share with us next week!!!

mandalj said...

Such great cards! I've never tried embossing paste of stencils but I'm feeling an itch to now!

Super Stick Chick said...

Emily, love your cards! The stencils are paired brilliantly with your images!

Dr Sonia S V said...

Love the beautiful leafy background you made for the bird card..its gorgeous
Cheers
Dr Sonia

Margaret R said...

Gorgeous cards Emily! Love the ombré effects and both, and the beautiful textured leaves.

NanW said...

Beautiful stenciling techniques.

Amante del Papel said...

your cards are so beautiful and amazing!!!

Eva said...

Both cards are awesome!!! I love background you create for the bird card!
Hugs ;)

Miriam Prantner said...

Congrats on the guest gig! Loving how you used the stencils here. Gorgeous cards!

Mary-Anne V said...

Very pretty cards using these stencils. Love the way you stenciled only one corner of the card on the first project.

Lindsey said...

These are both beautiful! I love the soft green for the embossing paste stencilling; but also the bright fun colours of the distress ink stencilling! So nicely done!

Sarita Salmon said...

Love the cards! Great colors and technique.

ilovestamping said...

Both cards are really lovely, but my favorite is the first-because of its beautiful colors and design!

Daria Z. said...

Such beautiful cards, Emily! Absolutely love the color combo on the "home" card - and I had no idea you could actually stamp over embossing paste. The bright colors on the second card made a lovely background for the flowers.

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow! Amazing cards!!!!

Skrater said...

Oh I love that bird and birdhouse! So sweet!

Lizzie T a/k/a Wifelady said...

Beautiful cards!!!!

Toni said...

Very adorable cards!

Rebecca Ednie said...

The birdie is so adorable! Love the colours too.

Nikki C said...

The home card is just brilliant love how you have the bird house hanging it off of itb

Sue D said...

Fabulous stenciling. I really like the bird card.

Larissa Heskett said...

SO BEAUTIFUL!! I LOVE the Inking and the Designs!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Leanne said...

Really beautiful!

BunnyD said...

I love using stencils and embossing paste. I adore your use of the leaf stencil and the way you let it break off partway down the card. Very artistic. Great colours on the second one. Makes for a bold contrast. Fabulous designs!

jan metcalf said...

The Home Sweet Home is lovely!!!

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

Love those embossing paste leaves!

Rema said...

Beautiful cards!

Debra said...

You have a unique style. I love your use of color. The bird card is stunning and I am signing up for your blog as it's inspirational!

Amanda said...

Just beautiful! I love the versatility of stencils. Your bold, colorful background d on the second card looks gorgeous with your simple, black and white die cut flowers!

Malin E said...

I really do like this dies and stamps I must say!!
Hugs MAlin

CraftyPaws said...

Oooh gorgeous! I LOVE luv love the artistic look of these cards! The partial stenciling with embossing paste and inks is so beautiful! love these cards!

Saba Faisal said...

Adorable! both cards are inspirational.

SHartl said...

Your cards are both amazing but I especially love that sweet little bird with the die cut word sentiment!

Susan Renshaw said...

Two absolutely fabulous cards - love the techniques! May have to borrow the leaf idea!!

Stir Your Creativity said...

Both the cards are superb. Loved the way you have put the colors and the techniques used. Very inspiring

Piyu said...

Both the cards are so pretty..loved the way you used the stencils in first card and the rainbow colors of the second.

Vijaylaxmi Siyal (Shalu) said...

Fantastic..sweet n colorful cards !! Grt !!

Jeneric said...

Love both the backgrounds!