Thursday, February 05, 2015

{Spotlight Project} The Sky's the Limit

Hi, everybody. I am back again with another Spotlight Feature using ARTplorations stencils. Today I'm going to show you a couple of techniques for creating a sky background using the Clouds stencil.

First up is a little HELLO card where I used one of the clouds from the stencil, the fluffy one above the shining sun, to sponge my background.

  1. Starting at the bottom edge, work with the lower edge only blending light blue ink into the cloud shape moving it along to create a row/line of clouds.
  2. For the next row/line, move up a little and offset the cloud pattern for a more random look which you can see quite well in the closeup below.
  3. Next attach a cloud shaped die-cut border, a piece of Washi and pink ricrac ribbon.
  4. Stamp, colour and fuzzy cut The Bees Knees Houses, I went for a bold child like coloured look, and attach.
  5. Stamp the HELLO sentiment (PATCHWORK FRENZY Graphic Squares) on a strip of scrap and attach as little banner.
  6. Layer on your matching base card and add some tiny embellishments to finish. I used stars, daisy, gem and heart,which I just had on my desk, but you could equally well use pearls, candy dots or sequins 

For my next card, I worked with one of the individual cloud cut outs. (to be precise it was the one which would fit the top right hand corner of the Clouds stencil.)

This time I tried starting at the top sponging light blue off my cloud onto white card whilst still only working with one edge of the cloud, again moving it along as described above for my first card.
I went a little lighter with my sponging as you can see from the closeup.

Next I used some stamps from Trendy Butterflies, and stamped my sentiment on my die-cut cloud corner and a couple of butterflies on a piece of white. Then I fussy cut my butterflies, layered all elements as seen, and finished off by adding a gem and some tiny hearts.

TIP! Arrange the butterflies and heart to roughly form a heart shape to perfectly tie in with the sentiment.

As always, there is a craft along video showing you both of the sky techniques I used. All you need is some light blue ink, a couple of pieces of white card and your ARTplorations Stencils: Clouds.

That's it from me for today. I'll be back again in a couple of weeks with some more spotlight inspiration. Until then, have a lovely time.

Monika xxx

Supplies Monika used in today's project:


Clouds is one of 8 10 new ARTplorations stencils offered exclusively through STAMPlorations. When you sign up for the STAMPlorations stamp club, your package includes your choice of any 2 stencils ($10 value) in addition to the featured 5" by 7" stamp set. The club offers lots of perks, including a free 4" by 6" stamp set like Trendy Butterflies sent every 3rd shipment (or immediately after signing up for the semi-annual subscription) and free worldwide shipping. For more info and to sign up, click here.

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  1. Beautiful cards! Love the softness of your cloud background ♥

  2. Gorgeous cards, Monika. Thank you for the video tutorial. :-D

  3. Beautiful cards - love the butterflies and the colorful houses.
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  4. This is gorgeous Monika, beautiful colours.

  5. These are the most realist clouds I have seen. both cards are beautiful :-)

  6. Monika, what a fun card!! I love your sky background!

  7. Beautiful clouds background and I love the cloud backdrop for the fun and colourful house!

  8. Love both the styles to create the soft BG sky and those houses are too cute, love it! Thanks for showing how to do!

  9. I love the sky Monika, so soft...perfect inking!

  10. Love the subtle cloud background. The houses are so cute and quirky. Hugz

  11. Love the cool, soft, awesome look of these clouds!! What a great job you have done of showcasing them to us!!!

  12. Love the background, the perfect drop for those bright colours on that lovely whimsical house :)

  13. Soft fluffy clouds Monika, lovely with both your cards - adds soft texture to take away stark white.

  14. Fantastic! Love the soft clouds and house cluster. Great colors.

  15. I just watched the video and am anxious to try this cloud technique. The dry baby wipes idea is brilliant! I was about to throw out a bunch so the timing of watching this video was perfect!

  16. You've sealed the deal for me, Monika...I MUST have these stencils! Such a gorgeous card; the clouds adds such a soft, subtle touch! Your video: excellent!

  17. I loved the subtle colors of the sky Monica!! The cards are really beautiful!! :)
    Suchi xx

  18. great video....thanks! Love how you did the soft. sometimes that's just needed.


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