Hi everyone. Today's challenge at SCS for new techniques is Cluster Stamping, run by the very talented Joan Ervin. The challenge is to take a die-cut (at least 2" wide or long ... the bigger, the easier to use), and make a stencil out of it. Then cluster stamp inside the stencil area. So fun!! I had to give it a try. Mine is basically a one layer card ... except that I always add a smaller card front - so I guess it's more like a one layer card front. :)
I used a window die to cut from a post-it note. I placed the die-cut window on my card front and then used the rest for the cut (outside of window) as a mask over top. Then I sponged some green for the grassy area and blue for the sky. I used only two stamps for the window scene ... a leafy sprig that I stamped two or three times before re-inking (second generation stamping), and a branch with buds. I love how it turned out. Taking off the masks to reveal the card front was so exciting. :) I stamped the sentiment in soft gray to mimic the softness of this sponged scene.
This is perfect for the Happy Little Stampers April CAS Challenge - Stenciling. And it's a different way to use die-cuts and stencils. Awesome!
I'm definitely going to be making more of these cards!
Paper: White (Neenah)
Ink: Distress inks: Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass (Tim Holtz); Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate (SU!)
Accessories & Tools: Small Madison Arched Window die (Poppy Stamps), post it notes for making mask, sponges
HLS April CAS Challenge - Stenciling
SCS TLC #528 - Cluster Stamping