Saturday 27 June 2015

AAA Cards Game 42

It's been a little while since I've played at AAA Cards but the technique challenge was really appealing. In fact, I started last weekend and only got time to finish my card this weekend, so just as well it's a two week challenge!


Some time ago, I watched a video from Ranger Dylusion inks about using water to raise the colour from the ink and I'd heard it worked with distress inks too. I've not used stencils much. I had a couple that I used in scrapbooking layouts but never in cards. Having been lucky enough to win two stencils from Artplorations through Casology, I was well-armed for this experiment.

I started by cutting a circle and blending together Broken China and Crushed Olives. Then I used Artploration's Retro-circle stencil and misted it with water. After about a minute, I used a paper towel to pick up the water and bingo - the pattern appeared.

Then I used circle framelits to cut the original circle into three,  discarding (to my bits box) the inner circle. That's all adhered to a stitched rectangle, which is raised up on the white card base.

I like the effect created here. In the photo, it almost looks a bit bokeh - something else I'm going to have a play with soon. Isn't that one of the great things with crafts: there's always something new to try out.

I'm also linking this post to Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge, since my lovely Artplorations stencil is the hero of the piece. :-)

Card: Whisper White, watercolour paper
Ink: Distress Inks Crushed Olives, Broken China; water, Black
Stencil: Artploration Retro Circles
Stamp: Clearly Besotted Say it in Style
Dies: Circle framelits, SSS Stitched Rectangles.
Other: dimensionals


  1. Your stencilling is amazing! I love how that stencil looks and am going to have to try this technique myself. Thanks for sharing at AAA Cards.

  2. Fabulous card. I love the colours and what a great idea!
    Thanks for popping by my blog.

  3. I know what you mean, there's always another technique to try around the corner. I haven't tried this one at all and the effect you have with that stencil is really amazing. Such a fabulously CAS card too, the white really makes the blending pop. Its stunning!