Diamonds Large Stencil Journal and Cards

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Hello stampers, it’s Robyn Wood with you today sharing some projects using the new Diamonds large stencil. The diamond is a common geometric shape used for stencils but this one has the unique twist of being a little grungy and imperfect. Let me show you some ideas for using the large Diamonds stencil:



Geometric style stencils such as the Diamonds stencil work beautifully to give pattern to the background of an art journal page. This time I have used it over a blue & yellow toned, pre-done page in a Dylusions Dyalog Insert Book.

Instructions:


1. Stencil randomly over page using large Diamonds stencil with Distress Inks and the ink blending tool. I wanted the stencilling to ‘pop’ so have gone for contrasting ink colours.
2. Add a touch of colour to parts of the page using a colour complimentary to the background, in this case I’ve used lime. 
3. Create a horizontal page element over the right-hand side using some printed papers. Give the element some definition with a black Stabilo pencil.
4. Use a flat, dry brush or the top of a Distress Paint dabber to add a border around the page in a colour complimentary to the background. I’ve used blue.
5. Stamp Film Frame stamp onto white card using black Archival ink. Trim closely around the whole stamp then tie the left side with twine.
6. Stamp various flowers from the Tropical Flowers set using Distress Ink. I spritzed the ink before stamping to give a splotchy, watercolour look to the image. Fussy cut.
7. Stamp ‘Aloha’ word onto white card using black Archival ink. Trim closely around the word and glue over the edge of a painted tag.


8. Assemble page elements over the horizontal feature created in step 3. I have glued the flowers down by just the centres so the edges lift a touch for dimension.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Diamonds Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Tropical Flowers Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Film Frame Stamp
Archival ink: Jet Black
Distress Ink: Abandoned Coral, Ripe Persimmon & Picked Raspberry
Dylusions Dyalog Insert Book
Acrylic paint in blue & lime


Of course, this stencil pairs beautifully with stamps to create unique handmade cards. For this one I’ve gone for a vintage look to suit the Penny Farthing bicycle for a small square card.

Instructions:
1. Stamp the centre of the panel of Kraft card with Penny Farthing bicycle using black Archival ink.
2. Sponge pattern around the bicycle using large Diamonds stencil, Distress Inks and the ink blending tool.
3. Ink edges of the square with dark brown ink.
4. Layer panel with black card and mount onto chocolate card base.
5. Stamp ‘Vintage’ onto white card using black Archival ink. Trim closely, mat with black then affix to card using foam tape.
6. Finish card with black gemstones in each corner.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Diamonds Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Penny Farthing Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Vintage Automobiles Stamp Set
Archival ink: Jet Black
Distress Ink: brown shades


Stencilling with bright, happy colours gives a card an instant lift so that is what I tried for this simple card. For the flower stem on this card, I have used a dark grey ink – it will mean that my flower image will stand out nicely when watercoloured instead of being overwhelmed with black lines.

Instructions:
1. Stencil all over a square of yellow cardstock using large Diamonds stencil, Distress Inks and the ink blending tool. Allow the ink colours to mix slightly.
2. Stamp flower stem from Tropical Flowers stamp set onto white card using Watering Can ink.
3. Colour flower with Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks or watercolours, allow to dry and fussy cut. (Fussy cutting means you don’t need to stay within the lines when colouring!)
4. Add flower stem to the centre of a white panel and layer panel with pink card. Add panel to stencilled yellow square using foam tape and affix to square, aqua card base.
5. Finish card with a Happy Birthday greeting from Happy Birthday stamp set.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Diamonds Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Tropical Flowers Stamp Set
Archival ink: Jet Black & Watering Can
Distress Ink: pinks & oranges
Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks

I hope you have enjoyed learning how these projects came together, until next time!

Robyn



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