I then made several flower masks by stamping onto Post It paper and cutting out the flower shapes. I used these to enable me to layer the flowers and leaves. Once everything was stamped out, I overlaid the flower stencil on each individual flower and applied colour with a blending tool. I used the paper masks to protect the flowers I wasn't colouring. Keeping the masks and stencil in place, I stamped over the surface with my chosen background stamps and contrasting ink, before moving onto the next flower.
I continued in this way until all the flowers and leaves were coloured, using my hot air gun to dry any wet ink before repositioning the stencil and the masks. Once the whole surface was coloured put my stencil back on top of each of the three whole flowers and applied embossing ink with a clean blending pad, and used clear embossing powder. I think this has helped to create depth to the stamped layers. Once finished, I adhered the the card to a piece of chipboard using Studio Matte Multi Medium, I made a back cover the same size, and covered it with some left over spotty papers. I deconstructed an old blank sketchbook for the pages and used my Zutter 'Bind it All' machine to put the book together. The finishing touches are the little, dyed seam binding ribbons, tied onto the spiral binder and last but not least, a couple of stamped tags made by stamping onto shrink plastic and some of the new Tim Holtz metal photo corners applied to the front and back covers.
If you would like to 'Get Stenciled' we would love to see your creations. There is a generous $25 gift certificate for Kim's fabulous eclectic Paperie Shop, for one lucky winner. Hop over to the blog by following this link, where you'll find all the challenge details and some wonderfully inspiring projects from the eTeam. you've got a whole month .......so there can be no excuses......get those stencils out ! x