Squirrels Gone Nutz: September

Hi and welcome! It’s again time for our Squirrels Gone Nutz hop and your previous stop should have been the very talented Lounon šŸ™‚ This month’s theme is “Gender Neutral with Stencils”. If you have no idea what this hop is all about and what it has to do with squirrels… well, let me tell you more! We are a group of crafty friends, the Squirrel Squad, and every month we create projects following a theme with a randomly selected supply/technique. The key part is that we are using older supplies, something never used or forgotten (squirreled away).

For my card I went with items from my stash: two digital pumpkin images printed over a year ago and a never used mouse from older Tonic Studio set called “Warm Cocoa Wishes”. I thought they would be perfect for a general Fall card (gender neutral) and colored them with my Copics.

The background didn’t go as I wanted to… I was going to use Nuvo mousse through stencil (squirreled away supply) but it turned out to be completely dried out. So I went with the basic use of stencils with inks. I took a piece of cardstock die cut with a scalloped rectangle die and placed 3 masks, just freehand cut masking paper to look like trees. I placed a hill stencil to ground these trees and I used Distress inks to create some kind of Fall looking background. Once I was happy with the blending I placed leaves stencil on top and went one more time over using the same inks: Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber and Antique Linen. Removed the stencils and then I used Mowed Lawn and Antique Linen inks for the hill. Once all was dry, I took the masks off and using cool and warm gray Copic markers I colored the trees. Stamped the sentiment “Have a cozy Fall” from barely used Lawn Fawn set “Den Sweet Den” using brown ink.

I adhered the card panel onto a yellow card base, glued the pumpkins down flat and popped the mouse on 3D foam squares. Couldn’t leave it without a sparkle so I used Wink of Stella in clear for the scarf. Also used Nuvo Crystal Glaze for the glasses.

A closer look.

Since I had a matching yellow envelope, I decided to step it up a bit and used the same leafy stencil with the Distress inks. First I lightly went with the Abandoned Coral just on the left side of the envelope, then I rotated it and went over with the Fossilized Amber.

The matching envelope.

So, that’s all from me! I’m sure there will be so many awesome projects with stencil techniques shared so please, hop along! It’s just few of us taking part in this hop but I can assure you that it’s totally worth checking. Next is the sweet Anna.

Big hugs,

Boryana

5 comments

  1. ohhh! This is soo sweeeet!! I just love how you did your stenciled background against the birch trees. Beautiful!! Oh and don’t throw your dried out nuvo mousse, place some of it on your craft mat, spritz some water and work it with your palette knife until it mixes in completely with the water and the consistency is back to normal.

  2. Bory, this is just gorgeous!!! I loved reading how you created this scene and made the birch trees! I know it had to be frustrating to find your mousse was all dried up but you made a beautiful scene for this sweet mouse without it!!! Not to mention a matching envelope… I always forget to do that! Super job! I want to hop into this cozy fall scene šŸ˜Š

  3. This card is so beautiful! I love how you created the background and the freehand trees! And Iā€™m pretty darn obsessed with the matching envelope! This entire card is perfect and anyone would be thrilled to bits to receive it!!!!

  4. A perfect fall card indeed! I love the colors of the sky and the ink blended leaves on top, and of course, that mouse is ADORBS!! šŸ™‚

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