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How to use a Black & White Stenciled Background to make card POP

Black and White Stripped Background Card with Red Rose by Brass and Bliss Craft Co

Looking to make a card that really stands out? Check out this black and white stenciled background that’s is the perfect backdrop for a vibrant card that really makes your main focal points stand out!

Normally when our Designer, Kendra, inks up stencils, it is with bright ink colors or some fun color paste. For her card today she thought it would be fun to ink up the new ‘4207 -Tattered Lines Stencil‘ with black ink! Scary thought at first, but the result is beautiful!! She likes to use black and white striped paper in her card backgrounds occasionally, so the new stencil makes creating her own paper easy and fun!! Today Kendra is going to to show us how to use a black and white stenciled background to make our cards really pop.

  • Kendra started her card by creating an A2 sized card base.
  • Place ‘4207 – Tattered Lines Stencil‘ on your work area, then place a piece of white cardstock about 5″ x 6″ on top. Gently place painters tape on each side to hold the cardstock to your stencil. Ink with black ink! (Kendra admits this was a little scary at first as she has never inked a stencil with black before!!) Gently place your non inking hand on the stencil when inking, it helps keep crisp outlines.

Once dry, die cut stenciled piece and one piece of white cardstock from the ‘5007D – Nested Rectangle Stitched Die Set‘, using the largest rectangle.

  • Using the ‘4136 – Bubbles Small and Large Stencil‘, ink the white rectangle cardstock piece along the bottom and right side with Color Fuse Set #1 Autumn. (This was a last-minute decision when putting the card together. Kendra forgot to take a photo of this, but it can be seen in her final card. Kendra thought having the light yellow behind the flower would add a nice touch.)
  • Adhere the white rectangle cardstock piece on a slight angle, as seen in the picture below, on top of the striped rectangle piece. With a paper trimmer, carefully trim excess white cardstock. Set aside.
  • Using a smooth piece of white cardstock placed tight to the bottom left of your stamping platform, stamp the flower from the ‘3496-04Someone Like You Set‘ with black ink. Leave the floral stamp on your platform. Set aside.
  • Ink your stamped flower using the ‘3496-04S – Someone Like You Stencil‘. Kendra used Color Fuse Set #5 for Rose, Color Fuse Set #4 for Scarlet and Crimson, and Color Fuse Set #10 for Moss, Clover, Basil. Let dry.
  • Ink your stamped flower using the ‘3496-04S – Someone Like You Stencil‘. Kendra used Color Fuse Set #5 for Rose, Color Fuse Set #4 for Scarlet and Crimson, and Color Fuse Set #10 for Moss, Clover, Basil. Let dry.
  • Place stenciled floral image back into your stamping platform, tightly against bottom left corner. Ink floral image with black ink and stamp. (Kendra likes to do this to give a nice crisp black outline to the image again, just in case some was lost when inking the image with stencils.)
  • Die cut floral image.
  • Place above cardstock layers in stamping platform and position flower to your liking. This helps with choosing placement of sentiments. Stamp ‘Mom’ from ‘36033 – Mother’s Day Script‘ in black ink. Stamp the ‘You are amazing’ from ‘36030 – Always Peony‘ in Color Fuse Set #4 Crimson ink below Mom sentiment slightly to the right.
  • Adhere cardstock layers to a piece of black cardstock 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″. Adhere to card base.
  • Use foam pop dots to add flower to card base.
  • Glue three pieces of clear sequins around flower.
  • Finish by wrapping white twine around top front of card twice, finishing off with a bow near top right.

Kendra’s risk of stenciling the background in black and white has really paid off as this card is just stunning! The colored rose literally pops off the page. Be sure to check out Brass and Bliss on Instagram and Pinterest for more beautifully designed cards by our amazing team.

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