In a recent order from Stamplorations, I threw in some stencils. I got one especially for cards that I need quickly but still have to be special. I knew I was challenging my stenciling and blending skills with this one - but the stencil and a die cut sentiment is exactly what I needed!! And you know what? It turns out it's easy to use!
I am not a pro at blending. There are definitely some edges on this guy that I could have/should have blended out. But what I am a pro at is getting exceedingly messy when I'm doing inky things and then getting fingerprints and smudges on my card. I had ink all over my hands and then the stencil slipped - so I decided discretion was the wise choice and I stopped.
I feel like this stencil could go a number of directions. It could be soft and feminine. It could be "misty" (there's a reverse stencil so you could ink the bird then use the reverse to add some softness around it.) I went with dark navy for my masculine bird because of the current challenge at Stamplorations. I think he's gorgeous!
Dies: Cutplorations Thinking of You (by Stamplorations)
Cardstock: Bristol Smooth, Taylored Expressions Blue Corn
Ink: Distress Oxides in Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass, and Faded Jeans, then I brushed on a bit of Taylored Expressions Blue Corn
Other: Artplorations Perched Bird Stencil, Pretty Pink Posh Starry Sky Mix (for the eye)