I was so inspired by one of Susan Tierney Cockburn’s own creations that I went right over to Elizabeth Craft Designs and bought all the stencils, (ones I didn’t have) that were on sale. Which was a fab surprise! The picture below is Susan’s card.
Yes, I know mine is pitiful next to hers! But, the point of this blog is the journey! I loved hers so much but didn’t want to copy it exactly (like I could). First that would be plagiarism if by some miracle I could pull that off, and second I wanted to try flipping the stencil (like Susan did for the tree reflection) but with the river. Plus, I had new toys and wanted to try them all, of course.
Here are the stencils that I used:
The two on the left are: The Great Outdoors and Mountain and Split Rail Fence. The three on right are: Cloud and Grass, Evergreen Grove and Shade Trees.
Here’s how I made this card:
As, I said, I had this idea to continue the “river” behind the covered bridge.
Step 1: I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to a 5.75 x 5.75″ square. Then I die cut Susan’s 1217 – Country Scapes – Olde Covered Bridge out of white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers.
The covered bridge is the focal point so I needed it to even begin to start stenciling the background.
Step 2: The above picture is the first thing I did. Using the bridge die pc. as a guide, I used the Great Outdoors stencil and PanPastels to stencil the water in front of the bridge and the stones. Then I flipped the stencil over to stencil the water behind the bridge. Then, while I still had the bridge taped down with temporary tape, I colored with PanPastels, the road “through the bridge”.
Step 3: Above pictured, I added the “Mountains” “Shade Tree”, head of the reindeer and one “evergreen tree” and the “grass” in the lower right corner. Then I put the bridge over it to see where else I wanted trees.
Step 4: In the above picture I just started filling in more “Evergreens” and the “Mountains”
Step 5: This photo is the finished scene. I went over some of the images with more PanPastel color to darken up some of the images and added the “rail fence” and grass on the lower right side..
Step 6: My original intention was to use one of Elizabeth Crafts Designs dies in the 1047 – Pop it Ups – Western Edges – 4 die set as part of my scene. It is the one with the two horses. Pictured below:
But the horses were to big to be at the foothills of the mountains. But I had already cut and colored it. By coincidently, it was laying by the bottom of the finished scene and I liked how it looked as if the horses had stopped to get a drink. I really liked it lifted by dimension foam dots.
Step 7: I cut a grass piece out of green cardstock using the 914 – Outdoor Edges -3 die set below and adhered it behind the “horse” piece. I stenciled the horse pc. with the negative from the grass die pc. as a stencil.
Then I added some little grass dies from Obsession Impression on top of the horse layer on both ends, pictured below:
Step 8: Attach the above “grass, horse, grass” stack with “Foam Dimension Dots” to the lower edge of your stenciled scene.
Step 9: To create the Easel base card, cut a piece of 12 x 12″ white cardstock in half. Score one half on the 12″ side at 3″ and 6″.
Next cut a pc. of cardstock 3 x 6″. In my case, I used a scrap pc. of double sided designer paper that looks like old painted wood. Then stamped a sentiment “The Best Things In Life” by Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs.
Next using the die set by ECD cut the two grass pieces using the same green cardstock your other grass was cut with. Adhere these two grass helpers as shown below to the underside of your 3×6″ panel:
I added a rope die I cut with brown cardstock with ECD die set: 1125 – Ropes 1
and attached to the front of this panel as shown.
Now adhere this panel to the lower 3″ of your scored base card. (the side that is 6″ sq. not scored.
I colored a brown stripe with a Copic E71 because I didn’t like the white showing under the scene that I think was caused because of the additional pumped out layer. Easy fix!
Now fold the scored half over the paneled half and adhere the scene pc. to the lower 3″ ONLY of the front of this card:
A card that the recipient can display easily without an additional stand:
Thank so much for taking a look. As you can see, I’ve got a ways to go before I’m stenciling like the great Susan but it sure is fun to keep trying. Stencils are relatively inexpensive and their uses are nearly endless.
Other Products Used:
Elizabeth Craft Designs: 12×12″ 100lb. White Soft Finish Cardstock, Clear Double sided adhesive 10mm
PH NEUTRAL PVA glue
Sizzix Big Shot Plus
Hampton Art brown ink pad
5 thoughts on “A Background scene made entirely with stencils!”
This is just PERFECT! As usual, your tutorial is thorough and entertaining.
You’re such a doll! I miss you so much.
Fab card! Love this idea, your tutorial is lovely and easy to follow. It’s clear you’ve enjoyed making this
Thanks so much for taking the time to look and comment. Still practicing using stencils but thought I’d just dive right in.
I love this card!! Great instructions on walking us through the process!!