Stencils are great fun, but the size and scale of most leaves little space for my preferred empty space. Consider this lovely stencil of birch trees. Even using a portion of it takes up most of the real estate on this standard 4.25" x 5.5" card.
Still, there's plenty of white with the trees themselves standing out against a dark blue and purple backdrop, and the silver edging brightens the card considerably. Filling in the stencil was a snap with the mini blending tool from Tim Holtz.
The stencil used above is plastic, but I bought a pack of stencils that ended up being kraft cardstock rather than plastic. Has anyone used these types of stencils before? How do they hold up? Does old ink from previous uses transfer to them since you can't exactly clean them? Should I seal them with something before using them?
These are the sorts of questions that keep me up at night...and also what happens when you don't read the stupid package before buying something. *sigh*
stamps: Gina K
ink: Tim Holtz distress, Kaleidacolor vineyard
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: birch forest stencil, mini blending tool, craft foam, glue, ruler, silver metallic marker