It makes me super happy today to introduce you our Guest Designer--Kara Lynne Pogreba (from Kara Lynne's Card Designs). I first got to know Kara through her lovely blog and kind comments. Kara is one warm and sweet person as she is always so encouraging. I also found out that she is an amazing stamper over the years. Kara's attentions to details and craftsmanship are astounding. AND she has won the Top 10 Favorites and HM in Virginia's View Challenges a few times and was recently chosen as the My Favorite Things 2016 Card Design Superstar Contest. If you don't know Kara Lynne, it's time to check out her blog and creations. You will be blown away by her stamping and coloring skills.
Take it away, Kara Lynne....
Take it away, Kara Lynne....
Kara Lynne: There are so many ways you can go with this challenge, but I finally decided I wanted to create my own plaid using a stencil. It was way easier than I thought!
I learned a lot along the way:
1) There are many ways to create a stencil. I used the straw die from MFT's Cool Cup Die-namics. Even if you don't have a stripe stencil, you might find something with straight lines in your stash.
2) I needed a way to keep my lines straight. I have used a 12x12 see-through quilt ruler since I started scrapbooking fifteen years ago (grid paper would also work well for this).
I taped the panel on the diagonal and created the stripes using the vertical and horizontal ruler lines.
3) Since I just used regular weight cardstock to create my stencil, I learned that I needed to change out the stencil once it became too saturated with ink. You can see on one of the red stripes below that it was time to change the stencil! The line did not stay crisp (not a bad look, though, for another project).
(copics: Copics - E30,31,33,35,37,39, R22,24,27,32,35, Y04, YG 06,09, C00,1, W00,1,3)
Kara Lynne: This plaid design worked well as a backdrop for these adorable pups! They were a Stamptember exclusive for Simon Says Stamp from Art Impressions called Terrier Stackers. So adorable!! I used the MISTI to stamp them on kraft cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I stamped them several times to get a nice, dark impression. I colored them with Copics and used a white Gelly Roll pen to whiten their eyes. I gave them a Christmas spin by adding a Santa hat to the top dog, and heat embossing a sentiment to reflect the scene. The hat is from MFT's Jingle All the Way. It is one of the Santas' hats with the brim trimmed down to fit the dog. I drew a slit on the hat and cut and colored an extra ear for the dog so it could "poke" through the hat. The sentiment is from MFT's Gift Tag Greetings. The dogs were then partially fussy cut and the panel was popped up with fun foam overlapping the plaid panel.
I really hope this encourages you to try this technique. There are so many ways to change it up with different widths, patterns, and color combinations!
Has your mind blown yet? I know I was amazed at the DIY stencil for making the plaid! I think Kara's approach is truly ingenious!! Please drop by Kara's blog and leave her some love! Thank you, Kara Lynne, for taking the time and share your talent with us today!
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