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The flip side of the coin ... the cards that teach us!

I think it is an experienced card maker to identify the level of complexity by looking at a card. I'm always up for a challenge! So I attempted a card with a few techniques and scheduled it as a card class before I'd even made the card. "Sure, we stencil, mask, reverse stencil and colour ... no problem."

Here is the finished product ... a delightful card with lovely colouring and inking. A departure from the norm here. Katarina and I had decided January and February was going to be technique-heavy for classes. And this sure fits the bill.

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And oh did I tackle this one for a solid 8 hours.

I am limited slightly in the products at my disposal. I'm sure much like any of us, we don't have a limitless supply of inks, etc. Some times, well often-times, we have to improvise. Again, something I'm totally comfortable with. But this one broke my (proverbial) back!

Here is some "outtakes" of this card creation!

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And both sides of the paper have stamping tries. My biggest obstacle was that I wanted to use more of a bluebell blue and only had that in the water-based Cloud Inks. Which was fine for everything but the reverse stencil. The reverse stencil is painting the stencil with the ink and then stamping it off onto a "reverse stamp" pad then transferring that image to my card stock. The watery inks pooled up and were not uniform. I tried several different ways to try to get that to work. But ended up having to use a stamp pad in a more teal blue.

This is technique rich using the Clarity Brushes to apply the ink with a masked off circle, that same mask to block off a circle out of a larger stencil and then using that inked stencil and apply the ink to the "reverse stamp" which is designed to do exactly that, reverse a stamp's direction or you can use it to do a mirror image, like a reflection in a lake.

But I'm happy to say I conquered the beast and am quite happy with the end result. Now let's hope I get people signing up for the class!!

I'll try to remember to do a video during class demonstration to show you the technique. Stay tuned!!

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