Using apertures to create interesting backgrounds

I simply used three different nesting frame dies to create three different apertures for my cards.

Using apertures to create interesting backgrounds

There are many aperture stencils out in the market these days but there is a simple way to make your own. You can simply use your die cuts to create shapes to use as your aperture on your background. I used just scrap paper but if you want to make a permanent stencil you can always cut out the shape from acetate and that way you can reuse it many times.

Here I simply used three different nesting frame dies to create three different apertures for my cards. To make stenciling easier for me, I first cut the paper to the same size as my card front that I will be adhering to the card base before I cut the shape out. This way I can just line up my card front to the aperture stencil quickly and exact every time.

To make stenciling easy I used the new magnetic platform by Nellie's Choice to hold the stencil and card front in place while I ink blend my cards. You can always use tape to hold everything in place while you do this. I used distress oxides for today's samples but you can use any ink you have on hand. I also used the Clarity Brushes to apply the ink because I wanted a soft background, but any application tool should work for this technique.

To make these cards more interesting the technique I wanted to show you today is how to add a second layer of texture to your aperture stenciling. To do this you want to wait until your initial ink has dried, line up your aperture stencil and stamp a texture stamp on top of your aperture ink blending. I used the new Marianne Design Texture stamps to do this for my samples.

For the first card sample I used a simple silhouette images to stamp over the aperture shapes and a simple sentiment. For the card on the left I used a lavinia stamp - Nigela Damscena and a die cut sentiment to finish off this card. The third sample is done with a Happy Birthday stamp and a die cut form Marianne Design.

There are so many ways to use these aperture backgrounds and I encourage you to give them a try because if anything they are fun to make.  I have included images from other designers who used this technique in their card making.

Until next project


Products used:

Distress Oxide Ink

Multi-frame die circles

Multi- frame die rounded rectangles

Multi-  frame die octagon

Clarity Brush

Nellie's Choice Magnetic Stencil platform

Couture Creations Stamping Press

Marianne Design Texture Stamps

Lavinia stamp - Nigela Damascena