Birthday Card with Stencil

stencil background birthday card using Altenew Simple Alpha Dies

Today I thought I would share a simple card I recently made for my husband’s birthday using a homemade stencil, distress oxide inks, letter dies from Altenew, and vellum.

I started making this card by taping a stencil onto a piece of white cardstock. I used blending blushes to blend two different distress oxide ink colors over it. Then, I carefully removed the stencil and set it aside to dry.

While my background was drying, I used dies to cut out letters which spelled out happy birthday. I did this twice for each letter and glued them together so they would have dimension. Next, I trimmed down the background panel so it would be slightly smaller than an A2 size card base.

Then, I cut a piece of vellum and wrapped it around the center of the card. I started arranging the letters over the vellum until I was happy with the placement. At this point, I thought the white letters weren’t standing out as much as I wanted them to, so I colored them by patting some ink over each letter until they were covered. I carefully glued the letters over the vellum using a ruler to make sure they were straight as I was gluing them down. To finish the card, I added foam tape to the back of the card panel and attached it to the card base.

Stencils are a great way to add a simple background to a card. I like that I can use them with so many different colors which makes them very versatile! I can buy an SVG file and make them in my Cricut or purchase them at a pretty reasonable price. Hope this inspires you to try to make some simple stenciled backgrounds! Thanks for stopping by! – Mona

Supplies used:
Altenew Simple Alpha Dies
Stencil – Cricut Design Space – Edge to Edge Chevron Pattern Rectangle Overlay
Distress Oxide Ink (Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio)
Catherine Pooler Ink (All That Jazz)
Neenah Solar White card stock (80lb and 100lb)
Yoseng makeup brushes

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