Making Waves

Yesterday, Mariana shared two fabulous ideas for using the Waves Stencil and today I’m back to share three more ways to use this versatile stencil. More often than not, I use my stencils to create full and partial backgrounds on my cards instead of patterned paper. And what I really love about stencils is the variety of both soft and bold patterns that you can create by simply changing your ink and paper colors.

Waves Stencil by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

I was eager to use the new Waves Stencil to create a background for an ocean-themed shaker card. I started by completely covering one side of the stencil with three colors of blue distress inks and then misting the inked stencil to allow the the inks to partially blend. I placed the wet stencil onto a panel of white layering paper and then gently blotted over the stencil with a paper towel to remove any excess water. The result is a beautiful, rolling sea background.

Waves Stencil by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

To create the shaker element, I die cut a circle from the stenciled panel, as well as a trimmed piece of craft foam, and set them aside. I stamped a starfish from the Color Layering Seahorse set, trimmed it with the matching die, and adhered it to the center of the card base with foam tape. Then, I secured a piece of acetate and the piece of die-cut craft foam to the back of the stenciled panel, laid a few sequins on the card by the starfish, and adhered the panel to the card front. I finished the card with a white embossed sentiment from the Color Layering Goldfish set, an additional starfish, and a die-cut seahorse that I stamped with Soft Vanilla, Soft Cantaloupe, and Cup O' Joe inks.

Waves Stencil by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

While I still had my supplies on my work table, I used the same Waves Stencil to create two additional backgrounds on blue layering paper. For this card, I simply secured my stencil and paper to my work surface with tape, and then applied white ink onto the blue paper through the stencil with a foam applicator. I love the white ink on the blue paper as it resembles whitecaps on ocean waves. To finish the design, I added a thank you sentiment, a bit of vellum and a twine bow.

Waves Stencil by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

For one last look, I made a monochromatic background using two of the new Bold Inks, Aquatic and Deep Ocean. With these names, I suspected that these two inks, used with the Waves Stencil on blue layering paper, would create a realistic, deep ocean background. I finished the card by stamping the sentiment on a watercolored, cardstock circle and then clustering a few stamped images and gems around the message.

After making these three water backgrounds, I’m eager to explore using the Waves Stencil to create backgrounds of green hills, sandy beaches and even white, snow drifts.

Wishing you a wonderful and inspired day,


17 Comment on “Making Waves

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *