The cardmaker's dilemma: you want LOTS of layers and detail but... you want your cards to be flat and mailable. How do you get both? By using more than one stencil on top of each other! In this case, more than one of Michelle Ward's fabulous New York-themed stencils which are exclusive to The Ink Pad!
First I taped the top stencil portion of Michelle's NYC Skyline Stencil and Mask Set to a piece of Canson Watercolor Paper and used my Picket Fence Studios Life-Changing Blender Brushes to make a background that blends Distress Oxide Inks (from right to left) in Picked Rasperry, Wilted Violet, Chipped Sapphire, Mermaid Lagoon and Tumbled Glass. Leaving the Skyline Stencil in place, I placed the NYC manhole from the NYC Manhole Cover Stencil and Mask Set over to the far right of my background and chose the ink with the most contrast to the background in that area, which was Chipped Sapphire. I applied the ink and before lifting off the stencil, used a fine-tipped black Pigma Micron Pen to outline around the whole design. Then I untaped the stencil and swapped it for the hexie patterned one from Manhole Covers II Stencil Set, placed it toward the top left, and repeated the same procedure with Wilted Violet DO. On the lower edge I swapped in the other two manhole covers from the same set, using Picked Raspberry and Chipped Sapphire, respectively.
When all the manhole details were finished, before lifting off the Skyline Stencil, I outlined around the entire skyline. Finally, I removed the stencil and used a grey brush pen to add a shadow to the rightside of all my vertical buildings, to which I added hashmarks for even more depth. To make the darker colors inside the manhole designs pop... but not compete with the grey shadows... I used a White Sakura Gellyroll Pen to add highlights. I trimmed down the panel, matted and mounted it to a black custom-sized card that measures 5.75 x 8.5". I'll either have to make an envelope or put it in an A9 but I'm ok with that. Finally I added a Lawn Fawn Diecut sentiment and a few black Eyelet Outlet gems in the "sky" above the buildings.
Every time I make a New York card, I'm sending my love and hoping that soon we'll all be back in the city, hanging out with all of our friends at The Ink Pad, and making cards TOGETHER! ♥
misses The Ink Pad,
coffee from Bean and Bean Coffee on 8th,
and the grandma slice at
Rocco's Pizza on 7th Ave.