These stenciled cards were fun and easy to make but very difficult to photograph. They have a very interesting iridescence due to the use of the Brilliance inks. They were started by applying Distress Oxide inks to thick Marker paper (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) and sprinkling with water to cause spots. Next Brilliance inks were applied through the stencil with the Hero Arts stencil brush. (This new type of stencil brush is so much better and easier to use than the old flat top stencil brush.)Finally, VersaMark Dazzle ink was stamped on the card fronts and heat embossing powder was applied. (I like the Dazzle ink because it stamps clear and is moist enough to sufficiently hold the Nuvo embossing power.
Since I was already making the birthday card for someone special, I decided to create another one for my 'thank you card' stash. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that the stencil is a TCW product sold at HM Ben Franklin Crafts. There were lots of gorgeous stencils on sale when I bought this one! With the new brushes and Brilliance ink pads, stenciling is super fun ......... give it a try!