Tone on Tone Stenciling + Die Cut Embellishments

Welcome back! I created this card in response to a challenge swap group I recently joined on Facebook. The idea is to be paired up with another card maker and then swap challenges. After you create a card using the challenge your swap buddy gave you, you mail it off to them!


My challenge was to use the colors grey, gold, and one other color of my choice, as well as add flowers.

Tone on Tone Stenciling + Die Cut Embellishments

I chose to use grey as my background color. Grey is not a color I usually work with, so making it the main color was something I wanted to try. I began by blending on some SURFACE INK FROM PINK AND MAIN. The color I used was COBBLESTONE. Then, after I had the top portion of the card blended, I placed my PUGSLEY STENCIL over it, and blended on more of the same color. This added a subtle pattern to the background in the same color as the ink blending. LOVED the results! It almost looks like a forest of trees, right?

Tone on Tone Stenciling + Die Cut Embellishments

For the flowers, I grabbed my TIM HOLTZ SMALL TATTERED FLOWERS DIES and cut out a number of the flowers. I used my RINEA GILDED FOIL PAPER for the flowers. I thought I would add lots of gold using the paper for these embellishments. I stacked the flower die cuts and attached them together using tiny white brads. I also cut the branch from my Tim Holtz set twice, to add an area where I wanted to layer my sentiment on.

Tone on Tone Stenciling + Die Cut Embellishments

For the sentiment, I used my LAWN FAWN SCRIPTY HELLO die and cut it from white paper about five times. I stacked up the dies and adhered each layer. This way, I created a nice, thick sentiment and I didnt need to cut tiny pieces of foam adhesive for dimension. For my one other color that I needed to include on the card, I grabbed another PINK AND MAIN INK in the color EVENING CLOUDS. I love this light purple color! I blended on just a bit of the color on only the bottom half of the sentiment, giving it an ombre look.

Tone on Tone Stenciling + Die Cut Embellishments

After I adhered my “hello” down, I added the flowers all around it, as well as some little leaves. I used TOMBOW MONO LIQUID GLUE for this. The glue holds great when dry, but since the foil paper is kind of slick, it took some time for the glue to dry. I held everything in place with my acrylic block so that it wouldn’t move around while drying.

Tone on Tone Stenciling + Die Cut Embellishments

To add a little sparkle (because the gold paper isn’t shiny enough), I placed some tiny DIAMOND SEQUINS FROM NUVO in a few places on the front of the card.

That finished my challenge card! LOVED the challenge I received from my swap buddy! If you would like to check out the challenge group on Facebook, its the CHALLENGE CARD SWAP.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Until next time,
Marie Nicole

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Annette Gordon says:

    I came across your blog on SSS design challenge. I really hope they pick you! Your designs are absolutely stunning! Such amazing talent.


    1. Marie Nicole says:

      Thanks so much, Annette! You’re so kind! Love hearing that you enjoy my blog. I just love to create!


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