Plaid Background With Mixed Striped Stencil

Hello friends and welcome! Today I'm sharing a birthday card that features a plaid background created using the Mixed Striped Stencil from . I've paired it with one of their new stamp sets and some other supplies to create an elegant, but simple to create, birthday card. After I made this card, my mind immediately thought about how fun it would be to make this card in other colors. Wouldn't this make a great gift set with a card in each color of the rainbow and a different sentiment on each card?


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Make A Wish Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels. A plaid background created using Mixed Stripes Stencil.

I began with a piece of teal colored cardstock and placed the Mixed Stripes Stencil. I always like to think about how I can use things outside of their norm. That's when I thought of rotating the Mixed Stripes Stencil to create a plaid design. To achieve this, simply place the stencil at a 45 degree angle to the paper. I used Therm O Web Purple Tape to help hold the paper and stencil in place. I then inked over the stripes using's Domed Foam Blending Tool and Deep Sea Hybrid Ink Pad. Once all the stripes were inked, I then rotated the stencil 90 degrees and repeated the ink blending to create a simple plaid pattern. The design needed a little pizazz, so I pulled out a gold pen and added some hand drawn lines. I used a metal edged ruler as a guide and ran the pen along the edge to create the gold detail.

As the focal point, I used the Tim Holtz Sizzix Scribbly Butterfly Thinlit Dies. I cut it from a piece of gold Metallic Kraft Stock and adhered it to the card front using double sided foam adhesive.

To create the sentiment, I used the new Wordfetti Best Day Ever Stamp Set. This has to be one of my new favorite stamp sets. I love typewriter style fonts, so this set will get a lot of mileage on my upcoming card makes! I stamped the sentiment using Premium Embossing Ink Pad. I then sprinkled it with gold embossing powder and set it with my heat gun. I then adhered it with a bit more double sided foam adhesive.

For a bit more depth, I added a bit more ink blending to the edges with the Deep Sea Ink and foam blending tool.

To finish the card, I trimmed the front panel to 4 x 5.25" and then mounted it onto a Neenah Solar White A2 Scored Card Base.

There you have it! A simple, but elegant card that uses a simple striped stencil to create a beautiful plaid design.


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