Small Things with BasicGrey

Hello, hello friends! Happy Monday! Recently, I shared a peek of a card I made for the BasicGrey blog, along with hints of a tutorial sharing how I created this fun background and framework using the new BasicGrey/Hero Arts stamps and stencils. And today I am here to share the full project and process.  I hope you enjoy!
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As a stamper, I love the fact that BasicGrey and Hero Arts have partnered up to provide us all with amazing stamps that perfectly coordinate with every BasicGrey line. Having an arsenal of stamps at hand really opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities. And how wonderful that all the guess work of mixing and matching stamps with papers has already been done for us.

AudreyPettit BG GrandBazaarSmallThingsCard2For the Grand Bazaar collection, Hero Arts has introduced a new product to go along with their line-up…stencils. And today I’ve got a sweet card project to share using both the new stencils and the stamps, as well as a few tips and techniques for you to try.

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Stencils are very popular these days, and there are lots of fun techniques that you can do with them. For the interesting background I created on today’s card, I started by applying ink through the stencil onto a panel of white cardstock using a stamping sponge.

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Lift the stencil off of the cardstock, then mist the front of the stencil liberally with water…

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Then turn the stencil face down, line up the sponged pattern with the openings of the stencil, and press the stencil onto the cardstock. Use your fingers to press all over the entire surface of the stencil.

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Then remove the stencil and check out the cool pattern you just created! Once the paper has had a chance to dry, cut down the panel to fit your layered card base.

AudreyPettit BG GrandBazaarSmallThingsCard Tut7I love the look of Polaroid-style photo frames on cards. The fun frame I used here is actually the negative die-cut frame opening leftover from another project, but I thought it was just too pretty to throw away. It’s embossed and watercolored, using the adorable Diamond Background cling stamp, then cut down slightly to fit my card front.

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To create this look, begin by stamping the background stamp onto a panel of white cardstock using clear embossing ink, then heat emboss with white embossing powder.

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Then apply ink color over the embossing using your ink pads and a very wet paintbrush.

AudreyPettit BG GrandBazaarSmallThingsCard4Allow the paper to dry, then add the framework to the card front. You can add decorative machine stitching like I did, if you wish.

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Stamp the adorable fox from the Small Things clear stamp set onto a scrap of white cardstock using pink ink. I very lightly spritzed my inked image with water before stamping, which gave me a bit of a mottled appearance on my finished image.

AudreyPettit BG GrandBazaarSmallThingsCard Tut6I then added a bit of watercolor to the image before fussy cutting it out and adhering it to the bottom corner of my frame with pop dots for a bit of dimension.

AudreyPettit BG GrandBazaarSmallThingsCard5Stamping my sentiment from the Small Things set onto clear vellum allows the pretty background to show through.  I added a few black candy buttons, and a pretty bow made from trims and a Grand Bazaar die cut and resin flower, for a final bit of pizazz!

Supplies:
BasicGrey Grand Bazaar collection:
Istanbul 12×12 Paper
Taksim 12×12 Paper
Byzantine 12×12 Paper
Die Cuts & Transparencies
Resin Flower Stickers
Candy Buttons- Black and White

BasicGrey/Hero Arts Grand Bazaar collection:
Small Things Clear Stamp Set
Diamond Background Cling Stamp
Quilt Motif Stencil

Cardstock, Vellum: Stampin’Up
Ink: Hero Arts, Clearsnap, Stampin’Up
Embossing Powder: Stampin’Up
String: Craft Supply

17 thoughts on “Small Things with BasicGrey

  1. What a lovely card in pinks and yellows! The darling fox is just too CUTE! Thanks so much for the tutorial with stencil for the background, so pretty! Take care and have a great week, hugs!

  2. I totally agree with you about having the coordinating stamps! One can never have too many stamps, right? I love the soft look you achieved with this spritzed technique. Thanks for sharing that idea and the great photos of your process. Very cool!

  3. OH wow! My eye went straight to that little pink fox and it’s decoration… its soooo gorgeous! Next the black eye, and travelled up to the enamel dot use above …. that’s just plain arty! BONUS: we get to see how you created that fabby background! Love the use of both the spray and stamping….both stencil and stamp are complete must haves!! Love them both! The colour impact is pretty… love the vellum quote!

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