As I mentioned earlier, last week was Winterfest at Two Peas in a Bucket. One of the challenges was a stencil challenge. (Šablóna is the slovak word for stencil.) The challenge was hosted by Anne Gaal. Anne created a lovely video on using distress stains and stencils to create a patterned background. You can view that video here.
For this card, I used the inks, rather than the stains. First I inked up some paper with "squeezed lemonade" (yellow) distress ink. Then I used a dylusions 5x8 "Number Jumble" stencil from ranger and inked it with "wild honey" ink. Then I shifted the stencil slightly up and to the left and inked it again with "vintage photo" (brown). This gave the off-set look. Then the background looked blah so I lightly inked the triangular design on the edge of the stencil over the top. But in hindsight, I wish that I had done that step first. The quote came from a Tim Hotz Stampers Anonymous "Life's Possibilites" clear set. And I used a Martha Stewart corner punch to get that "arch" on the sentiment mat. I like mixing Tim Holtz and Martha Stewart products because they seem such complete opposites. I would love to see them actually work together. I imagine Martha saying, "Tim, don't you think that you've used enough of that grunge stuff? Eww"!