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7/19/20233 min read

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I had played around a bit with this stencil (Pulled In), and thought there might be a way to create a flower, with the look of a recessed center and the petals coming outwards.

After a bit of experimentation, I ended up drawing the outline of a flower on a piece of 4 x 5.25 cardstock. I cut the flower out - and ended up using first the outline and later the blossom as a mask for this card

Let’s Get Started:

Card Base: 5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Black Cardstock: 5.5 x 4.25

Card Face: 5.5 x 3.7/8

Card Face:

  • I lined up my home-made mask with the card face and secured them with Mint Tape.

  • I positioned the stencil over this so that the center of the pattern would be towards the center of the blossom and secured this with Mint Tape as well.

  • I grabbed my blending brushes and blue and yellow inks and set to work.

  • I applied yellow ink to the tips of the petals, and then added blue as I moved into the center of the flower. I tried to allow the colours to meet here, rather than overlap very much as I wanted two distinct colours.

  • Once the blue had been applied to the rest of the blossom, I went back in with the yellow ink and applied it with a heavy hand in the center of the blossom: the mixture of the inks created the green tone that I wanted for the center.

  • I added a stamped flower center .

  • At this point I realized that I didn't like the look of the flower going right off of the lower left corner, so I trimmed it to look like a petal.

  • I took the flower that I had originally cut out and put it in place over the stencilled blossom to protect it. I spattered black ink and metallic watercolour to add visual interest.

  • I outlined the blossom with a gold brush marker to create separation on the panel.

  • I put the card face into my stamp positioner and added the sentiment in black ink.

Technique: Masking

Masking was key in creating this card, as described above. For another look at this topic and additional detail, use the Techniques drop down in the header.


  • I glued the black cardstock to the card base.

  • I added the card face on top of this, alligning to the left hand side.

  • I added a greenish gem in the center of the blossom.

Final thoughts:

Although my blossom could be more symetrical, overall I think the card works and I'm happy with the result; and I enjoyed trying a different approach to using this stencil.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

I have listed which products I have used, and where they were purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.

Stencil: Pulled in, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps: So Many Shells (sentiment), Pretty Perennials: both Stampin' Up! - both retired

Ink:Stampin' Up!

Mint Tape: Scrapbook.com

Blending Brushes: Stampin' Up!

Stamping Platform::Misti, Spellbinders

I use a platform that recently retired, but the Misti is very similar

Gold Marker: Amazon

Adhesive:Tombo Aqua, Michaels

Black Cardstock: Stampin' Up!

Card Base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

Card Face: Accent 80 lb., Amazon

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