For the ARTastic challenge this month I used a 30 year old photo of my gorgeous niece Ali, taken when she was about 3 years old. Rather than use commercially produced stencils and masks I created my own. My background started with a white sheet of cardstock. I scalloped the edge, then masked the scallops with Washi tape so they would stay white.
I then created another mask by using a lacy edge punch to make a square corner which I sprayed lightly with Glimmer Mist.
I then placed a 12x12 piece of carpet mesh over the whole sheet and sprayed with Glimmer Mist again, giving a lattice effect.
Once I'd placed the orange cardstock into position, I created a stencil with another edge punch, which I then used to ink a faux embroidered border on the white "lace".
Once the stencilling was done I removed the Washi tape from the scalloped edges, added my photo, title and embellishments and I was done.
I don't do a lot of stencilling on my pages but I've always admired layouts that have it in their backgrounds as it gives great dimension and added interest. I'm quite pleased with my efforts. I've kept things clean and simple because that's my style but I will be including more masking and stencilling in future layouts as I really enjoyed the challenge. Thanks for the inspiration.