Photo Stencil Library. Stencil CO3 Egg
At this time of year, eggs are a feature of home and shop windows in many parts of the world. We are days away from the Easter celebration. Eggs are part of the pagan contribution to this holiday. They symbolise the coming of spring, rebirth and fresh starts. When we opened our Stencil Library shop, quail eggs were served to guests to signify the beginning of our new venture.
That was me cutting the ribbon.
Decorated eggs are sometimes given as gifts when setting up home, a new job or birth of a child.
We have a stencilled painting of eggs on our staircase at home. My husband painted the original using three sizes of CO3 Egg from the Animal and Bird stencil collection. I have since recreated the painting in other colours for customers. The same stencil features at the top of this post.
This much smaller egg is part of a set called NC8 in the budget stencil collection. I have used it to create these cards. A good way of creating cards with existing designs in your collection is to stencil them over the top of a cut out shape. I used one of my own egg stencils (from the pack NC8 Eggs) as the cut out but it is easy enough to cut an egg shape from stencil film with a craft knife.
Stencil it lightly with the desired base colour. I kept the paint very dry and then applied another layer of colour around the edges which gives the illusion of roundness.
Place your pattern stencil on top of the egg shaped one and stencil through both at once using a contrasting colour.
Remove both stencils.
Then find a recipient worthy of your hand made card and deliver it to them.
Remember an egg is not just for Easter!