It seems like the trend lately is to try to be "green", which is a good thing of course. We definitely need to be aware of our impact to our surroundings. In that line, Lynell created a great background stencil called "Go Green" (LX7000), well that's what I call it, but you can see why. It is an extra large background stencil that easily fits a standard A2 size card front.
In the true spirit of "going green", the card with the Hawaiian image was made from an old travel magazine that I knew I was saving for a reason! I ripped out a page that had a beautiful beach scene for the background, ran that through my Big Shot to emboss the Go Green stencil, then sanded it gently to accentuate the words. The image and mat layer were from the same magazine. It could be a great Bon Voyage card, or an all occasion card for someone who loves Hawaii (is there someone who doesn't!). The little card above that uses gold paste and the little gecko stencil, and just one of the Go Green word sets cut out with some green ink brush on it.
The other card really showcases the whole stencil. I ran kraft colored cardstock through the Big Shot, then brushed ink over the raised area to give it a "distressed" look. Embellish with old string and a rusty old coin and you end up with another great all occasion card.
On another note, the go green theme can definitely be applied to Christmas cards as well. Lynell had a great sample of a Christmas tree shape using this stencil. If we ask her nicely, I bet she'll get that posted on her blog soon!