I've had a play this morning, using a background I'd made on the gel plate months ago. I really liked the look of it and I kept putting off using it for another occasion. I decided today would be the day I used it. I'd created it by adding orange, blue and grey Pan Pastels to make it.
I paired my lovely background with a new to me stencil, by Stencil Girl Products, called "Pretty as a peacock stencil.
I lay the stencil over the background and secured all edges with low tack tape. I then added blobs of That's Crafty "Black Texture Paste" along the top of the tape and then dragged the straight edge of a piece of metal across the surface, repeating the process till all areas were covered.
I set aside the stencil and the piece of metal in a tub of water so that I could clean it afterwards. If you don't do this, you'll find them hard to clean.
I set aside to dry the image and then cut it to size. A few areas of the background had a few white areas, so I topped up the colour in those areas by using Pastel Pencils.