Saturday, 20 June 2015

Two Ways With Stencils

Good morning crafters

Firstly, apologies that it's been a whole week since my last post.  Matt and I have had the week off work and I originally planned to do lots of crafting but the weather has been so lovely this week we have made the most of it and got out and about each day to make it feel like we've had a holiday.  Even though we live on the coast we are not really beach lovers (unless abroad where the sea isn't completely freezing!) so we've enjoyed some lunches al fresco, lovely sunny strolls, a trip to Dartmoor (where I spent most of the day trying to negotiate sheep, cattle and ponies that love standing in the middle of the road, and a deer that decided to leap across my path) and just generally getting out of the house!  Oh, and of course days out in Devon wouldn't be complete without enjoying a yummy cream tea :)  Yes, the diet has taken a serious battering this week!

Also, my week started last Sunday with a trip to the Sincerely Yours Papercraft Show in Taunton where I spent far too much money on some yummy goodies.  So, although I'm not looking forward to going back to work on Monday I certainly need to earn some money to be able to fund my hobby!

Right, back to today, and the reason for my post is to introduce another new challenge over at Less is More.  And, for this week's challenge we'd like to see you use some...


There are lots of ways that stencils are being used in the crafting world and I'm sharing two different techniques with you on today's cards.

I mixed some embossing paste with three different Distress Inks and spread these onto a white panel of cardstock through a stencil to create a pink ombre effect.  Once dry I adhered a die cut butterfly cut from black cardstock and also a black sentiment strip with the sentiment heat embossed in white.  I adhered the panel flat to the card base as the banner was popped up on 3D foam and I didn't want the card to end up too thick to send through the mail.

Materials used:
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves; VersaMark
  • Embossing Paste: Dreamweaver
  • Stencil: Imagination Crafts - Deco Branch (new purchase from the show)
  • Die: Clearly Besotted - Butterfly Duo Die Collection
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Sweet Little Sentiments
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White

Challenge entries:

Crafty Creations - Challenge #291 - Embossing

For my second card I used the Ghosting Technique shown brilliantly here by the super-talented Loll.  I didn't purposely CASE Loll's card but the image of her card must have been in my mind when I created this! 

Loll used watercolour sprays to create her background whereas I roughly blended three Distress Inks with my ink blending tool onto my white cardstock panel.  I then laid a stencil over the top and spritzed through it with a water spray.  I immediately removed the stencil, left it for approximately thirty seconds and then blotted the panel with a paper towel to remove the water which then removed some of the ink.  Once dry I stamped the sentiment in Black and adhered the panel flat to my card base.

Materials used:
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stencil: Imagination Crafts - Leaf Swirl (new purchase from the show)
  • Stamp: Clearly Besotted - Sweet Rose (sentiment) 

Challenge entries:

Happy Little Stampers - June CAS Challenge - Sprays/Mists
The Friday Mashup! - Challenge #214 - Stencils and a Monochromatic Theme

Well, hopefully I've inspired you to get creative with some stencils and if you don't have any you can always use the negative of a die cut as your stencil, or even cut from acetate.  My teamies at Less is More are also sharing some great projects today so why not pop by their blogs too.

Thanks for visiting as always.


  1. Fabulous cards - both are so beautiful.
    Sounds like you've had a lovely week - in this country it is always a bonus when the sunshine coincides with time off from work! Enjoy Monday.

  2. Now I will HAVE to use that embossing pate I bought. This is so beautiful Anita!

  3. Two simply fabulous designs Anita, I just love that watery effect on your second one!
    Chrissie xx

  4. Gorgeous cards - both so airy and elegant! Love that ghosting technique - I have never had much luck with it but may well give it another go. The ombre pink pastes look fabulous with the pops of black too! Glad you have had a good break and enjoyed some sunshine :)

  5. Fabulous Lim cards Neets. xx Jan

  6. Just love both your cards, those stencils are on my wish list. Karen x

  7. Hi Anita. So happy that you had a wonderful holiday and had lots of fun travelling the countryside and hopefully got in lots of relaxing too. And, of course, starting the holiday with a big shop for craft supplies sounds perfect to me! :) Nice to hear that the weather was accommodating for your time off as well.

    Two beautiful cards Anita. LOVE the ombre effect from your three shades of pink embossing paste. So gorgeous and love the texture and dimension it gives the background of your card. The black butterfly really pops off the soft pink.

    And love your ghosting card. Gorgeous sponged colours and fabulous stencil design. Thanks for the shout out! :) And thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers. xx

  8. It sounds like you've had a lovely week. Your cards are fabulous and I love the subtle colouring on the second one, beautifully blended :)

  9. Love, love, love both your cards Anita. The delicate pink ombre on the first one with such a feminine stencil looks stunning and teamed with the black sentiment and butterfly is just WOW! But I'm also inspired by the second one and I MUST try this technique with the water! Not seen that before you clever girl and it's brilliant also done in my FAVOURITE colours! Sorry for the late comment - crazy mad few days! Glad you've had a great week off - sounds like bliss! xx

  10. Hi Anita
    well I have just come from LIM to say how I love your card but now that I have seen your first card I love that one even more!!
    Must try that embossing paste but fear it might start a new obsession!!
    We are so lucky to live in beautiful Devon and cream teas are a must!!

  11. Love your cards, Anita :) I tried the ghost stenciling and am so happy with it, makes beautiful backgrounds :)

  12. Beautiful work!!! Thank you so much for linking up with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!! - Ashli :)

  13. Ooh I LOVE that ombre embossing, what a clever idea. Two gorgeous cards as ever x

  14. Beautiful cards! I love your use of stencils to create the amazing background. Thanks for playing along at Friday Mashup!

  15. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful creation in our 'embossing' challenge at Crafty Creations Challenges. This is such a nice card, really creative and original. I hope you will visit us again soon!
    Anna xxx

  16. My goodness, your cards are absolutely gorgeous, Anita! I love the ombre effect you created with your inks and embossing paste on the first one, and the ghosting technique on your 2nd card is amazing!
    I'm so glad you took some time to enjoy your man and the lovely weather...Good for you :)

  17. Lovely cards! Your second one is simply stunning, I just love the colors on it.

    Thanks for joining us at The Friday Mashup!

  18. The ghosting effect is so pretty with these colors

  19. Two gorgeous cards Anita, love the ghosting effect...such pretty colours. Carolx

  20. Only recently discovered your blog via LIM. Really gorgeous cards and awesome inspiration and these are no exception. Not a bit surprised to find you on several DTs. Have just become your newest follower. Stef x


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