Tag Archives: stencils

Goodbye, February! Be Mine.

  • Paper beverage napkin – Lady Jayne “Celebrate Floral Heart”
  • Stencils –
    • Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz Collection “Flames”
    • Ranger Ink – Dina Wakley Media “Viney”
  • Prima-Finnabair Art Basics 3-D Gloss Gel
  • Stamps – Ranger Ink – Dina Wakley Media “Scribbly Flowers”
  • Deli paper
  • Dina Wakley Media acrylic paint – magenta, lemon, lime and white
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology tissue tape – “Laboratorie”
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs
  • OHTO Fude Ballpoint Pen – black
  • Krylon gold metallic pen
  • Black Cardstock – Bazzill

I created this mixed media card beginning with a beverage napkin that I adhered to a piece of Bristol paper with gel medium. I stamped and lightly painted some deli paper and added tissue tape to the piece. Then I applied the 3-D gloss gel through a couple of different stencils and allowed that to dry into a nice textured coating.

I have included a detailed photo so you can see the texture of the stenciled 3-D gel medium. It is pretty cool!

I loosely outlined the heart with the Fude Ball pen and then ran my metallic gold pen around the entire card, topping it off with a piece of ribbon and some sequins. I mounted the piece onto a black card base.  It is amazing what you can do with a paper napkin! Thanks for visiting.



Freshly Made Snowman

  • Stamps –
    • Stampers Anonymous The Art of Brett Weldele “Blizzy the Happy Snowman”
    • Fancy Pants Designs  “Merry & Bright”
  • Stencil – Creative Expressions mini stencil “Snowflakes”
  • Texture paste – Finnabair Art Extravagance Snowflake Paste
  • Inks – Ranger Distress Oxides: Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Broken China
  • Sprays – Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
  • Sequins – Hero Arts Frost Sequin Mix
  • Vellum – Paper Accents “Light Blue”
  • Embossing powder – Stampendous “Aqua”
  • Cardstock – Kaisercraft KaiserCard “Neptune”

This card started out with Distress Oxide inks with the addition of Snowflake Paste through the snowflake stencil. I stamped the snowman and added some color with Copic markers, cut it out and adhered it to the background with dimensional adhesive. I heat embossed the sentiment on vellum and sprayed another scrap of white cardstock with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, cutting it in a strip and adhering it behind the background. I then wrapped the vellum around the snowman and background. To finish off the card, I added the festive sequins in threes above and below the main image. I used the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for inspiration. Thanks for stopping by.


Freshly Made Sketches #317

A Vintage Journey “Winter Wonderland”

Joyful Snowflake Card

  • Dies –
    • Sizzix Thinlets Tim Holtz Alterations “Paper Snowflakes”
    • Penny Black “Love & Joy”
  • Stencil – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection “Starry”
  • Texture paste – Finnabair Art Extravagance Snowflake Paste
  • Inks – Ranger Distress Oxides: Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Broken China
  • Sequins – Simon Says Stamp “Moonshine”
  • Cardstock

I started this card by creating a background with Distress Oxide ins, layering colors and spritzing with water. Once I was satisfied, I applied the sparkly Snowflake Paste through a stencil so that the stars covered the background. The Snowflake Paste is really effective in creating an interesting background with a subtle sparkle. You can get an idea of the effect the close-up featured in the photo below.


I then added the die-cuts and sequins, layering the papers to create the card using inspiration from the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. Thanks for stopping by.


Freshly Made Sketches Sketch #316

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Icy Inspiration

Mod Squad Challenge – What a Flake!

Mixed Media Layered Butterfly Tags


  • Dies –
    • Sizzix Tim Holtz Detailed Butterfly Thinlit dies
    • Sizzix Tim Holtz Tag Collection Framelit dies
  • Stencils – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencils: Diamonds (THS081), Flourish (THS032)
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue Wrap – Postale
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Dictionary paper
  • Napkin – Michel Design Works “Wisteria” cocktail napkin
  • Ornate metal corners
  • Distress Oxide inks – Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Worn Lipstick, and Black Soot
  • Ranger Perfect Pearls mist – Bronze
  • Ribbon

I worked on these tags over quite an extensive period of time: layering, drying, analyzing… They were a lot of fun to make though. I cut the tags from a Tim Holtz die set that I’ve had for years and comes in handy because I can make lots of different sizes with it. I made backgrounds on the larger two tags using Distress Oxide inks in blues. Then I added torn butterflies from the napkin applying them with gel medium.

Because I was layering the tag pairs, I added more details on the smaller ones as they would be most visible. I started by collaging torn dictionary paper and Tim Holtz tissue wrap with gel medium onto the gessoed tag surface. I then applied texture paste through stencils. Once that was dry, I layered Distress Oxide ink (Worn Lipstick) over the top and distressed the edges of the small tags with the Tonic Studios paper distressing tool. I added some spritzes of Perfect Pearls mist to add some sheen.

I used more Distress Inks for the butterfly layers, the base layer in blues and Worn Lipstick and the top layer with Black Soot. I then die-cut the black layer and placed it over the base layer so just the center of the body was attached and the wings stick up. I colored the white ribbon with distress ink for a perfect match and tied the two tags together.

Thanks for visiting. It was fun investing time and experimentation into these tags!

Challenge: Happy Little Stampers November Mixed Media Challenge: Tags

Make Today Count – Mixed Media Card

  • Stamps – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection “Falling Leaves CMS097”
  • Stencils – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection “Autumn,” “Dot Fade,” and “Grid Dot”
  • Ranger Texture Paste: Opaque Matte
  • Ranger Distress Crayons: Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Aged Mahogany, Vintage Photo
  • Ranger Distress Inks: Carved Pumpkin, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick, Mustard Seed
  • Ranger Wendy Vecchi Mica Spray: Buttercup
  • Tim Holtz Ideaology Paper String: Solids
  • Tim Holtz Ideaology Metallic Stickers: Quotations
  • Tim Holtz Ideaology Tissue Wrap: Plain
  • Brass leaf charm – Fire Mountain
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents
  • Watercolor paper – Strathmore 140 lb. cold press

This card was fun to make because of all the layers–and of course it took me a very long time, just because when I’m making decisions as I move through the process it always takes me a long time! I really enjoy the process and since it is my birthday today, I indulged in getting messy and creative.

I started out by applying texture paste through the leaf stencil onto watercolor paper. I love leaves as a theme in my work! Then I stared at it for awhile, and added Distress Crayons all over the piece, blending as I went along. I then scrubbed some of the color away with a damp paper towel through a couple of stencils and continued to blend colors by adding a bit of water until I was satisfied.

Meanwhile I stamped leaves on tissue wrap with black Archival ink and added some ink splatters and Mica Spray. Once this was dry, I added some torn pieces of the stamped tissue with gel medium to the piece. I then cut the piece I would need for my card design and applied Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges. I wrapped it with paper string and attached the brass leaf charm.

On another scrap of watercolor paper, I watercolored with some Distress Inks and lightly stamped a few more leaves. This was meant to be a background for my sentiment, so I didn’t want my colors to be very intense. One dry, I cut out the sentiment piece, applied Walnut Stain Distress ink to the edges, and popped on the sentiment sticker. I attached the two pieces to cardstock and called it a day. Thanks for visiting.

Challenge: A Vintage Journey: Crazy for Autumn Colours

Give Thanks

  • Stamp/Stencil set – Stampers Anonymous: Studio490 Wendy Vecchi “Autumn Harvest”
  • Sentiment – Hero Arts CL987 “Color Layering Grateful Leaves”
  • Die – Lawn Fawn “Outside In Stitched Scalloped Square Stackables”
  • Ranger Distress inks
  • Ranger Distress markers
  • Handmade paper – Black Ink
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This image was created with a stamp and stencil set. First I stamped it with black ink and then I applied Ranger Distress inks through the stencil to color the image. I used Distress markers to color the tall vegetation in the background. I framed it with the Lawn Fawn die-cut and layered all on top of the lovely handmade paper by Black Ink. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge:  Shopping Our Stash #323 – Give Thanks


Smiling Laurel Burch Cat

  • Stamps –
    • Stampendous Laurel Burch “Indigo Cats”
    • Justrite Papercraft, Inc. “Winged Vintage Labels Two & Three”
  • Stencil – from Stampendous Laurel Burch “Indigo Cats” set
  • Dies – Stampendous Laurel Burch “Indigo Cats”
  • Ranger Texture paste – transparent matte
  • Ranger Distress Oxide inks: Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans, Broken China
  • Ranger Wendy Vecchi Mica ink spray – Buttercup
  • Copic markers
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs
  • Bristol and Cardstock

This is a card I entered in the Oregon State Fair Paper Arts competition and it won a first place in the mixed media category. Yay, me! I spent a lot of time layering the Distress Oxide inks and texture paste. The stamp set comes with a stencil that I used, that matches the geometric shapes in the cat stamps. I added the mica spray ink for some shine and contrast.  I colored the cat and butterflies with Copic markers, attached them to the background and finished if off with sequins to repeat the yellow from the spray. I really enjoyed making this card and playing with such a variety of media. Thanks for visiting.

Challenge: Crafty Awesomeness Challenge September 2017