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Fun With Stencils!

Saturday, June 12th, 2021

Hello, and happy Saturday! It’s Deb here, for the Design Team. Today’s word prompt for the Scrap ‘N Stamp daily challenge is stencils. So today we’re going to have some fun with stencils, using them in different ways. For me, stencils are one of the most versatile products to have in your craft stash. Not only are the versatile, but they’re also very well priced, giving you a great ‘bang for your buck’, so to speak.


This is the ‘usual’ first way we all use stencils. Simply brushing inks through the stencil, to create a background. It’s quick, fun, and you can choose any colour you want to use.  For this card, I’ve paired a stencil strip from Taylored Expressions with the Poppystamps ‘Whittle’ dies. (If you haven’t yet enjoyed our recent Whittle Things Blog Hop, be sure to START HERE, and comment along the way!).

Fun With Stencils


Start with a piece of white cardstock, and blend Broken China Distress Oxide all over. Next, choose one of the wave stencil strips from the Taylored Expressions Set The Scene Waves stencil strip set. Brush on Faded Jeans Distress Oxide, to create the two colours of water.  Use a stitched square die to cut the panel, and attach it with foam tape to a dark blue card square. Attach this to a light blue card base.  Stamp the sentiment in dark blue ink onto the light blue cardstock strip from the Whittle Sealife Sentiments stamp set. Attach the sentiment strip to a strip of dark blue, and glue it to the card front.

Use the Poppystamps Whittle Fish Trio and Whittle Seahorse dies, and die cut the shape. Colour them using Zig markers, and a water brush.  Attach the fish and seahorse to the front of the card.  For embellishments, I chose the Gina K. Clear Quartz Solid sequins, and Brutus Monroe Acrylic Bubbles, to add the ‘bubble look’.


The opening of the stencils is an invitation to use just about any medium! Two of my favourites are Modeling Paste (texture paste) and Glitter Gel.  This Tim Holtz Flourish stencil was deserving of some fancy glitter gel, I thought.

Fun With Stencils

The shine & sparkle of this Stickles Glitter Gel is amazing, isn’t it?!


First, tape the stencil to your cardstock; I usually use Purple Tape for this. Next, apply the glitter gel through the stencil, using a palette knife. Be sure to clean off the stencil & palette knife right away with warm soapy water, so it doesn’t permanently stick! Place the stenciled piece aside, to allow the gel to dry.

Stamp the sentiment from the Penny Black Sentiments Collection onto dark blue cardstock in Versamark ink. Cover the stamping with gold embossing powder, and set with a heat tool. Cut banner tails on the right end of the sentiment piece.

Now that your stenciled piece is dry, layer it with a bright green background, on a dark blue cardstock base. Attach the sentiment to the front, using foam tape. No need to add anything else, because the gorgeous shape of the stencil, and shine of the glitter gel, takes care of the rest!


I hope that you’re playing along with the daily challenge! Then you can have your own fun with stencils! To join, visit the Facebook challenge page HERE. Share a picture of your project, and use the hashtag #snschallenge. There’s a new word for each day of the month, and you can play along with as many days as you like. At the end of the month, one luck  person is randomly chosen, and WINS a $50 Gift Certificate to the Scrap ‘N Stamp store!

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*my apologies – the Flourish stencil is no longer available – but the Ironwork stencil is similar. also, the Waves stencil strips are not available, but the Heffy Doodle Stormy Seas stencil easily substitutes*

Whittle Things Blog Hop

Friday, June 4th, 2021

It’s JUNE, friends, and we are celebrating all the ‘Whittle Things’ with our blog hop this month!  Yep, we’re featuring the adorable Whittle dies by Poppystamps this month and believe me when I tell you, they are CUTE!

I’m sure you’ll have a wish list once you reach the end of the hop… and this weekend you can save 20% on all the Whittles and everything else by Poppystamps!  Happy shopping!

As always, we LOVE reading your comments and hearing what you think about the projects you see during our blog hops!  We’ll be randomly selecting one name from all those who leave comments to win a $50 gift certificate!

And now… let me share my creations!

I chose one set of dies to work with this month- the adorable Whittle Cactus Trio.  I’ve been trying to develop my green thumb as of late, and these seemed like a really fun way to work that into my card making!   I started out inking up some shades of green on Cardstock and then cut the trio out several times.  Since they are so tiny (the biggest of the trio is just 1.4″ tall) I doubled them all up two layers thick with some glue.  Then the ideas started flowing… so I made TWO cards to share with you today!

For the first card, I used a scrap of corrugated card stock to create a little planter for my cacti.  I experimented with several colors of Distress Paint, but my final product is primarily Crackling Campfire Distress Paint.  It makes a fabulous terra cotta pot!  Once I had the design, I inked up some book print for my background.  This is a simple ombre mix of Salvaged Patina & Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.

I finished off the card with a cute little burlap flower embellishment and a sentiment from an awesome set by Heffy Doodle called Everyday Sentiment Duos.  It’s a super versatile set with a simple font you can dress up or down depending what you pair it with.  I inked the two parts of the ‘new home’ sentiment separately here, adding the smaller font on my card base & the larger font on Kraft across the top of the card.  Lastly, I splattered a bit of white paint for fun.

My second card uses the same elements as my first, but I positioned the cactus trio in a frame I made using one of the windows from the slimline die set by Picket Fence Studios.  I experimented with a variety of colors on this as well, finally adding Abandoned Coral Distress Ink to the mix (which is why it looks a bit dark & dirty compared to how vibrant it normally is!).  I stamped over the frame in the same coral ink with the MFT best friends cling background stamp.

Another sentiment from the Sentiment Duos (embossed with Rustic Wilderness Distress Embossing Glaze) seemed like a great compliment to the design.

I had a scrap of watercolor paper that I’d painted a wash of yellows & oranges on, so I added a touch of the coral and used it as the base for my frame.  A little bit of yellow twine wrapped around the frame added a bit of fun texture.  I also played around with another burlap blossom, added ink and glue and formed it into a bloom for one of my cacti!

Aren’t they some of the cutest little cacti you’ve ever seen?  And just wait until to see what the girls have done with the Whittle dies they used!  Actually, you don’t have to wait… you can hop on over and see Chala, for starters!

Here’s the full hop order, with links to the rest of the design team!

Thanks for stopping by and joining our hop- have fun!
Inky hugs,

Birthday Wishing Mice and a Cute Rabbit

Saturday, May 29th, 2021

Hi Everyone! Susan here with day 29 of the Random Acts of Cardness Challenges. My challenge this time is Mice. I love the Birthday Wishing stamp set from Colorado Craft Company – those critters are so cute and knew I would be using it for this challenge. I paired it with the Playful Happy Birthday Die from Poppystamps and the It’s a Mice Time To Celebrate Stamp Set from MFT.

I started out with the idea of using the Happy Birthday die on a slim line card. First I blended some distress oxide inks onto a piece of white cardstock in a rainbow order. After I die cut it I thought I could use the leftover piece on a card and decided to make two A2 size cards instead of one slimline card.

My first card doesn’t have a mouse on it – oops. I forgot to leave room to stamp a little mouse looking up at the rabbit.

I decided to use the happy on this card paired with the white embossed birthday on black card stock. The birthday is part of a sentiment from the It’s a Mice Time To Celebrate Stamp Set. I stamped the rabbit onto the piece of cardstock that I did the ink blending on (first cutting off the portion that I die cut the happy birthday from) then fit it to the right side of my card base. I added a thin strip of black card stock then added the sentiments to call this card done.

My second card definitely has mice. I started by adhering the birthday word die to the panel, stamping the little happy above it then stamped the mice.

The balloons are the same one you see in the first card. I just stamped the balloon portion 3x then drew on the strings with a fine tip black marker. I used a blender pen and the same distress oxide inks I used on the first card to color in the balloons & the present. I used Prismacolor pencils for the mice.


Both these cards put a smile on my face. They are bright, fun and still very clean and simple.

Time for you to join the fun!

If you want to play along with the Random Acts of Cardness challenges please share your projects (it doesn’t have to be a card) on the Scrap’n Stamp Facebook Challenge Page using the hashtag #SNSCHALLENGE. Be sure to say which day your project is for. There’s a different challenge every day of the month and you can enter as many times as you like. Someone (randomly chosen) will win a $50 Gift Certificate to the Scrap’n Stamp shop.


 Happy Stampin’

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