Stencil Techniques

This class taught me different ways to use stencils and how to use what you have on hand to make your own. I don’t have stencils in my stash, but I do have a couple of frame dies. For this lesson I used my favorite one in different colors to achieve very different results.

Card 1

I created my first card with one of my favorite combinations, Black and Gold. I began by die-cutting white card stock with Altenew’s Leaf Frame Cover Die. I did so several times to use on this card and my next project.

I first prepared black card stock with anti-static powder and taped the die cut with washi tape around the edges over my prepared surface. Using an ink dauber, I dabbed clear embossing ink onto the black background. I gently peeled the Washi tape and removed the die-cut. I poured gold embossing powder onto the black card stock and shook off the excess. I set the powder with a heat gun.

For the sentiment, I chose “Believe you can & you will” found in Altenew’s Watercolor Roses Stamp Set. I cut and prepared a small black card stock piece for my sentiment. I used clear embossing ink and gold embossing powder once again. With a small embossing tool, I added small dabs of embossing ink and embossing powder for additional random spots of gold.

I adhered the sentiment to double-sided black foam and secured it to the center of my embossed piece. I placed shiny gold card stock behind my project and adhered it to a blank card base.

For you, my beautiful R.H.

Materials

  • Altenew Leaf Frame Cover Die
  • WaterColor Roses Stamp Set
  • Black Card Stock
  • Gold Cardstock
  • Clear Embossing Ink
  • Gold Embossing Powder
  • Double Sided Black Foam

Card 2

Spring and Summer are my favorite time of year and were the inspiration behind this card.


I began by taping my die-cut frame over the white card stock. I blended oxide inks in, worn lipstick, twisted citron, salty ocean, and squeezed lemon over the die cut and negative space. I removed the tape and die-cut once I blended the colors to my liking. I added a little Ranger perfect pearls dust over the colorful surface and sprayed a little water for added interest.


I blended oxide ink in salty ocean onto the blank card base. I adhered to my project to the colored card. Finally, I added a previously cut die cut “Hello” to the center with liquid glue.


I love learning new ways to use the product on hand, and I loved learning about it in this course.

Materials

  • Altenew Leaf Frame Cover Die
  • Hello Sentiment (Altenew makes similar one found here)
  • Distress Oxide inks (listed above)
  • Ranger Perfect Pearls in White
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Liquid Glue
My messy process 🙂

For The Guys

This course is ALL about creating masculine cards for the special men in our lives. I’m married to a Man’s Man who can fix just about EVERYTHING. No sparkle. No florals. Clean and simple but cool. My husband was my inspiration for the cards I created for these lessons.

Card 1

For the guys

I wanted to keep these cards simple. I used the same stamp for all three and used it in different ways and colors. I began with white card stock and stamped Altenew’s Flowing Lines mini background stamp in distress oxide ink in chipped sapphire. I trimmed my image with scissors and mounted it to the lighter blue yardstick using foam tape. I stamped. ” You are the best” from Altenew’s Best Sentiments Stamp Set in black dye ink. I used double-sided tape to attach the sentiment to the center of the flowing lines stamped image.

I then attached the piece to the darker blue card stock. I completed my project by attaching my work to an A-2 sized blank notecard.

Materials

  • Altenew Flowing lines mini background stamp
  • Altenew Best Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Distress Oxide ink in Chipped Sapphire
  • Black Dye Ink
  • Foam Tape
  • Double sided Tape

Card 2

For the Guys

I chose a black and white theme for my second card. I stamped the mini background stamp in black dye ink on white card stock four times. Next, I used “Thankful for you” from the Best Sentiments Stamp set. I trimmed both pieces out with scissors and set them aside. Then, I die cut the letter S with Altenew’s Mega Alphabet S Die in black and white card stocks.

I layered the black and white mega letters and attached the sentiment strip to the flowing lines background. I secured my project piece to black card stock. I completed this project by adhering the completed project to a black card base.

Materials

  • Altenew Flowing Lines Mini Background Stamp
  • Altenew Mega Alphabet S Die
  • Altenew Best Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Black Dye Ink
  • Black Card Stock
  • White Cards Stock
  • Double-Sided Tape

Card 3

To create my third card, I used materials I’ve had stashed away for quite some time. I die-cut wood veneer and faux leather to create this card. I diagonally cut these by layering them together and slicing through them with a paper trimmer. I attached one faux-leather piece to a wood veneer piece by taping them on the backside. I stamped the flowing lines stamp and thank you sentiment onto wood veneer and trimmed them with scissors. I next attached the image of the lines onto matte gold card stock.


For a clean dimensional look, I attached my stamped pieces to a brown adhesive foam. I then secured them to the project with double-sided tape.

Materials

  • Altenew Flowing Lines Mini Background Stamp
  • Altenew Best Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Wood Veneer (Altenew offers a similar product found here.
  • Faux Leather
  • Black Dye Ink
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Brown Adhesive Foam
  • Blank Notecard