CAS3: Day Four

With the new format of the Online Card Classes, we’re given a second day to work on the techniques introduced, along with additional inspiration. So today I moved away from the inlaid die cuts (although I’m still obsessing about them!) and tried out the technique shown in class by Jennifer McGuire.

Day3-4I masked the sides of the card panel and the heart shape with masking paper. I used the Memory Box Rhapsody stencil to apply Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks. After carefully removing the masking paper, I stamped the sentiment from the Hero Arts Fancy Basics set with Hero Arts dye ink. Normally I stamp my sentiment first, because I often boo-boo the stamping of the sentiment! But in this case, it would have made the process much more difficult, so I practiced stamping the sentiment several times before committing to the card panel!

Penny Black Stenciling on Watercolor

When I saw Alexandra’s use of the Penny Black Verdant stencil on a watercolored background, I couldn’t wait to try the technique. She included her panel on a scrapbooking page; I adhered mine to a cardstock base for a card.


I created my watercolor background with a combination of Distress Inks in shades of blue. I picked the ink up from my craft mat, after diluting it a bit, and brushed the ink onto the watercolor paper. After the watercolor panel dried, I carefully taped the Penny Black Verdant stencil [#25-003] and applied Faber Castell Whipped Spackle. The embossing paste dries quite quickly. I die cut the “Hugs” from Penny Black’s Love Expressions [#51-025] set twice to give the sentiment a bit more depth.

What’s fun about this technique is that every card is different!

Retrosketches #102

I’m sharing a card I created for the latest Retrosketches Challenge. I flipped the sketch horizontally because I thought it worked better with the orientation of the umbrella.


Using the Crafter’s Workshop blank stencil material, I created a rain drop stencil with the Memory Box die. I also created an umbrella stencil using the Up and Away umbrella die cut. I added Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink to the stamped umbrella through the stencil, swiping from the top down. It’s raining here (pouring!) in the Pacific Northwest, so some cheery colors were in order!!


Penny Black Thank You

Today I’m sharing a card that combines an image from a Crafter’s Workshop stencil with a new stamp and die from Penny Black’s “Happy Everything” release.


I stamped the Penny Black Decadence stamp [#40-254] for the background. For the focal image, I used silver embossing paste on a portion of the Crafter’s Workshop Birds of a Feather stencil. The sentiment is from the new Penny Black stamp set Kind Words [#30-226] that I die cut with one of the dies in the Triple Banner set [#51-027].


Tim Holtz 12 Tags – February 2014

I’m playing along this month with Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014. I’m still taking baby steps when it comes to working with Tim Holtz’s stamps, techniques and overall style. I don’t have many of his stamps, and the ones I have are primarily Christmas themed, so I simply followed the steps on his blog post to create my tag.



Who Loves You?

Today, I’m sharing a card created with one of the new stamp sets (and its companion die cut set)  from Paper Smooches.


For the background, I applied Ferro acrylic paint through a Simon Says Stamp star stencil. The Ferro paint was demonstrated during the Online Card Classes Stenciled Class. It’s quite thick – as thick as embossing paste. Application was super easy and much easier than coloring embossing paste with a metallic (which I actually haven’t tried, although I have colored the embossing paste with acrylic paint). I also tried heat-embossing white paste (applied through the stencil) with silver powder; another technique demonstrated in the Stenciled class. It worked fine, but I prefer the look that the Ferro provides over the embossing powder technique, which tends to bubble the embossing powder during the heating process.

I colored the owls with Copics, cut them with the Owl Icons die, and attached them to the die cut branch with dimensional adhesive.


Stenciled: Butterflies

I’m still playing with stencils (and color!). The idea for this card comes from one of Julie Ebersole’s shown in the Online Card Classes Stenciled Class.

ButterflyStencilI dry-embossed the linen cardstock with the Heidi Swapp stencil before coloring it with the Distress Inks (leaving the stencil in place while applying the inks). The stencil includes an additional butterfly, which I cut off for a traditionally-sized card. I didn’t need to move the stencil at all for the design of the butterflies, which I liked, as I struggle to do something “artsy” when positioning items on my cards. 🙂

Supplies: Heidi Swapp Butterfly stencil

Seeing Stars

Yes, I’m still working through the material from the Online Card Classes Stenciled Class. After seeing the results that other classmates got with adding acrylic paint to embossing paste, I wanted to give it a try.

I created a card based on Kristina Werner’s design from Day Two using the techniques – using embossing paste with stencils – from Day Three.


The Claudine Hellmuth acrylic paints have wonderfully vibrancy! I mixed the colors with the paste one at a time, applied the colored paste through the stencil, and let it dry before starting with a new color. I changed up the sentiment on this card from the card Day Two design. Because I didn’t cut the Hero Arts sentiment into two pieces, the white panel is wider than the original design. Just before photographing it, it seemed a tad plain, so I finished off the top with some twine.


Stenciled: Colored Embossing Paste

I’m still working through the course material from the Online Card Classes Stenciled Class. This card is based partially on a design by Debby Hughes from Day One, as well as on a card of Laura Bassen’s from the Simon Says Stamp Valentine’s Blog Hop.


I’ve been wanting to color embossing paste, and used two distress inks to color the paste I used on the “Falling Hearts” stencil. Laura used acrylic paints to color her hearts. I like that idea as well, and plan to try it, but didn’t have two shades of pink, and I was set on using pink. Theoretically you could use one pink, and mix more (or less) of the embossing paste with it to create a different shades, but I’m finding that as a “newbie” I don’t have time to mix before applying to the stencil. I particularly like this SSS stencil – you simply lay it over the card and start applying paste. I don’t have to move the stencil around to get a pleasing design.

And there’s little light today here in the Pacific Northwest – dark skies and rain! So my photo is a bit hard to see.


OCC Stenciled: Day Four

Today I CASEd Julie Ebersole‘s card in the Online Card Classes Stenciled Class. I’ve been waiting for that card since I first saw the class sneaks!

Day Four
I just love the stencil pattern, the colors, the card design and the bird! I dry-embossed the white linen cardstock with the stencil, and then, with the template in place, the distress inks were applied. The effect of the dry embossing is subtle.

I made very few changes to Julie’s design, although I did use a different, but similar sentiment. I don’t own Worn Lipstick Distress Ink (how did that happen?) but combined Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry for the pink. I did make a boo boo – I used MT washi tape, which must not be as wide as the Lifestyle Crafts sticky tape she used. At any rate, I had to cut the embossed/inked panel even more, so I ended up shortening the card as well. It’s about 3 3/4″ wide by 5″ tall. Next time, I’ll measure the tape before I cut!

Hero Arts Bird Stamp
Crafters Workshop Echoes 6×6 Template
Hero Arts All Occasion Messages
Distress Inks