Stencil Madness

Stencils are one of my favourite products to use as they are so versatile. They can be used as embossing folders, stamps, die cuts and just stencils! In this post I even created my own stencil from a cut file, as I wanted to join in the Stencil challenge over at Winnie & Walter’s 3rd birthday bash but didn’t have any of their stencils.


So I just used Oval Lovely cut file from their Geometric shapes set (which is a free download by the way) and made my own stencil in my Silhouette studio software and cut it on a piece of 200g card stock. If you take away the border in the cut file, you can have a large piece of stencil to work on, which is easier if you want to blend colours through it as you can adhere the edges down to your work area and it won’t move.


I then started blending in distress inks through the paper stencil on my card. I spritzed water on it and gently removed the stencil. I cut “Congrats” with a die cut from W&W, twice, and layered it on  so it would have a raised inlaid die cut look. I used my new Xyron sticker maker and it worked really well!

For the giraffes, I stamped it on a piece of card stock with Versamark and heat embossed with Wow embossing powder so it would create an emboss resist which I could then blend distress inks on. The text”on your twins” was also stamped and heat embossed to match the spots on the giraffes and it too comes from W&W new The Big, the Bold, and the Baby set, which has tons of text you can use to form a sentiment, including for adoption! This is actually my first critter card as I normally don’t make cute cards but my daughter Ines loves them so I thought I’d try.

W&W stencil die cut.jpg

To make the 2nd card I just took the now coloured paper stencil, and cut a thin border around it. I love how the distress inks blended on to the stencil, I will definitely be doing this again! To paste this delicate piece on my cardstock, I just sprayed some Uhu glue on the whole back of it and stuck it on the black card stock as a background die cut. The flower in the middle is a leftover from yesterday’s card but painted with Distress paints, not Tombows.


The sentiment “Hugs” is another cut file from W&W which I cut from a card previously blended with distress inks. The reason its so shiny is cause I went over it with my new Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen! Love it! A few sequins, which I get in every order from W&W, finished the card.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you liked the cards!


I entered the first card with the giraffe in:

Craft Rocket challenge – No patterned paper

Through the craft room door – Anything Goes

Winnie & Walter 3rd Birthday Bash

Stencil challenge with Kelly

Cute critter challenge with Gayatri

Ink Blending challenge with Vanessa

Bright colours challenge with Lydia

The 2nd card is playing over at:

Inkspirational – Word prompt Connect. I think the best way to connect is through a Hug!

AAA Cards – Watercolour

Happy Little Stampers – CAS challenge using diecuts

and also at W&W 3rd Birthday Bash

Ink Blending challenge with Vanessa

Sequin challenge with Kate

Stencil challenge with Kelly

11 thoughts on “Stencil Madness

  1. Gorgeous! I particularly like the colours on a black background, looks so vibrant! Thanks for playing along at AAA Card Challenge! Hugs! Justine

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  2. Super striking and elegant use of your dies. Love how you’ve used both positive and negative sections and a wonderful watercolour effect too. Thanks for playing along at both AAA and HLS with it.

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  3. How creative from you to make your own stencil and use it for two so unique cards! I love your color palette and use of those big sentiment dies. Thank you so much for joining us at HLS!

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