Monday, July 20, 2015

Fun with Stencils and Distress Inks

Hello Everyone! Happy Monday!
I need to take the dog to the vet this morning then do a little school shopping with my daughter, and after that I have a few projects I hope to work on. I know it is going to be a busy but great day!

Today I  would like to share a project that Karen from Little Scrap Pieces and I have been chatting about. Not too long ago she started posting cards made with distress inks and then she added stencils. I was amazed how awesome they looked since I am a BIG user of die-cuts. She added a pictorial (Be sure to check it out if you haven't seen it.) on how and I told her I just had to try. She challenged me to do it and then we would share our post. 

Here are my results...

First, I started with this striped Tim Holtz stencil. It is super long (and narrow) so I had to cut some of my colors off, but lesson learned! Stay in the center or get shorter stencils.

Then, I cut a scalloped background and thank you in black with my Cameo (I just can't get away from the die-cuts, huh?). I  added a few enamel dots to add a splash more black. 

After trying the long stencil, I decided to get a square one like Karen.  

I must say that I did not like this one as much. I felt the leaves and flowers were too close to get the inks in their own spot. Either I need to practice more or learn to mask off sections to avoid colors blending.

I created this one first, but thought the white background might be too bright. Once I put it on the pink background and added the sentiment (Craftin Desert Diva stamp) I actually liked the white area.

For the second card, I used a mustard seed yellow to create the background then placed the stencil on top.

I am glad Karen challenged me to try stencils with distress inks. Now I  want to find a couple different types of designs (polka dots, swirls, chevron) and practice, so I can get the colors in their areas and be happy with the results.

Other Materials:
Strathmore Watercolor paper
pink and orange card stock
pink enamel dots
orange gems

Tim Holtz Distress inks:
mowed lawn
crushed olive
mustard seed
salty ocean
tumbled glass
fired brick
ripe persimmon
spiced marmalade
dusty concord
picked raspberry

Hope you have a fabulous day!
Stay Creative,


  1. Hope I didn't double up on my comment having a few issues doing it from work imagine that them not wanting me to blog instead for work he he he...anyway love the bold graphic look of the stripe thank you cards and I love the flower stencil done on the mustard seed ink great vintage look...thanks so much for posting with me today! Karen

  2. They are all gorgeous, Georgiana!! I love the colors!! You did a fabulous job!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. Ohhhhhh these are gorgeous! LOVING the colors!!!!!!!

  4. I am loving all of your fabulous cards! Your stenciling turned out beautifully. Love the colors and lovely embellishments!

  5. I think they all look awesome! I have yet to try this but I want to and very soon I hope.... LOVE seeing yours... it gives me inspiration to try it as well! :)

    Scrappers Anonymous

  6. totally rocked using these stencils! I love that first one with the horizontal lines, creates such a fabulous look.

  7. Cool cards - the first ones with the way awesome backgrounds!! And the second ones are so blooming beautiful!! Love the color choices and just how clean and crisp your stenciling is!!!


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