Monday, January 22, 2018

3 Ways to Create Cards with StencilGirl Products

Hi Crafters,
Today I am guest designing for StencilGirl and showing you three different ways to create clean and simple cards with glitter paste, stencils, mousse and inks.

Before we get started, let me introduce myself! I’m Justine from and I specialize in easy to make cards. I have been crafting for over 10 years and enjoy teaching card making techniques on my YouTube channel. I live in Thunder Bay, Canada and enjoy reading and traveling when I’m not in the craft room.

I created a video tutorial showing you everything you need to know about creating these cards. For the first card (which is my favorite from the bunch) I used some pink Nuvo Mousse to spread over the Art Deco Medallion Stencil. In order to avoid the ballerina stamp, I had to mask off the image before applying the mousse.

For this card, I did the same technique as above however I used gold glitter paste instead of mousse which has a totally different texture when dry. This is more rough and gritty than the previous card. I have trouble with masculine cards but I sure do love this one! The Small Guitar stencil is perfect for any music lover!

For my last card, I used my Distress Oxide inks with the Inky Circles Stencil. I wanted to add some more depth to my card so I layered up the stencil twice. I like that the stenciling shows through the image a little bit after I stamped it. If you don’t like that, you will have to use regular Distress inks or mask the image.

Thanks so much for checking me out today.
If you like what you see, please subscribe to my YouTube Channel, FB Page or Instagram @justinehovey.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Deb Riddell: Valentine's Day Inspired Art Journal Spread

Hello, it's Deb Riddell here with you today to share a Valentine's Day inspired art journal spread created with lots of wonderful stencils from StencilGirl Products. A huge thank you to Mary Beth and Mary for the opportunity to share my work with you today! Hope you will enjoy seeing it!
I started out with a double page spread from my deconstructed art journal (deconstructed because I can't make seem to make pages without dimensional elements!) that I'd gessoed and sprayed with Distress Stain Spray in Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo. The Heart Swirl stencil was inked in the upper right corner with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink;
and the large open heart from the Valentine Of Mine stencil was inked with Worn Lipstick Distress ink in the bottom left corner, spritzing both stenciled hearts with some water to activate the inks.
The flowers and script from the Valentine Of Mine stencil was then added to the upper left corner with
Americana Melon acrylic paint;
and the boxed hearts from the Valentine Of Mine stencil were added to the bottom right hand corner with Mixed Media medium, foiling the hearts with Old Gold Transfer Foil after the medium had dried tacky and dusting the areas that hadn't taken the foil completely with Forever Red Perfect Pearls powder.

More script stenciling was added vertically with the small Rembrandt's Words stencil and the Melon acrylic paint;
and then the stenciled heart in the bottom left corner was overstamped with a filigree heart stamp from my stash (Tattered Angels Screen Prints Timeless Romance) and Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink.

That lovely script from the Vintage Script stencil was stenciled across both pages with
Folk Art Wicker White gloss paint;
and spritzes of White Color Shine and Biscotti Perfect Pearls mists were sprayed across the spread.
More stamping followed (the key from the Tattered Angels stamp set and the 'love is all you need' sentiment from a Fiskars Love stamp set);
and the edges of both pages were inked with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink and some
Nuvo Embellishments Mousse in Indian Gold.

And finally, some embellishments were added - a Tim Holtz Fragment Finding with a vintage image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy, some die cut hearts (Sizzix Movers & Shapers dies) cut from Mixed Media Foam Sheets covered with Opal Deco Foil and PeelnStick Toner Sheet covered with Amethyst Watercolor Deco Foil;
one of the open hearts from the Valentine Of Mine stencil was embossed with clear embossing powder and Stampendous Frantage Gold Lux Mix sprinkled on while the embossing powder was still hot and finally some wee iridescent hearts were scattered here and there (it's heart confetti from the $1 store!).

Here are a couple of close ups of each page, the foiled hearts were stacked one atop the other
for a bit of a 'shadow' line behind the Opal Deco Foil hearts.
Think this is my favorite area of the journal page,
love the foiled stenciled hearts with that lovely script stenciling over top!
Hope you've enjoyed seeing how my Valentine art journal page came together and a big thank you again to StencilGirl Talk for asking me to join you here; I had so much fun playing with their wonderful stencils!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy creating!
Deb xo
Deb Riddell of Paxton Valley Folk Art lives in British Columbia, Canada on a small acreage with her hubby and their beloved rescue dog. She started her creative journey as a watercolor and decorative painter but since discovering mixed media and paper crafts she's been hooked and is having great fun exploring these art forms. Deb has been published in several crafting publications and is currently on the design team for Emerald Creek Craft Supplies, Southern Ridge Trading Company and Therm O Web and is a Creative Guide at A Vintage Journey challenge blog. You can find her at the following links:

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Find something to Love in this eclectic release of new stencils!

Your are sure to find stencils you crave in this eclectic stencil release! from Mary C. Nasser, Jennifer Evans, Jessica, Sporn, Seth Apter and Cecilia Swatton. 


Going Global was designed by Mary C. Nasser. Stencil from continent to continent as you incorporate the world into your art with paints, inks, watercolors, fibers, encaustics and more! 

Going Global S556, 6"x6"

When asked about her love of maps, Mary said, "I find inspiration in vintage atlases I collect, fascinated by the antiquated pages and the ideas of time and travel they contain. Maps and cartographic elements are repeating motifs in my work because I love both the concept and imagery of maps."

This stencil was designed to work wonderfully in combination with its companion stencil: Going Global (large).


Jennifer Evans created her lovely repeating Mosaic Flowers Stencil to look like mosaic or stained glass. It repeats on all four sides so it makes a fabulous stencil for extra large backgrounds such as fabric or walls. It can also to be used on cards, collage art, stained glass, and art journaling. 

Mosaic Flowers Stencil, L600, 9"x12"

Want DIY instructions for this collage? Click here (opens in a new window).

Want to make this pretty card? Click for instructions (it opens in a new window, and then scroll down the tutorial page).


The Love is Love stencil by Jessica Sporn was designed to give everyone the ability to show their pride and commitment through artwork, handmade cards and tags, stenciled clothing and accessories, and more. The stencil includes 3 different hearts, symbols, and the sayings: One Love, Love is Love, and This is Love.

Love is Love, L610, 9"x12"


Seth Apter says his collection, Roundups, is "inspired y the symbolism of the circle and the concept of all things being united and inclusive. 

Each of these 4"x4" mini stencils, 123, 3 Ring, Crossed, Excel, Spinner Splat, Swirl, and Stained Glass can be used in your art journaling, mixed media, paper crafts and more to add layers of texture and pattern.

123  M191                                                             3 Ring M190

                          Crossed  M194                                                              Excel M193

                   Splat  M195                                                                           Spinner M194

               Swirl  M197                                                                           Stained Glass M196


Cecilia Swatton says, "I’ve had lifelong fascination with all things airborne.  Bubbles, butterflies, and hot air balloons speak to my spirit of freedom, joy and exhilaration.  Hot air balloons soar to the top of this list because they lift bright colors into the sky.  Under them, people ride into adventure."

Hot Air Balloons comes in 2 versions, a small 6"x6" and a mini 4"x4". You can use the mask to play with backgrounds!

Look for designs by Cecilia Swatton and see what you'd like to layer in Hot Air Balloons!

Discover the large variety of stencils created by Jessica Sporn.

What other collections has Seth Apter made? Click here and you'll see.

Jennifer Evans has some supersized stencils for home decor and large paintings as well as plenty of large, mini, and small stencils.

Check out all of Mary's stencils to find even more travel and map designs perfect for use with Going Global!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Shine Like The Whole Universe Is Yours

Hi StencilGirl fans,

I feel like a kid in the candy store, first for being able to play with some gorgeous stencils and second for guest designing for StencilGirl today. I’m stoked and can’t wait any longer to share my project with you.

This project is a wood clipboard (minus the clip) with some 3D elements to it. I prepared a video for you, so you can follow along:

As you can see I added several layers of paint and other mediums to the clipboard:

1)      I started with 4 layers of Gesso to prime the surface.

2)      Then I sprayed a few blue and brown shades all over the panel.

3)      Next up, I used a bunch of old book paper and music sheets and collaged them all over the place.

4)      To blend the paper more into the background, I added another layer of Gesso on top.

5)      Now I covered the clipboard with Nathalie Kalbach’s Hamburg stencil and blended three different colors through it.

6)      I used the same colors to merge the stenciled part more into the layout.

7)      Sue Pelletier’s Loose Woman 3 is going to be my focal point, so I used texture paste to make her stand out.

8)      While she was drying, I “designed” her dress using some cheese cloth and the Pilgrimage to the Renaissance stencil from Laurie Mika.

9)      I soaked the cloth in Sculpture Medium and then adhered it on top of my dancing woman. The Sculpture Medium makes the fabric really stiff.

10)  Some gold mica flakes for the heart and dress, a few more paint splatters and a cheery sentiment finished up my project.
I hope you enjoyed my project and join me in twirling around the room for a little bit :)

A big thanks to StencilGirl for having me!
Josefine Fouarge