Thursday, May 5, 2016

....stencil it

When I saw that this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp was "Stencil It", I knew two things:  1.  I wanted to play along, and 2) I don't own any stencils.  So, needless to say, this will be my one and only entry into this challenge (unless I find a stencil or get really creative).  You might be asking how I created a stencil card without any stencils.  Good question!  I took a piece of cardboard and used several different sizes of circle punches to create my own stencil.  Once I had cut several different sized circles (holes) into the cardboard, I laid it over a piece of vintage sheet music and used pink acrylic paint to cover each hole in my make-shift stencil.  Once I had completed that process, I sprinkled a few of the wet pink paint circles with some ultra-fine glitter to give my card a little bit of sparkle.
Next, I took two chipboard hearts from my stash and covered them with Mod Podge and several scrap pieces of lace to cover them.  I trimmed the exceess lace overlap to create two different sized lace hearts.  I attached a few vintage buttons to each heart, and placed them onto my card base.  Next, I had to add a sentiment, so I stamped happy anniversary in black ink onto a strip of cream paper and attached that to the card.
I also inked the edges of my sentiment strip with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Hickory Smoke to give it an aged appearance.  Anything shabby and grungy is always a fun accent in my opinion.  Tea-staining is another fun vintage accent, but I didn't try that technique on this card.
Here is where I'm sharing this (make-shift) Stencil Card, and I encourage you all the give it a try even (if like me) you don't own any stencils.  I love the vintage feel to this card and I always enjoy using vintage items on my cards and creations.  The pink paint looks really cute on the vintage sheet music.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Stencil It

DRS Designs Rubber Stamps Challenge Blog - Challenge #225 - So Distressed - I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink so distress my card and make it grungy.

Have a great week, everyone.  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today to take a quick peek at my stencil attempt.  It may not be perfect, but at least I didn't let the fact that I don't own a stencil stop my from entering this challenge at least once.  It was fun, and I enjoyed myself.  That's what it's really all about.



  1. What a great card Karen - love your background stenciled circles. You can also use die cut acetate or cardboard for a stencil. Your lacy hearts with buttons are perfect on this masterpiece.

  2. Very creative, Karen! Lovely Anniversary card.

  3. Love the polka dots and hearts - some super ideas here! Great card, Karen. We are so glad you shared it with us in the DRS Designs Challenge!

  4. beautiful! those lace hearts are gorgeous! thank you for playing along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!!!