Thursday, April 09, 2015

Stencil with Sponging

Hi everyone.  Back with a reminder of the April Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge - Stenciling.

This is the card I made for my hubby's birthday which was just a few days ago.  I used brushos (just the brown which has other colour pigments in it) to create the backdrop on mixed media paper.  This was my first time playing with this paper --- so fun, and it gives a different look than the brushos on watercolour paper.  Love it!!

I used my die from Cheery Lynn (Pair of Ferns), to die-cut a stencil from a piece of acetate.  I sponged over top with Vintage Photo distress ink, and then again down the center of the fern with a darker brown (Walnut Stain).  I then pressed the darker brown ink onto my craft mat, added a little bit of water, and used a paintbrush to splatter on top. So happy with how this turned out and hubby loved it too! :)

I'm entering this into the ATS&M #139 - CAS Challenge.


I am sharing another card I made using a stencil with sponging ...

This time I was channeling my friend Deepti.  I love all her cards she's made with this awesome layout and wanted to give it a try.  I sponged over brown card stock with a basket weave stencil that I cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  I sponged the same colour ink as the card stock, so it gives more of a subtle design.

I cut the top piece from white with a stitched border die.  I then added sprigs of greenery, along with some hot pink flowers .  A large hello sentiment is stamped in the same brown ink.

This is a reminder for the current challenge at Mixed Media Card Challenge - April - Flowers with optional element of Basket.

I hope you'll join us and play along!

And I'm going to enter this into Virginia's View #14 - Layers and Dimensions Challenge.

And the challenge at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - April Showers.

Brusho Fern card:
Stamps:  A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  Mixed Media Card stock (Strathmore)
Ink:  Brusho colour crystals (Brown); Distress inks:  Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, paintbrush for splattering, Pair of Ferns die (Cheery Lynn), piece of acetate (Grafix), sponges

Hello Spring card:
Stamps:  The Big, The Bold and the Happy (Winnie & Walter)
Paper:  White (Neehan); Baked Brown Sugar, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz (SU!)
Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar, Melon Mambo (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Basket weave stencil cut with my Silhoutte Cameo, plastic sheet (Grafix), Five Point Flower dies (C.C. Designs), Olive Branch dies (C.C. Designs), Stitched Borders die (Pretty Pink Posh), sponges, white gel pen, blender pen

HLS April CAS Challenge - Stenciling
ATS&M #139 - CAS
Mixed Media Card Challenge - Flowers
Virginia's View #14 - Layers and Dimension
Simon Says - Spring Flowers


  1. Two great cards Loll..your Particularly like your hubby's card ..hope your both feeling better


  2. Beautiful cards, Loll. Fabulous use of your stencils.

  3. Both are beauties Loll! Love the browns, such a nice masculine card for your hubby!

  4. Two gorgeous cards, Loll! I love the brown fern and how you created your background on your first card! I'll bet your hubby loved it as well! Love the stenciled pattern on your 2nd card, too and the flowers are amazing!
    Thank you so much for playing along with us this week at ATSM!

  5. These are so amazing!! I am so in love with the colors you picked for your second card :)

  6. Yet ANOTHER couple of stunners Loll! LOVE that you made your own stencil1 Such cool designs. Hazel xx

  7. Oh my goodness! I am so glad to know I could inspire you :) I am on Cloud 9 right now ;)

  8. Wow, I am loving both of these cards Loll! Your hubby's birthday card is amazing, so earthy and manly. I'm sure he did love it! I also love your second card, love that basket weave sponging your did and I love the pretty flowers and greenery. Just stunning are both cards! Hugs, Brenda

  9. Hi Lol
    Fabulous card...
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  10. Hi Loll,

    This is beautiful, I can see why your husband liked it, the background is gorgeous and the stenciled fern is fabulous.

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  11. Two gorgeous cards, Loll, but I especially love the Brusho one. Isn't it great to see the result on a different type of paper? The stencilled fern turned out perfectly, and the splatters add lots of interest.

  12. What a pretty design, Loll! Love your springy posies! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  13. Oh such AHmazing cards Loll. I just love the color wash background and how genius , your stenciled corner with the flower border. Beautiful!

  14. Both of your cards are stunning Loll and I think I now need some brusho's:) You are always an inspiration - hugs xx

  15. Hey Loll... hope you´re feeling better !!!
    I Love your Brusho Fern card: !!! It´s my style *gg
    it looks sich great and amazing to me !!!
    The Spring card is also stunning
    CU hellerlittle

  16. Great colours Loll and fab stencilling x

  17. Such pretty cards Loll and fab stenciling.:)

  18. WOW! Two more beauties .... Love hubby's card, the background is amazing. xxxx

  19. Two stunning cards Loll, love the 1st one that background is brilliant! If I tried that it would look as if I'd spilt my tea on it!!! Gorgeous flowers as well.
    Val x

  20. Your work is always beautiful. :)

  21. Just love your cards Lol. Nikki x

  22. So awesome! You & ink = fabulous! :)

  23. Two gorgeous cards, love the designs. Gail xx

  24. I love the fern card! Wonderful job of the background and stenciling! Brown could be very dreary, but this definitely is not! Love the pretty flowers and the stenciled basket too! Very springlike!

  25. Wow, your stencil techniques are out of this world!! I wouldn't even know where to start using these colours but you've made this look so serene and stylish, its quite incredible. Always so happy to see you at ATSM!!

  26. Great use of both techniques! Beautifully designed!!! Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM xx

  27. That background is amazing, Loll ... all those different merging colours are just gorgeous ... and lovely behind the fabulous fern! Gorgeous blooms ... the pink is so striking against the kraft! Anita :)

  28. What a great masculine card, Loll! Love it.

  29. Absolutely LOVE that brown birthday card - such a great background. :)

  30. Playing catch-up: love both cards, especially the fern card with the hints of colour from the other pigments in the Brusho.

  31. Other pigments in the brown Brushos? How cool is that? It looks amazing. Pairing it with that fern was a fabulous idea. Not at all surprised that he loved the card.

  32. Love the contrast of colors! Rich and beautiful, Loll! Thanks so much for playing Virginia’s View “Layers and Dimensions” Challenge! Hope to see your lovely work soon again!


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