Layered Stencil Layout for Get It Scrapped

Hi everyone,

My son recently started 3 year old kindy and whilst I was excited for him and the fun he would have (and the child free time for me) I felt a little bit sad about him growing up.  If you have been following my blog for a while you would have seen me use stencils on my projects reasonably often and know that I like to create my own backgrounds.  On this particular layout I used four different stencils to show some of the effects you can get layering stencils with different mediums.  One of the things I love about using stencils is that you create layouts that are unique to you and with paints and inks you can don’t need to have matching papers  – you can just create it all yourself.  If you want some more ideas for layering stencils check out the Get It Scrapped article on the blog here.

I used a combination of gesso, acrylic paint, twinkling H2Os and distress ink with the stencils to create a ‘layered block’ for my photograph and other elements to rest upon.  When visualising my page I think of the stencils a bit like how I use patterned papers in layers.  For this layout I used only two main colours in different shades along with colours I consider neutral (grey, wood) plus the black and white.  The colour inspiration came from the photograph and that it is a mix of mine and my son’s favourite colours.    By using the cog stencil I was able to create repetition of circular elements with the embellishments and a visual triangle.  I also used repetition of the alphabet stencil to frame my photograph.

When layering stencils I think it is important for each layer to be dry before adding another and also to keep in mind that water based products may interact when they are re-wet with other water based products, which is one reason I like to use a mix of mediums.

I thought it might be helpful if I listed the order that I layered the mediums on my page.

1. Gesso over the Tim Holtz burst stencil.

2.  Mix of paints through the Dylusions number stencil.  Applied using craft sheet as a palette and using Cut N Dry foam for sponging.

3.  Layer of different tones of orange and blue twinkling H2os, which are shimmery water colour paints.  I used my craft sheet as a palette to control the amount of colour that was applied, by adding more (for softer colours) or less water (for more intense).

4. Apply pumice stone distress ink through the cog stencil (Crafters Workshop) and the burlap stencil using the foam blending tool.  For this layout I tended to dab/pat it through the stencil rather than the circular blending movement that I usually use to apply the ink.

For people who don’t like to get messy – Sponging inks through stencils can give a soft look and you have more control over the colour than when using spray inks.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have fun playing with stencils too.


Mixed Feelings

Mixed Feelings by Kristy T| Supplies: Chipboard: Tattered Angels; Alphas: Basic Grey, American Crafts; Stencils: Tim Holtz, Dylusions, The Crafters Workshop; Wooden Flourishes: Kaisercraft; Wooden Shapes; Prima; Chipboard Sticker: Simple Stories; Stickers: Simple Stories; Paints: Twinkling H2Os, Adirondack, Gesso; Distress Ink: Tim Holtz/Ranger, CD/DVD Marker: Pilot

Thanks So Very Much Card

Hi Everyone,

It is coming up to the end of the school year so I have been busy making cards for the teachers of my children.  Today’s card was made using a few glimmer mists, some Peacock Feathers Distress ink, some gorgeous Kaisercraft ribbon rose (I love this colour!), the Kaisercraft Script stamp, silver ink and some Jillibean Soup Letter stickers. The design is pretty simple as I wanted to let the background shine 🙂 The card base is actually an A4 piece of card folded in half to make sure there is plenty of room for the parents in the class to sign it.  After inking the label piece with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, I added the shimmer by misting it lightly with a mixture of pearl coloured perfect pearls that was mixed in water in a mini mister bottle.  It meant that the colour just blended really nicely too.   If you have questions about the card. please let me know by leaving a comment.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.



Supplies: Glimmermists – Trunk Bay, Graphite, Jillibean Soup Alphabet Stickers – Charcoal, A4 white card, Kaisercraft Rose Ribbon – Sea Breeze, Distress Ink – Peacock Feathers, Pearl Perfect Pearls mixed in water , Versacube – silver.




Lakehouse Fountain Tag

Hi everyone,

Today’s post will just be a quick one as I am still not feeling 100%, but much better than yesterday.  This tag uses the emboss-resist technique and distress inks. I brushed the inks over the flower and then spritzed with water and then let it dry so I ended up with a flower that perfectly matched my background.  The fountain stamp is from Kaisercraft’s Lakehouse Collection.

Hope you have a great weekend.


Daisy Faerie Marci

Hi Everyone,

I was very excited to get some new La La Land Stamps and some of the new La La Land dies last week, so had a great time getting them out and making today’s card.  I also got a set of Limited Edition Copic Sketch markers that were recently released to celebrate the 25th Copic Marker Aniversary – always exciting to get some new colours!.  I coloured Daisy Faerie Marci with my Copic Markers and added some glitter using my Atyou Spica pens.  I die cut the very cute heart picket fence and some flowers and the large flourish (which I trimmed to make the flower stems).  I was pleased with how well the dies cut out (and no, I don’t get any benefit from saying that, they just cut really well!) I can see myself getting a lot of use out of these dies.   I coloured the leaves and flowers to match with my faerie.

I made the background of the card by masking off the area using post it notes and then applied Dusty Concord Distress Ink using my foam blending tool.  I then carefully flicked a little Calico Shine, which I think makes it look like stars in a purple night sky.  I then adhered all my pieces in place using liquid adhesive and foam adhesive for Daisy Faerie Marci.  The sentiment comes on the same rubber stamp as Daisy Faerie Marci and was stamped on white card.  I trimmed it to make it like a banner and adhered it to the card using foam adhesive.

I plan to add this to the La La Land Crafts Customer Gallery as I think the theme is still stars and I am counting my background as a starry night sky.  I am enjoying starting to play along with some more themes and challenges.  Thanks for stopping by.  I’ll be back tomorrow with another sneak peek for the weekend workshop.

Bye for now,


Supplies: X-press It Blending Card, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink,  La La Land Crafts – Daisy Faerie Marci, La La Land Crafts Dies – Heart Fence, Water Lily, Large Flourish, Dusty Concord Distress Ink, Studio Calico Mister Huey’s Mists – Calico Shine, Pearls, Copic Markers – BV11, BV14, BV17, E000, E00, E01, R20, BG32.BG34, V00, BV00, Bv02, Colourless Blender, Atyou Spica Pens – Lilac and Clear.

I Simply Enjoy You Card

Hi everyone,

This week has been a busy week for me with all the usual stuff but also putting the finishing touches on the layouts for the Weekend Workshop Stef is holding in October, and yesterday I made 74 yellow cupcakes for a fundraising activity the kid’s school is holding.  So I haven’t had time to make a new card for today but thought I would show a card I made a while ago that features tissue paper flowers.  This was one of the things I taught to the ladies who attended the workshop in June.  These flowers are really quick to make and super fun to spray with all kinds of mists, not just the bright ones! 🙂  I have got some fabulous new La La land stamps that I can’t wait to colour so I am hoping to get time to make some cards over the weekend.

Happy Friday!

Thanks for stopping by,


Magic Happens Love Notes Envelope Book

Hi Everyone,

I was going to post a card today but remembered I wanted to show you this Love Notes envelope book that I made for my daughter just before I went to Melbourne in June.  I only decided to do it about 2 days before I left and also made one for my older son as well so the designs are pretty simple (as I didn’t have heaps for time!) but you could definitely do more embellishing or even add photos if you wanted to.  I saw a book like this a few years ago using Kaisercraft products – I think someone had made one for a valentines project, so the basic idea isn’t my original idea and I am not entirely sure where I saw it otherwise I would provide the link.  The design of this book though is my work.

I remember reading The Hungry Caterpillar book as a kid and we also read it to our kids.  If you are familiar with the book you will know it starts out with On Sunday  . . . .  and then On Monday the little caterpillar ate  . . . . and then On Tuesday  the little caterpillar ate . . . . etc so I decided to make it with a page for each day of the week and I wrote the kids a note for each of the days that I would be away so that they could open it and read something from me.  They loved it and the the plan is to continue to write them little notes every so often to put in their book.  I made an extra pocket for them to keep notes from daddy or their friends or each other or other family. Since it is an envelope book I can still add more envelopes if I want to.

My daughter’s book was made out of the Magic Happens Collection (it is an older collection but Kaisercraft have released paper pads so you can still get the papers).  Each page was also spritzed  lightly with a bit of Calico Shine (one of my favourite products!).  I stamped Hero Arts envelope pattern stamp on the envelopes and inked the edges with Victorian Velvet distress ink so to dress them up a little.  The butterfly on the front is a Prima Canvas Resist Shape (love these!)

So here are some pics (I won’t show every page as I don’t want to overload you with photos but these should give you the general idea if you want to have a go at one yourself – Let me know if you do by leaving a comment as I would love to see).




I am planning to make one for my husband for Fathers Day out of the Classic Calico Papers and the kids can put notes in it.

Hope you have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by.


Memory Box Christmas Tree Tag

Hi everyone

I have been playing around with the techniques that I learnt when I went to Technique Overload in Melbourne with Tim Holtz (I said  a while ago I would post some projects 🙂 and so I was making some tags and decided to add this sweet Winterland tree die from Memory Box.  I made the background using 2 of  the new seasonal distress inks (Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean) and press the ink pad onto the kraft sheet.  I also used Dusty Concord.  I then sprayed with water from my Mister so that the ink ‘beaded’ up and then swiped the tag through the inks.  I covered the tag and then heated it to dry it a bit with the heat gun.  One of the tips that Tim shared about creating backgrounds is that it is about getting layers of colour, so you need to dry it a bit in between.  This helps prevent your background becoming all ‘muddy’ and the colours mixing into one colour.  I then swiped again and dried it again and then just tapped it onto any leftover spots of ink and then dried it again.  I then spritzed my fingers with water and flicked water spots over the background and because the distress ink interacts with water it kind of removes some of the colour/pushes the colour away.  This technique is describes as Spritz and Flick and is a load of fun.  I had a look on Tim’s blog and can’t see a video for it – but it is in his Compendium of Curiosities Vol 2 book.  I knew how to do this technique before I went to the workshop but like I said it is always a fun one but make sure you don’t mind if you get inky fingers ! (by the way the craft scrub from Ranger is excellent for removing ink off fingers and is actually not hard on your hands either).  Jill Foster also often uses this technique and I think she makes beautiful cards.

So once I was happy with the background I did some stamping with the same 2 new distress inks.  I made the pink section of the tag  by using Picked Raspberry distress ink directly to the tag and then laid the Studio Calico Huey’s masks-  chevron mask over the top and misted with water and then dabbed the water off and heated with the heat gun.

I die cut the star and the tree and assembled the tag as shown.

I put some distress stickles on the star and also used my finger to add some to the edges of the tag). Some gems just finished it off.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a try of the Spritz and Flick Distress technique.



Supplies:  Hot off the Press – Christmas Silhouettes and Shadows, Distress inks – Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean,Dusty Concord, Distress Stickles – Starburst, Memory Box Die – Winterland tree, Gems, Lace, Tiny Attacher, Studio Calico Mister Huey’s Mask – Chevron, Sizzix – Primitive stars, Silver paper, White paper, tags.