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

CASE Study #132 – Heartfelt Wishes Butterfly Card

Hi everyone,

I am playing along with CASE Study again this week and had some fun using up another one of the Distress Paint tag backgrounds that I made.  I took inspiration from the colours Julie Ebersole used on her card and also the butterfly (You can see the current Case Study blog challenge here).  The main technique for the card is basically to use the negative from your die cut.  This is a great way to use your die cuts for a different look and seems to have become a more popular technique with more cards around that feature it.  I created the background behind the white frame by diluting some Sunshine Yellow Dylusions Ink Spray and then painting onto the card base.

Well I am off to keep working on the projects for the upcoming In-Store Weekend Workshop at Southern Stationery.  Over the next couple weeks or so there will be sneak peaks of the projects on the Stefs Paper Crafts blog.

Thanks for stopping by,




Supplies: Distress Paint (See the blog post about the backgrounds here), Tag, Dylusions – Sunshine yellow and London Fog, Hero Arts Stamp & Die Cut – Butterflies #3,Tim Holtz Sizzix – Texture Fades – Riveted Metal, Sizzix – Frame Fancy Square , White card, Archival ink – Jet Black, Hero Arts Clear Set – All Occasion Messages, Ribbon

Christmas Card with Alcohol Ink Background

Hi everyone,

I know it is only August but I thought I would show a Christmas card in this little series of alcohol ink cards.  Once I had made the background I then used the pocket watches embossing folder to give it texture.  I added a little bit of distress inks to the edges but you could just ink all of the raised areas to give it a different look.  I die cut the pine tree out of cardboard and then sprayed with Cut Grass Dylusions Spray Ink.  When it had dried I rubbed a little bit of gold Perfect Pearls over the tree.  The fence was die cut using the Memory Box Die – Estate Fence and the stickers are from one of last years Christmas collections by Kaisercraft.  If you want to see more of my alcohol ink cards, just click on the category on the sidebar.  There is another Christmas card here and a flower card that features alcohol ink on sticky back canvas here.

Hope you had a great weekend.

Thanks for stopping by,


Supplies: Bazzill – Java and Kraft, Kasisercraft Sticker Sheet – December 25th, Tim Holtz PineTree Die, Dylusions Spray Ink – Cut Grass, Kaisercraft pearl strip, Memory Box Die – Estate Fence,  Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades – Pocket Watches Embossing Folder, Foam Adhesive, Alcohol inks, Glossy Cardstock, Gold mixative, Blending solution, Distress ink – Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain.


A Couple of Alcohol Ink Cards

Hi everyone,

I have been playing with my alcohol inks again as I got a couple of new colours (and also learnt a few more things to do with them when I went to Technique Overload with Tim Holtz – scroll down to the bottom of this post for a list of some of the tips to get the best results when using alcohol inks) so I am planning to show a few cards over the next couple of weeks.  I made these two backgrounds using pinks and purples and a similar design but the vibrancy of the colours is different and so the cards end up looking quite different.  I wanted to show that if you want to, you can incorporate alcohol inks no matter what your style is.

First up is the brighter of the two cards but I still kept it fairly clean looking with the bright white cardstock and just a little black ink.  The alcohol ink background was made by using 3 colours and the snowcap mixative and then using blending solution and then twisting and dabbing over the glossy card.  I did a couple of layers of ink and then just dropped some blending solution directly onto the card.  That is what has given the white drops on the background.  The die cut is the Catalina Wreath by Memory Box and the flower is a white prima flower that was sprayed with Dylusions ink spray – Crushed Grape (I love these sprays! and Stef has just restocked so I now have all 12 so look out for some more projects with these).  The glitter is Star Dust Stickles.  To draw the black stitching lines I used a marker that is for writing on cds – a waterbased marker will not work on the glossy surface and you need to be careful with other markers so it is worth doing a test before you draw on your background.

The second card is a much softer look and is a baby card (I have had a few friends lately have babies so needed a baby card or 3!).  This card uses some lovely pale purples and pinks.  I made the stripey background using the alcohol ink and just swiped them along the glossy card stock (It is better to use glossy cardstock than photo paper, they have a different coating) and then just made a fairly clean and simple looking card.  Alcohol inks are a lot of fun to play with and you can make some gorgeous background really quickly (great for Christmas card time!).

Some Tips that Tim Holtz gave Technique Overload:

  • NEVER SPRAY ALCOHOL INKS – they are toxic if inhaled!
  • When using alcohol inks, don’t add the same colour twice on the same felt pad (You actually just end up doubling the amount of that colour on the pad and therefore on your project).
  • One drop of the metallic mixatives is enough for a 12×12 sheet of card, so basically just be careful and only add a little of the metallic mixatives otherwise your metallic ‘overtakes’ the rest of the colours. If you use too much of the metallic mixatives even if you stamp over it you will still see the metallic colour.
  • You can add new colours over your first layer of colours , just make sure to use some blending solution too to make sure the colours blend together.
  • If you stamp Stazon on alcohol ink it will react.
  • When making a new background you need to use a new felt pad.

Remember you can check out Tim’s website, his blog, or the Ranger website (see the sidebar for the links) for further information.

If you have questions just leave me a comment.  I’ll be back tommorrow with another alcohol ink card.

Thanks for stopping by.