Gratitude Cards- StencilGirl®

Today we are on the StencilGirl® Blog with a video tutorial!

This month our theme is Gratitude!

An attitude of Gratitude is important for everything we encounter. It keeps us motivated and on the path. Most often, we look at all the things that aren’t than those that are. We decided to create some mixed media Gratitude Cards. These can be used as a motivation/positive message booklet, desk calendar, pocket album, etc. These would surely remind us to be thankful for all that is and foster an attitude of gratitude. 

The techniques shared can be applied to any mixed media project. 

We have a video tutorial for this one:

We have used multiple stencils for layering and then used one for our focal elements as well. We have used The New Orleans stencil by Nathalie Kalbach (L475),  The Pixels stencil by Rae Missigman (S509), and The Collage Patterns and Textures Circles stencil by Gwen Lafleur (L631).


We hope you’re inspired!

Sunila & Aditi

Different is Beautiful

I was recently inspired by a tutorial by a dear friend and a talented artist Asia Marquet. The background of the tags she created was so vibrant, that I had to try something. I, however, did not use photo paper and played on the regular cardstock.

I used Lindy’s Sprays Tea Pot Purple, Witch’s Potion Purple, Hydrangea Blue, Afternoon Delight Denim, Prima Donna Purple, Peony Scarlet Red, Hi Maintenance Magenta, Urban Amethyst, Grab a Guy Gold, Tears on my Pillow Tangerine; Embossing powders- Hyacinth Blue Green and Aurora Amethyst 

Here’s a look at the ATC cards I created.

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ATC Tutorial

Today we have a tutorial for you all. We are creating an ATC Card using Distress Oxides and Rubber Stamps. It’s fun, easy and quick with the use of minimal supplies! So let’s dive in.

Here’s a look at the card:


First, here’s a list of the supplies we’re using today:

  • Tim Holtz Stamperanonymous Hipsters Collection Rubber Stamp
  • Tim Holtz Stamperanonymous Etcetra Collection Rubber Stamp
  • Distress Oxides- Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio and Walnut Stain
  • White Cardstock
  • Craft Mat
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Versamark Ink
  • Peek-a-boo Stitched Tag Die
  • Lindy’s Embossing Powder- Twilight Blue Slate
  • Cheese Cloth
  • Thread
  • Foam Tape

Let’s begin:

  1. Swipe the distress oxides (Spiced Marmalade and Cracked Pistachio) onto your craft mat, and mist them with water. Run the cut cardstock base on the inks and lift them from the craft mat. This technique is great to start any background. Distress the edges with Walnut Stain and a blending tool. BPM 1
  2. Next, using black ink, stamp using a script stamp from the Etcetra set at the bottom of the card. BPM 2
  3. Using different stamps from the set, stamp on the top of the card as well. These stamps should not be as busy as the script at the bottom. Black ink stamping on this background gives amazing results.BPM 3BPM 4
  4. Pick a stamp from the Hipster Set and Stamp it onto a separate piece of cardstock using versamark. Use lindy’s embossing powder and heat set it for this focal image. BPM 5BPM 6
  5. Using the same smooshing ink technique (used above for the background), lift colour onto this focal image with Walnut Stain. This is an easy technique to colour the image. BPM 7
  6. Fussy cut this image and layer it on the base of the card, adding a piece of cheesecloth and thread in between for depth and texture. Use a word from the stamp set to title the card and stamp it with black ink.BPM 13
  7. That completes this card.  BPM 8

Here are some close-up pictures

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Hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and are all set to create your own ATC card.

Splatter fun

We went crazy with our Lindy’s sprays and splattered them on our black journal. Here’s a fun and vibrant page. We used Sprays Prima Donna Purple, Poinciana Red Flame, Hi Maintenance Magenta, Magnolia Magenta Gold, Grab a Guy Gold, Whale Watch Blue; Embossing Powders- Aurora Amethyst, Magic Moon Pearls, Cuckoo Clock Cardinal and 7 Dots Studio Paint Chips Collection.

MTW Oct 1

We were inspired by:

More Than Words October Challenge– Added splatter to our page and we love to journal at leisure and our art journal page represent that.

7 Dots Studio October Challenge– Inspired by the colour combination.

Here are some close-ups:

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Nature & Leisure

We are back with a mixed media style layout. We have used StenciGirl Stencil- L 522 Fallen Leaves, Finnabair’s Art Alchemy Metallique and Opal Magic Paints, 49 & market Flowers, hand-done crochet lace, Cuts2Luv Badge, assorted dies and chipboard.

Cuts 2 Luv Oct 1

We were inspired by:

Cuts2Luv October Challenge– The colour combo, the badge with leaves, lace as an embellishment.

More Than Words October Challenge– Added splatter to our Lo and interpreted leisure as connecting with nature/a walk in the garden, woods.

Here are some close-ups:

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Paint your dreams

We have a vibrant journal spread in our little black journal to share with you all today.

We used Lindy’s Spray- Pearlescents Glitz, Delphinium Turquoise, Steel Shimmer, Sweet Purple Violet Teal, French Lilac Violet; Art Alchemy Metallique- Ice Queen, Crocus Fields; Opal Magic – Aqua Rose & Violet Green for the colours on this page. We have used StencilGirl Stencil- S645 Drops and Swirls Repeat

Art Soul Oct 1

We were inspired by:

Art and Soul October Challenge

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Bright & Bold

Today we’re sharing a mixed media style layout created using 7 Dots Studio Paint Chips Collection, Lindy’s Embossing Powders- Hibiscus Rose Orange, Twilight Blue Slate, Cosmic Blue Violet; Sprays- Marigold Yellow Orange, Magnolia Magenta Gold, Hag’s Wart Orange.

7 Dots Oct 1

We were inspired by:

7 Dots Studio October Challenge– Inspired by the colours, landscape and nature.

Mixed Media Place October Challenge– Inspired by the colour palette and the blossoming autumn flowers.

Here are some close-ups:

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