#850 – STB: Stencil

Hello and welcome to a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time, we have Nancy choosing the topping, and she gave us ‘Stencils’ to work on!

And here’s what I made –


I love stencils and have a ton of them in my stash, but somehow, never end up using them. So this was a great chance for me to get to use them. I wanted to make the stencil have a big impact on the card, so tried out various techniques and media on them. Finally I chose two, out of which I made these cards.

I have used the same stencil – Tie and Dye from CrafTreat – on both of these cards.


Card one: I started with a panel of photo paper. I wanted the colors to stay as soon as they would be applied, so this was the best option. I used the stencil with brusho pigment powders, applying the powder, then lying the stencil on top and misting with water to activate the colors. Working things the other way round – placing the stencil, then sprinkling the powder then misting didn’t work as the stencil had smaller negative spaces. Applying the water first and then the powders didn’t work either, since the panel didn’t stay wet enough for long enough for me to apply the powders. My plan was to actually have colors only where the stencil had openings, but that didn’t work. And it ended with this ‘burst’ look.


Anyway, once everything was dry, I removed as much extra powder as possible using a towel, and then trimmed the panel and adhered it on a white card base. The sentiment, which I stacked, is from My Favorite Things, called Birthday Wishes. I also added a few iridescent sequins for embellishing.


Card two: I used alcohol inks with ink lifting… kind of. 😛

I used yupo paper as the base and applied a rainbow of alcohol inks in a sunburst. Once that dried, I placed the stencil on top, then used a felt applicator with a few drops of alcohol ink blender to apply darker shades of alcohol inks on top, basically, the opposite of ink lift. Why? Because, like my earlier plan, the ink lift didn’t look good, didn’t work well.

So anyway, I moved the stencil a few more times and redid the technique, to cover the whole panel more or less equally with patterns.


Once done, I adhered this over another card panel, since this yupo paper wasn’t thick enough. I then foam mounted it on a white card base and trimmed the excess. The sentiment is from Altenew Inline Alpha dies. I die cut them thrice and stacked them before adhering them to the card. I also used a couple of sequins for embellishing.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #372: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Use a Stencil

Just Add Ink challenge 488: Celebrate. And they’ve turned 10 too!! Congratulations!!

Stamplorations January Stencil challenge: Anything Goes

Checkout more inspiration from our DT and our Surprise Party Guest, Joyce Mehrberg, in the Seize the Birthday challenge blog. Also, don’t forget to join the party!

Thank you for stopping by!

45 thoughts on “#850 – STB: Stencil

  1. Both cards are so yummy! I love brusho powders but can’t really control them, I usually end up with a mess… in the garbage can. Someone said that oil painting is like having a dog, while watercolor is like having a cat. I guess pigment powders are like having a mad dragon 😂

    • Ha ha ha ha!!
      I don’t have any control over the brushos as well – it’s like they have a mind of their own!! I just happened to stop before the mess occurred!!

  2. Color Burst !! Both the background have turned out so vibrant..loved the cards too ! You have inspired me to bring out the pigment powders and have some fun with stencils.

  3. I love your Brushos stenciled sunburst on your 2nd card Ashwini. So pleased you entered in our STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge. I am glad you shared your Brushos Burst card too…2 beautiful stenciled cards. Hugs..Nancy

  4. Great results on both cards Ashwini. Love it when what we had planned doesn’t go as planned but works out just like these cards have. Bold Bright and Beautiful. Thanks for sharing at Addicted to Stamps and More and STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge.

  5. Oh I love stencils too and have to admit, I’d don’t use them enough either. Thank you for sharing these two techniques for using the stencils – it has inspired me to give them a go. I love how both cards are so different even though you have used the same stencil. Shows great diversity and lovely bursts of colour. Chantell Just Add Ink

  6. I haven’t mastered any techniques with Brushos but both your backgrounds definitely have a WOW factor! Love the rainbow one a ton! Great job Ashwini!

  7. What amazingly vibrant backgrounds, Ashwini. Glad you persevered with the 2nd card as the background has such depth of colour & interest. The bold sentiment works so well with it too. Glad you joined our 10th anniversary challenge at Just Add Ink.
    Di, JAI 🙂

  8. Your cards are really fabulous! Both have such a different look. Thank you for sharing fun and vibrant new ways to use stencils and for helping us celebrate at Just Add Ink Ashwini.

  9. I rarely use all the stencils I’ve collected over the years too. Must remedy that this year. Love the totally different look each of your cards has! Thank you so much for sharing in our ‘celebration’ hop. x

  10. The white sentiments look so effective against the bold colours of your cards – wow! Thanks for sharing with us as part of Just Add Ink’s birthday celebrations. Kelly x

  11. Wow, very interesting backgrounds you created with the stencils and Brushos. Sounds like a lot of work but you did a great job.

    • It actually wasn’t too tough at all! I only took more time because I was experimenting a lot. Otherwise, other than the few minutes taken to apply the inks/pigments, it was the drying time that took most of the time, since I let everything air dry. But even that didn’t matter since I was working on lots of pieces!

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