No Window Die? Grab a Stencil!

Hi Karenliz here.

Have you ever started a project and realized you didn’t have the right tool to complete it? It can be very frustrating.  It happened to me when I wanted to make a card with a window but didn’t have the die to put through my die cutting machine. Look at your stencils! I wanted a round window and using these two stencils I created my card.


Using the Moroccan Tiles stencil I took a piece of cardstock, traced my tile and cut it out.  I added acrylic and crackle paint to my new window to make it look aged.


If you look closely you can see all the cracks. I didn’t use heavy paper so it warped a little but if you put it under something heavy it will flatten.  My next step I created the background with the Harlequin stencil, black acrylic paint, matte gel medium and then painted over it with a wash of gray paint.  With archival and distress inks I created the window scene and attached the window.  My last touch was a big fat furry spider.


Remember there are amazing windows, doors, and portals in stencils. You just have to look a little closer and you will see them.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Valerie-Jael’s Trees

I received a lovely email from Valerie-Jael and a link to her blog about some of her work.  (See below.) I am posting directly from her blog…This first post is about the tag using our Aspen Trees template TCW252s (6×6).

“Today I just have one tag to share. I spent a lot of time painting yesterday, but it’s not finished yet. I have made a tag with a sponged ink background for the Unruly Paper Arts RAQ 1. I used my birch tree mask, and sponged gradient colours of DI through the trees. The word *Treasure* has been used as focal image over the trees, and I added some prima flowers and ribbon in complementary colours. I am also linking to Simon Says Stamp and Show, where this week a TH technique must be used.”

Here’s what Valerie-Jael writes about the above canvas which uses the Cubist stencil TCW248 AND the mini Harlequin TCW202s (can you see it?):

“For Paint Party Friday I have re-purposed another canvas, once again using acrylics in purple and green shades. I have called it *Purple moon-walk*. The canvas is 15×15″. I used my fave squares stencil and structure paste to do the background, before painting and adding Stickles, the moon and the umbrella men. The raised squares have been embossed with embossing powder and perfect pearls.”

Thanks for sharing, Valerie-Jael!

Subtle sprays with Stencils

Zarah is one of our readers from Sweden.  I love when she sends me little links to her blog.  Here’s a layout that she did just before the new year:

Take a look at the paper she used.  It’s a heavier, watercolor type paper.  Those types of papers really know how to take wet media like sprays.  They don’t get all soggy and sad when the water hits them. And the colors tend to really pop off of them instead of grey-ing out.
Notice how she also did a little spraying on that tag too, and a little on the doily.  What I like most is that the photo (although small) is truly the center of attention.  All of the spraying and embellishments just complements the layout instead of distracting from it.

To see more of her layouts, here’s her flickr link.