Summer Smooches Stencil-Quick How to Use Stencils

 This was a quick and easy card made using the Summer Smooches Stencil from Stampin' Up!  

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 How to Use Stencils

-Stampin’ Up! offers several stencil designs on page 234 of the main catalog. (The stencils are retiring and are only available through May 31!)

-The stencils include stencil and mask images to create a variety of coordinated looks.

-Use brushes, sponges or sponge daubers to apply ink or paint. 

-The most important tip for using stencils is to have the stencil securely in place so it does not shift.  If it shifts, you will have a shadow look to your finished project. I use masking or painter’s tape to hold the stencil in place. 

  1. Secure stencil on paper so it doesn’t shift while you are working with it.  I add a little piece of masking or painter’s tape on the 4 sides of the stencil.  The can easily be removed from the stencil.

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2. Use a sponge or sponge dauber to add ink.  Hold the stencil in place with one hand while you sponge on the color with the other.  Again, this is to make sure the stencil does not shift.

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 3. Continue to sponge on color as desired.  You can keep the image light or darken it by adding more color.

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4. When satisfied with the color, carefully lift the stencil up by removing the tape from your work sheet.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Bright Blossoms (Summer Smooches preview), Pretty Postage

Ink: Lucky Limeade, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry and Tempting Turquoise markers

Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Shimmer White

Accessories: Summer Smooches Stencil (only available through April 30), sponge, masking tape, Color Spritzer Tool, Eyelet Border, Small Tag, Boho Blossoms punches and 1/16” hole punch, pearls, Tempting Turquoise ¼” grosgrain ribbon, Pool Party Baker’s Twine, Mini Glue Dot

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Stamping 411 Sketch 250-Summer Smooches Stencil

I was not too sure when I first saw this week's Stamping 411 Sketch.  "Circles,"  I thought to myself. "I think I'll pass on this one."  But, the more I thought about it, the more I thought about the possibilities of the sketch.   I've really been wanting to use my new Decor Elements stencil that is part of the Summer Smooches Suite available from Stampin' Up! during the month of April.  I really like working with stencils, and since this one will only be available in April, I thought I better incorporate it into the sketch.

Here's my take

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On this sketch

Stamping 411 Sketch 250

Supplies Used:

Ink: Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Marina Mist, Pretty in Pink, Island Indigo marker (for Color Spritzer Tool)

Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder

Accessories: Decor Elements Summer Smooches Stencil, sponge, Color Spritzer Tool (haven't used this in ages!), Big Shot, Heart Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Nestabilities Circles, 1 1/4" circle punch, rhinestones from Blossom Builders Designer Printed kit

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Merry Christmas-Stenciled Snowflakes

May the beauty of Christmas be yours throughout the year!  Merry Christmas!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink

Paper: Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Whisper White

Accessories: Snowflake punch (I used the negative image after I punched out a snowflake as a stencil, sponging on Pretty in Pink and Rose Red ink), crimper, silver glitter brad, paper piercing tool and mat, Color Catcher and Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz-It is hard to see in the photo, but this card really shimmers in person


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Stenciled Ornament Tea Towels

Need a last minute gift idea?  Stenciled tea towels are quick and easy.

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For detailed instructions, please visit this posting

Supplies Used:

Vintage Ornaments (#118141, $14.95) and Elegant Trio (#118262, $9.95) Decor Stencils, fabric paint, stipple brushes, flour sack tea towels (purchased at ***mart-5 for 5.95)

After letting the fabric paint dry over night, I washed each towel in cold water and dried on low heat, then steamed ironed.  Tie a ribbon around them and you've got a pretty gift to give as a thank you or hostess gift.

Vintage Ornament Decor Stencils (#118141, $14.95)

Vintage ornament stencils


Elegant Trio Decor Stencils #118262, $9.95

Elegant Trio Stencils


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I needed a quick birthday card recently.  I got out one of my favorite Decor Stencils and Color Coach.  I always seem to be drawn to the color combination of Poppy Parade, Not Quite Navy and Crumb Cake!  This was one of those 5 minute cards, and most of that was deciding which stencil and what colors to use!  Lay the stencil down on your card front.  Hold it down with one hand and sponge on color with the other.  You can make it as light or as dark as you want.


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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sincere Wishes

Ink: Poppy Parade

Paper: Very Vanilla, Poppy Parade, Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Folk Flowers stencil, sponge, large and scallop oval punches, dimensionals

Folk Flowers Decor Stencil #118139, $12.95

  Folk Flowers stencil






Add a delicate floral accent anywhere using our Folk Flowers Décor Stencils. Our stencils can be used on most surfaces so you can add a flower or two--or more--anywhere you can imagine. Our high-quality plastic stencils can be used again and again.

■ Dimensions: 6-5/8" x 5-3/4" (largest image 5-3/4" x 5-1/2" (smallest image
■ Dimensions (HxW) are approximate
■ Set of two stencils



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Faux Suede-Stenciled Newsprint

This was my swap card for the July Stamp Clubs.  It combines two of my favorite Stampin' Up! products: stencils and Designer Series Paper.  I also used one my favorite techniques: faux suede for bottom part of the card.I then over-stamped the floral image from the stamp set Essence of Love using Riding Hood Red ink on the Riding Hood Red paper for a tone on tone effect.  In person, it has a very soft look and feel.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations, Essence of Love

Ink: Riding Hood Red

Paper: Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Newsprint Designer Series Paper

Accessories: crimper and bone folder for Faux Suede technique, Elegant Trio stencil, sponge for stenciling, vanilla satin ribbon, scallop and large oval punches, cutting tool for distressing, dimensionals

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Stenciled Tea Towels-500th Post!

Woo Hoo, this is my 500th blog post!  Thanks for sharing this blogging adventure with me!

For my 500th post, I decided I would feature one of my favorite gift ideas: stenciled tea towels.  Every kitchen needs at least one tea towel!  And a specially decorated tea towel is even better!

I used bleached cotton tea towels that I purchased at ***mart (5 for 5.95), the flower image from the Elegant Trio Decor stencils from Stampin' Up! and fabric paint.

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Here's how:

You will need:

tea towel


fabric paint-You can find fabric paint at any arts and crafts store.  It comes in small bottles in various colors and is relatively inexpensive. I know my fellow SU Demos will be upset that I am not suggesting you use SU Craft ink.  But, I find that the vivid color lasts longer with fabric paint.  After all, fabric paint is specifically made to use with fabrics.  I am a firm believer of having the right tool for the job.  Otherwise, crafting can be frustrating.

stencil brushes-These can also be found at any arts and crafts store in the stencil aisle.  Stencil brushes have short, firmly packed bristles. Sponge daubers would work too.  You need something that will allow you some control for working in the small spaces of the stencil so you don't get paint under the stencil.

palette to hold the paint-I use the lid to a plastic container

low tack adhesive

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Choose the colors you would like to use and squeeze them onto your palette. Position the stencil on the tea towel.  Apply a low tack adhesive to the edges of the stencil to keep it in place while you work.

Pick up your first color of paint on a stencil brush. 

Tip: Don't overload your brush with paint.  Instead, just dab the end of the bristles into the paint.  Having a little bit of paint gives you more control.  You can always pick up more paint if needed.  And, the brushes are easier to clean if the paint in just on the ends of the brush.

Add the color over the stencil using a "pouncing" or vertical up and down motion. You want to be tapping the end of the brush onto the stencil rather than brushing it across.  Pouncing gives you more control so you don't get the paint to get under the stencil.

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Add more paint as needed. Pick up 2nd color with another stipple brush and add as desired.  Continue adding  paint to the different sections of the stencil as desired.

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Remove the stencil by bringing it straight up from the fabric.  Reposition it on the tea towel as desired for next flower.  Repeat adding color by pouncing on the fabric paint.

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Pick up stencil and place on tea towel for 3rd flower. Repeat steps as above.

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Once complete, let the fabric paint dry.  I let mine set overnight, but it should dry within 4-5 hours. Before I give them as gifts, I wash the tea towels in cold water, line dry (I don't have a working dryer-don't ask) and steam iron to get out any of the wrinkles.

Thanks for looking! 


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Inspired Flower Stencil

I know I've said it before, but I love the stencils available from Stampin' Up!  They make creating so easy, but yet provide that extra WOW to projects.  For this card, I used the flower image from the Elegant Trio Decor Stencils  (found on page 34 in the Definitely Decorative catalog) and  white stenciling paste.  Stenciling or embossing paste can be found in almost any arts and crafts store, usually in a variety of colors.  An acrylic medium like light modeling paste can also be used.  Lay the stencil on your project and apply the stencil paste over it with a bone folder.  Apply it like you were frosting a cake.  Let the stencil paste dry completely.  Then you can either remove the stencil or stamp an image over it like I did with this card before removing.  I stamped the "Inspire" stamp from the Define Your Life stamp set using Basic Black ink.  Once dry, the stencil paste gives your finished project an interesting texture.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Define Your Life

Ink: Bashful Blue, Basic Black

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Bashful Blue

Accessories: Elegant Trio Decor stencils, stencil paste, bone folder, 5/8" black satin ribbon, sponge, Dimensionals

Elegant Trio Decor Stencils #118262 $9.95 for a set of 3 stencils. Dimensions 4 3/8" x 2 1/2"

Elegant Trio Stencils 

Define Your Life stamp set #114950, $47.95 for 28 double mounted images

Define Your Life 

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Mostly Vintage Stencil and Log Cabin Smooch Spritz

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I think my favorite Stampin' Up! product is Decor Stencils.  They make such quick and easy projects.  For this card, I used the mask that comes in the Mostly Vintage Decor Stencils.  This is found in the Summer Occasions Catalog from Stampin' Up!  I laid it on the card stock and spritzed Log Cabin Smooch Spritz around it.  Pick the mask up, and you are left with this awesome design.  The photograph does not show it, but the Log Cabin Smooch Spritz has a gold sparkle that is really enhanced when coupled with the Crushed Curry card stock.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Soft Suede

Paper: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Whisper White

Accessories: Mostly Vintage Decor Stencil, Log Cabin Smooch Spritz, Color Catcher, Filigree brad, ice rhinestone, Word Window Punch, Cutter Kit, paper piercing tool and mat and Dimensionals

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Purple Folk Flowers Stencil-today is my birthday!

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It's my birthday too-yeah

They say it's your birthday

We're going to have a good time

I'm glad it's your birthday

Happy Birthday to you!" Lennon/McCarthy

Yes, today is my birthday.  I am going to spend the afternoon with some stampin' friends creating birthday cards in my Happy Birthday Stamp a Stack.

This is one of the cards we will be creating.


I love the using the new Folk Flowers Decor Stencils from Stampin'  Up! (found on page 18 of the Mini catalog)  They are so easy to use and give that added pop.  I did this one in purples as that is my favorite color.

For this afternoon's get together, I will be serving some of my favorite things: chocolate cake (baked by my dear friend Melita), ice cream, bread home-baked by my husband, cheetos, fritos, and chocolate!   Forget your diet this afternoon! And then for dinner, my husband and I will go to my Mom's.  She will cook my favorite dinner, chicken curry.  She makes it for me every year for my birthday.  So, I think it will be a most excellent birthday!

Supplies used:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Lovely Lilac, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Lovely Lilac, Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Folk Flowers Decor Stencils, sponge, elegant eggplant 1/4" grosgrain ribbon

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