193 posts categorized "Stencil"

Birthday Fishes
by Nancy Penir


Hi there! I have a fun card for you today, using some of Poppystamps' new  whittles dies. 


I began with the Whittle Wave Background, cutting them in different shades of blue. I cut one extra, to glue the 4 pieces onto. It's easy to snip the edges to separate the wave sections, and they're already cut through along the wave.


Here's what the card looks like with the pieces put together.


I assembled my die cuts on a plain white card, and liked it, but I love layers and textures, so decided to add a stenciled background, also in shades of blue. Memory Box's Fractal Diamond reminded me of rays of sunshine, so I blended my inks, lightly in the middle, heavier on the corners.


My grandson turns 10 this month, and thinks he's a fish, swimming with his brother daily! I hope he loves this card as much as I loved making it.


Something else new in the Poppystamps store are the Fairy drops. Perfect for adding air bubbles!

Have a wonderful crafty week!

Nancy Floral Signature copy



Happy Birthday Masculine Card
by Nancy Penir


Hi and welcome, Poppy friends! I have a couple of birthday cards to share today. If you find making masculine cards a challenge, you're going to love this post! I have several men in my life (one hubs and 2 sons, not to mention uncles and grand boys!)


On a stenciled design, ala Fractional Diamond Stencil by Open Studio (Memory Box), I began by stenciling with white paste onto teal and purple cardstock. Then had some fun spraying with colors laced with mica. It totally stands out on dark cardstock!


The 2 stenciled cards, once dried, are sprayed again and again, until the desired effect is achieved. (Let the layers dry between sprays). I wiped the white with a paper towel. The diamonds retain just a bit of the stain, which I loved, and the cracks and center have the stain intact.


I wanted Poppystamps' new Birthday die to be the focal point, and so I added the oval vellum and fun foam behind and to the die  script. Here's a tip to working with intricate dies:


I can't take credit for this idea, saw it on a video by a well know designer, and loved it! Fun foam is available in many colors, and you can find a stack of colors for very little money on Amazon. This particular stack I purchased has one sticky side. Now when you die cut your image, or in this case, script, leave the words in place. Glue to the front of the letters and your words will be exactly where you want them. Pretty cool, eh?


I really love doing cards 2 at a time, especially when the technique is such fun.


Just the perfect birthday greeting for special men in my life!

Hope you're inspired to give these techniques a try. Poppystamps has some wonderful new script dies in the store. And don't forget the stencils and new paper packs in the Memory Box Store! 

Have a wonderful, crafty rest of the week! Nancy Floral Signature copy




Quick & Easy Stenciled Card
by Sue McRae


Happy Monday morning! Sue here with an easy card that you can make very quickly using a stencil. I know sometimes we all need a card at the last minute and I find stencils can help create a card in a few minutes.


Today I’m using the Bright Blossoms Stencil on a square white card panel and inking it up with Distress Inks. Since the floral design is smaller in scale I used my tiniest blender brushes or you could use finger daubers to apply the inks.


I used six colours on my design but you can certainly use less which would save even more time. I only used one colour for the leaves but applied more ink in certain areas to create depth. You may be wondering why Seedless Preserves is shown in the pic above, considering my flowers are blue and yellow. I added it to the very tip of the petals to make them really dark, darker than the blue allowed. This could have also been achieved with black or a very dark brown.


With the stenciling done, I stamped part of the sentiment in black ink on the panel and die cut the Luscious Script Wishes from white and black. To keep everything simple I didn’t use any foam tape, instead keeping everything flat. I finished with a few gems for the flower centres.


That’s it! Stenciled card complete! I hope you remember to use your stencils to create a quick and easy card! Have a great crafty week!

Sue Floral Signature copy






Gel Press Christmas cards
by Marybeth Lopez


Hi there! Yes , the cards are made with Poppystamps stencils but in a new way.  I had a few minutes to check out Jennifer McGuire  blog  and saw a new technique using a gel pad . I was able to get one quick from Amazon. So I gave it a try with stencils. 


I placed  the gel pad on my MISTI then inked up the gel pad just using the ink pad, then place the stencil on top. I then cut a panel and placed that on top to the stencil, and pressed over the back of the panel.  The stencil below is from Poppystamps  called Bright Blossom ( looks a bit like a poinsettia to me)


When I took the stencil off this is what I got( above)  It was kinda fun and a new way to use stencils for me.


The stencil above is is called : Leafy  Rows , I did this one the same way.



I was pleased with the way they both turned out and simple and easy to mail , especially this time of year.


I added glitter to both cards for a bit of shimmer , I always love shimmer or glitter for Christmas ( or any card :)

Take care and God bless.





Christmas Card & Envelope
by Nancy Penir


December 2020, and Christmas is around the corner. Are your cards in the mail? I have a simple card and matching envelope for you today, in case you are short a few. Our sister company, Memory Box has some gorgeous Christmas paper pads that pack a wow. 

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My card features the new Simple Lantern Oval die set. The holiday plaid paper pack is a double sided print with gold on one side. Just gorgeous! I used my gold mirror paper to cut the oval lantern, and backed it with white. Then sponge inked where the lantern would shine. The Holiday Mistletoe was also cut from white cardstock and copic colored. Added a bit of glitz to it with some chunky glitter. And I also want to show you it's envelope and an easy way to use Poppy's stencils to decorate them.


I love personalizing my envelopes, and it's really easy to do with a stencil. You'll notice I angled the stencil to allow room for addressing. First applied red, a bit darker in the center, fanning outward to the petals. 


Next the green, where I wanted the leaves. 


I'll write on top of part of the image, as I kept it light along the edge of the design.


There are lots of great stencils in the store, and here's hoping you already have a few in your stash!

Have a wonderful crafty weekend. 

Nancy Floral Signature copy








Challenge Reminder: Colors Of Autumn
by Nadine Carlier

Hello Autumn Card by Nadine Carlier

Hello, Nadine here today with a reminder to enter the PSC#74 Colors Of Autumn!  The rules are simple, you just need to use a die or stamp from Poppystamps and create something that is crafty using colors of Autumn... reds, yellows, oranges, and everything in between.  Not feeling like a color challenge?  That's ok.. how about some fall foliage, pumpkins, apples, gourds, and cornstalks?  Maybe some whittle fall critters?  Gobble gobble!!!  Just like the bounty of the harvest, there are lots of possibilities! Link up your projects... cards, tags, home decor, and more!  It's your choice, just be sure to use at least one Poppystamps image (stamp or die) on your project!

To help give you some inspiration, I created my card using the Maple Leaf Side Strips and Stencil. I die cut it out of white cardstock and then used the stencil to color in the leaves using some fall ink colors and a blending brush. Then adhered the white panel to the front of an off white card base.

Hello Autumn Card by Nadine Carlier 1

For the sentiment, I used the Luscious Script Hello and cut it out using some orange foiled paper.

Hello Autumn Card by Nadine Carlier 2

Now it's your turn!  Need a little more motivation? How about a prize?  The winner (chosen at random) of this challenge will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to spend on their favorites from the store!

You have until 12 am US EST on November 27 to link up your design HERE!  We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on December 1.   

Thanks for joining us!  I can't wait to see what you make!

Nadine Floral Signature copy