Stenciled Distress Inked Background

TGIF everyone! I’m here today with a pretty pink card that was fun and quick to create. I am submitting this card to both the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and the Seven Hills Crafts Monthly Craft Challenge for October. This week’s SSS Wednesday Challenge is ‘Think Pink’ and as the title suggests, the focus is on the colour pink (as October is breast cancer awareness month.) I personally know a few women who are breast cancer survivors (one in my family) so I love that I can create something beautiful and help bring awareness to this disease. If you haven’t been checked recently – or notice something unusual about your breasts, make an appointment with your doctor and get it looked at. It is only a few minutes of bearable pain and it could save your life.

The Seven Hills Craft Challenge for the month of October is tone on tone – and I had to pick at least three different shades from one of the three different colour schemes they’ve offered. And, in the spirit of the month that’s in it, I chose pink!

This is the first time I’ve successfully used a stencil in any of my projects and I have to say, I LOVED working with it!! I was super easy and fun to do – and the price point is great so it won’t break the bank to buy a bunch more! ๐Ÿ™‚ I foresee myself making lots more cards with this type of technique in the future.


First I cut a piece of water colour paper to A2 size paper and placed the Cascading Scallop stencil from My Favorite Things over the top and adhered it to my craft mat with a low-tack blue painter’s tape. I chose a few different shades of pink and red Distress Inks, and starting with the lightest, started putting colour down on my paper using a twisting motion. I have only ever tried a stencil once before and I ran into trouble with ink running underneath the stencil and ruining my design so I made sure to have enough pressure to get good ink coverage, but not too hard so that my stencil would shift and move. I find that putting the colour on in smaller amounts at a time worked better as I could always go back and add more layers to it instead of risking using too much pressure that I would move the stencil. After each new colour was added, I made sure to go back and forth between that colour, and the one next to it to get a nice, smooth blend.

Before I removed the stencil, I put a few water spots all over the colour and blotted off with a piece of clean towel. Then I carefully removed the stencil and let the ink dry really well. I trimmed the stenciled layer down to size and I got to work on the sentiment by trimming down a strip of vellum paper and heat embossing a sentiment from two different stamp sets from Altenew and Hero Arts in gold. Then I chose one of the dies from Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Border dies to give the decorative edge on the top and bottom of the vellum. These dies don’t actually cut through the paper, but will put patterns in them to give them stitched, dotted, slashed, or x’s to your paper.I love to use these because it really gives a more polished look to any part of the card. One thing I want to note is that adhering vellum to card can be tricky because you will see it through the thin paper. So for this particular project I adhered it on the back of the panel to hide the glue. Then I used a couple of dots of from my Quickie Glue Pen under the gold embossed letters so it would stick a bit better on the front side of the panel.

Stenciled Distress Inked background using My Favorite Things Cascading Scallop stencil.

The hardest part of this whole card was choosing my sequins and where to put them. I took just as long to figure out where to put the sequins as I did for the entire rest of the card! Does anyone else have this problem or is it just me? It happens EVERY time I use embellishments whether it be sequins, gems, Liquid Pearls or anything else. (NOTE: I have found though, that its best to lay them out as I think I want them and to walk away and get a cup of coffee. When I take a bit of time away from it, I can come back and decide on final placement instead of being so dang indecisive.) I adhered the whole layer to the card base with foam tape and I opted to placed it along the bottom with equal amounts around the sides and top just to do something a bit different than I normally do.I hope this card brings you as much joy as it did me while I was making it!

Bye for now!



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My Favorite Things: Cascading Scallop Stencil

Altenew: Painted Greetings stamps

Hero Arts: Many Everyday Messages, Gold Embossing Powder

Lawn Fawn: Stitched Border Dies

Wagner: Heat Tool

Distress Ink: Spun Sugar, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberries, Festive Berries

Ranger: Watercolor Cardstock, Mini Ink Blending Tools, Multi Medium Matte

Versamark: Embossing Ink

Neat & Tangled: Full of Love Sequins

Little Things from Lucy’s Cards: Flamingo & Sparkling Coral Sequins

EK Success: Powder Tool

We r Memory Keepers: Quick Stik

Scotch: Foam Tape, Blue Painter’s Tape

Sakura: Quickie Glue Pen

Neenah: Solar White Classic Crest 80lb

Bazzill: Vellum 40lb

Cricut: Cuttlebug Machine, C Plate Adaptor



4 thoughts on “Stenciled Distress Inked Background

  1. LOVE your stenciled background–so colorful and pretty!! Can’t believe this is your first stenciled background…it is very beautifully done! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday โ€œThink Pinkโ€ Challenge!

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  2. What a beautiful card Laura, and in such a good cause. The stencilled background is so dramatic and really stands out as a superb and visually interesting focal area. Love it! I’m exactly the same with sequins or any embellishments – I have to walk away and then come back to make sure they look okay before I glue them. Thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous creation with us at Seven Hills Crafts ๐Ÿ™‚

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