5 August 2020

Stencilmania with The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Hi everyone and welcome. It's time for another challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. I am your host for this one and I've called it 'Stencilmania'. "Stencils are such versatile tools - you can add colour through them, add texture and patterns with them, draw with them, emboss with them, print with them and so much more. So for this challenge we want you to get creative with your stencils, adding as many layers as you dare to create a vintage or shabby chic project to share with us all."

As ever, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and three additional outstanding entries will receive Top 3 Badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

For this challenge I've combined a couple of Finnabair stencils with one of the new Sizzix Chapter 3 die set releases - it's officially a Christmas themed one but I've taken it on a tropical journey to create these Summer inspired cards;

To show how these cards came together I've put together a tutorial.

First up I got out every shade of blue in the Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint range and painted a length of A4 paper (half a width wide) ensuring each one blended into the next.

Once dry I applied Dina's White Acrylic Paint through the Finnabair 'Oriental Wall' Stencil. It's really helpful that this stencil is a long one as it made the process quicker and easier to line up.

When the stencilling was dry I cut the strip of paper up into sections as shown below. The edges were inked with Wendy Vecchi 'Acorn' Archival Ink.

Taking two pieces of card a little smaller than A6 size I covered them with Ranger Opaque Crackle Paste, applying it through the Finnabair 'Vintage Wallpaper' Stencil. It was left to dry and crack beautifully before having a coat of matte gesso applied over the top to seal in the cracked surface.

To finish the matting and layering portion of the cards more of the 'Acorn' Archival Ink was blended around the edge of the stencilled card. I also brushed a little over the surface of the raised crackled parts to emphasis the texture further. Slightly larger pieces of paper were painted with 'Gilt' Acrylic Paint to act as a border between the card blanks and stencilled paper. Once layered together the stencilled strips were added on top, with some raised using dimensional tape.

Moving on to the tropical flowers I began by painting four small offcuts of paper with 'Cheddar' Acrylic Paint, cutting four of the large geometric frames using the new Sizzix 'Geometric Winter Frame' Die Set by Olivia Rose. The inside portions were saved for using with the flowers and leaves.

The first of the inside pieces was repainted with the 'Lemon' Acrylic Paint before some of the larger leaves in the die set were cut from it.

A second inside piece was repainted with the 'Ruby' Acrylic Paint and had the little flowers cut as shown below.

Some of the waste edges from the original frame cuts was repainted using the 'Sedona' Acrylic Paint so I could cut some contrasting larger flower petals from it.

Another inside section was repainted with 'Olive' Acrylic Paint and had a selection of the smaller leaf stems from the set cut from it.

Finally I repainted some of the remaining leftovers with 'Tangerine' Acrylic Paint to cut the berry stems from. They were given more depth and dimension by adding little drops of Wendy Vecchi's 'Orange Blossom' Liquid Pearls.

To finish, the frames were offset over each other onto the stencilled background and the flowers, leaves and berry stems added on top. I added sentiments from Wendy Vecchi's MAKE ART 'Thank You' Stamp/Die/Stencil Set to each card, stamping them onto white card to contrast with the background. Here are some close up photos so you can see the details more clearly;

So that's my take on the theme 'Stencilmania'. My hugely talented team mates have also come up with their own stencilled projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage pieces to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes that's up for grabs.

Thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx

Products used to create these cards are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.

Prima Marketing Finnabair Stencil - Oriental Wall
Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink - Acorn


  1. Wonderful idea to use the Christmas dies and turn it into a summer card with beautiful waves of blue! Lovely designs and cheery cards!

  2. Jenny - you made my evening - this was so fun to see your creativity in action yet again. you always inspire me to go outside of my comfort zone. Bless your heart. be well Robin

  3. Jenny, you had me at the ombre shades of blue panels! I love the contemporary design, and how you've used those tiny poinsettias along with the sliced panel to give your gorgeous cards a tropical vibe. Amazing colors and really thoughtful details on these pretties! I'm always inspired by your creativity!

  4. These cards are totally AMAZING!!!! Not only do I love the background, but the way you cut and layered those stenciled strips is genius!!

  5. Awesome card! Fab colours - love it! xxx

  6. Awesome. Fab use of stencil and die cuts. Hugz


Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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