Stamp School: Layered Stenciling! {a USE YOUR STASH project}

Hi friends! Do you ever look at the pile of supplies in your craftroom and feel badly that they are collecting dust? Well today we will put some neglected supplies to use: stencils, Gelatos, gel sticks, watercolor crayons, pastels, distress crayons, ink pads you name it. And don’t even think that you can’t do this project because I am sure you can find something in your stash that will suffice. No excuses:) I had been feeling badly about the small fortune I spent on Distress Crayons (because quite frankly I was not impressed with them and then I felt bad that I wasted my money) but then I thought, well, they are bought and paid for, I might as well see what I CAN do with them and turns out they worked darn well for this technique!


No more Distress Crayon guilt for me! Do you have any supplies you feel guilty for buying and not using? Let me know in the comments and hopefully today’s video will inspire you to use them!


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  • Stamps from Art Neko: Marine stuff,  Steampunk, Postcard
  • Bristol board or smooth cardstock (cut 4.5″x6″)
  • Stencils
  • Water-soluble crayons or oil pastels (Distress crayons, Gelatos, gel sticks, gel crayons, portfolio water-soluble pastels, Prima water-soluble pastels or watercolor crayons.)
  • Die based ink (Like Distress Ink)
  • Black Pigment ink (Like Versafine Onyx black)
  • Baby wipes
  • Make up sponges (cosmetic wedges)
  • Heat Tool (optional)
  • White gesso or acrylic paint
  • Low tack painters tape or masking tape
  • Cheap aerosol hairspray (I like Aqua Net for this)
  • Most importantly, time to play and have fun!

1. Cut cardstock or 9″x12″ Bristol board into quarters. You can stamp postcard info on the back or use this as a card front.
2. Place a big stencil on top of the panel and secure with tape. Sponge ink over the stencil.
3. Ink up some pattern stamps with the same color ink and stamp over stencil, it does not have to be perfect.
4. Add similar color pastels to the openings of the stencil and blend with a baby wipe.
5. Place a smaller stencil on (over the big stencil still in place) and stencil with gesso.
6. Remove stencils and add ink to the panel if desired. You can stencil more with the gesso too if you like!
7. Stamp your focal image with black pigment ink and ink the edges in black.
8. Spray with a fixative or cheap hairspray to seal the postcard.

Remember if you don’t want to use this as a post card or if you mess up the back this makes a pretty card front as well. You can even use this technique on an art journal page! I would love to hear what you think of this project in the comments below and if you liked it please consider sharing it using one of the handy social media buttons at the end of this post. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Practice on a postcard!

Do you want to take the pressure off the next time you sit down to stamp or paint? Try stamping or painting on a postcard! If you end up really loving the design you can graduate it to a traditional card (or frame) or you can just pop a 32 cent stamp on it and mail it off! Think of all of the mail carriers who will get a kick out of delivering it! To make my postcards more sturdy and professional looking I cut some 4″x6″ panels of white cardstock (inexpensive GP from Sam’s Club) and stamped a large postcard background (oriental trading co) and adhered it to my stamped panels.


As I mentioned yesterday I found a bunch of old 4″x6″ glossy photo paper that my printer will no longer accept. It’s the perfect size for a postcard! Here I used Local King Rubber stamps and the technique I learned at their booth to stamp a one layer wonder!  Two perks of stamping on photo paper is that the ink colors remain brighter and the ink dries super quick. I used watercolor markers to stamp:


This happy gnome was an attempt at making a scene but I was not happy with it so I trimmed it to postcard size and added some “mail art” stamping in the corner. Now I love the fun look! Stamp Credits: Gnome/fence (Oriental Trading co.), flowers and grass (Inkadinkado), mail art stamps (Limited Edition, Close to My Heart)


Postcards bring back the “play” to stamping, I hope you will try it too! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

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