Painted Stencil Journal Style Cards

I really love playing around with acrylic paints and stencils to create multicoloured layers of coloured backgrounds in my art¬†journals. They are my two favourite must have ‘go to tools’ that I use the most of!

I wanted to see how easy or how hard it would be to apply those same techniques and mediums to create artwork on a much smaller scale. To enable me to create handmade greetings cards in the style of art journal art.

This morning I sat at my art desk and decided to just play to see how this would work and this is what this is what I came up with:


I’m really liking how they look on handmade cards and they are pretty easy to make too.

I am also entering this into the challenge over on Country View Crafts which is a brand new challenge starting this month by one of my favourite UK crafting suppliers ūüôā

Step 1: I took some postcard sized sheets of cards and repeat stamped background type images on them to take away that blank space look.


Step 2: I used various stencil designs by Crafters Workshop to add layers of colour using a stippling brush and various bright colours of acrylic paint to add layers of overlapping stencil designs.





Stencilling Tips:

Don’t over-saturate your stipple brush with paint as it will seep under the stencil plastic and smudge.

Heat set each layer with a heat gun but take care not to overheat as you will cause the acrylic paint to bubble


When changing paint colour squirt a little water on your brush and use the watered down variety of acrylic paint to add background colour to the card stock to clean your brush Рno wastage!

There is no right or wrong way to stencil the layers as it is impossible to make a mistake; because if you do something you don’t like you can simply cover it up with another stencilled layer of colour. The trick is to keep going!

Step 3: Once I was happy with how the stencilling looked I stencilled a word image onto each design and affixed it to the front of a greetings card blank to make into handmade cards.

You can see the cards I made below, I took the photos on a slight angle because I wanted you to see all the different layers of colours and the rubber stamped design underneath all the paint layers:





Nature Inspired Vintage Tag Sleeve Card

I am addicted to playing around with tags at the moment,¬†I’m¬†not sure why I just am! Of course I cant just make tags on their own, I have to have a little folder or holder to put them in so that means making a matching card too!

I have to say¬†I’m¬†really enjoying revisiting card making again after so long,¬†don’t¬†get me wrong I love art journalling but a girl has to have a change of scenery every now and then so¬†I’m¬†dipping my toes back in the card making waters for a little while and enjoying myself while it lasts.

Here is my latest tag booklet with matching tags, as usual I have taken lots of pictures so you can see how I created it.

Step 1: I folded an A4 sheet of card in half lengthways and widthways then made a pointy fold as you can see below:


The above folds give you a pair of pocket sleeves as seen below:


Step 2: I stamped the pointy card sleeve as shown below using a Dina Wakley stamp and a black brilliance black ink pad.


Step 3: I stamped the back area with a script stamp and a brown brilliance inkpad, I¬†didn’t¬†stamp the entire area below because the pointy sleeves will be covering it up:


This is what it looked like at this stage:


Step 4: I added colour to the pointy sleeve and the back area using direct to paper techniques with dye based inkpads (note: direct to paper or DTP is where you smoosh the inkpad direct to the card to add colour)


Step 5: I¬†wasn’t¬†happy with how it looked and decided I wanted more depth to the sleeves so I used a sponge, a brown brilliance inkpad and a Balzers Designs Crafters Workshop Stencil to add more colour:



With Stencil Removed:



I then flipped the stencil over and stencilled a mirror image of the design on the other side:


Step 6: I used doubled sided tape to affix the pointy tag sleeve over the top of the background to create pockets:


Step 7: I attached the entire pocket sleeve to the inside of a card blank using double sided tape and then embellished the front of the card blank using a tag I had previously stamped and prepared for this project.


The inside view of the card showing tags in their sleeve pockets:


Close up of handmade tags which are inserted inside the pocket sleeves: