Sunday, August 18, 2019

Layered Stencil Flowers

 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #65

This fortnights challenge Flowers has been chosen by DT sister Maggie.  I love flowers, the colours and delicate textures hold me in awe so thank you Maggie for choosing this challenge, I had many hours of pure joy :)

I don't know if any of you have seen the Sheena Douglas layering stencils, when I first saw then all I could think about was the get dirty fun I would have using them but they were somewhat out of my budget.  Spending my pennies on inks, paper, adhesives, pencils etc. tends not to bother me as I can use these items in so many ways but buying something I may only use a few times makes me think twice, thrice or more and my shopping basket is often deleted as I think I will not use the item enough to justify the cost and hope my lucky stars will shine one day and I will find them in a sale.  This was the case here, the stencils were originally £10 each but a few weeks ago I saw them in a sale where 5 of the stencils were in a group lot for £10 (£50 for £10 is what I call a bargain).  They were popped into my basket without a second thought and then off to checkout before I lost the chance.

For this set of cards I have used 4 of the stencils, the 5th stencil was butterflies.  A bit of experimenting went on to find what mediums I liked working with for these as it was a first attempt at a stencil card.  In the end I opted for Distress Oxides for the backgrounds, Pan Pastels for the base layer of the stencil and then used Altnew inks for the second 2 layers of the stencil.  This way I was able to get good coverage quickly and keep the depth of colour I wanted to give a real arty look.  I also stencilled the background with Altnew inks using one of the colours from the flowers.  Once the art work was complete I mounted it on black card and then on a silver card blank, finally finishing off with peel off silver line stickers.

Challenges entered:-
  • CAS on Friday – 2W, E1,  No. 162 - USE A STENCIL - Don't Forget Make it CAS (This challenge will Run until September 4th for Summer Break)
  • The Flower Challenge (M, P4, C6, E5, must use flower image/stamp) #35 - Favourite flower - HIBISCUS - many years in Africa and this was a flower we grew many off.  This flower brings back such fond memories of times now gone :)
  • Addicted to Stamps and More W, C10, #354 - CAS
  • Unicorn Challenge M, E3, No fully digital projects August  #46 - Fully Loaded or CAS
  • Dragonfly Dreams - M, Winner + Top Picks – (August) No Patterned Paper


  1. Absolutely beautiful, Jane, I love them all. I haven't made any cards for quite a few weeks. I'm not sure if my mojo has just disappeared for a while or whether I've got to the stage in my life when I need more rest. lol Hazel x

  2. Absolutely stunning selection today ♥

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  3. Your flowers are so fantastic Jane. The colors are so vibrant. So glad you enjoyed the challenge. Hugs, Maggie DT Sister

  4. Fabulous cards Jane. I have never seen 3D stencils and I have to say I am very impressed. The colours are terrific. Christine x

  5. These are amazing! I have also not seen the 3D stencils, but you have used them to great effect.

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  6. Such pretty cards and lovely flowers of course too.Great use of stencils also.Thanks for sharing with us over at 'The Flower Challenge' ;) Viv DT xx

  7. Beautiful and vibrant. Great projects. Thanks for playing along with us at Dragonfly Dreams. Lisa DT

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