Monday, September 14, 2020

Altenew Educators "Style it with Stencils" Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

Hi! Hope you are enjoying the latest blog hop by Altenew Educators. You must have reached here after visiting Amy Hill. She is such an amazing crafter and I am always inspired by her beautiful work!

I am a huge fan of Altenew and I love working with stencils! My first introduction to stencils was in college while studying Textile Design. Back in those days, there were no stencils available in the market. So we used to design and then hand-cut the stencils. I am so happy now with the amazing range of stencils that are available now!

Stencils are one of the most versatile and inexpensive craft tools you can have. There are many, many different techniques you can do with them. And as long as you use them with care, they will last you forever. I still have many of the hand-cut stencils from my college days.

I am going to show you three different ways in which you can use stencils today. I am using the Sunburst stencil by Altenew for all my projects. I used large pieces of white cardstock measuring around 6" x 6" for the inking. This allowed me to make two cards out of each background. 

I also have a neat trick that I used to make sure my stencil stayed in place. I simply applied some repositionable adhesive to the back of the stencil. This allowed me to just press my stencil into place and work on it without stressing about it moving or putting tons of washi tape. After my inking was done, I used an erasure and gently rubbed away any adhesive that was on the paper.

So let's start with our projects for today.

First up are two cards that I created out of one background.

I first used Fresh Lemon ink from the Pocketful of Sunshine mini ink cubes set to ink the Sunburst stencil. After the inking was done, I rotated the stencil slightly and applied Coral Berry ink from the Red Cosmos mini ink cubes set. Here is a close up of the finished panel.

Since the background was so bold, I kept my cards very simple. For the first card, I cut the panel slightly smaller than an A2 sized card base and mounted it with some foam on an orange card base.

I die-cut a small heart and stamped the sentiment from the Persian Motifs stamp set with Firebrick ink from the Warm & Cozy mini ink cubes set on a strip of white paper.

Here is another look at the completed card.

I created the second card with a narrow strip of the background leftover from the first card.

I started with a cream card base and added splatters with Fresh Lemon and Firebrick inks. Once the inks were dry, I stamped the sentiment from the Sweetest Pea stamp set on a piece of orange cardstock.

I adhered the sentiment panel on the card base and added the stenciled strip with some foam tape over it. Here is another look at the finished card.

Here are both the cards together.

You can create really bold and graphic backgrounds using stencils. I have a video tutorial showing you the next background I created. You can check it out here by clicking on the pic below or head to my YouTube channel.

Here is the first card.

I trimmed the background to fit an A2 size card base and rounded the corners. I also die-cut a rectangle with rounded corners. The sentiment is from the Signature Words die set which I die-cut out of some white paper.

I just popped everything up with foam tape to complete the card. Here is another look at the card.

Some more pics of the card.

The second card was made out of the scraps leftover from the two stenciled backgrounds.

I took a cream card base and added some black splatters. While the ink was drying, 
I took a long piece of black cardstock and glued the leftover strips of paper and black paper. I trimmed the rectangle and then inked the edges with black dye ink. The floral sprig is from the Fresh Freesia stamp set. I stamped the image and then die-cut it with the coordinating die. I also stamped the sentiment from the Birthday Greetings stamp set on the card base and rounded the corner.

The striped panel and the die-cut sprig were both popped up with foam tape and added to the card.

This is my favorite card today. And I am happy that I used up every bit of the two backgrounds that I created!

And both the cards together.

I always like to find ways to use my card making supplies for other projects. And stencils can be used for home decor, fabrics, apparel; the list is really endless! For my last project, I used it on a small wooden box.

First I painted the box with black chalk paint. I used two layers to ensure a good solid color.

Once the paint was completely dry, I attached the Sunburst stencil to the top of the lid. I mixed acrylic paints in golden yellow, green, and teal with some texture paste. The trick is getting the proportion of paint and texture paste right. If you add too much paint the mix becomes runny and seeps under the stencil. If there is too much texture paste, it looks chalky. It is a good idea to test the mix before you start with your project.

Once I was happy with the consistency, I applied the paste through the stencil with a palette knife. I started with yellow, then green and finally teal. Once the paste was applied, I carefully removed the stencil and left the piece to dry overnight.

Here is a close-up of the stenciling.

I gently removed the extra bits of texture paste that were sticking out and then touched it up with black chalk paint. Here is the completed box.

This box is great for holding small knickknacks.

It will also work for gifting chocolates or pedhas.

I hope you like my projects and find them inspiring. I would love to know which is your favorite project today. 

The next person on the hop is Maryam Sharara. She is such an amazing crafter! I am a big fan of her work! Here is the complete list in case you want to go back to the beginning or missed someone.

Nenette S. Madero

Irina Fonina

Vicki Finger

Virginia Lu

And finally, no hop is complete without some prizes. 


Altenew is giving away a $20 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment here on the Altenew Card Blog by 9/19/2020 for a chance to win. 

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 9/22/2020.

There’s MORE! We will pick 2 of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate!



  1. Wow, these are amazing.. Great job..these are extra fabulous Maryam

  2. OH WOW these are all just AMAZING! Beautiful inspiration ... thanks so much!

  3. Nandini, your box is so cool, I want one!

  4. Beautiful color combinations! Very unique creations! Thanks for sharing!

  5. WOW, the embossed box is really cool and I love how you used your stenciled off-cuts, Nandini!

  6. These are all beautiful! I love how you used the leftovers for other cards! And I think your embossed box is my favorite...just love those colors!

  7. I like your first card and your box. Using this stencil with the bold colors on a black background looks fabulous!

  8. Seeing your creations makes me ask myself why I don’t already have some of the stencils you used. These are so pretty and give me so many ideas!

  9. fun.. the possibilities are

  10. Wow! Great ideas! I love the way your box tuned out!!! The rainbow colors On your card look fantastic!

  11. Amazing the different looks looks you achieved with the Sunburst stencil.

  12. Such a great idea for the box! Love it! Your cards are great, as well. My favorite is the Happy Birthday card. I love how you used different patterns for the stripes.

  13. That box is stunning and your cards and beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing.

  14. Your projects are wonderful! My favorites are the first 2 cards - great colors - and the card made from the scraps. I'm inspired!

  15. So many great projects. Love all the bright colors. TFS

  16. Marisela Delgado said: The box too is fabulous!

  17. Beautiful projects! Love the colors you chose!!

  18. Wow so beautiful! Thanks for the stencil inspiration

  19. Beautiful cards and projects, love the color combos especially on the box lid and the card made with stencil scraps is brilliant!

  20. Love all your cards and packaging ideas. The techniques and layouts are so creative and lends to the very artful side. Love the ideas used. Talented.

  21. What beautiful, fun cards. I have that Sunburst stencil and it's definitely one of my favorites. You've given me some wonderful inspiration -- time to pull it out again!

  22. I love the bright colors on all your projects! The black box is really cool!

  23. I love how you used the scraps from the other stencil cards to create a “scrap card” - those are my favorites! I love when people get creative with their leftover bits and pieces.

  24. Love these color combos and designs! Beautiful creations!

  25. What lovely cards and projects! Love the paper piecing.

  26. You rocked that one stencil Nandini!! Amazzzingg! Super awesome work as always! I am sure everyone will be so inspired! Thank you for being part of the hop!

  27. Super cool projects, Nandini! Love all the different ideas & that little box is fabulous!

  28. WOW...your cards are beautiful and I love the colors you used. TFS!!!

  29. Gorgeous cards, love your color choices!

  30. All so vibrant, love the bright colors!

  31. Great shares. I find that I like making two cards at once, but they usually end up being the same. I like that these are unique. The leftover strips is my favorite.

  32. Your box is so lovely! What a great idea and an excellent way to use stencils!

  33. I love that you a) let nothing go to waste; use scraps from the first card to make the second card, etc; and b) YOU MADE A BOX!

  34. The vibrant colors on the black backgrounds are stunning.

  35. Thanks for sharing how you use scraps on cards. I LOVE the box!