Saturday, December 3, 2016

Jetsons meet Mid Century Modern Art in these 2 Holiday Stencils

The Holiday stencil comes to you from the mind of Mary Beth Shaw where the Jetsons, Mid Century Modern and Barkcloth decided to party. This large stencil gives you dozen different elements for cross-cultural card-making through the holidays and beyond. 

The small Holiday Sayings stencil has a plethora of sentiments for you to devise the perfect greeting for each special person.

Here's Mary Beth:

Members of our CreativeTeam and a StencilClub Voices member made additional samples. Check out the greeting cards that bloomed from the minds and hands of Gwen Lafleur, Mary C. Nasser, Cindy Spearman Gilstrap, and Sherry Canino:

Want more artful fun? Check out StencilGirl's Scoop! It has even more cards plus a game, videos, and tutorials. 

If you need to sign up for the Scoop, there is a link within the right column of this page.

Sparkle Greetings and Happy Happy Wishes to you and yours!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Stenciled Wall Decor: Paper Fans

Hi everyone! Martice Smith ( here, sharing a fun project to jazz up any ol’ boring wall with bohemian floral inspired decor. We’re going to be using two different sizes of stencils to help us pull off this playful backdrop. StencilGirl stencils to the rescue!
As a photographer, I’m always looking for eye-catching, textured backdrops. When I can’t find what I’m looking for, guess what? I create my own!

This backdrop is a favorite decor piece at my get-togethers, art parties and even holiday events. It’s also perfect to display around your home or office all year round for instant happiness! Grab your favorite color combinations and get ready to stencil your heart out.  

Supplies to Gather:


Supplies + Tools
  • Paper towels/wipes + container of water
  • Craft mat or gelli plate (to use a paint palette)
  • Kraft paper rolls (can be found at Dollar Tree)
  • Container lids; 2-3 different sizes
  • Acrylic paints (magenta, gloss white, turquoise, Diarylide yellow, raw sienna)
  • White marker
  • Scissors
  • Sponge roller
  • Old book pages
  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks
  • Craft Twinkles Glitter (DecoArt)
STEP 1 // Paint + stencil the Kraft paper
Cut the kraft paper into long, rectangular strips. I like to work with long sections at a time so I cut my paper at 40 inches (101.6 cm).

Using the large, 9”x12” stencils, design the entire surface of the kraft paper until you are satisfied with how it looks. Get the kids involved - they’ll know what to do! (Messy kids? No problem! This can be an outdoor activity. If you’re working indoors, just lay down a drop cloth to any catch spills or fly away paint bottles.)

Decide if you want a seasonal color scheme if you’re decorating for the holidays or you can paint the rainbow...yeah, pretty much like I did here!

I used my 8”x10” gelli plate as my paint palette. I squeezed out my color(s) then saturated a sponge roller by rolling it on the plate.

Blend sections of color together to create a seamless look and overlap stenciled areas with darker paint colors to create more contrast and depth.

TIP: You could stop after this step if you wanted to make this out of wrapping paper!
STEP 2 // Making the fans
Using the kraft paper that was cut in the previous step, fold it in half and cut along the fold.

(My paper measures, approximately, 9 inches x 34 inches (22.86 cm x 86.36 cm). Play around with different sizes!) Keep in mind: the longer your paper is, the bigger your fan will be.
Next, fold the long pieces of paper accordion style.

Secure the ends with hot glue.
Force the paper to lay flat by gently pushing it down, in the middle.
STEP 3 // Making paper flowers
Take old book pages and cut out a spiral shape. (I like to cut 5 pieces at a time, while making sure I grip the paper tightly while cutting. This prevents the paper from shifting around.

Pull one spiral piece from the center of the stack. Be careful not to pull too hard! After all of your hard work, you wouldn’t want to tear the paper.

Take the tail end of the spiral and roll it towards you. When you reach the end of the spiral, apply a dab of hot glue to secure. Press the flower in place for a few seconds.
STEP 4 // Make medallions for the fans
To make the medallions for the fan, trace a container lid onto your scrap monoprints. Trace containers of various sizes. (You’ll need large, medium + small circles.)
Cut out the medallions. Next, use the 6”x6” stencils to decorate them.   
Apply the medallions to your fans with some hot glue. Be careful not to burn your hands! (I like to press it down with a paint bottle.)

Optional: add a paper flower to the middle of the medallion. (Decide if you want to add flowers to more of your fans.)

STEP 5 // Decorate the fans!
Anything goes...Here are a few ideas to get you started:
  • Use a fine liner applicator to apply some gold and pink glitter glue
  • stack the medallions from large to small; glue them together
  • glue paper flowers in the middle of the fans instead of on the medallion
  • clip triangles into the edges for an unexpected look
  • take a small hole punch and punch out an area for a ribbon tassel
STEP 6 // Pin fans to a wall using colorful thumb tacks
I have to admit: this step was sooo much fun! I love the idea of stacking multiple fans, overlapping the edges, and playing around with playful compositions. It looks like a wildly colorful, collage-on-a-wall!
Thank you for visiting us today! I hope you enjoy making your very own, stenciled wall decor!
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To learn more about Martice and her mixed media art tutorials, please visit her website
or follow the inspiration trail on her Instagram @MarticeSmithArt.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Revealed! The December 2016 StencilClub Collection is Heraldry by Gwen Lafleur

Create your own family crest, coat of arms and so much more with the Heraldry Collection designed by Gwen Lafleur for December 2016 StencilClub.

Devices include: Shield, 2 mantles, bunting, rosettes, flourishes, a crown, fleur-de-lis, Maltese cross, rampant lion, eagle, key and patterns. Best of all, Gwen designed each device on the small and mini stencil to fit within the shield!

Because these are also fantastic stencils for art journaling, Gwen has created a bonus video (this is in addition to the exclusive project video that StencilClub members receive).

Watch the video below:

Next week our StencilClub Voices will share the art they made with Heraldry.

Need these stencils and more amazing stencils in your mailbox each month? Not a member of StencilClub? Click HERE to get the details and join.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Guest Designer: Helen Elliott

Hi, everyone! Helen Elliott here, sharing some recent projects created with StencilGirl Products!

We had lots of fun at my daughter's baby shower, using Firework Blasts and Swallows stencils
with blow pens to decorate newborn sleep suits, hats and baby booties.
The stencils were great and all the guests joined in the creativity!
After the party we painted a sealant from Golden paints on the fabric, to make the items washable.

At Creative Me’© we used a Gelli plate, roller applied, and Golden Open acrylic paint with Firework Blasts and Arches paper. This created the most amazing, dreamy background. For the final step, a cut out figure from a magazine was applied to the paint, the paper once again pressed on to the plate, and hey presto!

Next, we painted a square of mount board with a thin layer of micaceous iron oxide and let it dry.
Then we mixed some of Golden’s Clear Tar Gel with bright gold acrylic paint.
This produced a thick gold cream.
We placed Mini River Rocks onto the dry board and gently spread the mix over the stencil.
This technique would look fabulous incorporated into a seashore large canvas painting. I can’t wait to try it!

 Thank you for joining me on StencilGirl Talk today!
Helen Elliott
Artist & Educator
Author of Creative Me - The Joy of  Paint 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Color Outside the Lines Art Journal Page by Tammy Tutterow

Hi! It's Tammy Tutterow.

The first time I spotted the Shattered stencil (L304) by Lizzie Mayne, I pictured it full of color, a bursting rainbow of doodle goodness.  I wanted to create what I pictured in my mind on a page for my art journal.

To create my page, begin with a piece of white cardstock.  Secure the stencil and the cardstock to your craft sheet to keep it from moving.

Use plain copy paper as a mask to isolate one section of the stencil.  Tap ink onto the cardstock through the stencil directly from the ink pad.  You could use an ink blending tool to control the amount of ink applied to the cardstock.  I wanted deep color so I chose to ink directly from the ink pad.

Continue moving the masks around to add color to other sections.  Since the copy paper soaks up lots of ink, you will need to change out the paper several times to avoid contaminating the ink on the cardstock.

Periodically you will want to use a dry art cloth to blot off the excess ink from the stencil.  If you accidentally smear color into unlinked sections, simply use a darker shade of ink there to cover up the smear.

When all of the sections have been inked, using an ink blending tool to apply a grey ink to the outer edges to add depth to the end of the rays.

After inking the page will look like this.  It is fun and colorful.  You could stop here or you could take it a step further...

Place the stencil face down (the side you inked) on a piece of vellum.  Use a fine point pen to outline the stencil design.  You can outline all of the sections or just a few, it is up to you.

If you have any sections that are messy, don't worry, the next step will fix that.

Use a ruler and a craft knife to cut out random sections or any sections that the tracing was messy.  I removed most of the solid sections so that I could use them for doodling and words.

Flip the vellum over so that the side you traced on is facing down.  Adhere the vellum over the cardstock, lining up the traced design with the stenciled design.  I placed my tracing slightly offset.

Place your page template over the assembled cardstock and vellum piece and trace.  Cut the page out.

Use an ink blending tool add grey ink around the outer edges of the page.

Use a fine point pen to add additional doodling and journaling in the spaces where the vellum is cut out.  (The center isn't cut out, but I drew it on it as well.  Take care, until the ink dries, it will smear easily on the vellum.)

I plan to use the large scrap piece for an art tag.

The stencil tracing on the back side of the vellum will have a softer look than the doodling on the cut out section.

I love how the page turned out!  It is colorful and fun with a fun mix of textures.


Stencil: L304 Shattered

Ink: ColorBox Dye Inks (Stephanie Barnard Collection)

Pen: Sakura Pigma Micron 01