Friday, December 12, 2014

Using Stencils To Make Hanukkah Cards

Happy Holidays everyone!!
Michael here...Hanukkah is fast approaching with the first night on December 16th.  Thought I would share some very easy cards I made using some of Jessica Sporn's stencils.  

No matter what holiday you celebrate, I want to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday and a festive, safe, healthy, and prosperous art filled New Year!!

Now..on to the cards!

Step by Step (Card on Left):

Place the Hebrew Calligraphy stencil on the silver cardstock and, using a palette knife, apply some of the metallic silver embossing paste.  Do not cover the whole piece of cardstock.  It's okay if you emboss parts of the letters.  Allow to dry or heat set.

Wrap ribbon around silver cardstock and adhere on the back.  Adhere silver cardstock to card front. Stamp menorah image on silver cardstock with Versamark and heat emboss with a dark blue embossing powder.  Cut out with Pierced Square die and then cut a piece of the blue cardstock using the next sized die.

Adhere the dark blue cardstock to the silver card front.  Then adhere the silver cardstock with the embossed menorah image to the blue square piece. Adhere some sequins and crystals to the card front and the ribbon. Stamp phrase on the white cardstock and adhere to the inside of the card.

Supplies Used:
Silver Metallic Cardstock 4" x 5.25" (for cad front)
White Cardstock 4" x 5.25" (for inside)
Dark Blue Cardstock 8.5" x 10.5" scored in half for card base
Metallic Silver Embossing Paste (Dreamweaver) and a Palette Knife
Pierced Square Die Set from My Favorite Things (MFT-341)
Versamark Ink/Dark Blue Embossing Power/Heat Gun
Blue Ribbon

Step by Step (Card on Right):

Lay the 6 Point Starry Night stencil on a piece of 8.5" x 11" cardstock and apply texture paste or molding paste with a pallette knife.  You can do the whole stencil or just sections if you want.  Allow to dry or, if you are like me and very impatient, heat set with a heat gun.

Then spray some Sunshine Color Bloom by Prima over the whole piece and allow to dry or heat set.  

Now lay the Hebrew Calligraphy stencil over the piece and spray using Summer Sky Color Bloom by Prima.

Now cut the cardstock into 4 pieces of 4" x 5.25" (this will allow you to make 4 cards). Adhere one of the pieces on your card front. Stamp image of a Menorah with Cobalt Archival ink on white cardstock.  I used the same stamp set as in the first card.  Cut the Menorah image with the Pierced Square die and a piece of the dark blue cardstock in the next size of the same die.  Using Versamark stamp the Jewish Star border on dark blue cardstock and heat emboss with silver embossing powder.  Trim the border and adhere to card front.  Adhere white cardstock with Menorah image to dark blue square and adhere over border.  Adhere crystals to each corner.

For the inside - cut a piece of white cardstock 4" x 5.25", stamp the phrase from the same set and adhere to the inside of the card.

Supplies Used:
White Cardstock 8.5" x 11"
Dark Blue Cardstock 8.5" x 10.5" scored in half for card base
Texture or Molding Paste and Palette Knife
Sunshine and Summer Sky Color Bloom sprays by Prima Marketing
Pierced Square Die Set from My Favorite Things (MFT-341)
Cobalt Archival Ink
Versamark Ink/Silver Embossing Power/Heat Gun

And, for more inspiration, please check out my personal blog for the step by step on the card below!  You can click HERE or on the photo below.  

Thanks and hugs from Brasil!!


  1. These are gorgeous cards and great tutorials! And I love the one on your blog too. XO

  2. These cards are truly beautiful!

  3. Michael, these are really special. Love them. I really like the candles and have several already to cut up and make the card. Thanks for the ideas.

  4. Michael!! You never cease to amaze me.

  5. Fantastic, beautiful! Can't wait to try my hand for next year. Thank you so much for sharing.


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