Thursday, January 15, 2015

Fun Handmade Valentines with StencilGirl Stencils

Hi! It’s Jessica Sporn here to show you some funky valentines I made with the Seven Hearts Stencil from StencilGirl Products.  

It all began with a cardboard box of fluid acrylics from DecoArts.  I opened up the box, cut it up at the folds, and used the stencil to trace hearts in the dimensions of the hearts on the stencil.

I cut up the remaining box parts in squares, to be backgrounds for the cardboard hearts.  I pulled away parts of the cardboard, and then collaged old book pages on the remaining flat surfaces.  I completely covered the cut out hearts with the book pages as well.  When they were dry, I trimmed the book pages away from the cardboard underneath.   

Using Gesso and some of the DecoArt Fluid Acrylics, I loosely painted the cardboard background squares in yellows, blues and greens.

While the squares were drying, I stenciled the hearts and words from the Seven Hearts Stencil  onto tissue paper. 

Then, I used Cecilia Swatton’s Wrought Iron Gate Stencil and my Borders 9J Stencil to add marks to the cardboard squares.  I also added some stamped marks with Pam Carriker’s.

I set the squares aside, and painted the hearts with white gesso tinted with red.  I also stenciled some tissue paper with gold paint using the Cascading Leaves and Medieval Leaves Stencils.  

I adhered the gold stenciled tissue paper to the squares.  I adhered the heart stenciled tissue paper to the cardboard hearts.  I used Pam Carriker’s Mixed Media Adhesive  which dries with an extremely matte finish.  When dry, the parts of the tissue paper that are not stenciled dry clear, leaving the painted parts to really show.  I ripped up some burlap and added it to the squares.  Then I glued the tissue paper covered hearts on top of the burlap.  I used my stash of Scribbles 3D paints to add some dimension and bling.  

The result - some funky, untraditional valentines!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it gave you some ideas for using the Seven Hearts Stencil !


  1. These are just beautiful! I love how you layered everything, and I love that you used cardboard! Awesome color palette too :)

    1. Many thanks Gwen. I am always inspired by you too!

  2. Inspiring! What did you use for the white lettering?

    1. Hi Lynn - I went over the lettering in the stencil with Scribbles 3D fabric paint -- always a very useful supply!

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks Aimeslee. Hope you can incorporate some of it into your work!

  4. Love the hearts and the layers are so gorgeous! Wonderful!~kim

  5. What a fun experience for my young artists from the Dowd homeless families education center this Valentine's day. Delightful!!!


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