Thursday, February 13, 2020

Painted Postcards with StencilGirl® Stencils

A few weeks ago I received a recommendation by Amazon telling me I might be interested in blank postcard packs. How did they know? At times I strongly suspect they know me better than I know myself. I immediately felt an urgent need for postcards and the very next day they were mine. Then of course I had to justify this completely frivolous buy to myself and decided to make these postcards my next project for StencilGirl® Products. Once this project is posted here today, the postcards will be winging their way across the globe, using a website called  Check it out if you’re interested. It’s free and a chance to receive and send postcards all over the world.

Here is how I made my postcards:
1.      Buy a pack of 4 x 6” blank postcards.
2.      Brayer on a mix of colors of acrylic paint to an 8 x 10” gel plate and put as many postcards on top as you can manage, taking entire or part prints. Repeat till the cards are full of color. Let the cards dry thoroughly. In fact do this drying after every step. It’s a good way to avoid a color mess.
3.      Again using the same colors as in step 2, add acrylic paint to your gel plate, put the large stencil from the December 2019 StencilClub on top of the plate and take prints with the postcards by putting them randomly on top. Again do this till all the cards have patterns all over them. Let dry.

4.      Using the medium stencil from the December 2019 StencilClub and a cosmetic wedge, stencil patterns on the cards using titanium white acrylic paint.

5.      Repeat step 4 but this time using the smallest stencil of the December 2019 StencilClub and black acrylic paint.

6.      Using selected areas from the large stencil (see step 3) and the technique used in step 4 add more patterns to the cards with contrasting colors of acrylic paints. I used red with the circles patters, bright blue with the stripes and light blue with the plus signs.

7.      Using the  flower shape stencil from Deconstructed Bold Lily Mask and Stencil add petals to the postcards as shown, using a palette knife and Pixie Pink Silks Acrylic Glaze.

8.      Using both the stencil and the mask from Deconstructed Bold Lily Mask and Stencil used in step 7 add black patterning to the pink flowers with black acrylic paint and a cosmetic wedge.
9.      Outline the pink flowers with a black permanent marker and outline the black patterns of the flowers with a white permanent marker.

10.  Use the black and white markers to outline other patterns on the cards.
11.  Edge the cards with a permanent black ink pad.
12.  Glue on vintage text after edging it with black as in step 11.
13.  Finally using the medium stencil from the December 2019 StencilClub spray on some gold sparkle with Perfect Pearls Mists color Sunflower Sparkle.
© Frieda Oxenham 2020. To see more of Frieda's work, please visit her BLOG.


  1. It is great to see the progression of the printed post cards from color to finished product. I love the way they relate to each other but each one is still unique. The additional layers and knowing what to put next is what shows how talented Frieda is. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love these - and I love the idea of - thanks for sharing that info!


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