Thursday, September 30, 2021

'One Sheet Wonder' Card Making with Stencils & Inks

Hi Friends,  Shel C here with a quick and fun way to make greeting cards using your stencils and inks.
This easy technique trick is called 'One Sheet Wonder' and has been around for ages. I used to make quick cards this way using rubber stamps several years ago and I was feeling nostalgic about ot. BUT it is even more fun with stencils!!! For this set of 9 cards I used a template with cutting measurements I found on Pinterest. If you want to try this,  just do a search on your favorite engine using the words one sheet wonder and you will find many template options.  

I decided to get out my neglected Distress Oxide inks and sprays to make my 'one sheet wonder' . Some people might call this a masterboard, but for me that term refers to a much more complex layered piece in a mixed media style.  I simply used an 8 1/2" X 11" piece of smooth vanilla cardstock, stencils, and ink. My first layer was using the Winter Berry mask L677 with Fossilized Amber Distress ink.

Next I chose Longwood Florals mask L675 and applied Peeled Paint, Ripe Persimmon and Fired Brick Distress Oxide inks using ink applicators in random areas over the mask stencil.

My next stencil choice was using just part of the Organic Roots stencil and some Walnut Stain colored distress oxide ink spray. I used the 'roots' portion. I also flipped the we stencil over and got some reverse pattern from the stencil.

Next I used the Garden Swirl stencil L147 with the Fired Brick distress oxide ink spray. I got some pretty collage fodder for later by flipping that wet stencil onto some scrap paper and making reverse prints.

Since I was using distress oxide  inks I wanted to use the oxidation properties of the ink as well. So I used the Dripping Spanish Moss mask and sprayed it with water and then flipped it onto my sheet. The water created a pattern in a lighter color where the water was. 

I also added some splatters of water and splatters of  Walnut Stain oxide ink spray all over the sheet.

Next I used the template I found on Pinterest to cut up my one sheet wonder. This 8 1/2" X  11" sheet cut into pieces makes 9 cards. You will need some folded over cards that can be made by cutting a sheet of cardstock in half and folding it over. These will measure 5 1/2" X 4 1/4" and will fit into an A2 size invitation envelope (American size)

I had lots of fun as I was assembling each of the nine cards. I added some other stencil designs to the smaller pieces like Pressed Leaves stencil with distress ink in vintage photo. I also used Finding Your Tribe L414 and a StencilClub® stencil designed by Curry to make sentiments on scrap cardstock.

I even used Born to be Wild AnimalsL524 stencil as well as a couple of my own designs Saguaro Scene and Cactus S886 to add more stencil pizazz to my cards!
I hope you give this fun 'one sheet wonder' idea a try. Maybe to make your holiday cards this year!



  1. These are wonderful... so beautiful! I'm going to try this.

  2. Shel C, thank you so much for including several of my stencils in this project! I'm going to give your technique a try because I love the results, especially with these color combinations! May I have your permission to post a link to this article of yours in my blog?

  3. I am really excited to try this - thank you


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