Friday, July 22, 2022

Replicate a lace cut page using stencils

Hi everyone,

I love creating lace cut pages in my journals, spending time cutting our intricate designs and messages which images and text can peek through from behind. But sometimes I want to create something similar in a quarter of the time. So if this sounds like you as well – this is the blog post for you!

To begin, paint a large red heart on your double journal page. I used the small 4 x 4 masks to help me work out what size heart I needed, but any size will do. Once I have painted the heart I chose to journal inside the space. I call this a brain dump as I just write every thought in my head down that is bothering me. I write in really messy writing, overlapping text and little to no spacing. I don’t want to read the journaling again, just getting the thoughts out, so it doesn’t need to be legible.  

Once I have journalled, I use the 3 small masks to hide the journaling with black paint and create a faux lace cut page. If you don’t want to use text masks like me – any decorative stencil over the top will so – you just want to have the journaling peek through from below. Once I’ve finished stenciling, I neaten up the edges with the black paint. 


To recreate the Greek chorus of advice echoed in my journaling, I used a mix of face stencils to fill in the background. Overlapping the images and focusing on the eyes helps to create a cohesive background. I also added some white paint pen to the whites of the eyes and a catchlight so that the eyes are a real focus on the page. 


Finally, I added some extra line detail using a white paint pen around the border of the heart, a drop shadow on the lettering and some additional doodling through another stencil to add some extra detail and interest to large areas of black in the heart. 


Here is a step by step video of me creating this page from start to finish:

Here is a list of the StencilGirl® stencils I have used in this project to create this art journal page:  

You got this mini M136: 

Make it count mini M137 

Now is the time mini M138: 

Pretty as a peacock Mini M305: 

Cassiopeia Mini M306: 

Strength face S653: 

Laugh Face S651: 

Remember Face 

Love Face S648:

Maltese Mix Stencil L175: 


Thank you so much for stopping by the blog. I hope that this video has inspired you to get into your journals and create something beautiful using the fabulous face stencils. 


Happy Creating,


Instagram: @niamhbaly



  1. What a stunning background! I love the way the whole thing turned out. Thanks much, Niamh!


If you are entering a GIVEAWAY, please add your email address in the event we need to contact you.

To avoid SPAM, please write it like this:

marybeth (at) stencilgirltalk (dot com)

Thank You!