Saturday 16 November 2019


I have a favourite metal stencil from Sweet Poppy Stencils that I managed to put a kink in so that it didn't work so well. I was lamenting this when I had a little light bulb moment and ran it through my diecut machine and it worked! I got rid of the kink but I did gain a bow. However I could work with that.

I have discovered that metal stencils are really good for doing mono prints. I think it is because they tend to be a little thicker than ordinary stencils so the ink stays in place better when you make the print. That's how it seems to me anyway. I have also realised that the best paper for a clean print is mixed media paper.

I have made 2 cards, here is the first:

For this one I used distress inks to create the background using a torn paper mask for the ground. I dabbed distress ink in various colours directly onto the stencil and then placed it on the background. To ensure the card stayed CAS I used a stitched rectangle die to cut a section which I then mounted on craft foam. The sentiment is from Uniko which I heat embossed on the card base.

I am sharing this card at CAS Stencil November Challenge where the technique is mono print and at Simply Less is More #408 torn it.

I actually made my second card first and went on to make the above card because I thought the print needed a background and I couldn't think what to do with this print at first. Eventually I decided to diecut and insert it in the card front. These little sentiments from Uniko are brilliant for placing in little gaps. I heat embossed it in gold and cut a few little hearts as a finishing touch.

I am sharing this one at Pixies snippets playground #365 as the card for the little hearts has come from my scrap box.

Snippets Playground Badge

I still have a piece of the panel from the first card so it might turn up again sometime in the future.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate it.


Sue said...

Hilary, you achieved a great effect with the stencil, your finished cards are lovely, peaceful and serene.

papierelle said...

Wow, both cards are amazing with a peaceful scene!!

Cat Craig said...

Nicely done with the stencil. Both the white and the colorful backdrops are fabulous against the trees.

Cathy said...

Your monoprint worked beautifully Hilary and I love those colours. I have a few metal stencils and I'm a bit nervous using them in case they bend, good to know your tip for straightening them a bit! Thankyou for sharing at CAS Stencil, Cathy x

nancy littrell said...

Beautiful monoprint trees image and love your background with the torn green area. Love your 2nd card with the beautiful inlaid stenciled wooded scene. So pleased you joined us Hilary at CAS Stencil Challenge and shared both your beautiful cards. Hugs...Nancy

KandA said...

Two beautiful cards Hilary. Love the gorgeous background on the first and the design of the second xx

Loll said...

Two beautiful stencil monoprints, Hilary! LOVE the gorgeous colours of your first card. The background is really beautiful and shows off your wonderful monoprint tree. The second card is so cool! I love all that white space with your monoprint trees. The hearts are just so sweet. Great work Hilary! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Stencil! xx

Robyn Oliver said...

Oh Hilary, I love that you printed your stencil monoprint over that lovely watercoloured background - the tree print looks like a sunset scene, just is your second card with the little accents of hearts - thanks for sharing with CAS Stencil, hugs Robyn

Julia Aston said...

Wow - two very different and both beautiful looks from this stencil Hilary! Pretty background colors on the first - and the hearts are so sweet scattered in the branches of the 2nd! Thanks for joining us at CAS Stencil! xx

Kathyk said...

And both cards rock your chosen challenges - good luck


Di said...

Brilliant stenciling there Hilary! I love both cards although the snippets one with its simplicity has such a calming effect.


Di xx

Linda said...

Two fabulous cards .... both great prints. Love the colours on the first one, very atmospheric. Thank you for playing along with the CAS Stencil challenge xx

Mac Mable said...

Thank you for the tips Hilary x Fabulous cards both of them and the technique on the first card has turned out particularly it x.