Christmas Layering Stencils – Pinkfresh Studio

HEY FRIENDS! I’m back today with TWO cards featuring Christmas layering stencils from Pinkfresh Studio — Holiday Botanical Background and Thrill of Hope Wreath. They’re perfect for creating multiple holiday cards assembly line style and you can alternate the color palette for different looks. There’s a lot to show you today so let’s get started. As always, I’ve linked supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Rowhouse Greetings | Thrill of Hope Layering Stencils by Pinkfresh Studio | Holiday Botanical Background Stencil by Pinkfresh Studio

A NOTE ABOUT MY WORK SURFACE: I like to work on a surface that is easy to wipe clean and as well as magnetic to hold the stencils in place. I have a white glass craft mat from Glassboard Studio on my work table, which is a bit of an investment depending on the size, but is perfect for my crafting use. The magnetic glass mat from Simon Says Stamp is a bit more economical and works just as well. In either case, you will need rare earth magnets to hold your cardstock in place. I use the pawn shaped magnets found on Amazon.com since they are easy to pick up and move on the magnetic surface. As an alternative, the Wendy Vecchi Make Art Staytion works just as well.

Card 1

Rowhouse Greetings | Holiday Botanical Background Stencil by Pinkfresh Studio

HOLIDAY BOTANICAL BACKGROUND
Size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
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To start, I cut a piece of Hammermill Smooth Cardstock cut to 4.25″ x 5.5″, applied repositionable tape on the back, and stuck it to my work surface.As noted above, I work on a magnetic glass mat and hold the stencils in place with magnets. Since this is a set of layering stencils, the corners of each stencil has guides to line up the designs.

I used blender brushes to apply Distress Oxide inks to each layer of the Holiday Botanical Background Stencil as listed below:

For the sentiment, I die cut the Joy and Cheer die twice from Neenah Classic Crest 110# cardstock and glued the two layers together. I ink blended Distress Ink in Kitsch Flamingo and Candied Apple. Afterwards, I decided that the sentiment needed a little more punch so I applied Versafine Ink and heat set it with clear embossing powder. Once it cooled, I glued the sentiment in place.

I trimmed 1/8″ off of each side of the stenciled layer and applied foam tape to the back. I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp cardstock in Fog Gray to 4.25″ x 5.5″ and glued it to an A2 cardbase made from Neenah Classic Crest 110# cardstock. I assembled the layers as shown. For some added bling, I applied a few Oceans of Green gems from Picket Fence.


Card 2

Rowhouse Greetings | Thrill of Hope Layering Stencils by Pinkfresh Studio

THRILL OF HOPE
Size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
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As with the first card, I cut a piece of Hammermill Smooth Cardstock cut to 4.25″ x 5.5″, applied repositionable tape on the back, and stuck it to my work surface. I used blender brushes to apply Distress Oxide inks to each layer of the Thrill of Hope Layering Stencils as follows:

Stencil 1: Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers
Stencil 2: Uncharted Mariner
Stencil 3: Kitsch Flamingo, Candied Apple
Stencil 4: Pine Needles
Stencil 5: Rustic Wilderness

Once the stenciling was complete, I trimmed the stenciled panel with the largest die in the Diagonal Stitched Rectangles Die Set and added foam tape to the back.

For the sentiment, I used the Thrill of Hope Foil Plate with Glimmer Foil with Moondust foil. If you do not have the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System, you could use the Thrill of Hope Stamp Set as an alternative. I die cut the sentiment using the coordinating dies and cut two additional layers out of white cardstock. I glued all of the layers together to create a sentiment with dimension.

To finish, I assembled the layers as shown. For some extra bling, I added silver metallic pearls


Rowhouse Greetings | Thrill of Hope Layering Stencils by Pinkfresh Studio | Holiday Botanical Background Stencil by Pinkfresh Studio

That’s all for me today! See you again soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

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Anita Jeram Getting Ready – Colorado Craft Company

HEY FRIENDS! Today I’m back with a quick post featuring the Anita Jeram Getting Ready stamp set by Colorado Craft Company. This card accomplishes two goals — focus on my holiday cards using supplies from my existing stash. As always, I’ve linked supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Rowhouse Greetings | Anita Jeram Getting Ready by Colorado Craft Company

GETTING READY
Size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
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Images were stamped on Hammermill Smooth Cardstock with Nuvo Hybrid Ink in Black Shadow and colored with Copic markers. The panel was trimmed with the Wonky Stitched Rectange STAX and backed with foam tape for dimension. I cut a piece of SimonSaysStamp Fog Gray cardstock to 4.25″ x 5.5″ and adhered it to a top-folding A2 cardbase made from Neenah 110# Classic Crest cardstock. Card was assembled as shown.

Hope you liked today’s project! Thanks for stopping by!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: W1, W3, W5 (bunny); R35, R37, R56, R59 (stocking & bow); W1 (stocking cuff); E53, E55, E57 (tree); YG06, YG17 (leaves); R22, E53, E55 (birds); BG10, B000, B41 (snow); R01, R81, YR02, Y32, Y35, Y38, 0 (background)

Rowhouse Greetings | Anita Jeram Getting Ready by Colorado Craft Company | Color Map

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Brush Stroke Stamps by Penny Black

HEY FRIENDS! I’ve been cleaning up my studio and going through my stash. Since I now make samples for multiple companies my stamp and die collection grows quickly. I have limited time for crafting, so my designer deadlines are always the priority, but when there is a lull, I like to circle back and look through my personal stash for stamps that that have gotten lost in the shuffle. I love the Brush Stroke Stamps by Penny Black so they were perfect for what I had in mind.

As always, I’ve linked supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Today’s Project

Rowhouse Greetings | At Grace by Penny Black | Softly by Penny Black

I also seem to have a growing collection of waterbased markers. I suffer from full set syndrome so I can’t just buy a few markers of any given brand. Eventually, I have to have them all! I was pretty proud of myself that I’ve been getting by with only 12 Zig Clean Brush Markers. However, on Saturday, I went to the Creative Keepsakes Convention in Lancaster and at the very last display in the very last booth I came across individual Zig markers for sale. I was good – I was offered a great deal on a full set, but I stuck to expanding my current set to 24 markers, plus a handful of new colors not found in the sets. But I also had $30 in vouchers from Michaels, so I added to my collection of Tombow Dual Tip Markers.

<sigh> Did I mention that I already have a full set of Karin Brushmarkers? And let’s not forget my 358 Copic markers. Luckily I don’t feel the need (for now!) to try out all the new brands of alcohol markers.

Card 1 – At Grace

Rowhouse Greetings | At Grace by Penny Black

AT GRACE
Size: 4.25: x 5.5″
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Card 2 – Softly

Rowhouse Greetings | Softly by Penny Black

SOFTLY
Size: 4.25: x 5.5″
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So I looked through my stamp stash to find a few stamps that I could use with my water based markers and settled on a couple of older Brush Stroke stamps from Penny Black. These stamps are perfect for direct to stamp coloring. I did not videotape my coloring, but I did watch a lot of Penny Black & Jill (PB & J) videos on YouTube to see how it’s done. Here’s an example of the technique for creating one layer stamping using Tombow markers.

Both cards were made the same way. I started with a piece of Canson Montvale Watercolor Paper cut to 4.25″ x 5.5″ and stuck it in my Misti Stamping Platform. This is a situation where you really need to use a Misti because you will be stamping the image repeatedly as you work through the colors.

I positioned the Brush Stroke stamp in place (either At Grace or Softly) and used Karin Brushmarkers to apply ink to the various elements of the stamp. As you’ll see from the instructions below, I colored on the leaves and flowers in separate steps.

For the sake of simplicity, I’ll explain the remaining steps using the first card (At Grace) as an example:

  1. With the watercolor paper and the stamp in place in the Misti, apply ink to the leaves, working from light to dark.
    I started with 210 Apple Green as a base coat on all of the leaves and stems and added 228 Lush Green to the darker areas such as the base of the leaves.
  2. Lightly mist the stamp with water and stamp the image.
    The ink will dry on the stamp so you will need to lightly mist the stamp to reactivate the ink. I used the Distress Sprayer and held it several inches away from the stamp while spraying.a
  3. Use a waterbrush to lightly spread the ink, filling in areas of the stamped image as necessary. My favorite waterbrush is the Zig Medium Waterbrush. It’s hard to find, but it’s the one that I keep going back to (and stock up when I find them!).
  4. Apply ink to the flowers, working from light to dark.
    I started with 264 Artic Blue as a base coat and added 207 Cyan to the darker areas such as the base of the petals.
  5. Lightly mist the stamp with water and stamp the image.
    Wash, rinse, repeat as needed.
  6. Take a good look at what you’ve got so far.
    If it looks OK, move on. I decided that I needed more depth and definition in the flowers so I added 305 Egyptian Blue to the deepest parts of the flowers or anywhere that needed a little more definition between petals. A little goes a long way so just a few dots of color and then blend it as needed.

Honestly – go look at the video from Penny Black. What I just tried to explain will make more sense when you see it done by Jill Foster. Next time, I’ll turn on the camera!

Once all the coloring was complete, I trimmed the watercolor panel to 4″ x 5.25″, stamped a sentiment from Happy Thoughts stamp set using Versafine Clare in Nocturne. If desired, you can sprinkle clear embossing powder over the sentiment and heat set it. and backed it with foam tape. I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp cardstock in Fog Gray to 4.25″ x 5.5″ and glued it to an A2 cardbase made from Neenah Classic Crest 110# cardstock. I assembled the layers as shown. The second card featuring the Softly Brush Stroke stamp was completed the same way.

Rowhouse Greetings | At Grace by Penny Black | Softly by Penny Black

That’s all for me today! If anyone is looking for me, I’ll be rummaging through my stash for the next project!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

[Compensated affiliate links used when possible. In addition, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.]

Anita Jeram Paint the Town by Colorado Craft Company

Hey friends! I couldn’t resist this image from the recent release from Colorado Craft Company. Here I’m featuring the new Anita Jeram Paint the Town stamp set colored with Copic markers (see marker list below). 

As always, I’ve linked supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Rowhouse Greetings | Anita Jeram Paint the Town by Colorado Craft Company

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To start, I created an A2 top folding card base from Neenah Classic Crest cardstock and cut an A2 piece of design paper. I glued the background panel to the cardbase and set them aside.

I stamped the image from the Anita Jeram Paint the Town by Colorado Craft Company on a piece of Hammermill Smooth Cardstock. After coloring the image with Copic markers (see list below), I trimmed the panel to 2.75″ x 4.25″.

Next, I cut a piece of Black Licorice Cardstock by My Favorite Things to 3.75″ x 4.25″ and stamped the sentiment along the bottom with Hero Arts Pigment Ink in Unicorn. I sprinkled Nuvo Embossing Powder in Glacier White and heat set the powder.

Finally, I applied craft foam to the back of the image layer and assembled all the layers as shown.

That’s all for me today! Thanks for stopping by!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies for Anita Jeram Paint the Town

COPICS: E51, E53, E55 (guinea pigs); BV20, BV23, R35, R37, R39 (paint brushes & jar) YG03, YG17 (grass)

Rowhouse Greetings | Anita Jeram Paint the Town by Colorado Craft Company | Color Map

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Anita Jeram Topiaries & Kittens by Colorado Craft Company

HEY FRIENDS! I’m still on a roll coloring Anita Jeram images. Today I’m featuring the Kittens & Topiaries stamp set by Colorado Craft Company – it’s one of the older images, but I’m just getting around to coloring it. I’ve got plenty more in my stash to color up so stay tuned!

As always, I’ve linked supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Rowhouse Greetings | Anita Jeram Kittens & Topiaries by Colorado Craft Company

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To start, I created an A2 top folding card base from Neenah Classic Crest cardstock and cut an A2 piece of Simon Says Stamps Cardstock in Fog Gray. I glued the background panel to the cardbase and set them aside.

Next, I stamped the image from the Anita Jeram Topiaries & Kittens on a piece of Hammermill Smooth Cardstock using Nuvo Hybrid Ink in Black Shadow. Afterwards, I trimmed the panel to 4″ x 5.25″. I positioned the Salvaged Brick Stencil by Honey Bee Stamps in place with Mint Low Tack tape by Scrapbook.com and colored in the brick pattern using an E04 Copic marker.

To finish, I adhered a piece of craft foam to the back of the image panel using Beacon’s 3-in-1 Advanced Glue and assembled the layers as shown.

That’s all for me today! Thanks for stopping by!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: W1, W3, W5 (cat); YG03, YG17, YG67 (leaves); E23 (branches); R29, B26, B39, FB2 (blue pot); BG18, BG45, BG57 (teal pot); E07, E09, E13 (terracotta pot); B02 (bird); E31, E33 (sidewalk); E04 (bricks)

Rowhouse Greetings | Anita Jeram Kittens & Topiaries by Colorado Craft Company | Color Map

[Compensated affiliate links used when possible. In addition, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.]