Friday 20 November 2020


Good Morning.
I hope everyone is staying safe and happy out there during these trying times.
Today's card shows another way to get more mileage from your stencils...and don't we all want to get more of that from what we already have in our stash!
The technique is called 'Stencil Embossing'.
A simple technique that can be done using any stencil.

So here's what I did to create my card.
  • I began with a piece of heavy white cardstock and this beautiful snowflake stencil called Big Snowflake from A Colorful Life Designs.  I just love playing with this one.  
  • I placed the snowflake over my white card panel and embossed it using my Cuttlebug.  You may have to experiment a bit to get a good impression depending on what kind of machine you have.  **Helpful hint:  give you paper a LITTLE spray of water before embossing for a better result.**
  • Using the raised side of the embossed panel, I rubbed some Distress Oxides directly over it by dragging the ink pad across.  I used some Peacock Feather, Salty Ocean and a bit of Faded Jeans.
  • When I was happy with the inking, I scored the lines using my ScorPal to make the piece look like a piece of barnboard.  To help bring out the scored lines, I rubbed on some Black Soot and Weathered Wood DOX, again, by dragging the pad directly onto the panel.
  • To help add some highlights to areas, I rubbed on some white acrylic paint and then splattered with my white Posca paint pen.
  • I stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches with some Versafine Clair ink and pop dot mounted the sentiment in the corner. 
  • I mounted the panel onto a heavy white card base.
  • Finally, I added a blue dot to the center of my snowflake.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Discount Code for A Colorful Life Designs

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- CHRISTMAS

Stamps- Greetings (Paper Smooches)
Inks- DOX (listed above); acrylic paint; Versafine Clair
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Big Snowflake stencil (A Colorful Life Designs); Posca Pen; pop dots; 
Cuttlebug; ScorPal


Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful card the wood effect background...thank you for visiting my blog and your kind comments.


Lori m said...

Brilliant Karen, something I never thought of trying, beautiful card and fantastic idea, hugs, Lori m

cuilliesocks said...

Hi there Karen, loving your card, beautifully created with gorgeous colours, the wood panel effect background is so lovely, keep safe, Kate x

craftytrog said...

A wonderful card Karen! I love that background!
Alison xx

Vicki said...

Gorgeous card! Love the monochromatic design. Thanks for the embossing tip too! I am going to try it, for sure. Thanks for joining the Sisterhood of Crafters, "Emboss" Challenge.

Verna Angerhofer said...

So very beautiful.

Susan said...

I do love all the cards you make with really big snowflakes on them. This one is no exception - love that background!

I Card Everyone said...

If I've said it once, I'll say it again... you've managed to make me like BLUE!!
So beautiful, Karen!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

WOW! again Karen, the card looks 3D, I love the snowflake and everything you've done with it.
Faith x

Betty said...

This beautiful Karen. I just ordered a snowflake stencil that I will use with this technique. I also love the board effect. Glad I found you!

Bonnie said...

Wonderful color and texture, my friend! Peaceful and lovely!

Pat said...

This looks great Karen and the blue tones work beautifully and love the added black soot which brings out the snowflake embossing and the lines to look like weathered board work really well too. x

Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful Karen, I love the rustic board look :)

kiwimeskreations said...

A stunning and dramatic card Karen - love the embossed snow flake
Stay safe

Darlene said...

Oh Karen this is just GORGEOUS! Love it! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Winter Blues’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
Please stop in for a visit!

Darlene said...

Ooops me again! I was so engrossed with checking all the details on how you made this beauty I didn't see that you had also share it with us over on the Sisterhood of Crafter's challenge. Thanks for joining our fun! Awesome card!!!

JanR said...

Ooooh, so classy! Wonderful card!

Kathy Krug said...

The barnwood is one of my favorite tecniques and embossin over it is another. I never thought to use a stencil though. This turned out beautifully. Thanks for taking time to share with us at Double D Challenge Blog.

Mac Mable said...

Thank you for the inspiration Karen and always great to extend our craft stash. The most unique effect and a stunner of a card x. Thank you for the tips along the way too x.

Brenda said...

Beautiful card, I love the technique you've used. Thanks so much for joining us at CRAFT Challenge this week!

Loll said...

Very creative and beautiful card Karen. Love how the snowflake is raised. Direct to stamp with the ink pad really makes it stand out. And I love the gorgeous shades of blue that you've used to create your barnboard background. It is AWESOME! Great details! xx