A Stenciled “Big Thanks”

Welcome to another cross country CASEing adventure.  Each month Karen Hallam in CA and I, here in PA take a turn at creating a project based on a theme, sketch or technique for the other to CASE.  This month Karen chose stenciling. While I had purchased a few stencils over the years, the technique actually intimidated me.  However, once I realized how easy it was and how beautiful the results can be, I was hooked (and purchased even more stencils)!

Let’s take a look at Karen’s fun and festive card.  You can read all the details HERE.

Now here’s what I came up with…

While this card is definitely stenciled, I did not use a traditional stencil.  I created my own stencil using a die from Birch Press.  This die is part of a 3 layering die set called Viola Plate Layer Set.  It consists of three large cover plate dies that are cut and can be layered together or just used individually.  I’ll be spending a lot more time exploring all the possibilities with these dies.

For today’s card, this is the die I used to create a stencil…

To create the stencil, I cut it out with thick white card stock.  I used Distress Oxide Inks in Salvaged Patina, Kitsch Flamingo and Spiced Marmalade to blend in the color.  The big, bold sentiment is cut from Simon Says Stamps: Big Thanks.  I cut the shadow die with a pink foil, which I also used to mat the stenciled layer onto.  This created just a subtle shine to the card.  Lastly, I added some SU colored rhinestones to some of the flower centers for a little more sparkle.

I’m so pleased with the way this card turned out and how well this stenciling technique worked.  I will be looking at making more stencils from dies.  Now I must give credit where credit is due as I got this technique from the Just Us Girls Weekly Challenge.  Thanks Girls for giving me something new and fun to create with!

Thanks for joining us on our cross country CASEing adventure! 

Take care,





  1. Both cards are gorgeous and you guys ink blend beautifully! You can also use acetate with the cover plate to make a stencil and then you can reuse it!,

  2. Love your idea of a handmade stencil, Rosanne! And Jill’s suggestion of cutting it with acetate is another great idea! Thanks for opening up a world of possibilities! Your card is gorgeous and it didn’t escape me that you stenciled your envelope as well. Great CC2C!

  3. Your card is lovely, Rosanne. The stencil you made worked beautifully and I love your ink blending. Thanks for sharing your card with us at Just Us Girls.

  4. This is beautiful! Great choice of dies to make your beautiful stencil and your ink blending is spot on! Thanks for playing along with us at JUGS!

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