Saturday, 28 March 2015

Playing with Stencils at escape2create Retreat

Hello again!

While I was at the escape2create retreat last weekend, I had a bit of a play with some cool stencils. I really liked this one - it's a Crafter's Workshop stencil called Parasols.

Apart from the fact that I love the design of this, I also love the fact that when I did different things with the stencil, the image actually seemed to change. Instead of parasols I saw fireworks, tractor wheels, citrus segments and flowers. Cool!

It's easy to play with stencils and make cards at the same time. Just cut up some white cardstock to the right size to cover card bases and started experimenting! Once you have created a background with the stencils, just grab whatever products are nearby and create simple cards with them.

Here are two of the cards I came up with:

Yep- they're the same stencil. On the 'Let Your Light Shine' card, I rubbed Gelatos through the stencil with my finger. Some of the sections are quite small so you have to get in there with your pinkie. I chose pastel colours but I could also have gone bright and bold on this and it would have worked just as well. Don't you think the parasols now look like fireworks?

For the 'Hello Friend' card, I first sprayed Heidi Swapp Color Shine through the stencil (to make another card background) then flipped the stencil over and gently pressed it onto a new piece of cardstock. A brayer is ideal for this job, but I didn't have one at the retreat so I just used a bottle of glue to gently roll over the stencil. The parasols now looked like grungy cogs so I made this into a masculine card.

I had planned to make a lot more cards but there was too much laughing, chatting and good times happening to actually let me get much work done! I'm not complaining at all though!

Here are some of the other backgrounds I made using different techniques but all with the same stencil:

And lastly - here are a few pics from the retreat. What a weekend it was!

 Happy scrappin'!



  1. Heather, your cards are absolutely amazing!! I love your style, and thank you for sharing all of the other background techniques. You sure know how to use a stencil!

  2. Such awesome cards! The way you've used those stencils in so many ways is incredible! I am so boring when it comes to stenciling. Thanks for all the techniques xx

  3. awesome, Heather!
    Love how you have used the Crafter's Workshop many great inspiring ideas!
    And thanks for sharing with us!

  4. Love the colours you've combined & the different patterns you've gotten! Awesome! Even more than that, I'm drooling over those retreat photos....looks like you had an AMAZING time. Oh wait! That's right..... You DID:):)!!!!!!

  5. Love these cards and backgrounds, thank you for sharing your techniques

  6. Oh all the photos I have seen from the retreat look amazing, what a wonderful time you all must have had.. and that is pretty cool to get all those back ground details from the one stencil.. your cards look wonderful too!

  7. Your cards are gorgeous! I loveeeeee the way you used the stencils!!! And loving the retreat photos!! Looks like so much fun!!!!!

  8. totally clever and totally inspiring!
    hmmmm.. looking at all my stencils in a new way now!

    gorgeous cards.. and those backgrounds look amazing!

    (Loved sitting with you at the retreat.. your laugh is infectious. And to watch you create was inspiring.. you are one very clever lady x)

  9. Stunning cards...thank you for showing us how versatile the stencils are.

  10. These look great,made some typos on my last post ...duh me!

  11. LOVE these cards and enjoyed watching them come together! Such fun use of the same stencil! LOVE the retreat pics too.. makes you wish you were back there!

  12. bright and happy creations Heather .. love the pics too xoox

  13. Same many different techniques, love it! Very cool cards!

  14. Adore your cards Heather!! I might have to add that stencil to my wish list!

  15. Your cards are wonderful and I am glad that you had such a fabulous time at your retreat! TFS