Stenciled Background Card

Hey you guys! I hope you are doing well. I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted things have been crazy between our cross-country move, and everything going on with COVID 19. Let me tell you, when we are settled into our new house I will be so ready to sit down and make a stack of cards! It’s been way too long. 

I’m playing with a new video format for this one as I’m trying to find ways to cut down on the hours and hours it takes to film, edit, create images, write blog posts, etc for each card I share with you guys. I’m very interested in your feedback as ultimately, my goal is to help support you in your card making journey.

I’m not one to reach for stencils much, but I thought I would challenge myself, and today I have a fun partially stenciled technique for you that’s easy, and is great for clean and simple cards.

 I’m used the giraffe from the Back on Your Feet stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I love this set. The sentiments are fantastic and the images are so much fun to color. I thought it would be fun to do some basic colored pencil coloring for this one. 

It may seem odd, but I started out with a deep red to color the shadows of the spots on my giraffe. I used a cooler brown and I wanted the shadows to have a bit of a contrast. Using contrasting colors is a fun way to build colors when you don’t have a huge color selection.

I taped a panel that was  4 3/4 inces by 3 1/2 inches to my grid paper, using the grid lines to help me get everything straight. Before I put the washi tape on my panel, I stuck it to my hand to make it less tacky. I’ve torn too many pieces of paper from tape that was too sticky.

I also used the grid paper to tape down my stencil no wiggling going on  here!

I used Pretty Peacock ink (my favorite) from Stampin’ up! and a basic sponge for my stenciling. Feel free to use your favorite tool for blending ink here. I’m started in the middle of my panel and moved outward so the ink got lighter as I move toward the edges of the card. 

The nice thing about taping all the things down is that I can easily lift one side of the stencil to see if I’m happy with the result. If I need to, I can put it right back where it was and keep going.

I decided to go with a thought bubble for my sentiment, so used my pencil to freehand some thought bubbles. I outlined them with a black gel pen, erased my lines and cut them out.


I added my giraffe with dimensional adhesive and used a mix of dimensional adhesive and glue to adhere my thought bubbles. 

This card is clean and simple, but sometimes a few layers can make a big difference. I added a 4 7/8 by 3 5/8 inch Pretty Peacock mat behind my panel. Using the same color as the stencil ink really makes the stenciling pop.

One more white mat that was 5 by 3 3/4 inches gave me just the look I was going for. When creating a clean and simple card, adding white layers makes the card more interesting without making it busy.

Of course, I had to add a little stenciling to my envelope for that extra little something, but that was it. 

This card was easy and fun – a great technique if you aren’t wanting to go crazy or get too technical. What’s your favorite stencil that’s currently in your stash? Let me know in the comments below!

Supplies Used

Basic Supply List:

  • Cardstock
  • Colored Pencils
  • Ink
  • Stencil
  • Stamps
  • Sponge
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Grid Paper
  • Glue
  • Cardboard
  • Dimensional Adhesive
  • Pencil
  • Black Pen


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