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Wednesday, 27 January 2021


Hi Everyone

I hope you have had a good day.

Have you ever made your own stencil?

I have often made them from paper or thin card and end up throwing them away eventually because they clearly aren't going to last very long.

Well the other day I had a brainwave and I finally got chance to try my idea out.

I laminated a piece of thin paper and then die cut into it lots of different shapes in a variety of sizes:

This is what I then did with it, using a cream base and card blank:

This used:

My home made stencil
Distress Inks:  Hickory Smoke, Peeled Paint and Tattered Rose
Sentiment:  Clearly Besotted "Fancy Sayings"
Peg Stamps:  Rubber Stamp Tapestry "Moonlit Vase" for stamping through the stencil
Nail Heads
Nail Heads
My Trusty Sewing Machine

Quite chuffed with my first attempt.  This stencil is definitely going to last .. .. .. and I think I will be making a few more!

I also laminated a thicker piece of card and have been using that as a blending mat!

So that is me for today .. .. the snow (and the neighbouring snowman who had already lost his head as we were going to bed) have now all disappeared so the roads are now going to be much much safer for those who need to use them.

Hopefully catch you again soon.


Carol S. said...

Hi Jules,

No snow here!! Very cold but only had a few frosts.

Love your card with your stencil. Great idea to use a laminator. Mine sits on a shelf in my craft room and used a couple of times a year!!

I am going to try using my fairy dies to make stencils with them.

Stay safe and hugs,

Aunty Sue said...

Oh wow jules that's come out really lovely. Like you done thin card but brilliant idea to laminate then cut. Love it.

Jane Willis said...

What a brilliant idea and a fantastic result. I have used die cut card to make single-use stencils but never thought of making a durable one.

meg said...

A brilliant idea Jules,a wonderful stencil and card,have a great week Meg x

Aquarius said...

Thanks for sharing this brilliant idea. Loving the card you've made with this clever stencil.

Kath said...

A fabulous card Jules and a great idea to laminate your handmade stencil.
Kath x

Crafting Queen said...

It's so much fun making your own. Love the card. If you make it out of card, use spray paint to coat it so it will last longer. Hugs Anesha

hilbry said...

great idea.

cotnob said...

A super stencil Jules, a great idea - I use a laminated piece of card as a blending mat but never thought to use one as a stencil. Your card is fabulous, all the better for making your own stencil, you should be chuffed.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Stamps and Paper said...

Such a great idea Jules and what a lovely result.....


Carole said...

Wow...brilliant stencil idea Jules and a lovely card as the outcome. I can see you will be using this a lot.xx

cuilliesocks said...

How clever you are Jules and what a super stencil, lots of lovely shapes.
Your card is fabulous, beautiful layout and such pretty colours, Kate x

susiestacey said...

Great idea Jules and your card looks fab too x Susan x

Kathleen said...

Looks really great, how clever are you, lovely colours.

Kath x

Gibmiss said...

Hi Jules
Fabulous stencil ....I managed to get some Mylar to make your own stencils Hochanda.... Pink Frog Crafts .... 12x 12 sheets ...I CUT MINE UP 6x6...just done the basics ...hearts ..stars ... circles ...etc...
Hugs Sylvie xx
I have my second jab on Monday .....really pleased ....

Brenda said...

Well aren't you just the clever gal Jules! What a fabulous idea!! I want to make stencils, but haven't taken the plunge to buy the acetate to make them on. I know paper or thin cardboard won't last, so I just don't do it. But laminating paper, well that was genius! I love the look you got with your fabulous stencil, the colors are so soft and dreamy. Loving that cute little bird charm too. Hugs, Brenda

AlisonC said...

Brilliant idea and your card looks beautiful. I love the colours and all the little patterns and details. Now what else can be laminated...? x

sally said...

Great idea to laminate & cut - I’ve used thick acetate packaging & dies to make some in the past but I like the blending sheet one, I currently use a Teflon oven liner but being black makes it difficult sometimes.

Sally xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

What a fabulous card and stancil Jules. A great idea to laminate a piece of paper to make the stencil. I'm sure that a few of us will be trying this out at a later date.

Sue xx

Enny said...

Wow, what a wonderful idea, your stencil is beautiful !! And you made a lovely card with it !! Hugs, Enny

JD/ Jill said...

I love your card, and what a great idea...thanks for much for sharing. I don't have a laminator but I have some sheets of papper (some where in my craft room that I can use to laminate a piece of paper...If I can find it! Smile)

Sarn said...

What a great idea!
If only I had a laminator!
Super card.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sarah said...

What a marvellously clever idea!! It looks fantastic xx