Stencil Crush Tuesday 3-28

Hi friends I am a bit late getting things posted today after a long weekend at the Art Retreat I was at.  Hoping to get a post in later this week about that but for now I have todays video where we are creating some cute ATC’s using some beautiful StencilGirl Stencils and yummy magicals by Lindy’s Stamp Gang.

So with out further ado let’s get creating

Stencils Used in this weeks video:

basket by Daniella Woolf

Large Diamonds 6

Butterfly Journeys by Carolyn Dube

Thanks so much for joining me this week and sharing your time with me and a huge thank you  for all the loving comments you always leave me, they truly mean so very much!! Wishing everyone an amazing fun filled day!!

xxoo – Sherry

Mixed media holiday art cards with StencilGirl Stencils 

Hi friends can you believe we are less than 2 weeks away from Christmas. Seems like just yesterday it was fall. Time sure does go fast and I hope you are enjoying every second of the holiday season.  I have always had a love / hate relationship withy the holiday season it does tend to get a bit too stressful at times and I can add unnecessary things to my “to do” list as I’m sure we all do. So the past few years I’ve been scaling that back and taking more time to really enjoy what the holiday season is about. One thing my husband and I really enjoy is watching a Christmas movie each night on the Hallmark Channel (yes I know sappy) but I love it. You know all those movies have happy endings and well I’m all about that  :).   And there is nothing quite like snuggling up with a hot mug of coffee, a snuggly festive blanket and of course my hubby and puggies. I also tend to skip the farmers market in the holiday season many times but not this year. We have been heading out each Saturday morning, coffees in hand and all bundled up to enjoy some fried dough and get our fresh veggies for the week. Would love to hear what all of you do during the holiday season.  If you are like me and put too much on yourself try going through that list and see what really matters and what can be cut out so you can enjoy more time with friends and family and time for yourself. ❤️ 

Ok so on to the project at hand. I used just 2 stencils to make 6 festive art cards. The other stencil I used is the Holiday Stencil By MaryBeth Shaw. 

And the second stencil is Military Stars by June Pfaff Daley. 


So start with a piece of cardboard cut to the size you would like. I had some in my stash I think they are 2-1/2″ x3-1/2inchs. Add a layer of whit gesso 

Then once they were dry I took a sheet of old book paper and tore strips to add to each card and adhered it with some Golden Heavy Gel Matte Medium 



Let them dry before the next step or use a heat gun. 

Next I took the stars stencil and some Postbox red dylusions spray and with all 6 cards placed close together I sprayed the ink, moved the stencil to the other side and sprayed again. This is not being precise just getting some color and a layer  down for the back ground. 



Now I took my Holiday Stencil and I had already cut them apart into the individual stencils for easier use and selected 2 I wanted to use:  a tree and one that reminds me of retro branch from a pine tree. I applied the texture paste over the stencils with a palette knife. 



Now I added a strip of glitter washi tape to the bottom of each. I used the matte medium to adhere it to be sure it would stay. If you don’t have any you could add some ribbon or a strip of patterned paper. 


Once they were dry in went in with some green (Mowed Lawn ) distress spray. Adding another layer of color to the main focal points 

Once they were a little dry but not completely I went  in with some mica powers. The first was this mint green and just dusted it on with a dry paint brush on  my focal points and wow what great shimmer ! 


Then I used a rust which is more of a brown color to add some accents and grunge it up a bit. 

Then on each card I added some of the heavy gel matte medium to random spots and pressed in some ruby glass beads. 

Then while the medium was still wet I took a pinch of distress glitter in vintage photo and held the card over my trash can and just sprinkled the glitter around where the beads were and tapped it off to get off any access 



I used my brown archival ink pad and a foam brush to ink the edges of each card as well as on the edges of the textured focal points. 

I took some white gesso with my fingers and added a bit in random areas and also took the back of a paintbrush to add some white dots. 

When every thing was dry I took a black sharpie and wrote Joy, Peace or love on each of the cards. I could have used a stamp but if you plan to stamp do this in the beginning because once you have all that texture on there you will have a hard time getting in there with stamp and getting a clear image. 

Here are some close ups of the completed cards 



I posted lots of final pics hoping to get some good angles so you could just see the beautiful shimmer on these. 

These could easily be turned into tags by punching the top of the card and adding a ribbon or turned into a holiday card by adhering them to the front of a blank card. 

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Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and as always your comments mean so very much to me if you have time to leave me a comment it will be cherished ❤️. 

New art cards 

Hi friends hope everyone has been having an amazing weekend. We had a lot of fun this weekend we went to our local farmers market for some fresh veggies and organic meat. I was excited to see a local amazing bakery there and scored a yummy Italian cookie platter that we happily snacked on while we decorated the tree Saturday evening. If you look close my coffee cup is sporting a very coveted santa cozy made by one of my amazing Etsy friends who lives in Canada. You can look her shop up if you’d like it called:  My Handmade Trends. 

So just a little catch up on things I’ve been working on. First I’ve been having lots of fun with my new stencils that I received Friday from my Cyber Monday order from StencilGirl.  That there is a Pile O Stencils my friends. Lol 

So I dove in and created this art journal page with the Snow Storm stencil in the back ground, Star Map by Mary C Nasser and Words to Live by, by Carolyn Dube :  Embrace Your Voice art Journal page 

Tonight I’ve been working on some art cards – positive affirmation card. 

I started out trying a new technique. I took a card and used a layer of gesso then several layers of Matte Acrylic paint by Blick Arts. 

Once dry I took some rubbing alcohol and dropped it on my card with an old paintbrush look at the cool way that it pulled the colors apart so you could kind of see a ring of the color below 

Then I took my archival trinkets in different colors just to try a few out and dropped a couple drops on the cards. Added a bit more rubbing alcohol. And tipped them to drip. 

Then the really cool step came I spritzed with water and I made the ink separate so it gave this really cool look. Not sure I was able to really capture it on my camera. 

See in the photo below the really far brown areas it almost looks like when you add oil and water. Like the pigment separated from the liquid. 

Here is a good photo of how it looked once it started to separate. 

Then I took these 3 stencils. The 2 small ones are by Maria McGuire and the large one by Carolyn Dube. 

I mixed the blue and pink paint to create a deep purple to Stencil the heart that day art heals and used the green paint for the other 2 cards. I edged the card with some brown “coffee” archival ink. To help them pop a bit. I could have doodled around them but you know sometimes I like simple and I didn’t want to take away from the affirmations so I decided to leave them as they are.  😊



Wishing everyone a wonderful and peaceful evening. ❤️❤️❤️ 

Corrugated Inspirational Art Cards 

Hi Friends hope everyone had a wonderful week last week and is enjoying the weekend. We have been getting lots of rain still. It’s still better than snow lol. Today I have a tutorial to share with all of you on how I created these inspirational art cards. I know most call them ATCs but since I rarely trade mine I call them art cards ❤️. 

I acquired some great cardboard pieces from an online order and I know you are thinking what’s so special about this cardboard but not all cardboard is created equal. This was already cut in a 12″x12″ square and the top layer ripped off super easy without leaving any glue or paper pieces behind. 

So I started by cutting my cardboard into 6 pieces each 3″x4″ as you can see above. 

Then I used this deep red paint and added just a bit with my finger to each one. For some reason I have been drawn to red lately and I almost never use red so I have to figure out why or what that means lol. 



Then I took my DecoArt White Gesso and added some to each with my palette knife. That piece you see stenciled in the back was what I was going to use on these at first but as I got going, changed my mind and created a different sheet using this months 9″x12″stencil by StencilGirl From Stencil Club, which I will show you later. 


Then I decided I wanted to add some dimension and texture to these so pulled out my Modeling paste by DecoArt and some beads by Finnabair (Prima Marketing) 

I added the modeling paste with my finger because I wanted to be sure to get in down in between the raised parts of the cardboard. 

I took the beads and pushed them into the modeling paste but not to completely cover them as I wanted the color to still show. 

I used the turquoise beads shown above on 3 of the cards and the cobalt blue shown here on 3 of them 


So then it was time to set them aside and cut my hearts. Here is the stencil I used designed by MaryBeth Shaw 

And I sprayed a sheet of mixed media paper with DecoArt Turquoise shimmer over the stencil. 



I cut out 6 hearts in various shapes and sizes. Then 2 hearts I painted with the Deep red paint, 2 with pink light and then left 2 the turquoise. I loved how the stenciled parts was showing through the paint raallybhave then some depth. 

Below:  Spritz with water let it set for a few seconds then dab with a towel to reveal some of the color below as well as give it a bit of a vintage look. 


Once the cards were dry I used a black archival ink and my blending tool to outline the cards. Then added more red and cobalt teal paint to them. 


I took my black and white gel pens and added some accents around my hearts after they were dry. 

Awhile back I ordered some things from 7 dot studio. They had these very cool punch out paper pieces on clearance for I think it was $1. Once I glued my hearts to my cards I added an inspirational saying to each and for 2 of them I cut a smaller heart out of my scraps and glued them to the larger hearts. 



And the completed cards and a few close ups. 



I think I may actually make a wall haninging or something with these. I haven’t figured that out yet but when I do I will be sure to post a picture. Hope you enjoyed my tutorial. I hope I inspired you to create your own inspirational art cards.  Thanks for joining me here and have a wonderful evening ❤️