Monday, September 23, 2013

Make It Monday #133

Another Monday.  Another challenge!  Today's challenge over at Papertrey Ink is to use a cover plate as a stencil.  This sounded like fun, but I had no idea of where I would go with this, since I have never done any stenciling. Period.  I have a few in my collection of "stuff", but that's as far as it goes!  Does that count?  I have to admit, making this card was quite fun.  Anything that gets your fingers dirty and stained has to be fun, right?

To begin my card, I first ran a half sheet of white cardstock through my Xyron.  Then I placed the hexagon cover plate from PTI over it and ran it through my Big Shot, and voila,  I now had a stencil.  I peeled off the backing and adhered it to a card-sized piece of Neena solar white cardstock and braced myself for a new adventure!

Next I got out three colors of distress inks... tumbled glass, peeled paint and dusty concord.  Working from top to bottom, I applied each color and blended them together.  Then came the fun part.... peeling away my white, xyroned , homemade stencil.  Got adjectives?  This process was purely exhilarating as I watched this background come alive, hexagon by hexagon!

I wanted to keep this card simple as not to take away from the background, so I embossed the word "thanks" (from SSS) in white embossing powder on a banner of kraft cardstock.  I added the green button and thought it still needed a little "something", so I thought to add a tiny gemstone in each of the hexagons.  And I liked it!  Here's my card:


And the BEST news?  I am no longer a stencil-virgin!  LoL!  As always, have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Ha! Yeah! Love your colorful hexagons! Glad you were able to give it a try! :)

  2. Beautiful coloring! And so neat! Great idea to use the Xyron. Will definitely do that for the 'neater' look!

  3. Love these colours, this technique looks great, Cathy x

  4. that is stunning!!!!!! You've inspired me to try that!

  5. Oh what a pretty color combination. Love how your card turned out, Donna ~ especially all the bling you added ;-)