Sunday 9 May 2021

Using a die as a stencil

Hello, crafting friends!

Like most crafters, I see other people's work and am inspired to try their techniques. Today's card was inspired by this card by my bloggy pal Nancy. I loved the way she coloured individual parts of her stencil using small brushes and ink, so I decided to replicate the idea using a large floral die to create a stencil, and coloured pencils instead of ink.

What do you think? It took some time but I am delighted with the way it turned out - it reminds me of some kind of vintage silk fabric! I used a whole rainbow of blended colours and it seems so cheerful :)

I used the die, Country Garden by Gemini, to make my own stencil out of ordinary card stock. It's large enough to cover a whole card front but I masked off a section of it using sticky notes. When I had finished the stencilling, I trimmed the panel with a stitched rectangle die from Heffy Doodle.

The sentiment is from Stampin' Up but is so old that I have no idea which set it comes from! I thought the curviness of it went rather well with the floral design.

The theme at CAS Mix Up this month is to use stencilling with a rainbow of colours so I shall link up there; I'm also joining in at Happy Little Stampers die challenge as well as Happy Little Stampers stencil challenge where Anything Goes; Anything Goes at Stamplorations' Stencil challenge too, so I'm playing along there as well.

During that wet and horrid old winter, I had forgotten just how enjoyable it is walking the dogs - and I think some of them might have forgotten too! Today, I took Eva on a local walk up a disused railway line and around the perimeter of our small market town. It wasn't particularly sunny but there was some real warmth in the air and we just carried on walking for the sheer pleasure of it. We came to a spot where the river runs swiftly over large stones - a favourite place for Eva to take a dip :)

While she was swimming, I noticed we had company. It's an egret - a species that has become quite a common sighting around here in the last decade or so. They are much less shy than herons - this one is fishing in an area that gets a fair few walkers, not to mention their canine companions. Eva was totally uninterested in the egret. If it had been a duck now... but I am always VERY careful to check the river for ducks, especially around breeding season!

Sending hugs,


  1. Love that bright rainbow of floral colour Vicky - it does indeed look like expensive fabric.

  2. Beautiful card! Love that you created stencils from dies. Thank you for playing with us at the Happy Little Stampers Die Challenge and hope you will join us again soon.
    Creative Creases Challenge for Fun Folds

  3. Beautiful rainbow stenciling with your homemade stencil, my friend. I agree it does take more time to add all the different colors to your stenciled flowers, but so worth the effort:-) I am so pleased you tried the technique and happy it turned out so well.

    Beautiful walk along the river for you and the Eva. TFS your beautiful photos. So pleased you joined us at CAS Mix Up and at STAMPlorations Stencil Challenges, Vicky...Love and Hugs..Nancy

  4. Beautiful colouring Vicky a great idea to use your die cut as a stencil,I agree it looks like vintage fabric,great pics of your walk

  5. Really wonderful card, Vicky! Love your beautiful photos!


  6. It's not a technique I would ever have thought of Vicky but isn't it just so effective.

    B x

  7. That's a great idea and it's made a lovely vibrant card.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  8. What do I think? I think it's absolutely lovely however I also think that this was a heck of a lot of work. LOL! It's gorgeous and I love your unique use of the die. Thanks so much for playing along with us at the HLS die challenge Vicky! --- Julie

  9. Your card is absolutely beautiful, Vicky xoxo

  10. I just love your card, what an excellent idea. It has worked so well. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at CAS Mix Up this month. I agree it has been so nice to have some warmth in the air again xx

  11. I love your "silk" Vicky, I could see this as a fabric on a Geisha, such a very Beautiful card. Love you saw an egret, don't know if I've ever seen one, Eva enjoyed her dip I can see.
    Faith x.

  12. Your card is so pretty! And I love that you created your own stencil! The colors are beautiful. Your dog looks like she is enjoying that walk. My dog loves walks and wading any muddy puddle, stream or pond!

  13. What brilliant results with your colored pencils, Vicky! So bright and pretty! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  14. A fabulous technique. Eva looks to enjoy the water, Hamish will go nowhere near it

  15. Such a pretty design, love that you used coloured pencils for the Rainbow ink blending, a little extra effort but well worth it. Thanks for playing at CAS Mix Up this month.

  16. Your die and pencils made an amazing rainbow art piece! Very cheerful! Speaking of cheerful, your Eva is a beautiful girl. My two Goldens are Wally and LuLu and they keep me smiling every day. They are 12 and 9 years old now, but typical Goldens -- still puppies! Thank you so much for sharing your beautifully crafted card with us at CAS Mix Up!

  17. Your stenciled flowers are so bright and happy, Vicky! Great colouring with pencils (a challenge for me!). :) Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

    Eva looks as though she was really enjoying herself on the walk. Beautiful girl!

  18. It’s great to see you also converted a diecut to a stencil, Vicky. Your multi-color stenciling is gorgeous. Thanks for joining Happy Little Stampers Stencil Challenge. Hope to see you next month.
    Helen Liu, HLS DT,


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