Daily Archives: September 30, 2017

Creating a Layered Background with Stencil Sheets

Hello everyone. I’ve had the flu this week and although I am still coughing (a lot), I feel much better and decided to get back into my stamp room for some inky fun.

DIY Background with dies and stencil sheets

Earlier in the month, I created a simple stenciled background using a large background die and stencil sheet. Today I decided to return to the stencil sheets, this time creating the stencil with three leaf dies… and lots of ink layering.

X-Press It Stencil Sheets

One of the great things about X-Press It Stencil Sheets is that they are backed with a low tack adhesive that sticks firmly to card stock yet lifts away easily with no residue left behind. If the sheet is cut larger or wider than the card stock, the adhesive also holds the work surface in place, making ink application so much easier.


I first die-cut leaves from the stencil sheet. I cut six which required two passes through my die-cutting machine. I found it easiest to remove the die-cut shapes before sending the piece through the machine again for the additional cuts.


I blended Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral and Picked Raspberry distress inks onto white card stock, leaving some white peeking through.


I removed the backing* from the stencil sheet, adhered the sheet over my card stock and inked the leaf openings using Frayed Burlap distress ink. (*Save the backing as the stencil sheet can be reapplied and saved for later use!)


I lifted then rotated the stencil sheet, reapplied and inked again using the distress inks.


As I repeated the process, the stencil sheet did not stretch at all. (It’s fabulous!)


Once I was satisfied with the coverage, I wiped the ink from the stencil sheet using a baby wipe then re-adhered the sheet to the release paper, saving for later use.

Note: Stepout photos were taken in a location different from that of the final photo so colors appear a bit darker.

DIY Background with dies and stencil sheets (close-up)

Before assembling my card, I dripped water across the panel, allowed the drops to dry then added some dots of Glossy Accents diagonally above and below the sentiment.

I may add some more doo-dads to my card, I’m not sure. I feel it may need something more…but I don’t want to cover too much of the background. What do you think?

Thanks so much for visiting today! ūüôā

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Sending and Wishing  Dies: Simon Says Stamp Wishing; Paper Smooches Large Leaves Ink: Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube; Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Picked Rapsberry, Frayed Burlap Distress  Paper: Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube, Mocha  Other: X-Press It Stencil Sheets, blending tool, white embossing powder, corner rounder, foam tape.