All About Masked Stencils!

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     Welcome to Friday’s Craft and Chat! I am so glad you decided to join me today. This week has been stressful for me. My family is dealing with a lot of things mainly health issues. I am so glad to be with you today, it allows me to think about something besides my family problems. When I am in my craft room with you I feel the happiest. It is like old friends coming together to uplift and solve all the problems of the world.  

    The topic of today is when do you look over reality and let your faith abound. I think of myself as a realist and it seems at times my reality is very negative. Not being able to be around my spiritual support group and my friends is taken a total on me. I feel because I don’t see the glass as half full, my faith is lacking. I wonder why I can’t rely on my faith instead of my reality. To say that statement and not give an example would be wrong. So here it goes my reality has taught me if something is going to happen to someone it will be me. To take a risk is nothing I do because of that reality.

     I guess you are wondering what this has to do with card making. Anything that stops my inspiration also affects my time in the craft room and flows over into my card-making. I not only blog about the cards that I make but this is also a way for you to get to know the person behind the cards. My cards as well as my words I hope will uplift you. Sharing my struggles with you helps me and you as well. Enough chatting and now let’s move on to making a card. I am going to grab a cup of coffee and meet you in the craft room.  


Crafting Steps

Masked stencils

     At first, I was going to start designing and making my Easter cards but being knee-deep in snow it just did not seem right. I have never seen so much snow that we got these are last three days. You see in Arkansas we usually get a little dust of snow that is melted on the same day it snows. To be knee-deep in snow and have temperatures in single numbers is unheard of. The snow is pretty but it does not put you in the mood to make Spring cards. Since we have been snowed in many people have made sure my daughter gets back and forth to work. I decided to make thank you cards for those people. To make the cards I am using masking stencils. One card is using the positive cut pieces and another is using the stencil.  


8 1/2′ by 11′ cream colored card stock

A rose masked stencils

Distress inks in green, orange, yellow, red, and blue

 2 4′ by 4′ black card stock

Thanks, sentiment

sequins in gold and green

 Blending brushes


Corner rounder

Card number one steps:

  1. Cut the 8 1/2′ by 11′ cream-colored card stock at 5 1/4′ to make the card base.
  2. Lay the positive masked cutout pieces onto the card base.
  3. Tape off a border all around the card base.
  4. Start with the yellow distress ink and apply 1/4 way up the base.
  5. Next use the orange distress ink blending it with the yellow.
  6. Then apply the red distress ink to the top.
  7. Removed the tape that will reveal a border all around
  8. Removed the masked cutout pieces
  9. Take the sentiment die and cut it out of the 4′ by 4′ black card stock.
  10. Position the gold sequins around the rose to bring your eye to the rose when you look at the card. 

Here how it turned out:

Masked Stencils

Steps to card number two:

  1. Use the other half the 8 1/2′ by 11′ cream-colored card stock from card number one for your card base.
  2. Cut four strips out of the black card stock for the border of this card.
  3. On a piece of cream-colored card stock lay the stencil down.
  4. Take red distress ink and color in the rose first then with green distress color in the leaves.
  5. Put the mask cut-out pieces over the stenciled image.
  6. To apply color to the background start with the green distress ink and apply it halfway up. With blue distress ink overlap the green distress ink and apply to the top of the base.
  7. After applying the ink remove the masked cut-out pieces.
  8. Take the black card stock strips and apply them to the back of the image layer.
  9. Attach the two layers to the card base.
  10. Cut out the sentiment die in black and apply it with glue to the base right under the stem of the rose.
  11. Add four gold sequins to each corner for the finishing touches.

Here is how it turned out:

Masked stenciling


Word of the Day

     I know some of you come to my blog for the word of the day. Not to disappoint anyone, I will give a word of today but I will leave it up to you to decide what it means in your life. The word of today is Faith.

     Thanks for sharing your day with me. It has uplifted me beyond words. I only hope it has done the same for you. Be safe and while some of us are thawing out and others braving this winter weather take time to craft and create.








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