Friday, November 17, 2017

Rainbow Art Created with 9" x 12" Stencil CLUSTERED LEAVES

An artist who goes by "@jadanchik" has created artwork in vibrant bold stunning rainbow colors, using StencilGirl stencils.  I'm delighted that one of these glowing creations was made with my 9" x 12" stencil Clustered Leaves.

The stencil itself looks like this:

Clustered Leaves 9" x 12" stencil

To see all my stencils, please visit here.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

WROUGHT IRON GATE, a 9" x 12" Stencil with Outside-the-Box Applications

My 9" x 12" stencil Wrought Iron Gate has turned out to be good for more than a background pattern.

After making the print below --

-- I cut out a vertical strip and turned it into a birthday candle for the greeting card shown below.  (If I'd used different colors, it could have become a Christmas candle on a different greeting card.)

In making that candle, I noticed something that had escaped my attention before:  hearts!

It had been easy to freehand cut out a candle, because of the vertical lines that are part of the design.

But within those vertical lines were hearts -- one upside- down, atop another right-side-up, in vertical columns.

So I cut out several hearts and used them in collages on new greeting cards, shown below.

Above:  This heart from Wrought Iron Gate is collaged onto a background print made with my 6" x 6" stencil Sassy Spray.

What to do with leftover scraps? One answer was to trim the top and bottom edges of a journal cover that I had already imprinted with my 6" x 6" stencil Ornamental Iron Curls...

Above:  the journal cover before scraps were added.

Above:  the journal cover after the scraps were glued into place.

To give you an idea of scale, this journal is small enough to be carried in a purse.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Part 2 -- Stenciled Art Prints by Mary Ann Russo

Here are five more prints made by my friend Mary Ann Russo.  Enjoy!

Above:  This print was made on pre-printed paper with Swaying Grasses stencil, measuring 6" x 6".

The stunning red prints above and below were made with my 9" x 12" stencil Marbles.  This stencil also comes in a 6" x 6" version.

Above:  Mary Ann made this print with Trivet C stencil, which is 6" x 6".

Above:  This antiqued piece of collage paper was created with vintage papers that Mary Ann sandwiched between two sheets of art tissue, held together with matte medium.  After staining the paper tan, she used brown paint to made an imprint with my 9" x 12" stencil Vintage Script.
To see my full line of stencils, please visit here.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Today's Edition of StencilGirl Talk -- 3D Art for Christmas Mini-Gifts -- Made with Stencils

Honored to be featured in today's post here!

A sneak-peek --

Click here for step-by-step photos and directions in using stencils to make journal covers.  The two journals I made are mini-sized gifts for Christmas stockings. 

To see my full line of stencils, please click here.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Mary Ann Russo's Stenciled Art Prints, Part 1

My friend Mary Ann Russo has let me borrow more of her stenciled art prints so I can show them here, before she cuts and rips them into pieces for collage.  Many thanks, Mary Ann!

Above:  Made with 9" x 12" Clustered Leaves Stencil (which has been cut free of its original outer frame.)

Above:  Made with 9" x 12" Clustered Leaves Stencil (which has been cut free of its original outer frame.)

Above:  This art print was made with Marblesa 9" x 12" stencil that also comes in 6" x 6". 

Above:  This art print was made with Pavilion Shadows, a 6" x 6" stencil.

The art print above was made with the 6" x 6" stencil Ski Lift Works.

Thank you for visiting my blog!  My next post will show more art prints by Mary Ann Russo.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

LOOPY LADDERS, 9" x 12" Stencil at

Loopy Ladders, one of my favorite stencils, has found its way into the talented hands of my friend Mary Ann Russo.  The first two photos below showcase Mary Ann's cool-green prints made with this stencil --

Note:  Mary Ann made the above print on pre-printed paper.

Likewise, I've made new prints with this stencil...

Above:  (gray foreground)-- 9" x 12" Loopy Ladders Stencil ... (pink background) 9" x 12" Mimosa Stencil (on pre-printed paper)

The photo above, as well as the photo below, show Loopy Ladders used on stretched canvas. 

Below, Loopy Ladders was used in creating the background print (brown.)  Later, with orange acrylic paint, I added a foreground with Ornamental Iron Curls Stencil (6" x 6".)  The latter stencil has been cut free from its original frame.  

Above-- a green Loopy Ladders print on stretched canvas, overlaid with a white print made with Prayer Flags Stencil (both stencils are 9" x 12".) 

Above, today's final print was made with Loopy Ladders on pre-printed paper.

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To see my full line of stencils, just check here.

More prints by Mary Ann Russo will be appearing here ... please stay tuned.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Tangled Pods (9" x 12") remains one of my favorite stencils.  It's turned out to be more versatile than I had ever expected. 

Above is the collage-card I gave my husband for our last anniversary.  Because of his love for sailing, I used a nautical map as the background for the (vertical right-side) print made with blue acrylic paint and Tangled Pods (The other papers are pre-made collage papers, a gift from my sweet stepdaughter Christina.)  The heart embellishment is a crafter's wooden heart covered with a scrap of painted paper.

Below is another greeting card, this one printed with Tangled Pods on a round mini Gelli Plate.  After that print dried, I framed it with a few pieces cut from the stencil itself, which had become stained during earlier art projects.  For this kind of collage, I use Pioneer Embellisment Glue Stick.  

Today's next Tangled Pods piece brings back memories of last fall's colors.  I created it on stretched canvas using a technique from the Absentee Artist chapter in the book Creative Paper Art by Nancy Welch.  This technique is also demonstrated on Pat Dews' DVD Designing Great Starts with Texture and Form, available online at Cheap Joe's Art Supplies. 

Today's last artwork, below, is a matted portfolio piece.  Its background is a sheet of Yupo drenched in blue and magenta.  The foreground is a piece of a Tangled Pods stencil that had been heavily stained during earlier projects.

Tangled Pods in its entirety looks like this--

Tangled Pods has a mirror-image stencil, Dangled Pods.  It looks like this --

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Sunday, October 29, 2017


TIGER LILY, One of Four New Stencils at

Today's post focuses on Tiger Lily, one of my just-released 6" x 6" stencils.  Here are prints I've made with it -- 

The three prints above show Tiger Lily used alone.  Below are prints showing combinations with other stencils ...

Tiger Lily and Two Vases

Tiger Lily (top) and Medallion (bottom)

Tiger Lily (bottom) and Tangled Pods

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

WEBBED MEDALLION, A Just-Released 6" x 6" Stencil at

I found a piece of marbled paper to use as the background for today's first print, made with my new 6" x 6" stencil Webbed Medallion --

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Sherry Canino and FERNS 6

Ferns 6 has just been used by artist Sherry Canino -- and her art-making is part of a blog hop that pairs StencilGirl stencils with Tim Holtz' Ranger products!

Check out Sherry's art-making process here.

Hop into the blog hop and you may win great prizes!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Still Highlighting New Stencils -- This Time, Used with Earlier Releases

To create the print below, I went with a simple way of layering -- just three coats of paint, stacked one atop the next, each used with a different stencil.

The bottom layer -- red on yellow -- was printed with my 9" x 12" stencil Facets.

The middle layer -- translucent white -- was printed with Mimosa Stencil, also 9" x 12".  (Mimosa also comes in a 6" x 6" version.)

The top layer -- baby blue -- was made with Sprigs, one of my four just-released stencils.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

THISTLES, a Just-Released Stencil at

55 years ago, my farmer-father loaded up the pickup with us kids and a collection of sharp, long-handled tools.  He drove us to pasture land that lay at a distance from our home farm.  

As soon as the pasture came into view, I exclaimed,  "Look at all those pretty flowers!"

To this day, my three-years-younger brother will tell this story with glee.

The "pretty flowers" -- I was quickly informed -- were thistles in bloom.

And we had arrived in this pasture to level them with weed-whackers!

Well, I maintain one person's weed can be another person's pretty flower -- and my fascination with thistles has never waned.

One day an idea marched into my head -- why not make a thistle stencil?

So I did.

Here are prints I've made with my fourth just-released stencil --

Above:  (foreground) Thistle Stencil and (background) Mimosa Stencil (both 9" x 12")

Above:  (foreground) Thistle and (background) Mimosa Stencil (both 9" x 12")

Above: (foreground)  Thistle Stencil; (background) Loopy Ladders (both 9" x 12") Stencil; (central background) Ornamental Iron Curls Stencil (6" x 6")

Above:  Thistle and (background) Vases (both 9" x 12")

Above:  (blue foreground) Thistle Stencil; (distant yellow background) Mimosa Stencil; (gray background) Loopy Ladders (both 9" x 12")

Above:  (foreground) Thistle Stencil; (background) Tangled Pods Stencil (both 9" x 12"); (background) Tiger Lily Stencil (6" x 6")

Above:  a greeting card cover collaged with a partial print that was made with (background) 9" x 12" Prayer Flags Stencil and (foreground) 9" x 12" Thistle Stencil.
My four new stencils are also busily making Christmas cards.  More about that in December!

In its entirety, Prayer Flags Stencil looks like this:

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