Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Christmas Decorations made with Stencils

Altho Christmas greeting cards are the thrust of today's post, I need to add that these ideas also work as ways to decorate giftbags and to create gift-tags.

The first 3 cards below were made with the same cardstock that I described in my Dec. 15 post -- it's a sturdy cardstock with tiny embedded particles (perhaps ground mica) that reflect light, making a jazzy frame for any decoration to be added.

I buy most of my greeting card blanks from  This one measures just under 6"x 6"... and perfectly fits my  6"x 6" stencil.  And its corresponding envelope is exactly 6" x 6", which means there is a surcharge for mailing it.  I handle this problem by using two regular postal stamps.

Sturdy cardstock is important when the greeting card cover has to easily support coarse modeling paste mixed with silver metallic powder -- which is what I used in today's first 2 cards:


The card above was made with my 6"x 6" stencil BUDDING BRANCHES.

The above Christmas card was made with my 6"x 6" stencil Swaying Grasses.

The above card was made with part of my 9" x 12" stencil Queen Anne's Lace.

I created today's top 2 cards using an art spatula to spread coarse modeling paste (mixed with silver mica powder) thru the stencil openings.  After the paste dried, I added highlights with glitter glue.

My approach to the third card, made with a portion of Queen Anne's Lacewas to spray acrylic paint thru the stencil openings.  Since this stencil measures 9"x 12", I masked off portions of the stencil to keep them from showing.  The same finishing touch was used on this third Christmas card, altho you may have to click on the image to enlarge it, to better see the glitter glue.

Acrylic spray paint is available on store shelves, but I make my own, so I can mix custom colors.  (See the photo below.)  I buy spray bottles at drug stores (in the traveling supplies section); then I fill them with a mix of acrylic liquid paint, water and airbrush medium.  The ratio of water to acrylic liquid paint varies, depending on whether I want to end up with a heavy spray or a light one.  The amount of airbrush medium never varies -- it's always just a few drops per spray bottle.  I clean the spray nozzles after each use.  But if they clog between uses, anyway, then I use rubbing alcohol to clear them.

Because the dark bronze metallic cardstock is just that -- very dark -- I sometimes line the insides of the cards with lightweight papers, cut to fit.  

What the inside of my cards looks like, after the light paper is added.

At times, I skip that step and, instead, use white markers or pens to fill out the inside of these greeting cards.

Today's last Christmas card was made with my 4"x 4" Fern Fronds Silhouette Mini Stencil:

I made this final card by spreading heavy-body metallic silver acrylic paint across the stencil, on a substrate of dark blue paper.  Once the paint dried, I cut out the image with decorative Friskar scissors.  After gluing this to a white greeting card blank with an extra-strong gluestick, I outlined it with glitter glue.  I also used glitter on the red center of the candle's flame.  

Thanks for stopping by today!  To scroll thru the pages of my stencils and masks at, please start here.

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