24 October 2020

AECP 1 - Celebration Stencil Techniques

Hello crafty peeps, I hope you're having a safe and happy weekend. I apologise for not being here earlier, but sometimes life gets in the way of crafty pursuits, doesn't it, and family has to come first. Thank you for your patience.

So  on with today's post, which is my next submission for my level 1 AECP journey. This 4-lesson class, Celebration Stencil Techniques, is a great introduction to getting more from your stencils. I love stencils and this class encourages experimenting with them to achieve different results.

Card One - AECP submission
I loved the idea of creating my own stencils using die cutting. I created two simple stencils from thin kraft card, using the Spellbinders Modern Stationery die set (which I think is now discontinued, unfortunately).

I used a variety of Altenew inks (as pictured) to ink through the stencils, which I moved around the page to produce a pleasing pattern. Then I used the Altenew Pile of Presents Mask Stencil and a black fineliner pen to draw squares, rectangles and dots to add a further later of interest.  

The sentiment comes from Altenew's Birthday Bash stamp set, which I stamped behind a window cut from the patterned piece with the Spellbinders die set mentioned above.

A handmade coordinating envelope completed this card.

And there's more...
After I had completed this project I was all set to move on and away from stencils. However, Altenew then released some new stencils, two of which quickly made their way into my stash, resulting in the next two cards. Neither of these were produced using any special techniques, but I couldn't resist showcasing them in this post also.

I love this stencil, and I love this colour combination. This is the Modern Circles stencil, inked with Distress Inks in Fossilized Amber and Seedless Preserves. I used the Weekend Doodles stamp set and Altenew Grape Agate ink to stamp a simple spray and some additional leaves, which I cut out with the coordinating dies. I cut an additional spray and leaf cluster from gold card and layered the stamped image over the top, slightly offsetting the two layers so that a touch of gold can be seen around the edges of the sprays. 

The sentiment is from the Weekend Doodles stamp set, inked with Grape Agate ink and cut with a generic small circle die. A few Nuvo Jewel Drops in Limoncello tied the elements together.

I used my EK Success mini scoring board to score lines across the flap of a handmade coordinating envelope, as a finishing flourish.

And finally...
The Mighty Corners stencil was my other must-have and I thought it looked very Christmassy when inked with Crushed Olive and Candied Apple Distress Inks.

So I used the Holiday Bow stamp set and its coordinating dies to produce a beautiful red poinsettia, two sprays of mistletoe and two lots of berry branches (ink list below). As before, I cut a further mistletoe spray and berry branch from gold card to offset behind one of each spray. I also cut another poinsettia in gold, on which I centred the stamped flower.

Some Limoncello Nuvo Jewel Drops and Ranger Cranberry Stickles enhanced the berries, and a sentiment from the Peace in Earth stamp set finished the card.

I scored diagonal lines on the flap of another handmade envelope and popped the card into my Christmas 2020 stash!

Altenew inks used:
Poinsettia:  Crimson, Ruby Red and Honey Drizzle
Mistletoe:  Olive and Buttercream
Berry branch:  Dark Chocolate and Heart Beat

Thank you for taking the time to read - do leave a comment to let me know you were here.

Until next time, stay safe and keep crafting.

Peri x


  1. Your stencils on the first card are really effective Peri - makes a lovely change to have a fresh, modern card that men and women alike would love to receive. I think you've really cracked it with your home made stencil. I love the other two cards as well mind you - gorgeous colour combination on card two and a new take on Christmas on card three. Keep 'em coming; can't wait to see what's next!

    1. Thank you for your encouraging comments, Niki - very much appreciated x

  2. Love the geometric design. Very crafty to make your own stencil.

  3. All your cards are fantabulous! You did an amazing job! Well done!
    Thank you for submitting your wonderful work to the AECP assignment gallery.

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