Sunday 8 December 2019

Stencil Sunday

Good morning and welcome to another Stencil Sunday at Uniko.
It's Julie here this month to share three cards using one layout but three different stencils and colourways.

Last year ,as part of the Christmas release, I made this card using unconvential colours and the Let it Snow Stencil, so I thought I would use the same layout and see what happens when you change up the colours and/or the stencil used. Here are my three takes using the same layout.

This card uses the In the Forest stencil and a trio of green inks from Altenew's Tropical Forest set.

Initially, I was going to use a gold die cut JOY but I preferred the green glitter card with a red background. The touch of red fun foam peeking from behind the green glitter card links it to the colour of the background panel and makes the green pop against the stencilled panel. This is a case of colours opposite on the colour wheel being used to make each of the colours stand out, the green looks greener and the red reder. The same would be true of Yellow/Purple and Orange/Blue combos.
The stencilled panel was made by simply attaching a panel of white card under the stencil then adding each green randomly until all the trees were inked, not worrying too much where each colour went. I think the effect is more interesting than using just the one solid colour. 
The die cut JOY was purchased from The Works but the stamped sentiment panel uses a retired Uniko set. Sequins from the stash complete.

This next card uses the new Winter Foliage stencil .

This time I used small make up brushes to add ink to each separate image. I picked them up at Lidl, as well as some larger ones, just like the Picket Fence blender brushes you can get, but a lot cheaper and there was a great range of sizes. You can really get into those small areas without getting ink into the wrong place. My background card was chosen to match the holly leaves and to keep with tradition, went with a red glittery JOY, minus snowflake, which like the previous card I fussy cut away before adding the fun foam. A few red Stickle berries complete this time.

My third card is virtually the same card using the Let it Snow stencil, as last year, but this time in shades of blue.

I think it's good practice to try to match inking to base cards and trim, if you are using them, it creates a more cohesive design. This time I used DIs in a mixture of Chipped Saphire, Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean. I didn't pop up the die cut on foam this time and also kept the snowflake, sequins from the stash complete.

So I hope I've managed to illustrate that simply by changing the colours used, the stencil or both, you can stretch your Uniko supplies and have some fun along the way!

Happy Christmas crafting!


  1. I love these Julie, such a great design and fabulous stenciling...and tips about the brushes too!

  2. Your cards are absolutely gorgeous! Love the stencils and the Joy die...oh my stars! Perfect pairings!


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