Using one stencil

Today I’m sharing an art journal page for this month’s Use a stencil (or two) challenge over at Country View Challenges.

I created this page using the same stencil a few different ways; firstly by applying crackle paste and then some Distress Ink through the stencil and also by using the stencil like a stamp by covering it with ink and pressing it onto my page. 

I started by applying Ranger Crackle Paste through an Interlocking Circles stencil from Creative Expressions and left it to dry. Then I added some Bundled Sage Distress Ink and a mixture of Pickled Raspberry Distress Ink and White Linen Dylusions Ink Spray; spritzing with water to disperse the inks over the page. When dry, I splattered the page with the inks too.

Next I applied some Forest Moss Distress Ink using a paintbrush so it spread inbetween the cracks highlighting the crackle effect more. I used the stencil for the second time to apply some Bundled Sage Distress Ink using a blending tool. Then I pressed the Forest Moss Distress Ink pad onto the stencil, spritzed it with water and pressed the stencil onto the page, like you would a stamp; I also used a brayer over the inked stencil so it was firmly pressed against the paper transferring the stencil pattern.

I used some Tim Holtz products to finish the page; the pretty rose flowers were from a new Worn Wallpaper Scraps set and the “lovely” wording was created using a Shadow Words Thinlits set and some pink Classic Kraft cardstock.

I hope you are inspired to join our Use a stencil (or two) challenge over at Country View Challenges too, if you do, you’ll have a chance to win a £20 voucher to use on the Country View Crafts (grin!).

I created this page to capture these beautiful Wild Prickly Roses (Rosa Acicularis) which we saw in the hedgerows on one of our walks recently (grin!).

There was an abundance of flowers and the fragrance was divine; I’ve since found out that they are very hardy and attract lots of wildlife, both in summer with their flowering blooms and in winter when the flowers turn into rosehips.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:


As well as Country View Challenges, I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today:

Art Journal Journey which is being hosted this month by the lovely Alison from Words & Pictures; she has chosen Summer Countryside as her theme so I’m joining with my wild prickly rose page.

Paperbabe Stamps and their Challenge #147 – Anything Goes with my art journal page.

LTSCB #147 – Anything Goes over at Love to Scrap Challenge Blog with my summer rose page.

25 thoughts on “Using one stencil

  1. A gorgeous stencil and textured background for those pretty flowers. Jo.
    Thank you for linking this beautiful page to Alison’s theme at Art Journal Journey.
    Stay safe.
    Yvonne xx

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  2. Wow Jo. You created a really beautiful and romantic piece. The texture is amazing. It certainly feels like summer countryside. Hope you have a wonderful rest of your week, and big thanks for sharing with Alison’s challenge at AJJ. Hugs-Erika

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  3. I’m so impressed to see you used the stencil in two ways. Nice to know they can be used differently for double your money, so to speak. The overall effect is beautiful, just like those wild roses you saw on your walk. The roses add the extra beauty of this piece and it is a wonderful addition to Alison’s theme at Art Journal Journey, too.

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  4. What an absolutely fabulous background you have made using that stencil two different ways. I don’t think I could achieve anything so beautiful myself. The crackle has nestled in the hollows of the circles and it looks like lace. Lace and the pink flowers – stunningly beautiful.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  5. Jo this really is lovely.. the wild roses are every where this time of year, they pop up in the most random areas along my walks with Freya. That crackle is just amazing sigh, the stencil holds it all in place beautifully. Glad I caught this before I head out, busy busy day for me today.
    Bring on the weekend. Hugs Tracey xx
    P.S Thanks for sharing @ PBS x

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  6. That’s so pretty, Jo – the wild roses look perfect spreading across the crackled texture – lovely soft colours too. Thanks so much for joining us in the Summer Countryside at Art Journal Journey.
    Alison x

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  7. I just love everything about this page, Jo! Starting with that crackling and monoprint on that stunning background to the delicate colors (one of my favorite combos) and the wild rose die cuts. Our front yard used to be loaded with these fragrant rose bushes when we first moved here, but the bugs got in them and decimated them. Still remember their wonderful fragrance! Have a great week!

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  8. wow! So beautiful. I love how you used the stencil two different ways. Truly beautiful. Thanks for joining the challenge at the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog. Dorlene DT LTSCB

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