Friday, September 09, 2016

{Mixed Media Tutorial} Heat Embossed Stencil Background by Sanna

Hello everyone, Sanna here today with a fun and easy to do stencil background idea I used on this tag:

Here are the steps followed by a start-to-finish video:
  • Download and print the ColorBloomsSampler file on thick cardstock (see this post for the download file).
  • Color the blooms of the printed file with Distress Crayons and water.
  • Take the ARTplorations Big Bloom Factory (L) stencil, place it on a kraft sheet and start applying VersaMark ink onto it. 
  • Then place a white tag over the inked area and use a brayer to press the ink onto the tag.
  • Remove the stencil and apply white embossing powder on top. Dab off the residue and heat set the powder with a heat gun.
  • Next press Distress Ink (squeezed lemon, shabby shutters, wild honey) onto a kraft sheet, add water spray on top and using a paint brush apply the ink onto the tag surface. Let air dry or use a heat gun to dry.
  • Now fussy cut the colored blossoms from the digital sheet and adhere onto the tag overlappingly. 
  • Take a piece of old book paper and stamp a sentiment with the STAMPlorations Fond Expressions stamp set and black ink onto the book page. Fussy cut along the edges and adhere to the tag. 
  • Decorate the blossoms with white gel pen, dab black texture spray splatters here and there for additional interest and choose ribbon in matching colors and attach with a piece of yarn to the tag. 
  • Add faux stitching along the edges with a black pen. 
  • Add a butterfly for decoration.

This is how the finished tag looks like:

I hope you enjoyed this little stencil idea. You could also use different embossing powder colors for a different look (imagine a black tag background with golden embossing powder - that might look really interesting too!!).

Have fun creating and see you soon,


ARTplorations Big Bloom Factory (L) stencil
STAMPlorations Fond Expressions Clear Stamp Set


  1. Such clever ideas and techniques. Thank you so much for the amazing inspiration on your fabulous card, love it!

  2. Gorgeous tag, Sanna, and super video tutorial.

  3. Great idea! Another way to use stencils. Thank you!

  4. OMG Wow!!! Love your gorgeous mixed media tag Sanna. I watched your fun and helpful video and printed your step by step instructions. I definitely want to try. TFS Hugs, nancy

    1. Thank you Nancy, sooo glad you liked the idea so much!!! thanks for your lovely comment - it made my day :)

  5. Oh my what a gorgeous tag! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

  6. Amazing looking tag. Love the multi-layered ribbons you added and the little butterfly adds a subtle POP!!

  7. thank you very much for everyone for their lovely comments! made me very happy to read them :)


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