Sunday, September 29, 2019

{Stencil Sunday} Ghosting and Alcohol Ink Lift Techniques with Harriet

Happy Sunday, STAMPlorations friends! We have another helping of Stencil Sunday goodness! September's been a pretty quiet month here post-wise, but we can't let the month pass without sharing projects that show off how to creatively use ARTplorations stencils. And each month, we'll pick one winner of a $15 gift code -- the winner will be drawn from all comments left on the Stencil Sunday posts for the month, as well as from the designers' blogs.

STAMPgirl Harriet used a couple of fun techniques to create 4 gorgeous cards.



Here's Harriet with her projects:

I used several different techniques to show how versatile stencils are. For my first two cards I used the ghosting technique:

After blending the card stock panel with distress inks, I laid the Dots All Over stencil on top of the panel and misted the entire panel with water. I used a paper towel to soak up the excess water, then lifted off the stencil. The water wicks away the color to leave a "ghost" image. Once the panel was dry I stamped the Better Than Autumn image and sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink.


I used the ghosting technique again to create the oval background for this next card. Before I adhered the oval to the card base I sponged the line of birds from the Some Birds stencil with Black Soot distress ink. I die cut the Perched Bird from black cardstock and adhered it to the oval panel.


I used one of my favorite ARTplorations stencils for my next card - Leaf Prints:

I went through my stash of alcohol inked backgrounds and thought this color combination was perfect for a fall leaves theme. After taping the stencil in place with painters tape I used my alcohol ink blending tool with some Ranger Alcohol Lift ink and rubbed it all over the stencil. This ink really lifts the alcohol ink off of the panel. I love how this came out!


For this last card I only used part of the Holly Background stencil for a very CAS design:

I traced the leaves and berries with a Tuxedo Black Memento marker and colored them in with Copic markers. I used red Stickles on the berries and a clear Wink of Stella brush marker on the leaves.
The sentiment "Christmas Blessings" is from the Holiday Hexagons stamp set (retired).


Aren't those stunning cards? For a chance to win a $15 gift code to the STAMPlorations store, leave a comment here and on Harriet's blog by October 8. We'll announce the winner in the September winners post on October 10.

Did you enjoy today's featured post? Stencil Sunday will be back again in October with projects from STAMPgirl Carol so be sure to check back here then :o)


  1. I love those stencil ideas. That big black bird against that background looks awesome to me. It has a Halloween feel to it for sure.

  2. I love the warm colors you used for the backgrounds in the first two! Love the leaf stencil too!

  3. Wonderful cards - like Harriet card a lot! Each are beautiful however!

  4. You did a fantastic job on all three cards using stencils...great technique and thanks for sharing them how they were done...I like all of them but the leaf one is pretty awesome...well done Harriet.

  5. Beautiful cards and great techniques. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Beautiful cards... Thank you for the inspiration.

  7. I am really starting to see the beauty of stencils, mostly due to these inspiration posts!!