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Sunday, November 17, 2019

{Stencil Sunday} Awesome Stenciled Backgrounds by MariLynn

Happy Sunday, STAMPlorations friends! We are back with a new helping of Stencil Sunday goodness! You'll get to see 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 MariLynn used our stencils to create backgrounds for her projects today.


I did a mixed media tutorial last Friday. Check it out to see how I layered stencils to make the prints I used to make these Artist Trading Coins.

I used the following ARTplorations Stencils: Fairy Tale ForestEthnic Organic OnePeacock FeathersBubble Dance

I cut my prints into circles the size for Artist Trading Coins which is 2.5 inches in diameter. Do you see what I see?

I saw little fish. I used a gel pen to start making eyes on the fish. 

I added black to the eyes.

I used the white gel pen to add some highlights to the bubbles, I also went over some of the orange lines to show movement of the fish. I took a red and and yellow colored pencil and drew in scales on the fish. 

I got some new toys this week. I got a Nuvo aqua shimmer brush. I brushed over the bubbles. Very sparkly but I wanted a little bit more. 

I went over the bubbles with Nuvo crystal glaze. 

Cool thing about putting the glaze over the shimmer is the bubbles are so sparkly and have dimension. Hard part is waiting for the drops to dry. 

I still wanted more sparkle, so I added orange glitter to the tops of the fish. 

It was hard to capture the gloss and shimmer of the bubbles and the sparkle of the glitter. 

For the backs of the coins I stamped "Sparkle" and "Shine" from the Art Marks stamp set.


Another project I have to share with you used the same stencils (minus Bubble Dance) just different colors for the layering. I added the Nuvo crystal glaze to make dimensional dots where the Fairy Tale Forest stencil showed through the layers. I also used the Nuvo aqua shimmer where the Peacock Feathers stencil also showed.

I left the sentiment off and will put it on the inside. I wanted to leave all of this layered print showing. 


Last project I want to share shows another layered background with same stencils as with the fish Artist Trading Coins. I added 2 little birds to the card from the Trendy Birds set.

I stamped the birds on scrap piece of gel printed cardstock. I fussy cut them out. I put them on pop out mechanisms and I added two colors of glitter, lavender and teal.


Great projects, aren't they?For a chance to win a $15 gift code to the STAMPlorations store, leave a comment here by December 8. We'll announce the winner in the November winners post on December 10.

Did you enjoy today's featured post? Next week, Helen will be back with fresh projects featuring ARTplorations stencils so do check it out then.


  1. Love the look of the layered designs and the added textures! The fish ATC is very fun!

  2. These are wonderful. I love the shine too. And wonderful colors and designs.

    1. Thank you Verna. The shine and shimmer were so hard to photograph but in real life are so pretty. Blessings.

  3. You've achieved so much texture on these ATCs, the mix of colours is fantastic!

  4. Very pretty as well as fun projects! If I see a birdie, I'm hooked. ;-)

    1. Thank you Becca. I love all the little birdies too. Blessings.

  5. Wow these print are awesome and the underwater scene with those fishes is fantastic...well done and love the nuvo products that you used....tfs

  6. The glazed bubbles are just stunning. Thanks for sharing the idea.

  7. I love the glazed bubbles and the different colors! What a cool idea!

  8. Stunning work Marilynn - always like to see how you get messy and creative with your art - I keep saying I need to get messy too! Super art here! TFS

  9. These prints are awesome. Love the one that looks like fish.

  10. What great stencil designs...such creative images! tfs

  11. Love how you used the
    gel prints. The fish
    are cute!
    Carla from Utah

  12. Loving those gorgeous fish MariLynn, and all the shimmer and shine you have added to these fabulous projects

  13. Looks like you had lots of fun playing with the stencils and other mediums you were using. Makes me want to pull out my supplies and play too!! Great projects, thanks for the inspiration :)

  14. Very cool!! That first stencil (on the coins) definitely looks like fish! The gel pen accents on the bubbles make them look so dimensional! Fabulous job!

  15. What fun, so inspirational and so very creative x.

  16. These are gorgeous! It's nice to see all the photos and steps of how these evolved! Beautiful work!

  17. Beautiful samples. Loads of inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing your art!
    Cath x

  18. I really like your color combinations. Thank you for sharing your art.

  19. WOW
    LOVE the colours and inky layers!
    Thank you for sharing and inspiring :)

  20. Wonderful creations and I love the colours.


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