Simon Says Stamp | One Stencil - Four Ways. Folk Dance Stencil. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #stenciling #inkblending #handmadecard #handmadeisbetter #ilovetomakecards #simonsaysstamp #simonsayslove

Simon Says Stamp | One Stencil – Four Ways. Video + Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there! Thank you for stopping by to help celebrate new release from Simon Says Stamp – all about Love! I’ve already shared one card & video tutorial on my blog yesterday – check it out for more inspiration and have 4 more projects to share today!

Simon Says Stamp | One Stencil - Four Ways. Folk Dance Stencil. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #stenciling #inkblending #handmadecard #handmadeisbetter #ilovetomakecards #simonsaysstamp #simonsayslove

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VIDEO TUTORIAL

As always, I filmed a video tutorial showing how to create this project from start to finish. I’m hoping you’ll enjoy it. Watch it below or on my Youtube channel.

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CARD DETAILS – INK BLENDING + DRY EMBOSSING

I love working with stencils as there’s just a ton of things that they can be used for. One of the ways to use it, the most common way, is to apply ink through the stencil to create a beautiful background. I used Simon’s Deep Sea ink, it’s a nice deep blue, and blended color through the Folk Dance stencil onto my paper to create a bold background.

Simon Says Stamp | One Stencil - Four Ways. Folk Dance Stencil. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #stenciling #inkblending #handmadecard #handmadeisbetter #ilovetomakecards #simonsaysstamp #simonsayslove

This particular design looked very Scandinavian to me, and I associate blue with this style so I knew I wanted to use a lot of blue, mainly blue color for my cards today. I blended this ink rather heavily onto the paper and I just went with one solid color. If you have smaller ink blending tools, like little daubers, you can do selective ink blending and blend the flowers in red and yellow and keep the leaves blue.

Simon Says Stamp | One Stencil - Four Ways. Folk Dance Stencil. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #stenciling #inkblending #handmadecard #handmadeisbetter #ilovetomakecards #simonsaysstamp #simonsayslove

You can also dry emboss with the stencil – its like en embossing folder, it can emboss your paper but the impression is not going to be as deep. I used my Platinum die cutting machine from Spellbinders to dry emboss my ink blended background as well as just a piece of white cardstock with the help of the stencil.

Simon Says Stamp | One Stencil - Four Ways. Folk Dance Stencil. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #stenciling #inkblending #handmadecard #handmadeisbetter #ilovetomakecards #simonsaysstamp #simonsayslove

I just love this look of white on white – there’s just nothing quite like it. You can also try it on colored cardstock, but white is a winner in my book.

Simon Says Stamp | One Stencil - Four Ways. Folk Dance Stencil. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #stenciling #inkblending #handmadecard #handmadeisbetter #ilovetomakecards #simonsaysstamp #simonsayslove

CARD DETAILS – TEXTURE PASTE

Another thing I like to use my stencils with is texture paste. I used texture paste from Ranger and applied a very heavy layer of my paste onto Soft Navy cardstock from Simon Says Stamp – still going for that white and blue look.

Simon Says Stamp | One Stencil - Four Ways. Folk Dance Stencil. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #stenciling #inkblending #handmadecard #handmadeisbetter #ilovetomakecards #simonsaysstamp #simonsayslove

I loved the result, I got dimension, I got texture – I basically got everything I wanted from this background with this paste.

Simon Says Stamp | One Stencil - Four Ways. Folk Dance Stencil. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #stenciling #inkblending #handmadecard #handmadeisbetter #ilovetomakecards #simonsaysstamp #simonsayslove

CARD DETAILS – ALTERING THE STENCIL WITH MASKING

One last thing I wanted to share is using just parts of a stencil. I masked some areas of my stencil so that I could change up the look. This stencil has a pattern to it – there are repeating elements on it, and I wanted to break it up apart without actually physically breaking the stencil; I wanted to use these elements separately to create a different arrangement on my background. I still used the same elements, I simply changed how they were arranged on my background.

Simon Says Stamp | One Stencil - Four Ways. Folk Dance Stencil. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #stenciling #inkblending #handmadecard #handmadeisbetter #ilovetomakecards #simonsaysstamp #simonsayslove

I blended same Soft Navy ink and formed a floral frame keeping the central part of my panel white. I think I had the most fun creating this background – as it gave me a completely different look to my card.

Simon Says Stamp | One Stencil - Four Ways. Folk Dance Stencil. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #stenciling #inkblending #handmadecard #handmadeisbetter #ilovetomakecards #simonsaysstamp #simonsayslove

I also added a bit of color this background by using my Nuvo drops in yellow, red and gray. I used gray for the filler dots – so any blue dots that weren’t flower centers I coated a lot of those in gray and than used yellow as the flower center for large flowers and red for the small flowers. And I loved how I was able to easily add color to this background. And this also helped me to cover up some of the imperfect blending spots that I had on my card.

Simon Says Stamp | One Stencil - Four Ways. Folk Dance Stencil. Handmade cards by Yana Smakula #cardmaking #stenciling #inkblending #handmadecard #handmadeisbetter #ilovetomakecards #simonsaysstamp #simonsayslove

The sentiments for all 4 of my projects came from an older stamp set from Simon – I heat embossed them in white embossing powder onto blue cardstock, trimmed into strips and foam mounted onto the cards.

GIVEAWAY!

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the hop from blog comment section. So leave a comment below for your chance to win! Winners will be announced on Simon’s blog on Wednesday.

HOP ALONG WITH US!

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SUPPLIES

I’m listing the products I used below. Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support

Simon Says Stencils Folk Dance
Simon Says Stencils Folk Dance
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Simon Says Clear Stamps Kind Flowers
Simon Says Clear Stamps Kind Flowers
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Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine
Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine
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Hero Arts White Embossing Powder PW110
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder PW110
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Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun PW200
Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun PW200
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Neenah 110 Lb Solar White Cardstock
Neenah 110 Lb Solar White Cardstock
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Simon Says Stam Deep Sea Dye Ink Pad
Simon Says Stam Deep Sea Dye Ink Pad
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Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad
Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad
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Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy Cardstock
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Simon Says Stamp White Pigment Ink Pad
Simon Says Stamp White Pigment Ink Pad
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Spellbinders Magnetic Handy Mat
Spellbinders Magnetic Handy Mat
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Ranger Mini Round Foam Refils
Ranger Mini Round Foam Refils
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Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tools
Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tools
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Tsukineko 6 Sponge Daubers Tools
Tsukineko 6 Sponge Daubers Tools
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Ranger Texture Paste
Ranger Texture Paste
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Tonic Metal Palette Knife
Tonic Metal Palette Knife
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Tonic Oyster Gray Nuvo Crystal Drops
Tonic Oyster Gray Nuvo Crystal Drops
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Tonic English Mustard Nuvo Crystal Drops
Tonic English Mustard Nuvo Crystal Drops
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Tonic Red Berry Gloss Nuvo Crystal Drops
Tonic Red Berry Gloss Nuvo Crystal Drops
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ScraPerfect Crafting Pouch
ScraPerfect Crafting Pouch
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Tonic Studios 8.5 Inch Paper Trimmer
Tonic Studios 8.5 Inch Paper Trimmer
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Scor-tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
Scor-tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
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White Fun Foam 12 Pack 9 x 12
White Fun Foam 12 Pack 9 x 12
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Scrapbook Adhesives White Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives White Foam Squares
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365 Comments

    1. Thanks for all of the inspiration on how to use this stencil! I just purchased it and can’t wait to try out your ideas!

    1. I love all the different techniques you can do with a stencil. The cards are beautiful!

    1. I loved each and everyone of them,, thank you so much for sharing,, I didnt know we could emboss stencil ,, n the masking card looks all so prettey 🙂 cheers 🙂

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