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 the 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. Watch video tutorial for the how-to #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.

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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.

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

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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.

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This handmade card uses Nuvo Drops to create flower centers. Want to see 4 other ways you can use Nuvo Drops from Tonic Studios in card making? Check out this article – 5 Ways to Use Nuvo Drops.

I blended the 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.

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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.

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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! (NOW CLOSED)

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

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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
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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
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Tonic Metal Palette Knife
Tonic Metal Palette Knife
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Tonic Oyster Gray Nuvo Crystal Drops
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Tonic Red Berry Gloss Nuvo Crystal Drops
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ScraPerfect Crafting Pouch
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Tonic Studios 8.5 Inch Paper Trimmer
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Scor-tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
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365 Comments

      1. i love how you used the stencil in so many ways, and i esp liked that you showed us things that didnt work as well, sometimes i think it is only me that ruins a project, but reassured me that it can happen to us all, love all of the cards and that blue!

    1. I have a friend who collects the blue and white folk pottery… I must do a card like this for her… love it!

    1. Blue is my favorite color so I love this set of beautiful cards! My favorite is the last one. TFS and Thanks for the chance!

    1. Love love love these cards (and the stencil!), especially the last card, but also love the blending+embossing – so pretty! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. The folk art stencil is beautiful. Thank you for sharing I love the texture paste with this stencil.

    1. Love the blue and white theme. Lots of artists have been using this stencil and making creative cards. This one is different.

    1. Thanks for showing the different ideas, even what didn’t work for you. Appreciate that.

    1. LOVE the fact that you show the success and failure’s of cardmaking..so makes my heart sign that I as a novice can fail and succeed in the same way a professional does..thank you for what you do and keeping it real !!

    1. Thanks for sharing your experiments. You achieved some lovely results and I want to try them with that stencil.

    1. I love it when you show multiple ways to use one product. Getting the most out of these stamps, stencils and dies is important because they are not inexpensive! And each look is so different! Lovely!

    1. Thanks for sharing all they ways you thought about using this amazing stencil (those that worked and those that didn’t come out quite the way you thought they would!). MUST try the paste on dark paper. The look is just so striking.

    1. I love that you showed 4 ways of using the new Folk stencil. Cute cards!

    1. I love the Scandinavian feel you gave to these cards – the blue delft is just inspired! I am really loving that style – will definitely have to get this stencil for sure!

    1. What a great teaching video … the good and bad results! I so enjoyed it and your gorgeous blue design. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Gorgeous cards! I love all the techniques you shared for this beautiful stencil….I did not realize how much you could do with one.

    1. I love how the blue on white card turned out with the dry embossing around the inked background. Just so unique and pretty.

    1. Hi Yana,
      I love the dry embossing and the texture paste. Can’t wait to try these techniques myself. Thank you for the beautiful inspiration.
      Take care
      Tracy

    1. I’ve used these techniques before but not for a while…must do them again! I absolutely love the blue ink color!

    1. I have my eye on the sentiments set. I love what you did with them. thank you for sharing them.

    1. Thanks for the video – I really enjoyed seeing all the different ways you used this stencil!

    1. I was intrigued by the 3 different ways that you used the stencil. I am eager to try those techniques as well

    1. Thanks for sharing so many different ways to use the stencil and the challenges you had.

    1. Gorgeous cards! I love the cohesiveness of the set! Just simply beautiful!

    1. Your cards are beautiful,Yana” I especially like the one where you masked off part of the Folk Dance stencil and then created a border. I appreciate that you shared what didn’t work as well. It is a helpful reminder to learn and move on to the next idea.

    1. I really love how well the texture paste makes the background stand out without being too busy, and the floral details added in with the liquid pearls are meant to be 🙂

    1. So incredibly pretty. Your video was awesome. Thanks for sharing in your video about things that didn’t work for you as well.

    1. Delightful! I love this stencil, and I completely agree about its Scandinavian feel. You got that Swedish blue just right, as well as the red and yellow accent colors to really emphasize that feel. Just lovely cards all around. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. I love seeing multiple takes on a product like this, including the ones that didn’t work out!!!

    1. I didn’t know you could use stencils to dry emboss, thank you for sharing that technique. Excited to try texture paste too.

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