Thanks a Leaf

In addition to online challenges,  my amazing Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Jan V, issues challenges for our card club each month. One of the challenges was to try a new technique that we’ve never used before. Exciting!

I have not done very much with sponging; I’ve only done a sky background once or twice on a card at club. I’ve NEVER used a stencil before.

I heard that you could make your own stencils out of vellum and framelit dies, so I decided to give that a try.


This was my process:

  1. Cut a sheet of vellum into quarters.
  2. Use Leaflets Framelit Dies to cut leaf shapes in the middle. This is now my stencil.
  3. Position the stencil over a white card, in the orientation that I wanted.
  4. Use Washi tape on one edge to hold both the white card and the stencil in place. This prevents slips and lets you lift up the stencil to check your progress. The washi tape does not damage the paper.
  5. Use a piece of sponge to dab on the lightest color first, then the next lightest, then the darkest. The colors will mix, so choose colors that are analogous (near each other on the color wheel) to avoid getting muddy browns when colors are mixed.

For a two-tone greeting:

  1. Ink the greeting in the lighter color first.
  2. Hold the greeting at a slight angle and touch gently to the darker color ink pad. Only the top or bottom of the saying should contact the pad.
  3. CHECK your stamp before stamping! There may have been a little added ink around the edge of the stamp. Clean this off before stamping on your lovely card!




If you plan on using the same stencil for more than one image, wait for the ink on the stencil to dry before stamping the second one! Ink takes longer to dry on vellum than on paper. If you try it when the ink is still wet, you could get dark ink on your light colored sponge and ink pad or on your card.

I liked this technique quite a lot. It was much easier than I expected and the results are stunning.  The edges are so crisp and clean. I would definitely recommend trying this!

Color Combo 24

(That’s right, no orange! Daffodil Delight and Watermelon Wonder made a lovely mix!)

Materials Used:

Cardstock: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder, Blackberry Bliss (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Leaflets Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Sponge pieces, Vellum