Hi readers! We’re excited to have Lisa Spangler back as our guest designer today!
Now let’s dive right in and get creative!!

Hello hello! I am so happy to be joining you today because it gave me a chance to play with the BasicGrey Leaf and Flourish stencil and share two fun techniques. As soon as I spotted it the first thing that popped into my mind was that it looked like my trusty red bandana! I love to wear it to protect my neck from the blazing Texas sun. Plus who doesn’t love a red bandana? :)

So let’s get started!

First I grabbed the stencil and placed it on a piece of scratch paper, then inked it up with Tim Holtz Festive Berries ink. You want to do this on scratch paper and not on a craft sheet like you might think, otherwise the ink will get in between the cut out parts.
Next I slid it off onto a craft sheet. Tip: by sliding the stencil off the paper you don’t get red fingers. Ha! Then I gave it a good mist with water. I trimmed a piece of paper to 4.25×5.5 inches and placed the paper over top, then pressed on it all over with my fingers. If you like, you can place a piece of scratch paper over top so you don’t get inky.
After it was dry I used the stencil as an embossing folder. This is super easy to do, and a great way to get more from your stencils! Just place a piece of felt down on your last plate, then put the paper on top, and line up the stencil over top of that followed by the top plate and run it through the machine. It doesn’t give as deep of an emboss as a true embossing folder but it’s still pretty nice!
To finish off the card, rounded the corners on the bandana piece, then cut two strips of patterned paper and sewed them on.
Next I heat embossed the hello message on a strip of navy paper. I think this really makes it pop!
I added some Sea Mixed Accents here and there and then popped the whole piece on the card front with foam dots for extra dimension.
And that was that! Thanks so much for joining me, and hope you have a great day! xo


Additional stencils that would work great for this technique:

Thanks for reading today and thanks to Lisa for being our guest!

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  1. I LOVE your background !!! Thank you for the tip on embossing with the stencil using felt, I can’t wait to try it! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Wow. This is a beautiful stencil and what a great card. Thanks for sharing the tip on using the stencil as an embossing folder!

  3. Very cute card! I love the idea of using the stencil as an embossed. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. I was just playing with the very same stencil last night! It’s such a pretty one and I love how you created your background with it, Lisa! Gorgeous card!

  5. Wow, Lisa – you love it when we get messy! Great idea for this stencil, tho. And, I love, love, love the summer picnic look of this card with the navy. A great card, lesson, and (of course) designer. Thanks!

  6. Love this card because of the color, the design…well, just everything. The stencil made the perfect background and I didn’t get the bandana connection ’til you mentioned it. It looks like a good stencil to add to the collection! :)

  7. Brilliant idea and way to void your warranty! Ha. Love your western flair card. Turned out delicious!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  8. I would have never thought of using my stencils like this on my own – I love this, thank you for the great inspiration!!!

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