Hope: Stenciled Background


Hi readers! Happy Saturday to you! Today I’m glad to be back with guest designer Mona Pendleton (who is also on our Monday Challenge Design team). She’s showing us a couple cool tips & tricks on how to really get the most out of stencils!



Steps to create beautiful textured background.

Step 1: Create a background using a combination of Distress Stains.


Step 2: Apply Gesso using a palette knife.


Step 3: Apply texture to background using Texture Paste and a stencil.


Step 4: Repeat Step 3, using a variety of stencils.


Step 5: Randomly apply Distress Paint using a mini ink blending foam.


Step 6: Randomly apply Distress Stain using your finger tip.



Thanks for reading today and thanks to Mona for being our awesome guest!

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  1. Oh how I love this tag! Mona is always an inspiration to me & I love her clear instructions making it possible for someone like me to Case this–thank you!

  2. This tag is gorgeous. Love the colors and textures. Adding the Brass Distress Ink is a genius idea. Thanks for sharing!

  3. LOOOOOVE this tag! I just worked on a card this weekend, adding gesso & modeling paste! (My first time using “modeling paste!”) WHAT FUN!!!! GORGEOUS TAG!!!!!!!!!!!:D

  4. This is gorgeous. But what is the difference between distress stain and paint? When to use which? Why is the gesso necessary?

  5. Wow! I have a few of Tim’s layering stencils, but I can see I’ll need to get more. What a fabulous result!

  6. I never thought of using more than one stencil and paste overlapping on a single project. Definitely gonna try it now!

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