Prize Ribbon

Hi readers! Happy Thursday!  We’re getting into the celebrating summer season! To help us kick that off, let’s welcome back guest designer Paula Cheney with a fun card idea to give someone special!



With graduation season upon us, I already know I need to make a few cards to send out. What better way than a simple idea that looks much more complicated than it is. Especially since depending on the colors of Distress Ink used, could be sent to a male or female! Just follow along and I will show you how I did it.


step 1: cut a piece of Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper (4.5 x 6”)

step 2: Pounce each color from the Mini Distress Ink Pads – Set #1 onto Layering Stencil – Cargo, making sure you cover the entire stencil pattern. The Mini’s are the perfects size ink pad to get Distress Ink in small places. This technique is no exception! More color means a better result.
HINT: when using a stencil with numbers, letters or words, remember to ink the backside of the stencil so letters will appear correct when the ink is pressed onto the paper.

step 3: Use a Mister Bottle to add a generous amount of water over the Layering Stencil. You should see all the colors of the Mini Distress Ink Pads come to life!

step 4: Flip the stencil over onto the Specialty Stamping Paper and rub with the paper towel. You will notice that the Distress Ink stays under the stencil.


step 5: Slowly peel back the stencil to reveal the monoprint. Dry with a Heat it tool. Blot off any excess ink with a paper towel.
step 6: Cut monoprint paper using the Sizzix Alterations Big Ticket die.

step 7: Stamp ticket with prize ribbon image from the High Society Blueprints stamp set and add to a card foundation made from Core’dinations Cardstock.

step 8: Use Mini Distress Ink Peacock Feathers and Mister Bottle to color a small piece of Crinkle Ribbon. Once dry, make a small knot at the top of an Idea-ology Monocle. Add Remnant Rub word onto Monocle (see Hint below).
HINT: The Remnants Rub words must be placed on the side of the glass that is RAISED UP from the table surface. This will create a well for the glitter in step 9.

step 9: Place a small amount of Distress Glitter into CENTER of the prize ribbon image. The chunky nature of Distress Glitter is perfect for this technique!


step 10: Turn Monocle over. Add Glossy Accents around the metal ring of the Monocle.

step 11: Add Monocle to prize ribbon image, sealing all edges around the Monocle and therefore, sealing in the Distress Glitter. Once Glossy Accents is dry, you will be free to tap on the card and let the Distress Glitter fall to the bottom of the newly created “shaker box”.

step 12: Stamp card with sentiment using the Stampers Anonymous Simple Sayings stamp set and Archival Ink – Watering Can.

step 13: Use a sewing machine to stitch around the crease line of the Big Ticket die shape.


Thanks for reading today and a big thanks to Paula for this great example to inspire us!

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  1. I think those monocles are now on my shopping list. Love the fun way to ink up the stencils too! Thanks for the tutorial and all the inspiration Paula.

  2. FABULOUS card Paula!!!
    LOVE the stamp, colours & design, especially with the glittered monocle – WOW!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing this watercolour stencilling technique and your CREATIVE INSPIRATION :)
    … I confess that I only have 2 distress ink pads to my name, so it will be no surprise to find that I have added a bundle of colours to my wish list, along with monocles!!!

  3. A great background! I love the fact that you can give it a totally different feel by changing up the colours. Thanks!

  4. Don’t tell me now I have to buy the mini distress pads??????? YIKES! But, they’re perfect for this technique with the stencil. Great card!

  5. So pretty. Love all the soft colors and the prize winning look. I’m off to my craft room to recreate it. Just what I was looking for. Thanks.

  6. love the card, I have been wanting Tim Holtz blueprints stamps, and your card is just one more reason to get them. Thanks!!!

  7. Love this easy watercolor technique! Always looking for fun new ways to use those mini distress ink pads,thanks!

  8. Just finished my first ever tim holtz class at the SSS Create workshop and you’ve given me even more ideas! Love the card and techniques.

  9. Cool card!! Love the color combo & thanks so much for reminding us to use the back side of alpha stencils!! So easy to forget that!

  10. Thanks for the reminder to put the ink on the backside of the letter stencil. I like the idea of using a number stencil for the background. It’s so appropriate for a graduation card.

  11. Oh my goodness, what an awesome tutorial. I know 8 teens graduating this year and need grad card ideas. This is so perfect! Thank you, Paula!

  12. You just made me think stencils are cool! I love how the ink works with them. This looks like fun to play with. Great card. Thanks.

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