Challenge: Stencils & Stamps


Whether you stick with STAMPtember stamping or mix it up and pull out a stencil – this week we want to see how you stamp or stencil your way into crafty fun this week!

Barbara loves playing with stamps and stencils in her art journal.


Stamps and stencils are two of the “tools” of a crafter that I love most! This is the second page of my art journal and I played with Simon’s exclusive stencil that I love very much and Tim’s stamps! To add more fun to my work I used Distress paints and Gelatos in warm tones of yellow, pink, and orange, unusual shades for me!

Emma was in her element using stencils to create the background for her wall hanging.


I had so much fun creating this piece, using a combination of embossing paste through the Zig Zag Dots stencil and playing with the Distress Marker Spritzer, misting Black Soot through the Latticework Layering Stencil to give me a wonderful textural background set against one of my favourite colour palettes, Evergreen Bough. I added the gorgeous Layered Dragonfly, various Idea-Ology and finished the project with a stamped quote.

Sandra Mouwen always has lots of fun playing with stamps and stencils

I don’t know what I’ll do if I don’t have any stamps or stencils. They are such great tools to make a project amazing. For this page I started with a blanco sheet of Neenah Solar White cardstock. And with the Harlequin stencil along with Tattered Rose and Dried Marigold Distress Ink, I began to build up the background. With lots of differtent washi tape I made the composition and to adhance those lines, I stamped along them with the Cartographer stamp amongst other stamps.

Ashli was inspired to create some embellishments using a stencil this week…


A super fun way to use a stencil is to make your own embellishments using Modeling Paste. This week, I did just that for the cover of my notebook! Using the Simon Says Bouquet of Flowers Stencil, and some Modeling Paste, I was able to work up these embellishments in no time! Some Watercolors and a bit of Mist finish off the cover of my little journal.

Anna-Karin was in the mood for art journaling this week.

With stamps, stencils and some paint and ink you can create anything you want to on a white piece of paper. I love the endless possibilties with these products. Here I used stamps and stencils together with Dina Wakley’s vibrant paints, some ink and Ranger’s Texture Paste. This shade of pink is not a colour I use often, but I really liked the result. The page was finished with old dictionary paper circles and words.

Michelle created a scrapbook layout using stamps and stencils.


I was excited to use the Waffle Flower “Be My Guest” Stamps with my old photo to create this vintage inspired layout. Tattered Leaves and Wendy Vecchi Gold Embossing Paste transformed ordinary embellishments into Autumn treasures.

Halloween is creeping up and Suzz created a Treat of a tag.


Halloween is such a fun time of the year and we love going out and seeing the clever, sweet, and funny costumes. I had this bit of stenciled inky background with some non traditional halloween colors that I thought would be fun to create into a Halloween tag for one of my older kiddos who doesn’t get to go trick or treating anymore. The trick-or-treat kids from Tim Holtz Halloween set made the perfect border. My non traditional colors came from the Ranger Dauber Paint – Honey and Ranger Dauber Paint – Salty Ocean. Now I have a fun tag to put on a treat bag going off to my son at college.

Meihsia created an art journal page with her favorite stamp and stencil this week.

Stamps and stencils are essential for my art journaling. This week, I used my favorite Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp Brush Collection and Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Harlequin to create this art journal page. The background of this page was sprayed with Clearsnap Colorbox Pinkolicious Dye Ink Spritzer and stenciled with Modeling Paste.

Mona was inspired to create a mixed media style card using both stamps and a stencil.


I love t0 create layers on my projects using both stamps and stencils. This week, I inked up a fun sentiment from Apothecary Labels surrounded it with various flowers including die cut roses. For the background, I combined a variety of Distress Inks and added texture and design using the Latticework stencil.

Andrea made a Color Book to stay inspired with all sorts of lovely shades and hues.


Don’t report me to the hardware store police, but I made a color book out of more than my share of paint color swatches that I acquired from Home Depot and Lowe’s. I put my paint swatch acquisitions to good use by making a color book where I store notes and samples of various Distress paint, inks and stains. I made the cover using this great little Picture Wheel die, a Rings and Puddles stencil and this stylish bathing beauty that I cut out of the Fancy Pants Me-Ology paper collection.

I (May) think stamps + stencils are the perfect combination.

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Armed with my new Dina Wakley stamps and one of my favorite Tim Holtz stencils I set out to play with paste, distress, and generally just have a real good time with this week’s challenge. I love how stencils can help add texture and fun to my stamping projects!

For more inspiration click on our design team’s blog links so you can see more photos (and full supply lists) for their projects. Leave them a little comment love while you’re there so they know how they’ve inspired you too, if you’re so inclined.


As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday September 28th Eastern time. We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.



  1. Oeps, allmost too much inspiration! I just like to stamp and stencil…. started with those both at the same time and they work so great together…

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