• Jennifer Leonard

Level 3 AECP Stencils Unleashed

Updated: Apr 22

Altenew has some amazing floral stencils and with a bit of creativity, you can create a very different look by watercoloring your stencils instead of ink blending. I chose to take Nicole Watts' Stencils unleashed because I wanted to learn ways on how to 'Stretch" the use of certain stencils. Nicole certainly had some wonderful ideas and honestly, without taking this class, I would not have thought to use Graphite Shading, Alcohol Inks and my favorite~ Scrapbusting...using left over stenciled panels to create words for a card or scrapbook layout. In the end, I chose to use my stencil and try No Line Watercoloring. This was right up my alley!!! Not only did I get to play with watercolor, but you will see when you watch the video, my brain had to switch gears instantly while on camera, as I ruined a part of my intended card to be! Going thru the AECP has made me such a better crafter~better creative mindset, that I was able to change my card style without missing a beat!


To create this cards in this post you will need the following:

Elegant Motifs Create Your Life Kit

Charming Doodle Stencil Set

Tulle Stencil

Moss Dye Ink

Polar Ice Dye Ink

Watercolor Brush Markers Tropical Fiesta Set using Sweet Leaf and Turquoise

Waterbrush Pen

Sentiments Strip 3

Mixed and Match Frame Die Set

Antique Gold Thread

Watercolor Cardstock

Blending brushes


Using watercolor card stock, choose image B from the Elegant Motif Set and using the base layer stencil, create a light blue color wash over the entire image. When you lift the stencil, there will be a bit of ink ponding underneath, but that is OK! It just creates more interest and depth to the image. Then take the layering stencil image and this time add a bit more intensity of blue ink to this layer. Don't over saturate the image as the paper is already damp from layer one. Less is best when adding the second layer. Next add the leaves using same directions as the flowers. Now it's time to heat set the image. You can leave the floral image alone if you prefer a lighter wash, or you can use your watercolor brush markers to create more dimension to your flower. Remember, this is a loose wash, abstract or impressionistic feel.


Next, using the embossing folder from the kit, emboss the panel and circle cut one of the images to use as a focal point on the card. Set aside. Take a piece of navy cardstock and use the Mix and Match Frame Die Set to create the base layer for card. Arrange your florals around the circle image and add a sentiment of your choice all using dimension foam tape. Add a touch of bling with gold thread. Now enjoy your home made card! Hugs!


I like to doodle..Altenew has a Charming Doodle Mask Stencil that pairs with the Stamp Set, Charming Doodles. So I began playing with the doodle stencil to build layers aka stencil stacking for a background on a card. With a light blending touch, I used Moss and Polar Ice Dye Inks and created my background images on the card base. Taking the Tulle Stencil, I stacked this stencil layer over the existing floral images. Next, I placed 3 floral watercolor images in the card center, popped up the sentiment strip on dimension tape and added the gold thread and a few black splatters to complete the card. Just by changing a few colors and background orientation, you are left with two unique cards! Till next time! HUGS!




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