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Clean and Simple Stenciling

Hello everyone!!  Kymona here today to show you how to create a clean and simple stenciling card!!

When you think of stenciling you don’t think clean and simple in the same sentence.  That’s because stenciling requires inks, brushes, blending tools, paste and other supplies that might be messy, but not always.

I’m going to show you!

Remember this formula when you think of Clean and Simple (CAS) cards:

Plenty of white space + a simple design that can be repeated with ease + little to no embellishment = Clean and Simple!

Take a look:

clean and simple stenciling

Gather all of your supplies.  I used the following:

Here is how I created my card:

Tape down the cardstock so that it doesn’t shift.

Then tape down the stencil where you want the design to appear on your cardstock.

taping down the stencil and inks used


Use the ink blending tool to add the ink color to the bottom portion of the card.  Blend the colors creates a great effect.

Do not ink up the entire card front.  Remember we want to create a Clean and Simple card!

Stamp your sentiment right above the stenciling leaving the top nice and white.

I have to confess, I wasn’t going to add any embellishments but some of the black ink from the sentiment must have been on my finger and it appeared on one of the flowers.  So I needed to cover it up.  I really didn’t want to make another card, so I used the sequin to cover up my smudge.

It all worked out!!

Take another look:

clean and simple stenciling

What do you think? Will you join us and challenge yourself and create a Clean and Simple card using a stencil?  Let me know below.  I would love to hear what you think about this technique.

The Hero Arts items I used for my cards are out of stock at this time but you can request a special order at the a2z Scrapbooking Store.  If you would like to purchase any of the Hero Arts supplies I used please head on over to the store and use the coupon code KYMONA15 to get 15% off your purchase.

Thank you so much for stopping by!



CASEing Kelly Blog Hop

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Hello everyone!! Welcome to the beginning of this awesome hop for our fabulous friend, Kelly Latevola!!  The entire list is down below so that you can hop along and visit all of the talented designers who appreciative of Kelly.

Kelly has designed for us since the beginning!  We love her work and are so grateful for her.  We are sad to see her go! She will surely be missed!!

To show our appreciation, everyone participating in this hop, has CASED Kelly!!  Yes, we were tasked with the job of picking 3 of her cards and making 1 card inspired by those three cards!!

Lets get started:


I love how the pink and gold feathers are peeking out from the side of the card.  So very pretty and adds dimension to the card.


This card caught my eye because of the colors Kelly used to create it.  So vibrant and rich.


Yes, how could you not love this card.  Doesn’t that hello look like its popped off the flower stem?  It isn’t .  Super cool.  I love the edge of the front panel.  So unique and different.


Thanks (CASE)

I created a blue watercolor panel to add to the side of my card front like Kelly’s first card. The blue is so vibrant and rich, which is the look I was going for. Then I die cut a tag and sentiment like Kelly’s second card. I love the side panel cut off that I had to create that as well. I added some white dots along side boarder for an added touch.  CASEing Kelly was fun for sure!!

Take a closer look:

Thanks close up (CASE)

Thanks Kelly for supporting us since the beginning.  You will always have a place over here at a2z Scrapbooking!! We know for sure, we will see you in the blog universe!!!

What is a blog hop without some fun prizes?! Leave a comment by 11:59 pm EDT on Thursday, October 29th along each stop in the hop to increase your chances of winning a prize from one of our sponsors: a2z Scrapbooking, Altenew, Create a Smile Stamps, Dee’s Art Impressions, DJ Kard Kreations, Hero Arts, Ink Road, Lia Stampz and Simon Says Stamp,! Winners will be notified by email after October 29th.

CASEing Kelly Sponsors

Just in case your just arriving or your lost along your way here is the entire list of blog participants!!

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Amy Tsuruta

Ardyth Percy Robb

Brandi Hall

Char Kochensparger

Cindy Chiu

Darnell Knauss

Dawn Turley

Debra James

Deepti Malik

Donna Idlet

Elizabeth Campau

Ellen Haxelmans

Heather Ruwe

Jennifer Loftfield

Joan Bardee

Kara Vrabel


Kathy Wade

Katie Gehring

Kristie Goulet

Kristina Beagle

Kymona Tracey

Laura Jane

Leigh Penner

Lin Brandyberry

Linda Trace

Lindsay Amrhein

Lydia Evans

Maria Sabina Raita

Marika Rahtu

Martha Lucia Gomez

Michele Cunningham

Michele Ferguson

Michelle Lupton

Michelle Williams

Monica Maier

Niki G.

Nina-Marie Trapani

Rubeena Naz

Shelly Kurth

Taunya Butler

Thordis Dogg

Vera Yates

Supplies used:

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Winter Butterfly

I am so pleased to be a part of the a2z Scrapbooking design team and wanted to try something new with my Hero Arts butterfly die for my first post, which is perfect for our January Challenge.

This past week Jennifer McGuire had a video showing how to make a “no bulk shaker card”.  I basically followed her instructions but did my own variation.

First, I made the background for my card by inking up the HA circle lace stamp with Ranger weathered wood distress ink.

Then I spritzed it with water and stamped on watercolor paper and repeated doing this until the paper was covered.  If some areas were too dark, I just spritzed with a little more water and then let it dry.

After trimming my paper to 4″ x 5 1/4″, I die cut the butterfly.

Next I added double-sided tape all around the edges of the butterfly on the back of the card and positioned on a piece of acetate.

Sprinkled on some sequins, removed the backing from the tape, placed on another piece of acetate to sandwich in the sequins and then added all to the card base.

Repositioned the die cut butterfly on top by only adding glue down the center, added some more sequins and done.  I purposely didn’t add a sentiment as I wanted the emphasis to be on the butterfly – and any sentiment can be added to the inside – or not!

Take a look at my card:

a2z butterfly

 Get a 15% discount on a minimum $25 order at a2z on Etsy by using my discount code – BETTY15.  The January challenge is “New to You” so give a try to a new stamp, die or technique and enter here.

Die:  Hero Arts Butterfly

Stamp: Hero Arts Circle Lace

Ink: Ranger Distress Weathered Wood

Now its your turn. Our challenge ends at the end of the month, you don’t want to miss out.

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