Specially For You with Flowers Story

Hello, Karen here with my second layout using ScrapBoys Flowers Story range plus one sheet from Victorian Home, also from ScrapBoys.  I was really pleased with how the two ranges worked so well together, with the pink and blue butterflies from Victorian Home perfectly complimenting the orange and brown ones from the Flowers Story papers.

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For this layout I started with a piece of Coal Weave Kaisercard and onto this I added a piece of Paper 02 which I had trimmed 1/8 in from each side.  I then added a 9 in square of Paper 04, black and white side showing, adding texture paste through the Distressed Dots Stencil at the bottom left and top right of my page.

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From the Paper 06 I cut a large frame and the bird and rose centres from two of the other large frames. These were mounted onto a piece of Oatmeal Weave Kaisercard .  I added the frame to the centre of my page, the bird below that to the right and the rose above to the left.

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Next I decided to add some butterflies to the top left and bottom right of my layout using more texture paste  and a butterfly mini stencil.

After adding my photo to the centre frame I cut four large butterflies from Paper 07 and all the pink and blue butterflies from Victorian Home Paper 07.

I added these, giving the appearance that they were flying from the bottom right to the top left of my page.

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To finish my page I added the title ‘Specially for You’ which was on one of the manufacturer’s strips , some journalling on a scrap of Coal Weave Kaisercard and dotted some Bronze Rhinestones and white pearls in with the butterflies.



A Trio of Mixed Media Tags


Elaine here again..this time bringing you a selection of mixed media tags to give you a flavour of all the exciting things you can do with your Kaisercraft collections and mixed media products.

imageTo make these tags I have used a similar process for each one and rather than describe all three (which would be an incredibly long post) I will describe one and apply the same principles to each. A product list will be added beneath each tag with lots of close ups. Each of these ideas can be applied to scrapbook pages, cards and, of course, tags amongst other Beyond The Page products too. 

In this instance, firstly, I took a tag and covered each with one of the wonderfully versatile Basecoat IV collection. I then used a stencil on each one to create depth and interest on each tag. On two of them I used Ranger texture paste and on the other I used ink through the stencil instead showing two different ways you can use your stencils. To get the coloured texture pasted I added a dab or two of ink from an ink pad (any of the Tim Holtz Distress Inks will work) and the texture paste to a cutting mat and mixed the two together to create the colour of my choice. (Just add more ink to intensify the depth of colour.)


imageOn each I then created a cluster of embellishments using papers and collectables from different collections and on one I added dies too. I then incorporated some fussy cutting from the collections where necessary. In amongst the clusters I added various embellishments including pearls, cheesecloth, Kaisercraft blooms, die cuts, burlap, twine, sparklets, rhinestones and even some of the pretty pink tissue paper that Chrissy at Merly Impressions uses to send your purchases out in..I even recycled some inexpensive plastic straws and some corrugated card.. it just goes to show how much of your stash and other products you can use when making mixed media scrapbook pages, cards, tags and Beyond the Page products too.

When I was happy with the clusters I took Kaisermist and sprayed onto my cutting mat and added water. I then loaded a very wet paintbrush and flicked onto the clusters giving a mottled, splattered, look.

For the more masculine ‘Brick Tag’ I used

imageBase coat IV Collection Backyard Fence paper, Brick Mini Mix Stencil, Corrugated card, Decorative Cogs Die , Burlap roll, Twine, Red Gum Ink Pad (for the brick stencil) Generations collectables, Daffodil Sparklets, Bronze Rhinestones, Storyteller Collectable, White Kaisermist


For the Indigo Skies Blue Butterfly tag I used


Basecoat IV Jeans paper, Stained Glass stencil with coloured texture paste (using the method above), Indigo Skies collection, (for the fussy cut butterfly and flowers together with a die cut flower) Coconut Blooms (highlighted with a light touch of Apple Kaisermist on a small paintbrush). Twine, Cheesecloth, Pearls, Button,Indigo Skies collectables, Apple Kaisermist splatters


For the High Tea tag I used


Basecoat IV Metal Panels (reverse) paper

Floral Wreath stencil with the coloured texture paste- using the method above and Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet Ink Pad

White crackle paint (or any thickly applied acrylic paint will suffice beneath the cluster or you can leave this step out if preferred)

High Tea collectables, Straws, Pink wrapping tissue, Flowers and leaves from my own stash, Pink Rhinestones

imageI think these will look great adorning a special gift and I hope my tutorial has given you the inspiration to try these techniques on your own mixed media projects using the wonderfully adaptable Basecoat IV collection. Have fun.. and do let us know how you get on



Christmas Cards (using stencils)

Hopefully you remember the stenciled layout I made for the recent challenge. Well, the layout required a bit of waiting for things to dry, so while I was waited I thought I would use the same Tim Holtz Stripes stencil to make some Christmas cards:


For my first card I just adhered some letter stickers, then stencilled with gold acrylic paint over the top. When using acrylic paint, dab off excess paint onto kitchen paper-you need your paint brush to be relatively dry so it doesn’t bleed under the stencil. I removed the letter stickers, and when the paint was dry I drew around the letters with a fine black pen, then painted the letters. and a strip across the top of the card with watercolour:


My next card was a variation on the letter masking, but this time I first stencilled across the card using red acrylic paint, then when that was dry I rotated the stencil and stencilled using gold acrylic paint to make a kind of tartan pattern:


For my third card I used two colours of paint, and left the letter stickers in place, and added a diecut from the St Nicholas collection:


And finally, I really love how the stencil worked on embossed paper. The embossed paper comes from the St Nicholas 6×6 paper pad. Stencilling with a dry brush and gold paint really highlights the embossing, and I love that effect:P1160080-Edit

So there you are. I hope this has given you lots of ideas for incorporating stencils into your crafting.


Stencil Challenge Inspiration by Marley

Hi Everybody,

This month challenge is about stencils! And I love to use stencils in my layout.

This time I worked with 2 Tim holtz Stencils Bubble and the Eye Chart


The papers are from the lovely Lady Rose collection. The base page for this layout is this cool Die Cut paper. I went over the stencils with some pan pastel to give it colour and in the middle I used some papers from the Lady Rose Paper Pad.


Here is a close up of the stencils.. I love how the eye chart looks with the Inka gold and the bubblewrap with the modeling paste. I can’t wait to see your projects!

Yu can find more details of our December 2013 Stencils Challenge on the blog.


Perfect Fit (a little Challenge inspiration)

Hello it’s Ali with you here today to show you what I got up to with the new Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Measured and the gorgeous Gingerbread Collection.

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We have a tradition in our house on Christmas Day – if you receive new clothes from Father Christmas you have to try them on. As I got Kinky Knickers I was encouraged to keep up  with tradition!

The first thing I did was to mix some gold Gelatao into some texture paste to give it some colour. I swiped it through the stencil to get some lovely dimension.

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You can see here that I couldn’t resist the gorgeous Rhinestone Sparklets to add a little more dimension and bling.

Then I used a misting spray with the stencil. After misting through it I flipped it over and pressed it onto the page for a ‘solid’ image of the tape measure. Once that had dried I stencilled through with Distress Ink in Festive Berries.



The Collectables and Sticker Sheet make it so easy to bring your layout together. There are a ton of lovely little icons to choose from.

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It’s so easy to make your own embellishments with a paper clip and a couple of strips of the 6×6 papers.


I had so much fun playing around with the Stencil. I can not wait to see what you do 🙂

And don’t forget that you have more time to join in with this particular Stencils challenge which will not close until January 3rd.

Thanks for popping in today,

Ali x