AECP: Celebration – Stencil Techniques


Hi everyone!

Today, I’m posting another project for the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP). This class was “Celebration: Stencil Techniques” and taught techniques for using stencils in ways you might not have originally thought of. I loved this class because stencils are a very easy, affordable, and reusable craft supply – so finding ways to use them in “nontraditional ways” makes them even more valuable!

I seem to be drawn to making cards with softer looks lately. 😊

I started with some Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Watercolor Cardstock. This is my new favorite watercolor cardstock because it is a bright white and has minimal texture.

I heat embossed the bouquet from the Altenew Our Friendship Blooms set in white on the cardstock.

I then used my Altenew Crispy Dye Inks to watercolor the bouquet.

While I waited for my painting to dry, I created my background using one of the techniques I learned in the class – I used a stencil to emboss an image into the paper. It took a bit of trial and error to figure out the right “sandwich” to use with my die cutting machine, but I was able to use the Altenew Flowing Drops stencil and get a great impression on my Neenah Solar White 80# card stock.  You can see the detail in the picture below.

After my water coloring was dry, I added a few details to the flowers in my bouquet with my Copic Markers and then I die cut the image using the coordinating die from the set.

For the sentiment, I used The Greetery’s Let’s Have a Word: Love die. I cut the word “love” from Tim Holtz Ranger Alcohol Ink Cardstock in matte black.

I arranged my bouquet and sentiment on my stencil-embossed background and adhered them with some liquid glue. I then adhered the whole panel the card base using fun foam and Elizabeth Craft’s double-sided tape.

I had so much fun making this card – and I’m excited to have yet another way to use my stencils!

All the best,



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  1. Erum Tasneem

    You definitely are acing at the softer tones! Love this too!
    Thank you for submitting your gorgeous work to the AECP assignment gallery.

    • Jean

      Thank you so much, Erum!


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