Saturday, September 2, 2017

CrafTreat Stencils- Guest Design Post By Preeti Datta

Hi Friends :) 

This is Preeti Datta (aka Dutt Preety) and I’m really happy to be Guest Designing for CrafTreat Stencils today. 

First of all, I’m very grateful to Priya for this awesome opportunity. The stencil designs are really beautiful and the best part about them is that some of the designs are our very own, Indian motifs. So now we have apt supplies to help us in crafting for our festivals. I’ve tried to use the stencils in different ways, the idea I wanted to convey was that these are a versatile & affordable resource which we can use in many styles of crafting, using various supplies we may already have in our stash and in projects for different occasions, all year round.

I had loads of fun creating these projects and hope that you will like seeing them! 

Let’s start with the cards. 

Card 1

For this motivational card, I have done ink blending on the background using distress oxides and then blended black soot distress ink through the Buddha Stencil.

 Card 2

For this thanks card, I have applied Prima’s Modelling Paste through the Mandala Stencil onto the panel of kraft cardstock using a palette knive and then once it dried, added a few white dots with white acrylic paint.

Tip: Immediately wash your stencils with water after using any kind of texture pastes or acrylic paints because these dry hard and it is difficult to clean the stencils later. Especially with delicate and beautiful designs like this, it is important to take care of your stencils so that they last for years together. 

 Card 3

For this Best Wishes card, I’ve done dry embossing with a stencil. I inked up one part of the 2 Step Paisley Design Stencil with Peeled Paint Distress Ink and then with the embossing sandwich in place, ran it through the die cutting machine. The panel of green cardstock I used was already die cut because if we die cut an embossed paper, the embossing usually gets depressed into the paper. After running it through the machine, I got an embossed card panel which had lighter green embossed paisley shapes and it was surrounded by the peeled paint background. I took a sponge dauber and blended some fossilized amber distress oxide into the background and then placed part 2 (smaller design) on top of the card panel and blended peeled paint distress ink through it.

The embossing sandwich I used with my sizzix big shot plus was as follows:

Bottom to top: Platform + Sizzix Impressions Pad (this is a hard pad) + Sizzix Silicone Rubber Pad (this is a squishy pad) + Cardstock + Stencil (inked part facing the cardstock) + 1 sheet of printer paper + 1 cutting plate 

(I did not use either of the 2 adapters A or B because with the above sandwich I got the impression I was looking for, no more pressure was required). You can use a Spellbinders Tan Pad or Sizzix Silicone and Impressions Pads for embossing with stencils. Watch a couple of youtube tutorials and you’ll be good to go in case you have never done it before. 

Card 4

For this diwali card, I've blended Picket Fence distress ink through the Warli Stencil. Then, added a few dots with stickles and a white gel pen and heat embossed the sentiment. 

Tip: For delicate & intricate stencil designs with many little projections, it is best to lightly dab over those parts, instead of the normal circular motions we use for ink blending, else the foam may bend those areas in the stencil and spoil it. 

Card 5

For this floral card, I used the Lotus Mandala Stencil. Lightly dabbed on 2 shades of green ink (twisted citron- distress ink and cracked pistachio distress oxide) using a big round paint brush. This enables us to get a lighter application of ink for softer tones (compared to the blending tool and foam.) Using our stencils in ways other than they were intended for, helps us stretch our supplies. For example, in this card, the stenciled pattern looks like the petals of the stamped flower. 

Card 6 

For this celebration card, I’ve done ink blending through the Fireworks Stencil using 3 shades of distress oxides (spiced marmalade, worn lipstick and fossilized amber) and then stamped on some more fireworks and the sentiment with the same inks. It is important to remember that distress oxides become lighter in color after some time. 

Card 7 

For this festival card, I’ve done ink blending through the Indian Motifs stencil using 2 shades of distress oxides (fossilized amber and spiced marmalade) and then accentuated the design by adding a few details with a red brush marker.  Added the moli thread as an embellishment and also for its significance in Hindu customs. 

Card 8 

For this Eid Card, first I masked off a circle to depict the moon and then did ink blending in the background to create the night sky using distress inks. Then, did heat embossing in white using the Taj Mahal stencil. To do this I prepped the area with an anti-static powder tool and then dabbed on versamark watermark ink through the stencil and then followed the normal process of heat embossing. I decided to go without a sentiment on the front because the Taj Mahal Design was the beautiful focal element. 

Now, Let's see the Mixed Media Projects:

Art Journalling- 

I wanted to do art journaling since I haven’t done that for a while and I was really missing it. Basically it is a way to express yourself, your feelings and just create free art without any fear of style or form.  I wanted to experiment and play with watercolors to create abstract pieces. The thing with art journals is that they usually become quite chunky and so I decided to create separate pages (with very little dimension, almost flat) which I will bind together later to form my journal, it’s just easier to work that way. If you are totally new to mixed media, Marta Lapkowska’smaremismallart youtube channel is a great and inspirational place to start. 

For Journal Pages 1 and 2, I went for a smaller size. Did some random watercoloring in the background to create blotches of color, splatter and drips. I love the abstract look it gives. Did background stamping with archival inks and background stenciling (using distress inks) at few places to add interest and layers without adding bulk. 

Art Journal Page 1

Art Journal Page 2

CrafTreat Stencils Used for Page 1 & 2: Washi TapeAztec Borders2 Step Lattice Flower 

For Journal Pages 3 and 4, I went for a bigger size. Created random patterns with washi tapes, these offered a nice resist to the watercoloring I did. Just sprayed on some water and then added some pigment to the page to let the color flow where it wanted to and then added more colors to the wet areas. Again went for the organic look of drips and splatter. Then did stenciling with distress inks and stamping with archival inks. 

Art Journal Page 3

CrafTreat Stencils Used: Buddha, Mandala

Art Journal Page 4

CrafTreat Stencils Used: Warli, Indian Motifs and Lotus Mandala

Mixed Media Layout- Mindfulness

For this mixed media layout, I wanted to create it around the theme of meditation, mindfulness and being in touch with one's true self. First, I prepped the page with white gesso and then I sponged on acrylic paints through the stencils, I used acrylic paints because I knew I wanted to add water colors later and acrylics when dry don’t run when sprayed with water.  Then, did some watercoloring to create the background scene using ink sprays and gansai tambi watercolors. Then added some gauze colored with ink sprays, die cuts and mini beads for texture and dimension. Stamped on some apt sayings with black archival ink. Added sparkle with sequins and glitter and used gem alphas and word stickers for the sentiments. Finally, created splatter with watered down white gesso. 

Here are some close up photos of the layout:

Here is a full photo of the layout:

Craftreat Stencils Used: Buddha, Lotus Mandala & Mandala

All the CrafTreat Stencils used can be purchased from here.
There are CrafTreat Stencil Bundles available at great deals here, here and here

Hope you liked what I had to share.
Thanks for your precious time :)
Would love to read your wonderful comments.
Stay Blessed. 



  1. OMG... You rock Preety... Amazing projects

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  3. Fabulous each one of them..especially the mixed media tags and the layouts are breathtakingly beautiful.

  4. OMG Pretty ..U r awesome πŸ‘Œ❤ loved every piece of art !! Amazing 😍

  5. OMG Pretty ..U r awesome πŸ‘Œ❤ loved every piece of art !! Amazing 😍

  6. Each and every project is awesome. rocked it...

  7. Omg what a inspirational projects specifically I am in love this the last one the more so creative ur in this one

  8. Brilliant work dear. In love with your Art journal page 3.😍😍

  9. Wow Beautiful cards and I love how you streched your idea to art journal n MM projects ! Awesome inspirations :)

    1. Thanks a ton dear :) I loved making the projects as the stencil designs were brilliant and am so happy you liked them.

  10. Wow... Beautiful projects...each one is different...great inspiration..

  11. WOW!!!!!!!!!! Gorgeous projects!

    1. Thanks a ton Amy :) I'm thrilled that you visited and liked the projects :) so sweet. Thanks a lot !!

  12. Totally love the Layout n journals... Awesome they are.
    Ur cards are always stunning. Lots of love

    1. Thanks a ton dear Priya :) so sweet of you. Im so happy you liked them.

    2. Thanks a ton dear Priya :) so sweet of you. Im so happy you liked them.

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