Monday, May 16, 2016

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - Stage It Stencils

Hi all! It's time again for another Karen Burniston Designer Challenge. This month, we're focusing on Karen's new Stage it Stencils. I would love to say I had thought up an idea ahead of time, but the truth is I was rummaging around my studio, trying to get my table cleared off to work, when I came across this notebook from the dollar store. I had bought it a few months ago with the idea that I'd alter it and was like, ah ha! This will do quite nicely. I grabbed a piece of watercolor paper, a couple of my new Stage it stencils, some texture paste, and got to work.

First, I applied Ranger's Texture Paste to a sheet of watercolor paper using the Petite Flourish Stage it stencil.

After the texture paste dried, I spritzed the paper with various colors of Ranger's Distress Spray Stain.

While the stained panel was drying, I prepped my notebook by adding swipes of white paint and a few polka dots using just part of Karen's Blossom Layering stencil. I also added a few torn strips of vintage French book pages.

I wanted the stenciling to stand out more, so I highlighted it with white paint, which I also added along the edges of the panel. After I adhered the panel to the front of the notebook, I added a length of lace trim, a strip of gems, and a few paper flowers. Tip - I found the gems in a roll at the Dollar Tree. You can cut them apart to use as many or as few as you'd like. It's a great deal for a buck!

To give the panel a focal point, I cut an Eiffel Tower from Ranger's Sticky Back Canvas using Karen's Eiffel Tower Pop Stand die. The sentiment is from Karen's new Steampunk clear stamp set and was stamped onto a tag that was cut with one of the dies from the Tags Pivot set. The glittery key is one of the new charm dies from the new Steampunk Charms die set. So cute! Finally, I added a few strips of tissue tape and a few more swipes of paint and I was done!

The supplies I used can be found at Elizabeth Craft Designs and Simon Says Stamp via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my take on Karen's new Stage it Stencils. Be sure and check her blog on Wednesday for loads of inspiration from the DC team as well as a new video from Karen.

Have a great week!


  1. This is beautiful. I love the color palette.

  2. This is absolutely gorgeous! Great way to turn a boring old notebook into something so gorgeous that you would be afraid to write in it! LOL .. Love it!
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