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Thursday, 22 January 2015

A Frugal Journey Through January Day 22

Thank you for stopping by today I have a really easy make for you which can, like yesterday's cards be a one layer project, or layered up if you prefer that look.

I start by deciding which elements I want to add colour to and make a paper stencil for each layer. I wanted to colour the background on this one, leaving a frame surrounding it so I cut a stencil for this, plus one each for the whole apple, the cut apples and the leaves. I use copier paper and then store the stencils with my stamps so I can reuse them. I used different shades of Distress Inks applied with a stencil brush, but the Tim Holtz Blending Tools work just as well.

It only takes a couple of minutes, gives a really good finish, and you can make a similar piece in the future quickly and easily. All the stamps I have used in the samples today are from Chapel Road Artstamps but this idea will work for any collage stamp, so dig out your favourite and give it a go!

That's all for today, do join me again tomorrow for another frugal idea x



  1. Beautiful layer collage cards Val, they look amazing! I would struggle to make these as my hands do not enjoy fussy cutting.

    Another wonderful Frugal post, same time tomorrow:-) xxx

  2. Thank you Mo, I know what you mean about the fussy cutting but if you use really thin copy paper, which is actually better for stencils anyhow, you need much less pressure than you think xx

  3. Love the cards, again - especially the apple at the top! The cards look deceptively simple - what a great idea to create a stencil for each area to colour. A little effort on the first go, and then as you say, very quick for the subsequent ones!

  4. Thank you Helen, I think simple cards are my forte really but I don't mind a bit of effort if it pays dividends lol! X