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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Inspired by BONNIE and Eileen Goodwin!

Hi friends!
The other day I finally had a few minutes to visit some friends and I came across Bonnie's blog 
and I LOVED what she made!  She gave the link to her inspiration (Eileen Goodwins stenciling technique), so I followed that and then proceeded to make a card!
This is what I finished with, but I did make two others to "learn" the technique! *wink*  I haven't put sentiments on those two cards yet!

I love how this looks in real life!

The added Pinkfresh Jewels: "Glacier" pick up every color on the card and makes it sparkle and shine!

I cut my own stencil with a piece of acetate in a curvy shape and proceeded to use three colors of ink:

I use Catherine Pooler: pink champagne, serene, tranquil

Then on top of that I used an Echo Park Lumberjack Christmas:  Snowy Flourish Stencil using the tranquil ink

Next I stamped and die cut two snowflakes from Hero Arts: Color Layering Snowflake

The sentiment is from GinaK: Festive Flowers

I did mask off the top of my card using the Taylor Expression:  Masked Rectangle Stencil

Now for the first two that I did to learn how to move the curvy stencil around and how to use a lighter hand with the ink when blending:

After ink blending I used an Echo Park Falling Leaves Stencil, then I stamped the three leaves from Gina K Autumn silhouettes in black ink.  I decided I wanted a softer look and see about how it would look with the leaves stamped with the same ink I used to blend the curves:

And the other thing I added which Eileen added to her card also was a script message.  I used an old PTI:  Background Basics Text.

I think I like the last card with the softer colors of the leaves better than the black leaves...maybe I should have stamped them in brown?  

Anyway, thank you Bonnie for sharing your card and the link to play along with this technique.

And I have another Christmas card for my stash!!  Yeah!

Have a great week my friends! 

Heart Hugs, friends!


  1. WOW!!! All 3 cards are FABULOUS Colleen! I marked that same video to watch after seeing Bonnie's card too, but haven't gotten around to watching it yet...need to get on the ball!! What an awesome background this technique makes and brings everything you add to the next level! Lovely, lovely cards my friend!! Hugs. :0)

  2. These are gorgeous, Colleen. I love Eileen's technique and adding the script in the background is something she does a lot and it looks great on your card. I like all the cards and isn't it fun to learn something new! It's the next best thing to being at a retreat.

  3. You are very welcome, Colleen! I'm glad I inspired you to use things you already had and not have to go on a shopping spree! ;-) You did great with this technique! Love all the backgrounds and think the 3rd is my favorite too! Love it with the soft colored leaves!

  4. Three very beautiful cards Colleen!! You have done well with this amazing technique inspired by Bonnie and Eileen!! I agree that the soft colours of your third card is beautiful and delicate and shows off the leaves so well. xx


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