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Artful Crafting – Challenge 1 Stenciling

Here’s to a wonderful start! My inspirational project for the first Artful Crafting Challenge, for the month of April and the theme is Stenciling. To participate in the challenge head over here and check out the amazing inspiration from the other design team members :D

So I decided to walk you all through the process. As part of the Design Team, I received the below kit (left image) for the inspirational project for the respective theme. Was in love the moment I set eyes on it! It included the Small Alphabet Border Dylusions stencil, Dylusions spray in crushed grape, Ranger texture paste, Ranger speciality stamping paper, a blank chipboard album from Artful Crafting and an adorable round paper mache box (all the supplies are linked to at the end of the post).

The altering side kicked in and I picked the box for the inspirational project. I selected the stencil, spray, texture paste and of course the box from the kit and set to work.


The first thing I did was paint the outer surfaces of the box with a layer of watered down gesso and dried it with a heat gun to speed up the drying time, couldnt find the patience to let it airdry. Then I positioned the criss cross pattern part of the stencil on to the lid and using a spatula applied the texture paste evenly. The pattern wasnt large enough to cover the entire lid in one go so had to lift it off and re-positioned it to a best fit and applied over the remaining area. Looking pretty good so far I thought to myself. Now for the base, I wanted to mark off the area that came under the lid, I didnt want to add anything there to make sure the box closes smoothly, so i put the lid back on and drew around lightly with a pencil. Now I knew where my work zone for the base was.

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At this stage, I hadnt visualized and thought about how I actually wanted it to look in the end, was just going one step at a time. I thought the dashed lines on the top and bottom of the alphabet border were really neat and they fit well in the work zone of the base. I taped the alphabet part off using scotch tape and then taped the stencil around the base of the box, and applied the texture paste on the dashed lines. It didnt go all the way around so had to do it in two parts. Loved the cute little dashes and my minimalist side loved the white on white look of the lid and base together, but that gorgeous crushed grape color was irresistible.


And after a generous spray and spreading the color on the gesso-ed surfaces of the base and lid, this is how they looked. Oh I forgot to add I was working on my ranger craft mat all this time. So what was interesting was that the texture paste took on the deeper tone and the gesso took a lighter one. At this point the purple looked a bit over whelming to me and I wanted to add another color that could balance it out. I took out my distress ink in peacock feathers and pressed the ink pad directly on to my craft mat and with a wet paintbrush i started adding color to the lid in splotches. Where I applied the purple got diluted with the water and I started achieving a watercolored wash type of look which wasnt too prominent either. I decided it was looking nice so completed the lid and went ahead with the base too. Now to embellishing the box. I started off with adding some satin ribbon in a light purple color around the lid using half inch double sided tape.


I must admit I was a bit of a standstill at this point, wasnt sure how I wanted to proceed. Add some color perhaps? I dug through my stash and took out some mulberry roses in hot pink, mauve and a light teal green, matched with prima wire thread I had around, found a purple bottle cap that matched the purple in the texture paste exactly, a washer, one of my favorite charms ‘live, laugh, love’,some stamens that I folded in half and twisted and i luckily found some ribbons that matched the colors perfectly and had threaded dashes on them. Win! Win! and i was ready to go.


Got my favorite glue out, glossy accents by ranger and got to work. Made two rough loops around the outer circle of the lid using the prima wire thread and this was going to be the alignment for my flower arrangement. Glued the washer in the cap and then added the charm on top for some added dimension and stuck it down on the wire thread ends and waited for it to dry. Then I roughly arranged how I wanted the flowers and the stamens and then glued them down too. Took my double sided tape adhesive and went in between the dashed lines on the base. Added my ribbons one at a time and trimmed them off with a layer of glossy accents on the edge to prevent unraveling. Added some half pearls on the lid and viola!


What do you think? :) Would love to hear your views and hope this served to inspire you all to participate in the challenge too!



Sorry for the really long post and here is a list of all the supplies used, most of which can be found at the Artful Crafting website. Thank you for sticking till the end.

Should have another post up soon, missed my Tuesday one, InShaAllah wont miss it this time around.

Supplies Used

Dylusions ink Spray in Crushed Grape
Dylusions Small Alphabet Border Stencil
Ranger Texture Paste
Darcies Round Paper Mache Box

Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
Prima Wire Thread in Teal
Prima Wire Thread in Hot Pink
Want 2 Scrap Adhesive Half Pearls in Lavender
Mulberry Paper Roses
Ranger Glossy Accents
Ranger Inkssentials Non-Stick Craft Sheet
– Ribbons and Stamens (from local stores)

Graphic designer, Paper Crafter, avid Photographer and a Foodie.
Loves all things handmade and things with clean, bold, graphic & minimalist styles. Lives in a beautiful valley north of Islamabad, Pakistan.

18 thoughts on “Live Laugh Love

  1. Aisha says:

    A cracker start to the challenges! What a brilliant project. Loved how you walked us through as well.
    I think I want to try now too. Thanks a bunch Amna :)
    Looking forward to what you bring next iA

  2. Jaihan says:

    OK! Hands down. Amazing how you totally transformed the box. I live how you handle bright colors. Excellent use of the wires. ❤
    The step by step process is brilliantly covered.

    • Amna says:

      Thank you Jaihan! I came to a standstill in between, the purple was looking too bright, but im glad it turned out the way it did ❤

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