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2 new ideas for using my latest layering stencil - Pretty Petals with Maker Forte

Updated: Jul 6

Layering stencils are a rage right now, isn't it? I did jump on this band wagon myself and created a layering + rotating stencil. Maker Forte released it during their last release and you can grab it here.


This is a 6x6 stencils that creates a 3x3 floral cluster with 1 large and 3 smaller flowers and several leaves. At $6.99 it's a great way to start playing with these layering stencils trend.


I wanted to show you two different ideas for using these layering stencils:

  1. Fussy cut / die cut the finished design and use it as an element and

  2. Use the stencils several times to cover entire border of the card front. To get more out of the design, selectively tape certain parts off while stenciling so that you are not limited to repeating the exact same design over and over.


Card 1:

Using the first idea, I created a shaker card:

I started by stenciling the whole cluster of Pretty Petals using Altenew inks and cutting out the cluster.

For the shaker piece, I cut a frame using the largest two dies from Fancy Edged Circle dies. I also cut two more pieces using only the largest single die from same set - one acetate piece and another piece of matching cardstock as the backer for my shaker. I find having a baker for my shakers makes it easier to manipulate instead of creating the shaker directly on the cardbase.

I stamped a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Friendly Flowers stamp set using Maker Forte's Eclipse Black ink inside on the backer, before assembling the shaker. For inside, I added several sequins in matching colors.

Finally I dry embossed the card front using one of my stencils - Diamonds in a row - for some extra dimension, and assembled it as you see here. :)





Card 2:

Using second idea, I really went to town with ink blending. I had too much fun with this one.




To make it easy, I added the full clusters on opposite corners first. I wanted these two corners to have the largest full designs and rest of the card to have all the filler pieces. For the main pieces, I went with the way the stencil was originally designed to be used - start with the leaves layer and add other pieces. Having the leaves in place makes it easy to line up the flowers. But for the other designs, I added the flower first. Around it I added leaves and other flowers by selectively taping parts of the stencil. In fact after I had the whole design done, I realized that one area was too blank. I added a leaf at the end in the same way - by taping other areas on the stencil:


I wanted this to be just a one layer card, but I messed up a tiny bit on the edge. As usual washi tape to the rescue! :)

In the center of this I stamped a sentiment from my other stamp set Flower Cluster, also from Maker Forte.

A generous sprinkling of matching gems and this card was done :)




Supplies List

For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used for these cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!





Hugs! ~Varada