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Mon 05


Welcome to Day One of the Stencils Blog Blitz!  For the next two weeks we are featuring projects that use Memory Box stencils.  Please leave comments for each post on the blog in order to be eligible to win stencils of your own!

To start off the Blog Blitz, I chose two stencils and a word die to work with:

  • Starry Nights Stencil No. 88537
  • Star Dust Stencil No. 88573
  • Hello Script Die 98580

Here's the finished card:



Now for some step-by-step instructions with photos of the process.


I started with a Memory Box medium blue notecard and the Starry Nights stencil.  

To get the effect shown in the photo above, I set up this sandwich for my Big Kick to emboss the stencil:  Tab One, Stencil, Paper, Rubber Mat (mine is a piece from the plumbing section at the hardware store), Clear Plate, and two extra pieces of cardstock to make a thick enough sandwich to emboss the stencil image.  I had to experiment a few times to get the right mix and you most likely will need to do the same for whatever embossing machine you have.

I then used a sanding block on top of the embossing to reveal white stars.  I trimmed this piece and adhered it to the front of a Memory Box White Notecard.


I used the other half of the card and placed the smaller Star Dust stencil on it, taped in place with painter's tape.  I used a small round dauber and Color Box Frost White Pigment Ink to create this:


I then added white opaque embossing powder over the stenciled image and heat set it.  I trimmed that piece into three sections and mounted each on white cardstock before attaching to the card front.


I die cut the Hello Script in white cardstock and added it to the bottom of the card front:


One helpful hint:  I added adhesive using a tape runner to the back of the word before popping it out of its cardstock piece.

The card still looked like it needed something, so I went to my ribbon scrap box for this final look:


I hope you will enjoy our stencil projects and try out some of the techniques we use.  And please post comments!  I LOVE to read what you have to say and you just might win a STAR DUST STENCIL!

You have until Sun, May 18 at 6pm EST to win this stencil.  Winners will be chosen at random and posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, May 19.  Good luck!

Happy Crafting,



Pretty card! I love the Star Dust and Starry Nights stencils!

What a lovely card! I really like that stencil.

Lovely card and a wonderful tip about adding the adhesive to the die before releasing it from the paper. You deserve a star for this! :)

Great card, thanks for the chance to win!

Great card! I love these star stencils!

Wonderful card! I love the soft colors. All these new stencils are so awesome!

I have always been a fan of stars and I am so glad that they are trendy now. Your star stencil is one of the best that I have seen & I would love to experiement with it.

This is going to be fun, so excited to see how to use the wonderful stencils. Nice card, so simple but elegant.

Thanks for the details on making this lovely card. I just love that stencil. Ursula xxx

What a great result - stunning!

Starry Starry Nights...
Thanks for the details of the technique! Lovely card! I'd like to make my own My Stars card:)

That's a cleaver way to use the stencils, thank you for all the inspiration, the lovely memory box stencils are great for so many projects, I can't wait to get some more (I only have one) I love so many of them.
Thank you for the opportunity to win one.

Stunning card love the whole concept and so informative.
Amanda x

Wow! I like the idea of embossing the stencil then sanding it.

Great card. The stars make it look simple to do. Thanks

Very cool!

Stencils are the in thing this season and Memory Box sure has a grip on it! I love the new technique, used it with dies so now I will have to try it with the stencils as well. Our customers are always asking what to do with them and the more I can show them the more popular they become and thus sell much easier. I will be watching this blog closely for all the great ideas and inspiration. Thanks!

This stencil would be absolutely ADORABLE for making baby card congrats or shower invites ... or even graduation cards - reach for the stars ... oh my ... the uses are unlimited!

Great technique with the star stencil. I will have to get this one, don't have one with stars!

Love the card, love the color, love the technique.

nice card

super cette carte! bises

Wonderful card! I love the ribbon and the design. I always forget that you can use embossing powder with stencils too. Great job. Thank you for sharing.

Katie B.

It's a pretty card. I would enjoy learning the technique.

Anne, very pretty and your directions are perfect. Thank you for the instruction. I'm off to try!

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