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Hello, hello! I hope this post finds you well!

I am about to share something a little different from my normal, colorful style. Today, we will use coffee and stencils!

I have been intrigued lately with earth-based pigments. I recently checked out a really cool book from the library by Nick Neddo called The Organic Artist: Make Your Own Paint, Pigments, Prints and More from Nature. While I am a lover of vibrant colors, I also greatly appreciate yellow ochre, various browns, and berry stains on paper. Are you with me?

So, instead of my usual acrylic paint, I poured some leftover coffee into a glass jar, added a little vinegar, and decided to paint with it.

Supplies Used:

Step 1:

Dip your bristle brush into your coffee and use both a round, and up and down, motion to get the color through the stencil.

Step 2:

Remove the stencil and check how the coffee looks. Add some coffee painted doodles of your own, using a round brush.

Step 3:

Use the Pleasantville-Big Sister’s Room stencil, to add some interesting lines.

Note: It’s okay to go over both your painted doodles and the marks from your first stencil. The layering actually ends up looking pretty cool!

Step 4:

Keep playing around until your entire paper is filled with coffee stained stencil layers.

Step 5:

Let your paper dry completely. (It does not take that long.)

Step 6:

Trace a shipping tag as many times as you like onto your background, and cut them out to make your own tags.

Step 7:

Use a hole punch as a final step. Now you are ready to decorate the tags with stamps, ink, fabric, collage paper, washi tape, or pen doodles. Hooray!

I am feeling really excited about how these turned out. I hope you’ll give this coffee and stencils idea a try!

Thank you for being here.

Happy Creating!

-Briana of

Hello! I hope you are doing well.

Have you ever had a negative “tape” or “script” play over and over in your head? You know, those messages that came from someone or some experience in your past that made you feel less than? I want you to know that you are not alone. It happens to all of us. It’s not just you.

I also want you to know that YOU ARE good enough.

Today, I am offering an idea for a journal page that is affirming of your true nature, and also reminds you to trust your heart.

Supplies Used:

Step 1:

Create a background wash of color using a 1” brush and Jacquard textile paint. Feel free to add some water to your page first, as that helps the color to spread and do cool things.

Step 2:

Choose the heart chakra symbol from the Chakra 2 Series stencils by artistcellar.

Apply green acrylic paint through the stencil using a cosmetic wedge. (Green is the color that represents the heart chakra).

Step 3:

Using the “Good Enough” stencil from Tam’s Inspirational Series stencils, apply paint through the stencil, repeating this message across your page.

Step 4:

Use a pencil to handwrite the affirmation, “I am good enough” all across the page. Using your own handwriting, with the word “I” helps to embed this truth into your psyche.

For extra credit, stand in front of the mirror, look yourself in the eye (the window to your soul), and say aloud, “I am good enough.”

I hope that you find this life-affirming message meaningful and take it to heart.

May it be so.

With Love and Blessings,

Briana of

Greetings to you, and Happy New Year!

It’s 2019, which feels sort of surreal! Time keeps on moving forward, right?

Today, I invite you to make an art journal spread that reflects who you are and what you’d like to bring into your life.

Here are the supplies I am using:

  • Rag and Bone Bindery Large Journal
  • Jill K. Berry –Map Art Series stencils
  • Dylusions Ink Sprays
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Cosmetic Wedge
  • Sakura Pigma Pen
  • Rubber Stamps
  • Ink Pads
  • Mermaid Markers by Jane Davenport
  • Letter Stickers
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Sakura Koi Waterbrush
  • Paper Towel Roll

Step 1:

Use spray ink to get your background going.

Step 2:

Choose some stencils with themes that inspire you.

Below is the “Angel Cartouche” from Jill K. Berry’s Map Art Series.

Tip: I made the mistake of putting the face in a dark area, so maybe take a look at your placement before you stencil a face!

Step 3:

Create a block of color using acrylic paint. Then use a cosmetic wedge to apply paint through the stencil.

Step 4:

Add additional stencils with acrylic paint and a cosmetic wedge. You can also use a pencil to trace through your stencils, and then color that space in with markers.

Step 5:

Use a permanent pen to do some journal writing.

Step 6:

Add some colorful letter stickers to spell out words that sing to you.

Step 7:

Use stamps and ink pads to add more symbols to your pages.

Step 8:

Take a photo of your journal spread so far. Squint your eyes to see the light and dark areas.

Finish off your page by adding some watercolor, water to the spray ink areas (they react to water), and anything else to tie things together.

The most important thing is that your art journal pages feel good to you. Do they represent the things you love? Do you see colors that make you happy? Are there symbols that sing to your soul? If so, then you’ve done it! You’re awesome and creative!

Thank you for being here.

Sending Blessings,

Briana of


Greetings Everyone!

I hope this post finds you well.

I am always up for creating some unique mail art, and I also really love circles. I recently sent a friend a circle card with a stamp on it, you know, like a postcard, and it made it to her just fine!

So, that inspired me to create more circle cards.

Today I am making use of the incredible Japanese Geometric Stencil Series from artistcellar.

Other supplies are as follows:

  • Circle template
  • Pencil
  • Gel Pens
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Cosmetic Wedge
  • Posca Paint Pens
  • Derwent Colored Pencils

My idea is to create some layers or at least a circle within a circle, using the “Hemp Flower” and “Weave” stencils.

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial.

Step 1:

Play around with the stencils and the circle template to see what you like.

Step 2:

Add some acrylic paint with a cosmetic wedge through the stencil, creating an inner circle.

Step 3:

Choose a second stencil for the outer circle area.

Step 4:

Apply a second color of paint through the stencil, using a cosmetic wedge.

Step 5:

Use a pencil, gel pens, paint pens, and colored pencils to create some doodle designs. When you add your own “hand” to a card, I feel that makes it more personal and engaging.

You can even use the circle template to create another circle.

Then play with colored pencils to add some more color!

P.S. These Derwent colored pencils are so smooooooth and a joy to color with!

I hope you have fun creating a circle card!

Sending Blessings to you!

-Briana of

So, it’s December. If you are celebrating any holidays this month, there are two things you might want to carry with you in your pocket, or in your heart. Those two things are the words, “Hope” and “Grace.” May it be so.

Today I am making some cards on watercolor paper, using the Artistcellar Virtues Words Pocket Stencils.

I intend to use these cards as gift tags, or as a surprise element inside gifts given.

Here’s what I did.

Step 1: Use a one-inch wide dry brush to drag some watercolor paint across the page.

Step 2: Put some of your favorite acrylic paints on a palette.

Step 3: Use a cosmetic wedge to apply paint through the Virtues Words stencils.

Step 4: Once the paint is dry, use a paper slicer to create your cards. I measured the Virtues Words Pocket Stencils, and they are 2.5 x 3 inches.

Step 5: Once the word cards are cut out, use stamps and your left over paint to decorate them!

As you can see, I tried a variety of stamps, and pattern making on the cards, using the left over paint. For the stamps, I prefer the StazOn brand stamp pads.

And to express my feelings a little further, I used up the rest of the paint on my palette in my art journal.

I just love art, don’t you?!

Thanks so much for being here and reading this post.

I am sending you blessings, peace, and warm wishes.

In Gratitude,

Briana of

Greetings to You! Thank you for being here.

Today’s post is about playing with stencils, paint, Posca Pens, copy paper, and deli paper, to create transparent layers that are interesting to the eye!

Step 1:

Use the Coral Series: Star Coral stencil on a Gelli Plate.

Place a sheet of deli paper over the stencil while it’s still on the plate.

Use your fingers to rub through the spaces in the stencil.

Lift the deli paper off the plate and let dry.

Step 2:

Use a Posca Paint Pen to create a focus area, like the blue circle shown here.

Step 3:

Use the Sacred Hearts Series: Divine stencil with acrylic paint and a stencil brush.

Step 4:

Remove the Divine stencil and clean it off with a baby wipe on a piece of white copy paper.

Step 5:

Use the Jill K. Berry-Texture Series-Rivermap stencil around the heart on the copy paper.

TIP:The stencil brush or a cosmetic wedge could be used to apply the paint through the stencil. Try to allow for a variety of color variation, meaning, some areas are darker, while other areas have a lighter application of the paint. The eye likes variety!

Step 6:

Use Collage Pauge –Matte to glue the deli paper on top of the copy paper.

Step 7:

Use a paint scraper to burnish out any air bubbles and then wipe away any glue that seeped out the edges.

Step 8:

Enjoy your layered artwork!

Put it in your journal, hang it on your wall, fold it into a book cover or a card! I wonder what you will choose to do!

Thank you for playing along with this transparent layers tutorial!

-Briana of

Hello to You!

I’ve got some more Gelli prints to share with you, using the Arabian Nights Series stencils by artistcellar.

Here’s what my beginning set up looks like:

I mostly used the Dina Wakley Heavy Body acrylic paints for the following prints.

As far as the printing process, I was experimenting with keeping the stencil on the Gelli plate, and printing on deli paper (aka dry wax paper).

In the image below, I had already printed yellow. Now I am about to print a magenta color.

With the thin deli paper, it’s nice because you can touch and see where the paint is coming through the stencil onto the surface of the deli paper.

You can always lift up a corner to check things out, too.

Next, I rolled out a midnight blue color.

Just for fun, below are few photos of layered and printed deli paper, sitting on top of other stenciled prints. There are many semi-transparent options to explore when playing with deli paper!

Happy Gelli Printing, Stenciling, and Layering!

Many Blessings,

Briana of

Hi!  I’m happy to be writing another blog post about ways to use the fantastic stencils from Artistcellar.

I love to think of ways to add texture and dimension when making greeting cards.  Using known products in a new way always excites me!

So… today let’s look at using the Seven Jewels stencil with alcohol inks.

Here’s a list of supplies:

  • Seven Jewels stencil by Artistcellar
  • Alcohol inks by Ranger plus blending fluid
  • Cardstock in various colors
  • Glossy gel medium
  • High gloss paper
  • Piercing tool (or a ball head pin)
  • Needle
  • Metallic thread
  • Paper cutter
  • Old reward card

Alcohol inks provide deep, rich colors that you can layer and blend. When using them you should always start with light colors first, because if you do darks first, the lighter colors will never show.  To do this, make sure not to layer other colors over those areas.

Begin by taping a piece of the glossy paper that measures 5 x 4” onto a piece of scrap paper.  Try to use the least amount of tape for this.  Next, tape the Seven Jewels stencil over top this piece, making sure to align it so that it is straight

Using a reward card as a tool, spread the gel medium over the stencil. Make sure to scrape it down so that the layer of gel is even over the entire card underneath.

Here’s a look at the card once you remove the stencil. The great thing about gel medium is that it washes off easily with warm water, so you won’t ruin your stencils.

Using a heat gun, or a blow dryer set to hot, dry the gel medium. Make sure to make quick movements back and forth when drying or the gel medium can bubble if the heat source is too close for too long.

Gather the alcohol inks you’d like to use, making sure to have a mix of dark and light colors.  Begin by using the lightest color first, adding just a few drops at a time. For this project, I used the Lemonade color from Ranger alcohol inks.

Next, add some Lettuce color in some places.

Lastly, add the Eggplant color ink. You’ll notice that there are white areas on the card, but we’ll fix that next.

To take care of the white areas, use a paintbrush with the Alcohol blending solution which dilutes the colored ink and allows it to flow and blend with the other colors.

Dry the inks on the card before you move on to the next step.

Begin by cutting off the edges of the cardstock piece so that it measures 4 ¾" x 3 ½”.

Next, you’re going to add some stitching to the design, (you don’t have to do this step if you’d prefer not to).

Using a ruler as a guide, make piercings in the paper inside of each circle of the stencil design.

You can use either a piercing tool, a ball head pin and in a pinch a pushpin.  You don’t have to stitch the entire design, just pick certain areas you want to add a little sparkle.

Stitch the cross shapes in the circles you picked. I used a metallic thread by Kreinik as I love the sparkle it adds and is thick enough to see it.

Gather the cardstock colors that you think would match the inked piece of glossy cardstock. Cut these pieces to the following measurements: the gold card stock measures 5" x 3 ¾”, the plum piece is 5 ½" x 4” and lastly a base card that measures 6" x 4 1/2”.

Glue all of the layers together and you’ve made a card that your friends and family will love!

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In this course, you’ll learn lots of techniques with projects that have colored photos and detailed instructions. Your friends and family will be so impressed with what you’ve made and will feel special that you took the time to make them a beautiful card.

Hello Artistcellar lovers!

I’m Marrian and I have the great pleasure of popping into the Artistcellar blog to bring you some new ideas for using their awesome stencils.  I’ve been a paper crafter for 18 years and have had the opportunity to write two books on card making. I currently run a website offering card making courses, but more on that later.

Here are some supplies you’ll need:

  • Artistcellar Tiles stencil from the Blocks Series 
  • Distress Oxide Inks
  • Sponge dauber or make-up sponge
  • Tape
  • Piercing tool or ballhead pin
  • Craft foam pad or a mouse pad
  • Neenah Classic Crest cardstock either 80 or 100 lb, (you can also use a flat heavier white cardstock you may have on hand
  • Colored cardstock to use as layers for the finished card
  • Base Card blank
  • Metallic thread or really any kind you have
  • Foam tape as an option
  • Embellishment (I used a laser cut dandelion)
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Paper Cutter

    Okay, let’s get started!

    Begin by cutting a piece of the Neenah cardstock, to measure 5 1/4 x 4".  I like to make the paper larger than what I'll need so that I can choose the best area to highlight when putting the card together.

    I find that when I'm working with inks, it's handy to work on a surface you can easily clean and use again and again.  I choose to work on a glass cutting board, which I found at a local thrift store; however, you can also use scrap paper.  Tape the piece of paper to the glass using the least possible amount of tape so as not to show too much white areas on the sides of the paper.

    Next place the stencil over the paper, aligning it and taping its edges down to the glass as well so it doesn't move around when you're applying the ink.

    If you're using an alternate stencil, try to pick one that has a similar simple geometric design as they're the easiest to start with.

    Now it's time to ink it up!  In the above picture you can see I used Distress Oxide ink, Faded Jeans, as the first color to add.  You can also see the foam circle on an applicator that is usually for alcohol inks, but I like to use what I have, so I improvised.

    Ink up your foam piece and apply the ink in a circular pattern without adding too much pressure.  The great thing about these inks is that you can always add more color and moving in a circle allows the colors to softly blend.

    When using your own stencils, add color in a similar way, placing each color on different areas of the card stock.

    Next, I used another Distress Oxide ink, Salty Ocean.  Apply this ink in the white spaces that were left after you added the previous ink.  Again, use circular motions to blend these two colors together.

    Lastly, I added the Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink in just a few areas using a small sponge piece.   Once you have these three inks on the paper, you can go back and use the sponge applicator with the Faded Jeans ink and gently go around the card stock to smooth in a bit more color where needed. This ensures that the colors are softly blending into each other without making the whole card one hue.

    Remove the stencil from your paper and voila - you have an awesome background design! 

    Using a blowdryer or heat gun, heat set the ink onto the cardstock so that it doesn't smudge when you work with it.

    Next, cut the cardstock piece so that it measures 4 3/4" x 3 1/2".  When you're cutting, make sure to cut off the places where the tape was on the card, which are white once removed.

    Now you'll need to add piercings to the stencilled piece of cardstock in order to be able to complete the stitching.  You don't need to stitch the entire stencil pattern, but rather, highlight just a portion of it.

    Place the cardstock piece onto a foam pad. Using your ruler, place it along one of the squares edges and make piercings at the corners of the squares, keeping the ruler in place.

    Continue to use your ruler to add more piercings around each square you want to highlight.

    Next, you can begin to add stitches around each square.  Make sure to choose a thread that is easily seen on the card and tape it to the back of the cardstock piece before you begin.  Taping the thread down when you're starting and ending stitching allows the card to lay flat when you're finished.

    I used a thicker metallic thread to do the stitching, as I like how much it adds to the texture and dimension of the card.

    Here you can see the completed stitching I added to the stencilled card.

    Gather some cardstock papers that you'll use as layered accents on the finished card.  You'll need the following sizes; two pieces of gold cardstock, one measuring 3 3/4" x 5" to place behind the stencilled piece.  The other should be cut to measure 4 3/4" x 6 1/4".  Also cut a piece of blue cardstock measuring 4 1/2" x 6".  I used a premade card base that measured 6 1/2" x 5" when folded in half.

    Glue the larger gold and blue cardstock pieces onto the card base and set aside.

    Glue the stencilled/stitched cardstock piece onto the smaller gold cardstock paper.  Next, you will attach and center this piece onto the base card. You can add foam tape or foam squares to the back that will lift this piece off of the base card to add further dimension, but only if you choose to.

    You can choose which embellishment if any you want to add to the card front.  If you're a stamper you can add a message like “Happy Birthday” to a cardstock strip and attach it to the front.  You could also add a paper flower, decorative tag or really any item you want, so don't feel limited by this list.

    I added a laser cut dandelion flower to the card, as I like the way it still has some geometric lines and yet also offers the basic design of a circle, which offsets the squares nicely.

    I hope you enjoyed making this card project!  If you’re interested in learning more card making skills, hop on over to my website,, and sign up to receive free, weekly card making projects.

    You can also check out the free mini courses and card making courses on using stencils, stamping, stitching and paper folding.

    Greetings, Everyone!

    Today, I would like to share the fun I had playing with the Arabian Nights Series Stencils and the Gelli Plate by Gelli Arts. This post will be more of a show and tell, rather than a step-by-step tutorial. I hope you enjoy it!

    For today, I will focus on my use of the Shooting Stars stencil in the series.

    Supplies Used:

    There are multiple ways to get paint onto your paper when doing Gelli printing.

    It all begins with rolling out some paint onto your Gelli plate, using a soft rubber brayer.

    Place a stencil on top of the paint, and then a variety of options come into play.

    It’s best to play around and experiment to find what works best.

    Here are some ideas to get you started.

    You can place a stencil on the wet paint on the Gelli plate.

    You can then place a piece of paper on top of the stencil and rub with your hands to get inside the spaces of the stencil. Depending on the stencil, sometimes this works better than other times.

    Or you can let the stencil create texture in the wet paint, pull off the stencil, and then make a print on to your paper of choice.

    Below, I printed on deli paper with the stencil on the plate.

    There’s often so much paint on the plate, that you can pull additional prints (called ghost prints).

    This time I removed the stencil and printed on copy paper.

    Since I only used one color of paint, and since there was a little paint on my plate from previous projects, my print looked like this:

    I decided to add a little more contrast, so I got out some dark paint. I believe this is “Night” from Dina Wakley’s heavy body paint collection.

    TIP: I spritzed a little water onto the plate to thin the paint out a little.

    I went through a series of steps that sort of flow in the moment. For example, I place the stencil on the plate. I pull a print. I remove the stencil, which is now wet with paint, and I try to print that on a separate piece of paper. Now the Gelli plate is still there with paint on it, ready for a ghost print. It’s a back and forth process. Once you try it, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

    Below is a photo of the paper I use to clean off the brayer and print the wet stencil on:

    Finally, here’s the result of printing the “Night” color over the initial “Lemon” print:

    What I hope you’ll gain from this post is that there are many, many ways to make prints with stencils and the Gelli plate. Again, you have to experiment and find your own rhythm that works for you. It’s all quite exciting and fun! I do hope you’ll give it a try!

    Thanks for being here.

    Sending Blessings to you,

    Briana of