Helen G. Designs Stencils | New Release Blog Hop and Giveaway

Hello hello hello everyone… Today… I have a very exciting and happy news to share with you all…

My new line of stencils – Helen G. Designs – goes live today at STAMPlorations store today!!! YES… you read it correctly! I am designing stencils and Shery is offering me an a spot at her store. I am overwhelmed with joy and grateful. Here’s a little story about what drives me to start designing:

Designing has been something I’ve been dreaming of doing since I was at middle school when I started with dress sketches. I never thought that this designing dream would come through now. This idea of designing stencils was started with my love for mixed media projects when I joined STAMPlorations team. I love using stencils to create some backgrounds for my projects so I started to make my own. I sketched some shapes on my table using one of the sketch apps, and then I turned them into some stencils that I cut with my electronic cutting machine. I am still at learning stage of designing but I love doing it! I hope that through this opportunity, I can keep learning, growing, and continue designing more.

All of my designs are inspired by drawings that you can do with pencil or makers on projects. The sky is the limit to use these 6 stencils and with them creating backgrounds will be easier!!!

Hope you will like them and enjoy to create with them. Thank you so much for your supports and love. I cannot wait to see your projects!”

To celebrate this new release, STAMPlorations Girls have created projects with the stencils for the new release blog hop. I also have some projects to share with you all…

First project is this art journal. I used the Make Marks 1 ARTplorations Stencil, Make Marks 6 ARTplorations Stencil, Happy Flowers ARTplorations Stencil, Say It Big Bloom Stamp Set, Art Marks Stamp Set, and Mixed Media Elements Stamp Set.

In the video, all of those prints are printed with all of my 6 stencils, gelli plate, and acrylic paints. I used some of them on these 2 cards and others saved for future projects.

On this card, I use Make Marks 2 ARTplorations Stencil, Make Marks 5 ARTplorations Stencil, For The Birds Stamp Set, and For The Birds CUTplorations Dies.

And on this card, I used the Make Marks 2 ARTplorations Stencil, Make Marks 4 ARTplorations Stencil, Make Marks 5 ARTplorations Stencil, Make Marks 6 ARTplorations Stencil, and Healing Herbs Stamp Set.

On this card, I use the Make Marks 3 ARTplorations Stencil and Blossom Overture Stamp Set.

Technique I used to create the background is called monoprinting with stencil or other will call it stamping with stencil using watercolor paint. After the background dried, I stenciled the x on top of it with Archival black ink and blending brush.


Shery is so kind to host a giveaway for my new stencil release day!!! It is simply to visit and leave comment at STAMPlorations Blog Post and all the STAMPlorations Girls’ blogs where you all will see AMAZING PROJECTS!!!

And here are the Prizes to win:

  • ONE (1) winner of a $15 gift code to the STAMPlorations store
  • TWO (2) winners of their choice of 2 Helen G. Designs stencils.

The Commenting closes on May 8 and the winners will be announced on May 10 in the April winners post at STAMPlorations Blog.

I hope you all be inspired by each project that they shared using my stencils. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your supports and love!

Mixed Media ATC Cards – Dream On

Graciellie Design

Hello every one… Are you all ready for Fall? I know I am… I am dreaming of the cooler weather. Today, I have a set of ATC cards to share with you all.

On these ATC cards, I use digital stamp, stencil, texture paste, spray paints, and Gelato sticks. I also use cool color combo.

I started with printing the feather image from Graciellie Design – Obsessively Grateful Digital Stamp. I open the image with Photoshop and then resized it. I duplicated the images to fill the 8.5″ x 11″ (letter size) space. I printed it on a mixed media paper using inkjet printer.

Using craft heater tool, I dried the printed image and then start sprayed the Marabu Art Sprays on it. Then I dried it again.

I trimmed the paper into 2.5″ x 3.5″ using paper trimmer. I ended up with 9 ATC card bases that ready to be use.

I added more splatters on them. I used the spray bottle nozzle from this Marabu Art Spray. I flicked the paint all over the page. I dabbed some of the ink off with paper towel.

After the ink dried, I added some shadow around the edges of the cards. I added the Black Gelato on each card edges and then using my finger to blend the color with circular motion.

I added some texture on the background using The Crafter’s Workshop – 6 x 6 Doodling Template – Specimens and The Crafters Workshop – White Gesso.

When the gesso dried, I added some glue on the embossed images and feathers using glue pen. I let it dried until it looked clear but still tacky, and then I added the silver foil paper on top of them. I rubbed it gently with my finger to transfer the foil on the images.

To decorate the cards, I used the sentiments that comes from the same digital stamp set. I resized them and printed them on a heavyweight cardstock. Then I trimmed them with scissors.

I added each sentiment on each card with some of the natural twine ribbon and mini staplers.

They are done. I hope you all like these cards today. Thank you so much for stopping. Have wonderful day!

I link up at:

Simon Says: Anything Goes

Anything Goes #350-#351

More Mixed Media Challenge

Project Thursday ~ Mixed Media Artist Trading Cards

Precious Remembrance Shop

Hello everyone one… Helen is here. It’s Project Thursday time… And today’s project is a set of mixed media Artis Trading Cards that I created using stamp set, bits and pieces, paper snippets, buttons, and VersaFine Clair Ink Pads.

I am sharing a tutorial on these project on Precious Remembrance Shop Blog, too. On these artist trading cards, I used the Little Thing Stamp Set and the Coffee Love Stamp Set.

I stamped the triangles from the Little Things Stamp Set on tissue paper using VersaFine Clair Nocturne (Black) Ink Pad. This is a pigment ink, so it will take time to dry. I set it aside to dry while I was working on the cards.

I used watercolor paper 140 lbs for the artist trading cards. To create the background, I use the ink smooshing technique with VersaFine Clair ink pads and Staz-On All-Purpose Stamp Cleaner Spray. Since these ink pads are oil-based inks, water won’t work with them. But the stamp cleaner works like magic!

The Ink Pads I used on these card backgrounds are:

First, I dab a little bit of the ink on a craft mat, then I spray it with the Staz-On All-Purpose Stamp Cleaner Spray. I smooshed the watercolor paper in the ink. I did one color a the time and then dried them with craft heater tool.

I added thin layer of my homemade texture paste using palette knife on each card. This way give some texture on them and muted the colors a little bit.

After the texture paste dried, I added the pieces of stamped tissue papers on them using gel medium.

Once these cards dried, I added each of them on purple cardstock mat, green cardstock mat, and orange cardstock mat. After that I hand-stitched couple of the edges with white embroidery thread. And I added them again the last 3.5″ x 2.5″ card mats with strong adhesive glue. Lots of layers… I know!!!

Next step, I stamped the cup from Coffee Love Stamp Set with VersaFine Clair – ParadiseVersaFine Clair – Green Oasis, and VersaFine Clair – Summertime. I fussy each of the cup with micro-tip scissors.

On this first artist trading card, I added the blue cup. I added the XOXO word from Bits & Pieces : Love Coupon. I secured it on the cup with mini stapler. I added the cup on the card with strong adhesive glue. I added the sentiment from Little Things Stamp Set that I stamped using VersaFine Clair – Nocturne (black) on a white cardstock, trimmed it into paper strip, and doodled the framed around it with Faber-Castel PITT Artist Pen. I embellished this card with some of the Sweet Lavender Buttons.

On the second and third artist trading cards, I did the same steps that I used to create the first card above.

I also used one of the sentiments from Little Things Stamp Set that I stamped using VersaFine Clair – Nocturne (black) and one of the card from the Paper Snippets : TODAY. I embellished it with some of the Baby Blue Buttons.

And on this third artist trading card, I used one of the cute little cassettes from Bits & Pieces : Daily Thoughts to embellish the cup and the sentiment is from Little Things Stamp Set that I stamped using VersaFine Clair – Nocturne (black). I trimmed the sentiment paper and added on the cassette with adhesive glue. I embellished it with some of the Light Mint Buttons.

For finishing touch, I added some of white gesso on the edges of all the artist trading cards with my finger for extra distress look on them.

Thank you so much for stopping by today… Have a wonderful day!

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Project Thursday ~ Faith, Hope, Love ATC Cards

Precious Remembrance

Hello everyone… I so thankful for the faith, hope, and love that shown by my one and only Savior and LORD, Jesus Christ. Today is the time for another Project Thursday and I have 3 Mixed Media ATC cards to share with you all.

Precious Remembrance Project Thursday - Faith, Hope, Love ATC Cards with Leisure Arts Premium Colored Pencils

Stamps I used on my mixed media ATC cards are from Precious Remembrances: Sketchy Alphabets Stamp Set, New Day Stamp Set, and Love Coupon Stamp Set. I am sharing full post about how I created this ATC cards on Precious Remembrance Blog today.

I created the backgrounds with some acrylic paints and things I can find aroud the house, such as toile paper roll, plastic knife, buble wrap, and old credit card that I cut one of the edge with kids wave scissors. On each card, I added the twine on the card and secure it with mini staplers.

I received a set of 30 – Pack Premium Colored Pencils from Leisure Arts last week. I used these pencils to color each word on the sentiment. I LOVE these pencils a lot. I used 3 shades of colors on each word, and they blended very well without any blender pencils or blending solution. The colors of these pencils are beautiful and beautiful. Check out these close ups:

Precious Remembrance Project Thursday - Faith, Hope, Love ATC Cards with Leisure Arts Premium Colored Pencils

Precious Remembrance Project Thursday - Faith, Hope, Love ATC Cards with Leisure Arts Premium Colored Pencils

Precious Remembrance Project Thursday - Faith, Hope, Love ATC Cards with Leisure Arts Premium Colored Pencils

I cannot use them on more coloring projects in the future… and I will share them with you soon! THANK YOU SO MUCH for stopping by my blog today. I hope you all have a colorful day!

Joy Clair Christmas Coffee ATCs

Hello everyone… Finally… this week School is back here in Ohio area. I hope you all have been having a good week so far. My daughters have been looking forward to go back to school since mid-Summer break!

Today I have a mixed media project to share with you. These are my very first time created Artist Trading Card or known as ATC. It can be done with any technique, even simple collage of pictures or simply stamping and coloring. Honestly, at the beginning it was intimidating, but when I tried it, it’s super fun!

The ATC size is 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Some people recycle their playing cards. People also trade these cards, not for sale. It is a fun way of trading art works with crafty friends, don’t you think?

To create my cards today I used the Christmas Coffee Clear Stamps, homemade gesso, Gelatos, Stamper’s Big Brush Pens, PITT Artist Pen, Texture Paste, Stencils, Mini Staplers, Cardboards, Watercolor papers, watercolor brush, water, sprayer, stamping blocks, and paper towel.

I had so much fun stamping, doodling, and creating background with those supplies!

To see the full step-by-step picture tutorial how I created these ATC cards, please visit Joy Clair Blog today!

So…have you tried mixed media or made ATC before?

THANK YOU so much for stopping by today and I hope you all are inspired and enjoy them as well. Have fabulous day!

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Simon Says: Artist Trading Card (ATC)


Challenge #256 Anything Goes





STAMPlorations Things With Wings Blog Hop & Linky Party Week 2

Welcome to STAMPlorations Things With Wings Blog Hop & Linky Party! It is a 25 Days of celebrating Spring. The Design Team has created gorgeous Spring Themed projects to share with you.

Today we are at the Week 2. You can check out all the details at STAMPlorations Blog. Also, you are invited to the the Linky Party, too. More fun to have a party with prizes, right? Find out how you can win one of the prizes and special discount code, please read till the end of this post 🙂

Today I share 3 ATC mixed media cards for a mini pocket letter swap friend. I created the cards using Flutter Zen 1 Layering Dies – CUTplorationsTrendy Butterflies 2 Stamp Set, and Color Blooms: Coloring Book For Cardmakers, Crafters, And Mixed Media Artists.

I created the background with Color Burst Powder and I sprayed with mix of Perfect Pearl and water. The third card on the right, I created the background with Alcohol Inks. I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Ink Pad. And I also colored the flowers with Koi Watercolor Paints and I wrote the sentiment in the middle with Tombow Soft Brush Pen.

Here are the close ups of each card:

STAMPlorations Things with Wings Blog Hop

STAMPlorations Things with Wings Blog Hop

STAMPlorations Things with Wings Blog Hop

STAMPlorations Design Team are sharing their projects for thie week 2 here. Come over and check them out!


Blog hop starts at STAMPlorations Blog. Visit and leave comment at STAMPlorations blog and at each designer’s blog from April 5th through April 30th, 11:55 p.m. Pacific Time.

Winners will be announce on May 10 in the April Challenge & Hops winner post at STAMPlorations Blog. There are many prizes to win!!!

Now it is your turn to get crafty and join the party. By linking up you also have chances to win the prizes. Here’s how to play along:

  • Create a new winged-themed spring project project (any kind!).
  • Post it on your blog or online gallery (like Flickr, Instagram, SCS gallery, etc.) and then link up here.
  • Display our event graphic in your blog post and link back to this post to qualify for the prizes.
  • You may enter as many projects as you want, but each project must be in its own post (1 project = 1 blog post = 1 entry)
  • Use whatever product(s) you have; STAMPlorations products are not required.
  • Link up by Sunday, April 30, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (GMT-7).

And if you use any of STAMPlorations stamps, dies and/or stencils, make sure also to link it up at STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge

Before you go… I have a special code for you to use to get 20% off on all regular and sale-priced items STAMPlorations stamps, stencils, and dies by using this code: STAMPGIRLHELEN when you check out (please copy and paste the code). Code can not be combined your code with any other discount codes.

THANK YOU for stopping by today and I hope you all have a fabulous Spring!

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Challenge #278 – #279 Anything Goes

Challenge#196- April 2017 Anything Goes

April Challenge

April Challenge