Blessings – Rub Away Stencil Technique

Hi Friends! I’m so happy you stopped by to see my latest creation for Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge. Our theme this week is, It’s A Stitch Up. I’m still creating Autumn cards and used an awesome technique with layers of ink and a stencil to create a beautiful background. It may look complicated but it’s really simple. All you do is choose some inks and spray them on heavy cardstock, lay down your stencil and watch the images come to life as you gently rub away the top layers of paper with a baby wipe. I have a tutorial below to show you how it’s done. Enjoy!

Also, please check out our guest designer this month, Suman Pandit from Imagine Create Art. Her card last week was beautiful and the background, amazing. Please stop by and send her some love.


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Creating A Rub Away Stenciled Background for a Handmde Card

Begin with a piece of Neenah Solar White 110 lb. cardstcok. Spray the entire piece with Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain.


Creating Background Using Stenciled Rub Away Technique

While the cardstock is still wet, spray Forest Moss Distress Spray Stain in random areas. Quickly move on to the next step before the sprays dry.


Creating A Background Using Stenciled Rub Away Technique

While the cardstock is still wet, lay stencil over damp, inked cardstock and gently begin to rub away the top layers of paper with a baby wipe. You will see the colors and image come to life. Be careful, this is a slow process and you need to rub the layers away slowly and gently.


Creating Background Using Stenciled Rub Away Technique

Continue to move the stencil around where you want an image. All I want are leaves in my background so I continue to randomly add one leaf after another until I’m pleased with the way it looks. When the panel is completely dry, I add a little Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber to the leaves to brighten them.


Handmade Card With Stenciled Swipe Away Technique


To finish the card, I add some leaves left over from other projects and bundle them together. I wrap some burlap twine around the main card panel and place the bundle of leaves under the twine. I add a small butterfly from Tim Holtz Botanical Ephemera and a Big Chat sentiment sticker. I adhere that panel onto a piece of distressed golden yellow cardstock that has been “stitched” with one of the stamps from the Bo Bunny Stitches stamp set. I adhere that to a distressed piece of orange cardstock and finally to a 5″ x 7″ piece of Simon Says Stamp Dark Chocolate cardstock.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I put this card together and that you give the stencil rub away background technique a try. Thanks for sticking with me to the end and I hope you join us for this fun challenge. Remember to link your creation to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to their store.

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  2. Gorgeous card Cathie!! I love the autumnal colours and the leaves are fabulous! I never saw this technique before and I have to say the texture looks amazing! I am going t have to have a go at this 😉

    Lols x x x

  3. WoW! This is so cool technique and the effect is amazing, the leaves sems to be letter pressed! Amazing and creative way of making background. I love the bold colors you always use, they looks always amazing. Hugs, Marzena

  4. KAT Tucker (@kattoy1)

    Love that background technique – this card is awesome!

  5. What a fantastic background technique, Cathie! I love how you did that, and will definitely be trying that one myself. Love that little extra stitching touch with the cord too. hugs, Maura

  6. AWESOME!!! This is an amazing technique! Thanks for sharing, I will definitely try this!

  7. Wow Cathie- this is so very pretty! The leaves really came alive with the different layers- your final step was perfect (always a fan of that Spiced Marmalade!) I love your tutorial and can’t wait to give it a try.

  8. Such a beautiful autumnal card! I enjoyed finding out how you created this piece too, the way you removed the layers of paper using the stencil design is amazing 😁. Wishing you a great week! J 😊

  9. Stunning card, Cathie! I LOVE the technique! It turned out fabulous!! : )

    Simon Says Stamp!

  10. I LOVE that background and what a fabulous technique…it’s so effective and creates such a wonderful texture and depth to the project! I love it, Cathie and thanks so much for sharing all the details… <3

  11. What a cool technique and beautiful!!! Fabulous card!!!!

  12. wow what a great technique resulting in a stunning effect…hugs kath xxx

  13. Wow! I love how you are always trying new things. I feel like I get stuck in a rut sometimes, but you are always doing refreshing new techniques. I love how this turned out and it really gives it a cool blurred effect!

  14. Love the gorgeous background colors and the beautiful stitching on this card, Cathie. Such a fabulous design!

  15. So lovely, the background is fantastic! I love the way you achieved it!
    Awesome project Cathie.

  16. What a super cool technique, it looks amazing Cathie! It has so much depth and interest! Hugs, Sandra

  17. Wow, love this technique! Your card is fantastic and as always love your tutorial! Fabulous piece! Barbara

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