Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Slimline FUN . . .

Hello Friends and welcome back to my blog! 
SO happy you've stopped by today!
I'm telling you . . . I'm having so much fun with these slimline styled cards!
Over the weekend I was playing with some new & old stencils, creating background panels for this style of card and I will finish the fronts/insides as I go along.
What do you think??

Aren't they awesome?

The stencils I have used are all Tim Holtz stencils.  And, my mind is running wild with ideas for each & every one of them.   Now keep in mind, these particular stencils are NOT QUITE long enough to cover the entire panel but if you're careful, after you do the entire stencil once, you can adjust the stencil on your working panel and finish it to the end.  Just takes a little extra time & effort but the results are well worth it!
OR if you notice on the Birch Tree stenciled card, I simply sponged green oxide ink on the extra space to create a grassy area under the trees.  Use your imagination ... it's fun!! 
Most of my Tim Holtz Stencils were purchased through the Dies R Us store.  They have a ton of stencils by various companies ... be sure to pop over and check them out for yourself.

Inside view


Here's one I completed using just a portion of a Clear Scraps 6x6 'Party' stencil for the bottom portion of my slimline card.  Leaving room at the top for my birthday sentiment.

6" party

I've used various TH oxide distress inks & sponge daubers for my coloring.
The BIRTHDAY panel comes from the Poppystamps 'Jumbled Happy Birthday' die and since the word Happy was too large, I grabbed a smaller 'happy' word from an older Impression Obsession word set I had in my stash.

I die cut the sentiment from a colorful panel I had in my stash from a previous project that was created using various oxide distress inks.  There was just enough left for the word and it ties in perfectly!

As time goes by I will share the finished cards using these fun stenciled backgrounds!
If you haven't yet tried these slimline cards, give it a whirl.

Here are the easiest dimensions I've found:
Card Base - 8 1/2" x 7" (scored at 3 1/2") creating a card base 8 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Matting Panel - 8 1/4" x 3 1/4"
Background Panel
- 8" x 3"

These slimline cards fit in your everyday Legal sized envelope ... no need to look for special envelopes!

Well there you have it!
That's it for me today ... short & sweet!
Hope you enjoyed it!

As always . . .


  1. Wow... some gorgeous backgrounds Darlene.xxx

  2. Great selection of cards and wow the colours are stunning...xx

  3. Fabulous stenciled panels, good idea I had eh...LOL...now I have myself ordering more, someday I will flood MY blog with slimlines, they are so intriguing as you have shown!!

  4. Love that you've made a whole bunch of slimline cards, all different backgrounds, ready for the finishing details! The balloons card is great - love how bright and happy it is! Vicky x

  5. Ooooh, I love them all. I have to search out that plaid stencil, I think I may have one similar. If not, I'm going to have to get one. Looks like you had so much fun doing these. They are FABULOUS!!!!

  6. Dear Darlene.
    You sure are talented. Love all the backgrounds and the Birthday card. I am waiting to see what you do to make the backgrounds pop. Blessings to you and yours

  7. I love all of them. Such wonderful designs and colors. I have some stencils I need to try and work with too one of these days!

  8. Looks like you have a great start with your stencil backgrounds, love the cool sponging you have done with the balloons and that was the perfect piece to cut the birthday from goes with the rest so well!

  9. So there you are with the awesome backgrounds again! Just the sort of thing I love to do, getting the cards all ready for the topping. These are fantastic! You have a lot of fun stencils. I'll have to check out DRU's stencils. Now you've got me all inspired to make backgrounds and card layouts, but I'm on a particular stamp room mission right now, so we'll see how it goes. Thanks for always making it fun!

  10. Oh, sheesh, I forgot to say how amazing your birthday card turned out! I love all the colors and the balloon stencil!


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