It’s no secret I love making mixed media backgrounds, the possibilities are endless and you can just go where the mood takes you.

For this set of cards, I had limited supplies, due to my house being packed up, so I went for a simple stenciled background, for each.

I used 3 different stencils, some Distress inks, blending tool, a few stamps from the same range and black embossing powder.

Black embossing powder can be quite finicky to work with, but the end results are always worth it.

Colours Used

To achieve the coloured backgrounds, I chose 2 -3 different coloured inks for each card:


Biker card with stenciled backgroundClown card with stenciled background Skate boarder card with stenciled background


BIKER: Faded Jeans, Shabby Shutters & Fossilised Amber

CLOWN: Villainous Potion & Prize Ribbon

SKATER: Ripe Persimmon, Candied Apple & Gathered Twigs


Just blend one colour through the stencil, without covering the entire area. Then go back with the 2nd and 3rd colours, to fill in the spaces you missed. You end up with a range of colour tones, due to the colours blending together in some areas.

I love that you can just create a heap of backgrounds like this and have them ready for card making or ATC’s. It’s something you can do, when the mojo is lost or you are restricted for time, but want to play.

At a later date, you can then add a layer of stamping, as I did with the squiggle stamps, cogs and stars.

close up of biker card

Then finish off with some stamped and embossed images, mounted on coloured card or paper and add a sentiment or quote.

They also look good with a splattering of paint or black ink!


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