January 10, 2023


I love black and white (or black and  very vanilla in this case) Designer Series Papers for so many reasons. Throughout the years, you have seen me use it in a variety of ways.

In my stash for oh, so long, was a piece of black and cream DSP in a classic houndstooth design. I had come across it countless times, but it never struck me as terribly useful. Until . . . I had one of those aha moments!

Why couldn't I stencil over the design?

The brain neurons immediately went into action! It's so exciting when that happens. Time to experiment!

First I made my "stencil" by die cutting two different sized circles in a scrap of old paper. I cut the circles a little distance away from each other so my sponging wouldn't get in the way.

I used Real Red and Pacific Point ink with a Blending Brush to create overlapping circles all of this 4" x 5 1/4" piece of DSP. In color theory, blue and red blended makes purple, which wouldn't have been a problem. With these two particular hues of blue and red, the resulting purple was very muted and you have to consciously look for it to discover it. The resulting piece just basically looks like red and blue circles.

In this closeup of the sponging, the purple is a bit more apparent.

Because I completely fell in love with the look of this background, I decided to preserve and show it off as much as possible. This prompted me to choose a fairly simple finish to the card.

I used the wonderful "thanks" die from the Amazing Thanks dies, on page 169 of  the Annual Catalog. I cut the shadow portion of the word from black cardstock, and the main part of it from Very Vanilla, glued the two sections together, and added it to the lower portion of the card, a little right of center. I adhered the word with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

The final task was to adhere it all to a Pacific Point card base.

Let me know what you think of the card, and share whether you've ever done something like this with black/white or black/cream DSP. Do you do anything else special with this type of DSP?

Experimentation is a big part of how you find the best of the best.
- Kari Skogland -





  1. That is lovely! I have never thought of stenciling over a black and white printed paper before but I really like your results! I'm definitely going to try that.


    1. Thanks, Joanne! I am so glad that I was able to inpsire you! Always my goal.

  2. Replies
    1. I am delighted that I could give you inspiration! It's the purpose of my blog.

  3. Interesting effect - I love your creativity!
    Thanks so much for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2023/01/shakshuka-love-this-dish.html

  4. What a fun technique! I love it. Thanks soo much for sharing at the Fabulous Friday Link Party

  5. This technique looks like it offers endless possibilities for creating colorful patterns. Thank your for sharing this post in the Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 49.