Monday, November 11, 2013

StencilGirl Hop With Foam Board

StencilGirl has Teamed up with Foam Board Express for this hop.
We were asked to design a project
using both Foam Board and StencilGirl Products.

We are making Truth Cards/Scripture Cards in a Ladies Group I belong to
and these girls need something to hold their cards in!
I thought a lightweight little card tray would be perfect!
 First I figured out how big I needed to cut the pieces.
You could make these any size you want really.
I went with 4" x 6.5".
Besides the Foam Board,
I found a box cutter, a metal ruler,
duct tape and tacky glue....
I was ready to start.

The Foam Board is super easy to cut through,
which is good since I need about eight of these trays! 

 Glue and duct tape hold these babies together!
When it is dry and solid you paint it with gesso
for a nice base to work from.

My friend Jackie came over
and we used Heavy Matte Gel with stencils
to give the sides some texture and depth.

Then paint and markers
and any other embellishments you want.
I painted the inside area a nice contrasting color.
Use Mod Podge or a Matte Medium
over the entire surface for an even shine.

Here I used the Gigi Stencil 
by Lizzie Mayne on the back and sides.
A Metallic Gelly Roll pen accented the shapes beautifully. 

by Maria McGuire.
The Metallic Gelly Roll
really pops on the blue background. 
Damask Medium Stencil by Michelle Ward
is one of my all time favorites.
I used it with the Heavy Matte Gel for the depth
and then again with paint when everything was dried. 

 The Crackle Stencil designed by Nathalie Kalbach
gave a huge jolt of texture on this tray.
I rubbed my paint covered fingers
lightly over the top of the relief shapes
Every tray turned out unique and beautiful.

So are you just a little bit curious as to what we are doing?
I learned about Truth Cards through Brave Girls Club.
They offer online art classes and community
as well as Brave Girl Camps in Idaho.
The premise is helping and encouraging each other.
Women Helping Women.
Truth Cards are a tool to help you remember
how precious and beloved we all are.
Here are some I have made in the past... 
Once a month the ladies in our class are making these
as well as Scripture Cards.
They will fill up their Beautiful Trays in no time at all!!!

Well there you have my project.
Beautiful and Useful.
And very lightweight!
Foam Board Express and StencilGirl
are offering a great prize for this hop...
Foam Board Express would like to offer a package of five (5)
of its 20-inch by 30-inch flat display foam boards,
 including one black foam board, one white foam board
and three additional foam board sheets in colors chosen by the winner.
Color choices include: green, red, yellow, dark blue,
 neon yellow, neon orange and neon pink.

StencilGirl is giving away:
Mary Beth's new DVD called: StencilGirl Mixed Media Sampler Journal.
All comments on all blogs are eligible to win.
Combined prize going to one winner.

That is a great Prize!!!!
So go to each of the hop artist's blogs
and comment on all of them
for more chances to win.
Blog Hop Order
Thanks for coming to visit!
Happy Arting my Brave Friends.


  1. Lovely box and beautiful cards, thanks for sharing!

  2. I want to be part of your group! I think we could all use a gratitude box! Thanks for the idea.

  3. My favourite project so far !! and I love your truth cards!

  4. I LOVE this project. I have a couple ideas for how to do this now!

  5. These are so beautiful! Love the texture and colour you achieved!

  6. Janet.. First those colors of the cards and your boxes are so beautiful. What great idea.. You have so much patience.

  7. What a beautiful idea about the Brave Girl course. I loved your projects. They are so uplifting. I'm crazy about your textures.

  8. Really great project Janet. Love the crackle stencil, looks like leather....xox

  9. what a lovely idea for holding the cards!

  10. Wow - great idea and use of the foam board! I would love to try something out with my 4 arty friends in our weekly art group meeting! There is a lot of potential here and the colored foam sounds great!

  11. Love your card trays, Janet ... and your truth cards are gorgeous.
    Dianne West

  12. These are cool. How do you do the Heavy mat gel with the stencils? I love the texture

  13. Beautiful!!!! And of course, I looooove the truth cards.

  14. LOVE what you did here. The texture on the board works well. The truth cards are inspiring.

  15. Practical and beautiful - great combination.

  16. Parecen unas plcaas de gran consistencia para que puedan convertirse en archivadores. Me gusta mucho la idea de decorarlas con los efectos de las plantillas, Un trabajo espléndido.

  17. LOVE your card trays! Great colors and the stencils you used are awesome! So many different ways to use both the foam board and stencils!! So glad I recently became addicted to stencils! They are so much fun and soooooooo versatile! TFS!

  18. Wow - love your trays - the idea of them & the decoration on them. What a great use of Foam Board.

  19. I've been sewing little boxes like this -- but kinda flimsy. These boxes are GREAT!

  20. first of all i love, love boxes. so to be able to make some for oh so many reasons with foam board would be awesome. and i sure would love mary beths dvd. thanks for the chances. xoxo

  21. What a wonderful and clever idea! I love the Scripture Cards!
    Now a box to put them into.
    Thank you for sharing.

  22. What a cool idea! I love the texture on the boxes!

  23. How great these are! So many things to add to my I want list.

  24. I absolutely love these- little works of art- that have a good purpose!

  25. I like the idea of using mat gel to give some texture with the stencils.

  26. Happy Birthday, Janet!
    Boy! Did you knock this project out of the park!
    I'm in the Brave Girls Club Soul Comfort workshop now. :)
    Your cards and card holders are WONDERFUL!! :)

  27. Your trays are lovely -- you've come up with great ideas!

  28. What a cool, different use of the stencils!

  29. Beautiful beautiful colors, textures and the idea for the trays for cards is brilliant. I can see doing this for ATCs too.

  30. Fantastic idea and love how you decorated them. Great work and great giveaway.

  31. What a beautiful way to store those scripture cards!

  32. Wonderful idea. I think I will make a box to store my birthday cards. Great work.

  33. the holders and cards both as scripture and encouragement would be great gifts,

  34. I had no idea you could do all this to foam board! Now I know what to do with scraps left over from my son's school projects.

  35. Another fantastic idea! Love those boxes. Now I'm going to have to make the Truth cards, too.

  36. Another fantastic idea! I want to make the boxes and the Truth cards. Would be good to store stickers and chachkis in, too!

  37. Wow, isn't foam board so versatile?! And, it takes paint so well. Love your idea-thanks for sharing. I'd love to win this terrific giveaway!

  38. Your boxes are beautiful! Great idea!

  39. Pardon me while I get up since this knocked me over! Wow!!!!

  40. What a great way to do this! Thanks

  41. I am grateful for learning so many techniques using these stencils. This is so much fun.

  42. such wonderful ideas, I will have to experiment.

  43. Who knew we could do this with foamboard?? can't wait to try...

  44. I love all the texture. Thanks for sharing this project

  45. Love the idea of the Truth Cards. Very inspirational... Thank you for sharing this wonderful project. Also I love the quilted project as well. Great work you are doing.

  46. Great colors and textures, interesting construction. Thanks for sharing.

  47. These Are beautiful! I love How you used the stencils

  48. Janet, Love your idea for the little holders! the embossing looks great on them!

  49. Those boxes look awesome! Perfect for the cards.

  50. Love all the texture on the boxes! What a wonderful idea-truth cards-and what beautiful holders!

  51. Love the idea of the truth cards and scripture cards held in such beautiful little containers. How fun!

  52. I love your work all the time, and I think these are wonderful! Love the color, the utility, everything! I was planning to use your design before I decided to play on the blog hop. Looking forward to making scripture cards to share

  53. Hope I am not too late to win the giveaway. I just love all the projects from t he hop and cant wait to get some foam board to try some of the inspirational pieces. thanks!

  54. Great project! You've got me thinking.

  55. What a super idea for a foam project! Love your trays, especially all that gorgeous texture you added.