It's my pleasure to join Jessica Sporn on another Stencil Test Drive, this time with her “Embrace the Rain” design.  It's an honor to share this stencil showcase with Carolyn Dube, Natasha May, and  Michelle Rydell.  Here's the stencil we all used:


I used jet black Archival Ink to stencil the girl and umbrellas, and then made a mask with post-its to cover her feet and the bottom umbrella.




Masking those parts allowed me to stamp over the stenciled images with my the Stampers Anonymous ledger stamp to create a solid floor for her to be standing on… love that!




I used the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Block Talk alphabet die on textured grungepaper and painted it with Rangers' acrylic paint dabbers.




I added some Making Memories alpha stickers, and colored them with Scattered Straw distress ink.  Added some background stamping and stenciling with different colored inks, and the giant flourish in jet back archival.




I used Tim Holtz's new Remnant Rubs… hope you like them as I think I'll be using them a lot!  I love the variety of font sizes and images on the sheets, plus they went on very smoothly even over the paint. You get two sheets per package, which I didn't realize…. it was a happy surprise knowing there are two of everything. I used the Words rubs but Kim has both sets in the eclectic Paperie shop.  I used the “observations” and part of the alphabet strip on the bottom right, plus three small phrases I spaced around the girl and the umbrella.




Here's another project I made with this stencil back when I first received it.  Be sure to visit Jessica's site and all the other artists who had the chance to play with this fun stencil.  Jessica has a stencil giveaway, too!


Many thanks for the visit.  Also linking to the Masks & Stencils challenge at Inspiration Journal.



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  1. Maria McGuire on April 10, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Love what you did with the stencil–especially the ledger stamp at the bottom!!!

  2. Paulette on April 8, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Very creative! Love the blue colors!

  3. Anna Ely on April 7, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Love it! I can just feel the wind blowing. I like the idea of the big words. I need to cut some too…as I am always wishing a had just that type of thing to finish off the page.

  4. Sara on April 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    What an awesome stencil! I’ll have to keep an eye out for that one! Love what you did with your page, it looks fabulous!

  5. Terry on April 4, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    You did wonders with that stencil! Love the design and how you put this all together! We live in a very windy place, but no umbrellas required! :-)

  6. Brenda Brown on April 4, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Fits in perfectly with the weather we have been having over here Marjie. Wet, cold and windy. Love what you have done with this stencil to build the scene.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  7. Kate on April 3, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    What a cool stencil. I love how you used it! Fabulous background!!

  8. Kay Wallace on April 3, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Hi, Marjie! I have been checking out the results of the “test drive” of Jessica’s new stencil and have been totally enjoying my travels from blog to blog! You have done just an outstanding job with your *almost* monochromatic journal page! Love how you blocked part of the images to allow the additional stamping! Brilliant work!

  9. Annie G on April 3, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Fabulous make Marjie x love the colours and the images are amazing.


    Crafty hugs
    Annie x

  10. Dorothy McCarthy on April 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Very creative!!

  11. Kathi R on April 3, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    This is fabulous! I love how you used the stencils and that gorgeous blue color scheme!

  12. Sandra on April 3, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Stunning layout! Love those stencils! And that beautiful blue background, all build up with tons of layers! Hugs, Sandra

  13. linda on April 3, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Great project. I like the theme. those stencils and rubs look like they would be loads of fun to use.

  14. Cathy on April 3, 2013 at 9:16 am

    great treatment, perfect sentiment

  15. Caroline on April 3, 2013 at 5:35 am

    What a fantastic stencil, so different & versatile. Your use of it is just brilliant, loving the colours. Also can almost feel her moving! TFS :))

  16. Anita Houston on April 3, 2013 at 12:25 am

    The stencil is just wonderful!!! I love your page, and the sentiment if perfect for her! The swirls and arrows are cool too!

  17. Shahrul Niza on April 2, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    This one is so cute, love the rain scene :). You know what, nowadays I’m embracing the rain. If it suddenly rains on my walk, I would smile, breathe and say, “it’s just water”. I LOVE this!. HUGS.

  18. Carolyn Dube on April 2, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Black with the blue! The blue is such a great water color to with a rain stencil! Love how you’ve incorporated stamping and rubons with it too!

  19. Renee Zarate on April 2, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Love what you did with the stencil! Awesome!! The ledger stamp for a floor was brilliant.

  20. kathy/NorthCarolina on April 2, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    What a great stencil! I love the way you placed the words around her body…so fun! The floor is fabulous…I studied it for quite a few minutes…lovely texture and it adds wonderful depth to the page, too. Every element serves a purpose…gotta love that. And the arrows and swirls give it great movement. Yep. I love it!

  21. 2amscrapper on April 2, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! Where do I get this stencil?

  22. Lorraine aka Grannypoppy on April 2, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    This is great, Marjie … such a feeling of movement in your piece. You are developing your style and growing at such a pace … I love your work :)

  23. Nancy Lee on April 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Love the colors! Like the different texture you used with the words.
    (I would like to see how you mask a stencil).

  24. Lynne on April 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I like the way you created a floor for her.
    The most amazing energy on this page.

  25. Alison on April 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    What a fabulous stencil! Your page is wonderful Marjie! x

  26. Sue C on April 2, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Fabulous journal page Marjie ! The stencils are fantastic, love how you’ve masked off the feet and umbrella and the letters on the textured Grunge Paper. Sue C x

  27. Redanne on April 2, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Hi Marjie, I love this project and I love that stencil. Hope it will be available over here because it is so perfect for our British weather! Love how you created so much depth and the blue is gorgeous. Hugs, Anne x

  28. Corrine on April 2, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Wow, wind is right, must be howling through this page like it is here. Love your letters and your composition….xox

  29. Silvia on April 2, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    How cool, looks really fantastic.

  30. Victoria Sturdevant on April 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Love your page!

  31. Judy Shea on April 2, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Marjie.. you achieve such beautiful deepness with your art. Tim Holtz should be proud. Another piece using Jessica’s stencils that depict movement. Just striking.

  32. Christine Kiehl on April 2, 2013 at 11:35 am

    This is such a cool test drive! My very first and I am so excited to join in the fun! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful project!

  33. Michelle LaPoint Rydell on April 2, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Beautiful colors and beautiful piece!!! I love what you did with the masking technique Marjie, and the use of that Tim Holtz stamp as a floor is so cool! I have that stamp too and now you are inspiring me!!! Great use of the stencil!

  34. Linda K on April 2, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I really love how you used the stencil in both your beautifully composed and layered journal pages!!

  35. roberta on April 2, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Nice work with a wonderful stencil. SO much movement!

  36. Julie Tucker-Wolek on April 2, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Wow wow wowwwwwwwwwww! This is AMAZING!! I am IN love with that stencil!!!

  37. Jessica Sporn on April 2, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Fantastic! Love that you and Michelle each used one of the girls, but a different one. Very cool and the masking worked brilliantly. Great saying on a great page.

  38. NatashaMay on April 2, 2013 at 5:06 am

    I’m so enjoying seeing what journal pages come out of this stencil. :) What a wonderful work!

  39. Gigi on April 2, 2013 at 12:17 am

    That’s pretty cool!

  40. froebelsternchen on April 2, 2013 at 12:15 am

    an amazing “Embrace the Rain” page Marije!


    xxx Susi