Join Melissa Phillips today as she shares how to create stencils from die cuts to use on your next project.


  • STAMPS: Corner Adorner: July, Orchid Expressions
  • INK: Aqua Mist, Spring Rain, Sweet Blush, Pure Poppy, Autumn Rose, Ocean Tides, Prairie Grass
  • PAPER: Stamper’s Select White, Bitty Big Spring Rain
  • DIES: Mix & Mat: Herringbone, Pierced Feature Frames, Noted: Pinked A2 Vertical, Orchid Expressions
  • OTHER:  sequins

CLICK HERE to visit Melissa’s blog to see more!

If you are joining along this week, here are the details concerning the Make It Monday Challenge.

  • A new Make It Monday Challenge will go up on Monday mornings at 9am ET.
  • Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and include using a stencil that you created from a die cut like Melissa shared in the video.
  • Please enter NEW projects only.
  • Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).
  • Add your project to our InLinkz list below.  ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON PLEASE.
  • You will have until 6am ET, Monday, July 23rd, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win.
  • One randomly selected winner will be chosen from ALL the entries on Monday, July 23rd, after 6am. The winner will be posted here on this blog post, on Twitter and Facebook. The randomly selected winner will get a $25 PTI gift certificate to spend however they like!


Congratulations, Birgit Norton! Please send an email to customer service and provide them with your full name and the email address you would like your gift certificate sent to. Thanks so much to everyone for playing along!

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Join the discussion 17 Comments

  • 1
    christal mclean says:

    I haven’t even watched the video yet as I was captivated by this gorgeous card. The colors pop and the orchids are spectacular and set off so wonderfully in this frame. What a way to start Monday. Well done, Melissa!

  • 2
    Stephanie Clapper says:

    Good morning Melissa! Such a great idea and your video shows the ease of stretching our dies for stencils. I always love watching your creative process. I hope you have a happy Monday too! 🙂

  • 3
    Cindy H. says:

    What a lovely card, Melissa!

  • 4
    Jane R. says:

    Thank you Melissa for the stenciling technique. I love watching you and your ideas. I would love to see you do more videos. You’re very talented!

  • 5
    Karen b says:


  • 6
    Karen b says:

    Stunning as always!

  • 7
    Holly Saveur says:

    LOVE it ! So gorgeous..and indeed without the frame looks so gorgeous too!

  • 8
    Dawn Y. says:

    Oh my! How lovely, Melissa! Heartfelt thanks for inspiring us to use our Mix & Mat and Shape Shifter dies to create our own stencils. I just love the soft, textured backgrounds on your cards. Can’t wait to give it a try! 💗

  • 9
    Becky Green says:

    BEAUTIFUL, Melissa!!! I LOVE the Mix & Mat Dies for SO MANY REASONS, & you’ve given us one more reason! 😉 Your card IS GORGEOUS!!! AND I think the July Corner Adorner WILL be one of those EVERYONE WANTS! (SO GLAD, I got my order in last night! LOL) AND the orchids are GORGEOUS AS WELL!!! A BEAUTIFUL SET!!!! (One of Betsy’s BEST!) You’ve featured them SO WELL!!! 😉

  • 10
    Helen says:

    This card is so lovely. Creating stencils to produce the softly colored background is a great idea. Your video was so helpful for learning exactly how you did this for your card. Thanks for sharing both the card and the video. You’ve given me so many possible ways to layout cards as you considered your finished product.

  • 11
    Greta H says:

    So artistic & gorgeous, Melissa! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!

  • 12
    DIANA L. says:

    Lovely tutorial Melissa. Your work is very distinctive and I can almost always pick it how. You fooled me a couple of weeks ago when you switched out your colors.

  • 13

    Beautiful, love the layered look it gives and such softness!

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