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Text and Texture Play with Seth Apter’s New Stencil

Decided to play around on a scrap of cardboard with Seth Apter's newest stencil

Words inspire me so you bet I was excited to play with Seth Apter’s new stencil, Explore. It’s loaded with words and lots of texture too.  For today’s play, I’m using fancy fancy things…like cardboard from a box, a cosmetic sponge, and old scrapbooking paper.

This is just one of many stops in a blog hop celebrating Seth’s latest stencil release.  You can find all of his new stencils at StencilGirl and there’s a giveaway too! All the details at the end of this post!

An then an OOPS…

Yes, there is an Oops thanks to my impatience in the video.  Every Oops is an opportunity and this is no exception.  Since an Oops is a good thing to me that means impatience is a good thing too, right?  I’ve become very good at rationalizing…

Watch Text and Texture Play on YouTube.

Here are the stages this cardboard scrap went through as I added scrapbooking paper, stenciled on it, stenciled some more, and then scribble journaled.

Decided to play around on a scrap of cardboard with Seth Apter's newest stencil

In honor of Seth’s newest release of Text and Texture and Techno Insider stencils, StencilGirl is giving away a $25 gift certificate to one lucky commenter!  Leave a comment here to be entered and if you want more chances to win, leave a comment on each blog in the hop.  Of course, only 1 comment per blog.  But hurry, the giveaway closes at 11:59pm  CST on July 24th!  You can see more inspiration using his fun new stencils at each stop on the hop!  Check ’em all out!

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you are helping me keep this blog and my videos ad free! Thank you- I don’t like ads any more than you do!

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  • Nicie Ibarra July 20, 2015, 2:11 am

    Funny as always!!! Love the fact that you can’t remember what you wrote! LOL!

  • JackieP Neal July 20, 2015, 6:46 am

    Gorgeous!! How is it, your oops! Always turn out so beautiful!! I just love your palette-well done! xo

  • Mary C. Nasser July 20, 2015, 7:42 am

    Great video and piece, Carolyn!
    Love how you use the supplies you already have on hand!
    And you know I LOVE those colors!! 🙂

  • Angie Winkler July 20, 2015, 8:03 am

    Would love to get my hands on Seth’s new stencils!!

  • normajean July 20, 2015, 9:04 am

    Liked how you repeated the “true-false” lines with the stencil

  • EvelynH in NYC July 20, 2015, 9:57 am

    Excited to play with Seth’s new stencils.

  • Suztats July 20, 2015, 10:12 am

    It’s always fun watching you play. I like Seth’s new stencils.

  • Bethany July 20, 2015, 10:33 am

    The stencils are great and I love the colors you used.

  • PatGLex July 20, 2015, 10:36 am

    Have had my eye on Seth’s Techno stencils . . . and actually bought one of his earlier texture stencils during Mary Beth’s latest sale. . . And the new ones are awesome!

  • Mary Holshouser July 20, 2015, 10:45 am

    There are no mistakes – only happy accidents (Bob Ross).
    Happy accidents keep us nimble and on our toes.
    thanks for sharing

  • Anjuli Johnson July 20, 2015, 10:47 am

    Thanks for the video! Somewhat unrelated, but I have to say I love the instagram, google+ and pinterest blocks on the shelves behind you. 🙂

  • Melissa July 20, 2015, 10:48 am

    I love your use of the stencils!

  • April Lopez July 20, 2015, 10:56 am

    As you well know I totally love all your videos and this is no exception! Love love love.

  • Carol July 20, 2015, 11:21 am

    I’m loving these new stencils! And your colors! Wonderful!

  • Tracey Mallaghan July 20, 2015, 11:35 am

    Love your page and I agree, every oops is an opportunity trying to escape 😉

  • Gwen L. July 20, 2015, 11:40 am

    Love your little cardboard scrap! This turned out great, and I can think of so many fun ways to use this piece!

  • Cheryl Johnsom July 20, 2015, 11:41 am

    I am always inspired by your work and your friendly way of instruction. Whenever I have an “oops” moment, I hear your voice in my head, and I giggle and keep going. Thanks Carol, my inner critic has settle way down!

  • Maria McGuire July 20, 2015, 11:54 am

    Who would ever think that cardboard could be so pretty! Had a total ah ha moment with the scrapbook paper 🙂

  • Laurel July 20, 2015, 12:04 pm

    LMAO! Carolyn I LOVE what you created, it’s my fave colors, blues and greens, and am laughing cuz your narration is always such a hoot to listen to. The sarcasm is wonderful and honestly I could just sit and watch you create all day long! I cannot wait to get Seth’s stencils to play with! Thanks so much for sharing this way cool cardboard piece with us! I can’t wait to grab some cardboard myself and create! Laurel 🙂

  • Shannonwl July 20, 2015, 12:26 pm

    Love the idea of exploring using new stencils/supplies with small pieces that aren’t a big commitment.

  • Darlene July 20, 2015, 12:35 pm

    Love the colors and designs!

  • Joys July 20, 2015, 12:35 pm

    Love this piece, oops and all!

  • Cecilia Swatton July 20, 2015, 1:08 pm

    great video, carolyn!

  • Wendy Harvey July 20, 2015, 1:21 pm

    I’m a long-time fan of Seth’s. I love his artwork, his blog, and would love to win his new stencils. Thanks for the opportunity. 🙂

  • Renee July 20, 2015, 1:21 pm

    I always enjoy watching your creative videos!!…They do inspire me to just let go & play!! 🙂

  • Laura July 20, 2015, 1:29 pm

    I love the fact that you used a ‘scrap’ piece of cardboard (something I find myself doing more frequently). It just goes to prove that anything can become art.

  • Elizabeth Lumsden July 20, 2015, 1:35 pm

    Love your video and Seth’s new release!

  • Sara July 20, 2015, 1:38 pm

    As always, your videos are a joy to watch and so inspiring.

  • Lisa Derby Oden July 20, 2015, 1:58 pm

    I love your ooops-es! Thank you for sharing your great ideas and uses of Seth’s new stencils.
    lisa(at)horseconsulting(dot com)

  • Jill Holmes July 20, 2015, 2:09 pm

    So excited to have MORE Seth Apter Stencils from the Urban Outsiders line! Whoohoo!!
    jrholmes (at) Comcast (dot net)

  • cynthia Taylor July 20, 2015, 2:25 pm

    I love your pages, those are some of my favorite colors! Love the new stencils too of course <3

  • William Charlebois July 20, 2015, 2:27 pm

    I wish my oopses ended up as nice as yours! 🙂 I have two of Seth’s stencils, but never get clean lines. Never thought I might need thicker paint! Doh!

  • helen markee July 20, 2015, 2:51 pm

    love the colors you used with the stencils!!

  • Monica Lowrance July 20, 2015, 2:57 pm

    well I’m sure loving your ooooooooops… whew hew..

  • Jean Marmo July 20, 2015, 3:07 pm

    Love seeing you play with these new stencils!

  • Marguerite Harty July 20, 2015, 3:11 pm

    Again you did an amazing piece of art with an awesome SG Stencil.. Got to love Seth’s designs… I want them all!!

  • Bleubeard and Elizabeth July 20, 2015, 3:15 pm

    Really lovely use of these stencils. Of course, I really LOVE Seth’s stencils, anyway, so it goes without saying I would love your very colorful entry. In the event I win, Seth has my e-mail address, because the one you see is no longer valid, except to log into blogger.

  • Denise Spillane July 20, 2015, 3:27 pm

    Great design and colors. Always love a good oops too.

  • Carla Hundley July 20, 2015, 4:16 pm

    How cool! Great job
    of coloring the cardboard
    with the stencils and paint!
    Carla from Utah

  • Jacklyn Young July 20, 2015, 4:29 pm

    I love these stencils!

  • dawn July 20, 2015, 4:49 pm

    I always love watching you create. Each time I watch you challenge me to create without letting the “voice” get the better of me.

  • Nancy Sapp July 20, 2015, 5:19 pm

    Carolyn – LOVE your Oops as always!! You’re a Hoot! Hope I win!
    Thanks for the chance.

  • Jacqualine July 20, 2015, 5:20 pm

    You are great! My first time seeing one of your videos and it was informative and entertaining – THANK YOU! Love your cardboard scrap and Seth’s new stencils!!

  • Doreen July 20, 2015, 5:21 pm

    Cardboard at its finest! Beautiful work!

  • Susan Schultheis July 20, 2015, 5:26 pm

    What could be better than stencils AND stamps. I love all of them…they look like so much fun!

  • Terry Garrett July 20, 2015, 5:29 pm

    Love what you have done with Seth’s stencils-

  • Cheryl July 20, 2015, 5:41 pm

    Love the piece! Great colors. Thanks again for showing us what you can do with an oops. Always encouraging for me since most of my work ends up with multiple oops.

  • Susan July 20, 2015, 5:55 pm

    Thanks for the TIPS! The oops looks pretty good to me…

  • Gilda (McStamper) July 20, 2015, 6:09 pm

    Always love your blog. Thanks for your video. Great stencils.

  • Annie July 20, 2015, 6:32 pm

    I like the way you use simple supplies that we all have to demo Seth’s stencils.

  • Vicki ross July 20, 2015, 7:31 pm

    Love it! Even the paper…now what will you do with it?

    • Carolyn Dube July 21, 2015, 10:03 pm

      No idea what it will become next, but when the muse tells me, I will most definitely share Vicki!

  • Amy M July 20, 2015, 7:49 pm

    Love the oops, the colors and the stencils. Thank you for sharing your ideas and inspiration with us.

  • Carol Ponsford July 20, 2015, 8:23 pm

    Thanks for the video…always enjoy them. Love these stencils and hope they will be at Stampaway. Hope to see you there too!

  • Ginny Markley July 20, 2015, 9:03 pm

    Love how you used Seth’s stencils to make a cardboard scrap.

  • Teresa R July 20, 2015, 9:24 pm

    Love these stencils and the way you used them

  • CLAUDIA July 20, 2015, 9:43 pm


  • Renee Zarate July 20, 2015, 10:17 pm

    Lovely use of the stencils and colors!

  • Carol K July 20, 2015, 10:33 pm

    Great ‘oops’ tip!

  • Bobbye Moncrief July 20, 2015, 11:35 pm

    I need this stencil! I love how you just changed the old scrapbook paper colors with paint! Never thought of that! Thanks

  • muriel July 21, 2015, 3:06 am

    Ah, I love the trick with the baby wipe. It looks like the stencils are full of possibilities. I am not sure we can get Stencil Girl stencils here in France. I don’t remember ever seeing any. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Anne Squire July 21, 2015, 4:48 am

    Layers 🙂

  • Nanette Leiker July 21, 2015, 6:00 am

    I love what I saw on your YouTube entry “Text and Texture” . I love that you used such bright futuro for your art piece! I also love oops moments, you learn so much about color, and how to fix the issues that come up!

  • Nanette Leiker July 21, 2015, 6:01 am

    I love what I saw on your YouTube entry “Text and Texture” . I love that you used such bright colors for your art piece! I also love oops moments, you learn so much about color, and how to fix the issues that come up!

  • Anne O'Connor July 21, 2015, 7:38 am

    Love how you used the stencils. I like how you always find a way to make meaning in your art!

  • Toni W. July 21, 2015, 7:47 am

    Love all the stencils and how you use them. I look forward to your posts! And I’d love to win!

  • Tamiko McCurry July 21, 2015, 8:02 am

    I am addicted to stencils and color. Love ya Carolyn!!

  • Boo Martin July 21, 2015, 8:33 am

    I like how you used your scrapbook paper with the stencil.

  • Faith Harless July 21, 2015, 8:39 am

    Awesomr stencil.

  • Rachel B. July 21, 2015, 8:49 am

    Thanks for the video!

  • stephanie July 21, 2015, 9:35 am

    looking good! loving these new stencils

  • Carol McGovern July 21, 2015, 10:42 am

    Always fun watching your videos. Thanks

  • Heather Goldsmith July 21, 2015, 10:44 am

    Just love that stencil. Cool, another giveaway. You are just so much fun to follow. 😉

  • Debby Riddick July 21, 2015, 11:00 am

    I love this stencil!

  • Barbara Cobb July 21, 2015, 12:35 pm

    Carolyn, like you, I adore using words. The new stencils are great.

  • Sande L. July 21, 2015, 12:37 pm

    Wonderful video filled with inspiration and techniques that I plan on using when I jump in and embrace my journal. Like you I love my Oops! moments…I always find a way of turning into something. If I have a Oops…I never start the project, no matter what it is, and turn it into something else.

    Thanks for the chance to win…

    • Sande Ly. July 21, 2015, 12:51 pm

      Forgot to add email address. Duh!
      eternallybroken (at) gmail (dotcom)

  • Nadine Wong July 21, 2015, 1:20 pm

    Beautiful use of Seth’s stencils. Great colour. Thanks for sharing.

  • Carmen Lucero July 21, 2015, 1:23 pm

    I love your freeness!! Very inspirational. Thanks for the chance!


  • Aleta July 21, 2015, 1:59 pm

    Awesome!!!! Thanks

  • mcsue July 21, 2015, 3:23 pm

    The Words are so different than the usual ones out here!!

  • Bernice Piotrowski July 21, 2015, 3:24 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Linda B July 21, 2015, 3:34 pm

    It’s always fun – and educational – to watch you “play.” I love how flexible you are and how you adapt your tools to meet your needs. :-)s

  • Jo Murray July 21, 2015, 4:11 pm

    TRUE : Seth’s stencils are SO versatile
    FALSE: Impatience is a handicap to an artist.

  • SmilynStef July 21, 2015, 10:09 pm

    Love the texty fun … smilynstef at aol dot com

  • Ginny Stiles July 22, 2015, 7:05 am

    Hey…$ for a new stencil or two would be super duper.
    I always give your website as a go to reference at my gelli arts workshops.

  • Jane Christensen July 22, 2015, 10:39 am

    I just love how you can create fun art on just about anything!!! Always fun to watch you creating and love these new stencils.

  • Becky July 22, 2015, 11:34 am

    I love the colors you used.

  • Anne Lou (Nan) Robkin July 22, 2015, 9:02 pm

    Carolyn, you are such an inspiration! Your videos always make me smile! Love the way you used Seth’s stencil!

  • Sue July 22, 2015, 9:33 pm

    fun fun fun, I do more oops than ahhhs 🙂 There is no real right way to having fun anyway. Like your work using the stencils and thank you for the chance to win them. 🙂
    soozyb at telus dot net

  • Sandra JG July 23, 2015, 8:35 am

    I love your oops! & thank you Carolyn Dube for another chance to win!

  • Jen Stevens July 23, 2015, 10:46 am

    Love it!! Always love watching you play 🙂
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Debbi Haynes-Jacintho July 23, 2015, 1:45 pm

    I could watch your videos all day — woman, you are a cray, talented HOOT !! Thanks for sharing your talent !!

  • kim July 23, 2015, 2:19 pm

    Always love the projects you share, so awesome! Thanks so much again today!~kim
    blueroseblogger (at) gmail (dot com)

  • TX Creatrix July 23, 2015, 3:36 pm

    LOVE it!!

  • cindy July 25, 2015, 4:33 pm

    I found you through Seth’s blog. Absolutely love your work and your videos!
    Thank you!