It’s an Ellava Stencil of the Month! Last Orders please!

It’s an Ellava Stencil of the Month! Last Orders please!

Hi there.

Thanks for popping in. Monday blogs are ideal for showcasing our 4 core products of the month nowadays, and this Monday it’s

Stencil of the Month.

Elephant 7″x7″ Stencil: STE-AN-00270-77
This stencil is one of our best sellers actually. A lot of people evidently like elephants!

Here’s a delightful art sample made by another Barbara – Barbara Lancaster! And what a delightful piece of artwork this is! I LOVE the shrunkled baby elephant. That’s impressive.

I remember visiting the Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka many moons ago; the little baby elephants were too cute. I also remember seeing many of the older elephants chained up and shackled. But hey. What do I know. Sanctuary? Refuge? Or tourist industry?

Let’s take a look at how Barbara made this card. She has kindly written out the instructions for us too.


Trellis 7″x7″ Stencil: STE-PA-00018-77
Elegant Corners Stamp Set: STA-CO-10212-A5
Shrink Plastic Mixed Pack: ACC-SH-30567-XX
Folding Dual Heat Gun: ACC-MS-30217-XX
Jet Black Archival Ink: INK-AR-50030-XX

Elephant 7″x7″ Stencil: STE-AN-00270-77
Trellis 7”x7 Stencil: STE-PA-00018-77
Elegant Corners Stamp Set: STA-CO-10212-A5
Shrink Plastic Mixed Pack: ACC-SH-30567-XX
Folding Dual Heat Gun: ACC-MS-30217-XX
Jet Black Archival Ink: INK-AR-50030-XX
Gilding Flakes

  1. Place the Elephant stencil onto a piece of Stencil Card and trace around the design with a black Micron Pen.
  2. You need to make a separate copy paper mask for each different corner stamp you want to use. Decide which design is going in which area, taking time to plan their distribution around the elephant. Cut out the mask; you will need to cut out several areas for each design.
  3. Choosing one corner stamp at a time, stamp through the masks in turn using black Archival Ink.
  4. Position the Trellis stencil in the top-right and bottom-left of the design. Then sponge through some glitter glue, fading it toward the centre. The glue will stay tacky until you apply gilding flakes. Buff away the excess.
  5. Make another elephant in the same way as the first, but use Shrink Plastic this time. Cut out and heat gently with a heat gun until fully shrunk down. A mount is perfect for flattening it while it’s still warm.
  6. Use a blade to cut a slit each side of the big elephant’s tail, then thread through the little elephant’s trunk before gluing into place. Then mat onto a piece of black card and mount onto a card blank to finish.

Thank you so much for your inspiration Barbara! Top banana! xxx

Download your free Inspiration Sheet HERE

All 4 products of the month are still available at a super, knocked back January price until 31st. Click HERE to investigate.

Love & Hugs,



15 thoughts on “It’s an Ellava Stencil of the Month! Last Orders please!

  1. What an amazing step by step of Barbara’s. Love the way she has used the corner stamps. Hope you are feeling at least a little better today Barbara. xxx

  2. OK, who can see where I have put my shrink plastic? I really want to have a go at this one. Such a great use of stencils. I hope you are feeling a bit better and Mr Lurgy has been kicked out of the door into the snow. Take care, everyone. xxx Maggie (Silvercrafter)

  3. Hello Barbara,
    Love it, love it, love it. I want to try this for my great-granddaughter’s birthday card.
    I hope you are feeling better today.

  4. This is inspirational – thank you Barbara. Never thought of using corner stamps, zentangles would do it for me. I love elephants, even got a ” highly commended” for one of my pen drawings at an art show, not bad for a first ever piece exhibited. Am I proud – hell yes. Pity it went missing in our move to Norfolk. 😩😩😩
    Hope you are feeling better today, take care of yourself.

  5. Brilliant. Also solves a problem about what to do for nephew’s card next month. As he works part time in a zoo, perfect. Thank-you. X

  6. love this project using the elephant stencil. downloaded the details earlier & added it to my to do list. Hope you are feeling better today. OH has started coughing & spluttering again so hope he doesn’t try & share it with me like last time. We probably do need a very cold spell to kill off all the germs that are floating about but just don’t like the idea of snow

  7. Hi Barbara
    I’ve had this stencil for ages and have used it a few times, would never think to use corner stamps on it. What a brilliant idea. How cute is the shrink plastic one too. I must remember this for men’s cards. Hope you are feeling better today.
    Love Diane xxx

  8. Well been looking g all day for your blog and finally see it bed time think it hides from me some days never mind got here in end. What a great idea Barbara L thanks for sharing with us all have to have ago. Well been making Hannah’s cards today little to finish tomorrow have enjoyed my play but boy does my shoulder hurt worth it though dies and the big birthday stamp think was Tina’s dies were ones from show the other Sunday Katie loved them so that’s her card to Hannah similar to one you gave Hannah few twickes and made bigger will post when finished and given to Hannah even remember to take pictures keep forgetting night night xxx

  9. I got so excited at the thought of the new King plates, after I read the news, that I totally forgot to read your blog. The shame, especially as you never forget us. Sorry Barb!
    I have never done this sort of crafting and have resisted starting anything else new, but this is lovely and I do admire the talent. The elephant is stunning.
    I hope you are feeling better. Take care in the predicted snow, which I hope clears before Tina has to drive up to Peterborough on Thursday. Hugs. Annette x

  10. Hello Barb, what a super creative project from Barbara L. I have this stencil and I love it. Great idea. Was hunting for my pack of masking sheets yesterday and when I find them will have a go. Take care all. Bx

  11. This is on my “to do” list. Planning it for my husband’s birthday. We met in Livingstone, Zambia and would often watch the elephants swimming across the Zambezi between Zimbabwe and Zambia. A magical memory.

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