I used two stencils to frame my page: TCW Mini Divided Stones and Designs By Ryn Maidenhair Fern. Last time I used crackle paste with a stencil I had two major problems: the paste bled under the stencil and when it was dry it chipped of. Now I decided to start by dabbing a thin layer of gesso with my ink blender to give the crackle paste a base to attach to. I have also used plenty of washi tape to attach my stencil to the base and try and keep the paste in the image (luckily I have a few rolls of bad quality washi tape that peels of any project unless it is glued down, so I don't mind "wasting" it). The result is much better than my earlier tries. The gesso layer was obviously so thin, it didn't seal the brown ink from colouring the crackle paste.
The Craft Barn calendar challenge runs all year, with a prompt coming at the beginning of each month, and the link is open for two weeks. I love the idea of working a bit every month along the year and having a full calendar at the end of the year! If you haven't started yet, but want to join in the fun, you are only one month behind! The January prompt can be found here.