Clarity Stencil Brushes + Giveaway

Hi! Have you heard the buzz about ClarityStamp Stencil Brushes? They are becoming very popular. I saw my friend Lydia use them a few months ago at a retreat and was impressed at the soft coloring you could achieve effortlessly. I finally broke them out and had fun playing!

Clarity Stencil Brushes Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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There are really a million things you can do with Clarity Brushes. In this video, I show several cards I created as I explored using them for the first time. I just LOVE doing this!

ClarityStamp Brushes have a pointed tip with super-fine, synthetic bristles. They are soft and easy to clean… and you can use them with ink and paint. I find they are very good for achieving soft ink blending with no harsh edges showing up!

Here are some techniques I tried:

EVEN INKING OVER STENCIL – For my first card, I used the Clarity Stencil Brushes to apply a soft, even layer of ink over a Hero Arts Bold Floral Stencil. I then die cut the sentiment using the fabulous Concord & 9th Friend Like You Die. Look how soft that pink color is…

Clarity Stencil Brushes Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

OMBRE INKING – Who doesn’t love a gorgeous ombre background? I found it SUPER easy to create with the Clarity Brushes. Just apply more ink in the center and less around the edges. This Hero Arts Glorious Petals Stencil is a classic. And can you tell I am enjoying that sentiment die?

Clarity Stencil Brushes Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

BLENDING BETWEEN MANY COLORS – Sometimes it is difficult to blend colors together… especially when space is limited on the paper. I created this soft rainbow background in minutes! And that Neat & Tangled Awesome Die will be making appearances on a lot of my upcoming cards…

Clarity Stencil Brushes Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

INKING EDGES – I really like to soften the edges of my cards, but sometimes struggle getting it light and even. For this example, I applied a light ink over the stencil and then removed the stencil and added a bit of color to the edges. Easy! That Hero Arts Bold Daisy Stencil is pretty funky, but I gave it a new, soft look with these brushes. That Impression Obsession With Sympathy Die is also gorgeous…

Clarity Stencil Brushes Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

CREATE COLORFUL PATTERNS – I like to create patterned with my stencils but inking over it, shifting it, and repeating. I find the patterns look best when done with light colors, so the Clarity Brushes were handy. That Hero Arts Floral Pattern Stencil is great for overlapping patterns…

Clarity Stencil Brushes Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

INKING OVER EMBOSSING – Stencils can also be used to dry emboss cardstock. Simply use the Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mats and your die cut machine! I embossed my white cardstock with the Hero Arts Floral Pattern Stencil and then lightly brushed ink on top. The raised edges took more ink and revealed the pattern. I also die cut the sentiment and brushed ink over it some more. I like how the added brushed ink intensified the inside edges of the die cut letters…

Clarity Stencil Brushes Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

INKING OVER DIE CUT MASKS – Don’t have many stencils? You can also create your own masks. Simply die cut from masking paper and put the piece temporarily on cardstock. Apply the ink on top and remove the mask. The results are stunning. This Impression Obsession Deepest Sympathy Die is so pretty that you don’t need to add much to the card…

Clarity Stencil Brushes Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

CONCENTRATING BLENDING – Sometimes it is fun to add a “cloud of ink” behind a focal point on a card. This is easy to do with stencil brushes. Here, I created a soft inked background and added more concentrated color over the Impression Obsession Deepest Sympathy Die cut mask I made. I then added a simple Avery Elle Sentimental “Hello” die cut…

Clarity Stencil Brushes Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

On almost all of these cards, I added several mists of Shimmer Spritz so they would sparkle in the light. I wish the photos could capture it! The one below does a bit. I recommend the large bottle and refill. This stuff is gorgeous and you can even watercolor with it.

Clarity Stencil Brushes Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

So… obviously I like these brushes! Please know that I was not asked to use them. I bought lots of them and fell head over heels on my own. 🙂 I will be sure to share more techniques in the future.


How would you like to win a set of Clarity Stencil Brushes? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 6/16/16 telling me if you like using stencils. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! Prize personally donated.)


Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), etc.

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1,145 thoughts on “Clarity Stencil Brushes + Giveaway”

  1. I love the Cards and Your video has really peaked my interest in trying some stencils. Thanks so much for the demo!

  2. I have them, but I’m a little afraid of them to be honest! Have seen the brushes a couple of times!

  3. I recently started using stencils and discover whole another world. I love the versatility of using them with paste, ink, color. It seems that Clarity Stencil Brushes are the perfect match with stencils but also with other techniqes.
    Thank you so much for making the videos, I truly enjoy watching them. You are a true inspiration!

  4. Wonderful review. These brushes sound fantastic and your video really shows their versatility. I have tried using stencils and ink them with little daubers but it tends to be a bit messy and intense. I like the soft effect that the Clarity brushes give. Thanks for sharing your review and for hosting this giveaway.

  5. I love watching you videos and the cards you make. I have tons of stencils just haven’t used much. I may have to get these brushes just to try. Thanks for sharing!

  6. That is a great new technique. I have tons of stencils, use them for mixed media. I will have to try it.

    1. I really am impressed by the even tone of the clarity brushes. It blends so well. It looks like it takes little effort to blend.
      Thank you for bringing up stencils. I have some of which are collecti g dust. Must bring them out to use!

  7. I haven’t used stencils before. I just bought my first stencil to use with the Tim Holtz blending tool. Those Clarity stencil brushes look fabulous (or is that just because you make everything look easy?).

  8. I love to use stencils – they have endless possibilities ! These brushes look awesome – would love to try them !!!

  9. I use stencils often and these brushes look great, I would love to try them! Thank you for the great videos!

  10. I am new to stencil long so only have a few. Finding the right brush/tool has been an issue. I wanted a softer look than what I have been able to get so far and have had trouble trying to get a soft blend. After seeing your video, I believe these new brushes may be the answer! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I love your videos! You do such a wonderful job of explaining and sharing! I’d love to have a set of these brushes – I’m new to card making and am very intrigued with this technique!

  12. I have some stencils, but don’t use them very often. I must admit, when I do get them out I like the results. Love the look of the Clarity Stencil Brushes, especially the soft blended couloirs you were able to achieve. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. I love using stencils, here are so many fun technics and ways to use them. I would love to try the clarity brushes!!!

  14. I love using stencils on my card, and oh my the clarity brushes leave such a smooth coverage on the cards, they are beautiful!

  15. I need to work on using my stencils more – I don’t always like the results I get. I think my mediums are too wet and they are running under the stencil. The brushes look great!

  16. Wow, I love all the stencil techniques! Those bushes are pretty cool looking, it would be great to win them, to try them out. Thank you for the opportunity!

  17. I love using stencils and would love to win the brushes. I like the effects you get with them.

  18. So amazing! I love using stencils and I would like to win the brushes to try out this fabulous technique. Thank you

    Carmen L

  19. I love using stencils, but the ink blending tools are very hard on my wrists. This is the perfect solution! I’m so glad you shared this video.

  20. I think stencils are so versatile and the new Clarity Stencil Brushes will be wonderful to use with my stash of stencils. After watching your video on these brushes, I also watched the tips on the Clarity website. Fun ahead using these new tools! Thanks so much. KD

  21. I do like using stencils but some how never think of it. These brushes definitely would change that mind set for sure!!!

  22. Hi Jennifer,
    WOW!!! I never realised there was so much you could do with a set of Clarity Stencil Brushes! They are quite expensive this side of the pond so right now I can’t afford to get a set, although I would LOVE to be able to experiment with them. It would be awesome if I were the one you choses to gift a set to. I’m sure that they would help with my blending A LOT!! I usually end up with a great blob of colour instead of gentle swathes of tint lol. Thanks for another fantastic video 🙂
    Bejay x

  23. I love stencils, I organized them this weekend and I stopped counting after 50. Some say that I have a problem. I say that I am in love with crafting and they are just jealous of my stuff…lol.

  24. Wow! I love stencils! The only way I ever used them was on a gelli plate or with a dauber. What beautiful effects you get with these brushes!

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a set!

  25. Love the softness that these brushes give. Your cards are are so lovely, enjoyed watching your video technique with the brushes and would love to try them.

  26. You shared so much in one video – and I loved it. Would like to see more videos with uses for the brushes. Would also like other uses for stencils.

  27. Wow – thank you so much for this video and sharing with us these wonderful new items….loved all your cards…what a wonderful array of ideas you have given us… I’ve not been a big user of stencils before – but I think you have shown them in such a different light I now will go and create some stencils myself to try out these techniques….Thank you I just love all your videos…

  28. How do you go from one color to another with the same brush with out ruining your ink pads by color transfer?

  29. Yes, I love to use stencils and have a sizeable collection. The Clarity brushes would be a great way to utilize these stencils in a myriad of ways.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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