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 to stencil, these brushes and tecniques you illustrate are wonderful – can’t wait to try them!

  2. Well I’m fairly new to stenciling so have tried sponging but these brushes look like it makes the job so much easier. I hope I’m chosen to win them. Maybe in the future when I can afford them I’ll get a set if I don’t win.

  3. I actually use stencils frequently for either backgrounds or a little image in the foreground. Some don’t have crisp edges, but I have found that a pouncer works pretty well. I was glad to see that your lines came out pretty defined from sweeping the brush. I have found some really neat stencils online and in art stores- some of the coolest are layered stencils that are meant for air-brushes. Thanks for the give-away!

  4. Yes, I love using stencils. There are so many options and mediums to use with them!!!
    Thanks for the opportunity!!!!

  5. I just used my clarity brush for the fist time with a stencil. I am now hooked. Love the way it turns out. Thanks for all the great tips

  6. Just used my clarity brush with s stencil for the fist time and am now hooked. Love the effect. Thank you for all the great tips

  7. Gorgeous cards! I don’t use stencils very often because I find that it’s hard to get even colour. These brushes would sure make it a lot easier! Thanks Jennifer!

  8. I love the *idea* of using stencils. 🙂 I have a few and I’ve been meaning to try it out, but still have never actually done it!

  9. I have used stencils a few times but after watching your video and reading your post I am interested in using them more. 🙂 Thank you for a wonderful blog & video’s! You are awesome!

  10. I do not use stencils often I only have one in my stash but with these brushes I think I would use it more often. thanks for another great video full of ideas.

  11. You can do so much with stencils and you make it look really easy to use. What a fantastic video and giveaway.

  12. I would love to use stencils to make my own scrapbooking paper. You have given me so many great ideas. Thank you!

  13. I do like to use stencils but it is one of those things I forget about. These brushes look wonderful. Thanks for a chance to win them.

  14. I love the added texture you can add with stencils, I use them often for my cards. Thank you for sharing this technique Jennifer and for the chance to win. ?

  15. I have used stencils a few times but after watching your video, with those Clarity stencil brushes, you make it look so much easier to get the soft ink effect, I would use them more. Thanks for your great informative video.

  16. I love using stencils. I am fairly new to cardmaking and I am not that great at using stamps yet so I love using stencils and the quick and beautiful effects that I can achieve with them. I would love to have a set of the Clarity brushes to use for my stenciling. Every one of your cards are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us and for the chance to win these amazing brushes.

  17. I absolutely LOVE using stencils, but have always had trouble with application of ink. Now I know I really need a set of these brushes 🙂

  18. Jennifer ~ love using stencils and learned so much from this video.. I love adding shimmer to my cards also! I love the brushes – a new must have

  19. I do have some stencils which have been sadly ignored, but I’m now so inspired by all your loveliness to give them another try.

  20. I have used stencils a couple of times,but using this video I plan on trying this method.Thanks for sharing.

  21. I rarely use stencils, but this has renewed my original zeal for stencils. I am looking forward to creating many cards with these. Thanks for introducing me to these brushes.

  22. I like using stencils but I have issues with the finish using sponges. I’d love to see what they look like with some brushes.

  23. Love all the ideas you’ve shared using stencils! I need to explore mor and having a set of Clarity brushes would make that so much easier! 🙂

  24. I love your tutorials and I’ve been slowly collecting and creating my own stencils. I’ve been using the mini ink blending tool, but always seem to end up with a few darker circles. Love to try these brushes! 🙂

  25. Love your cards! Love to play with stencils with different media. I think these brushes would make it SO much easier to use them with inks!

  26. Stencils are one of my new favorite tools! Would love to win these brushes. They are sold out everywhere!

  27. I had not used brushes before but I will now! Great for cards & scrapbook pages. Love your videos, so professional.

  28. I haven’t used stencils much but you make it look so easy!! And with absolutely beautiful results! Definitely going to be adding a few more to my stash 🙂

  29. I love the soft backgrounds you made with these stencils. I have tried a few stencils with very simple designs and need more practice. The idea of using detailed die cuts for stencils/masks is fantastic! Thanks for your wonderful ideas.

  30. Very beautiful light backgrounds! I love stencils and own quite few, but I must honestly say that I hardly ever use them. I should bring them out more.

  31. Those brushes look like so much fun. I could even use them with my acrylic paints, but I really like the soft look you get when you use them with the inks on the cards. Another winner, Jennifer. Thank you.

  32. I use my stencils in bursts. Recently I had fun pairing them with alcohol inks. I am keen to try them with those brushes, the coverage is so soft and seamless.

  33. I like using stencils but don’t do it very often. However, you’ve inspired me to bring them out. These brushes look amazing!

  34. Stencils are fun to use in general, but now this new technique using these fine stencil brushes is absolutely amazing. You do an amazing job on how easy it is to create soft blended and even ombré type of colors using stencils and brushes.

  35. Oh I just loved the blending in these cards! I really feel I could do these easily.
    Thank you as always.
    Carla S.

  36. I love the idea of how easy it looks to work with these brushes. I have difficulty using distress inks anywhere other than along the edge of paper.Your video makes it look super easy to apply light color in the center of paper without any streaking. These are now on my “must have” list!!

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