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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.โ€จ

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

  1. There are so many beautiful stencils available now, and I do like using them occasionally for backgrounds. I need to practice/experiment more with them. Love your creations here. Thnks for another great video; full of helpful instruction and inspiration!

  2. I love using stencils. I had a chance to try these brushes at the Artistic Rubber Stamp Expo in Shakopee, Minnesota last weekend, and I wish I’d bought them. They were a lot of fun.

  3. Thanks for another great video, Jennifer!

    I do like stencils… they’re versatile enough to be used with many different materials and techniques.

  4. Love playing with stencils, recently got a Gelli plate and I’ve been having fun making prints with that and the stencils for backgrounds

  5. I just got a Hero Arts order this week. I had ordered a couple of stencils, but wasnt’ sure what I was going to do with them yet! Since I don’t have any Clarity Stencis Brushes (yet) – I’m going to try the “embossing” technique with them and figure out a way to color them after. Thanks, Jennifer! I love how you share diffrent ways to use products!!

  6. Thank you for sharing such wonderful ideas!

    I LOVE using stencils especially for backgrounds of cards and scrapbook pages. These brushes are going to make it so much easier to do stencil-ing. Even more so than ink blending tools! Thank you so much for this opportunity.

  7. I would absolutely love to win those gorgeous brushes!! The inks were beautiful & of course your kind voice & spot on instruction!! Thank you!!

  8. I am just loving the soft shot of color these brushes apply to the edges…I have never really loved the edges colored with either of my other stencil tools…,,,, it’s never uniform. Hope to give these a try! Thanks for sharing?

  9. You have created some wonderful soft colours and effects, I would love to win these brushes. Super video once again.

  10. I watched your demo on you tube. It is much like the Barbara Grey tutorials which I love. I watch them over and over.. I love the beautiful backgrounds the stencils give and the vast variety. I have been trying to buy the stencil brushes for months and they are always sold out. That is what I was looking for when I came across you web page and recognized the cards you made on you tube. I love the smooches video too. I hope I win this giveaway, but in any event I’m signed up and will see more of your work. Thank you for holding the giveaway and your youtubes. Sincerely Marion

  11. I’m somewhat new to card making and I haven’t used stencils yet. I just bought some of the Hero Arts ones you feature often in your videos. I’m looking forward to trying some of your great techniques.

  12. Yes, I like to use stencils. Wish I had more time to play with all of them that I’ve collected. Thanks for the helpful video. These brushes look great!

  13. Seeing this video makes me want to use stencils. To date, I have not used stencils, but can appreciate all the techniques you have shared. Thank you!

  14. I love using stencils.They are so versatile as you show in your post.Thanks for all the great tips.The brushes look awesome.

  15. I LOVE using stencils! I use them for everything from cards to mixed media art to collage, EVERYTHING!

  16. I use stencils all the time and love their versatility. Actually, I love anything that is crafty. I would love to be a winner…

  17. I love using stencils, but I sometimes struggle to find interesting ways to make them fresh. I LOVE what you did with these! Absolutely beautiful look! I am very much going to try it! Thank you, Jennifer!

  18. These brushes look amazing. I love the results you obtained when using them. Your cards are beautiful !

  19. Ohh wow, these brushes look really fun. I love all the ways to get different looks that you’ve shown us…thanks for another great video!!
    I love stencils and use my die cuts to make my own reusable stencil out of plastic school folders. Stencils are so versatile and fun…everyone should give them a try ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. I can’t say I like using stencils, because I never have. But I know I love this technique, and so I’ve just ordered some of the supplies. Whether I win the giveaway or not, I can’t wait to try your technique! and I’m so happy the clarity brushes are available in this country now — the last time I looked for them, they were only available in the UK. Yay!

  21. Your cards are lovely. I like to watch Barbara Gray’s videos, and I went in search of these stencil brushes after seeing her use them. I couldn’t find them available anywhere in this country. I’m so glad to see that Simon Says Stamp is selling them now. I love using stencils and the soft look these brushes give. Thank you for the video showing so many ways to use both.

  22. Gorgeous cards!! I have only tried out a couple of stencil techniques, but am excited to try new ones and these stencil brushes look awesome! Thanks for sharing

  23. I’ve stenciled on fabric, walls, and cards but you still find more techniques to use them. I’d LOVE a set of the brushes. If I don’t win them I’m sure to buy them. Thanks again for the inspiration Jennifer!

  24. Love the beautiful backgrounds I get when using stencils. The Clarity Stencil Brushes would make this technique so easy and fun! Great product!

  25. I have used stencils but have seen much more I can do with the new brushes from your video. Thanks for all you do.

  26. I love your ideas on using stencils in different ways and using different mediums. I use mine as well to create unique backgrounds. Thank you for all the awesome videos!

  27. I rarely use stencils but do enjoy the look of stencils. Perhaps these brushes would give me more confidence to explore stencils.

  28. I am new to stencils and I love using them. My favorite thing right now is to use this spackle-type stuff to make raised designs. I think these clarity brushes would have so many great applications. This video is fantastic. Thank you for the giveaway opportunities and for always making such great videos! I cant believe how much I learn from one video. I like that you really pack in the content. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. I love using stencils as well. You’ve inspired me to pull them out and make some cards. Just wish I had these cool brushes to play with!!! Keep up the great tutorials Jennifer! I love them all!
    Bridget Parker

  30. I have just started using stencils and I love them! So many options and ways to change out the looks of my cards. Thank you for all your wonderful videos with ideas and inspiration — exactly what I need!

  31. I have a few stencils and never really knew how to use them. I think now that I saw your video I would love creating stenciled backgrounds with them. Thanks for all of your technique videos, they are so informative and inspirational.


  33. I love stencils. I actually think I have a problem? I cannot control how many I buy. I don’t need all of them. But when I am faced with different kinds shapes and sizes I melt. All reasoning is gone gone. I have to have them. Hmmmmm. I wonder if there is a name for this type of sickness?????Lmao

  34. That technique looks awesome! I tried to buy the brushes, hopefully they have more soon! Thanks for your time ๐Ÿ™‚

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