Hello! After doing some coloring on-the-go, I needed to add them to cards. Therefore, I grabbed a stencil and came up with six quick stencil techniques.
There are many wonderful ways to use stencils on cards. (Be sure to check out these videos HERE, HERE, and HERE.) However, today I wanted *quick* and easy – nothing fancy. Here are six I came up with…
IDEA 1: LAYERED INKING
Layering inking with two stencils gives the look of dimension. Here I first inked over the My Favorite Things Cloud Stencil with Salty Ocean Distress Ink and an Mini Ink Blending Tool. This creates the most beautiful clouds! I then inked over the My Favorite Things Radiating Rays Stencil with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink. The layer nicely and it takes no time at all.
(I colored all of today’s images with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens and Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer Pen. This is fast to do and gives lots of shine. Head HERE for a video on this coloring method.)
IDEA 2: OFFSET INK LAYERING
One technique that works really well with any stencil is offset inking. Just ink it once in one color and slightly offset and ink in another color. It gives a dimensional look! Here, I offset inked over the My Favorite Things Cloud Stencil with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and Salty Ocean Distress Ink. I then added the sweet images from the My Favorite Things Mermazing Stamp Set and bubbles with Tonic Morning Dew Clear Grande Nuvo Crystal Drops.
Lila insists this little mermaid is her…
IDEA 3: WHITE INK STENCILING
Another very quick way to create a beautiful background with a stencil is with white ink on a colored cardstock. Here, I applied Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink over my My Favorite Things Cloud Stencil on bright blue cardstock. It makes it look like the clouds are glowing! The tree is from the My Favorite Things Beach Scene Builder Die Set and the sentiment is from the My Favorite Thigns More Essential Sentiments Stamp Set.
IDEA 4: TRACE PATTERNS
Simple, simple, simple! Try tracing your stencil with pens to create detailed backgrounds. For this subtle ocean background, I traced the My Favorite Things Cloud Stencil with a Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen. The shine is pretty! I then added the beautiful fish from the My Favorite Things Exquisite Ocean Stamp Set. The eyes? I used Tonic Ebony Black Nuvo Drops.
IDEA 5: SHIMMER MISTS
Mists are great to use with stencils, but I tend to make a mess with them. Therefore, I like to stick to clear shimmer! Here, I misted below the My Favorite Things Cloud Stencil with Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz. This creates the perfect sparkly ocean in no time. I added more images from the My Favorite Things Mermazing Stamp Set. I tell ya – I can’t get enough of this fun set! And the bubbles are again Tonic Morning Dew Clear Grande Nuvo Crystal Drops.
IDEA 6: HEAT EMBOSSING
Heat embossing works great with stencils. Here, I inked over the My Favorite Things Radiating Rays Stencil with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink and added Sparkle Embossing Powder. After heat setting, I have lots of texture and shine!
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