Magic Stencil Techniques + GIVEAWAY

Hi there! Who doesn’t love a technique that seems magical? Today I show how to use three different inks creatively with stencils to create a velvety background.

Magic Stencil Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Stencils are a great tool to use on cards since they have a low price point and can be used for many great techniques. Today I show a “magic” technique that can be done with several types of inks.

Magic Stencil Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Distress Oxide Inks and Distress Inks react when they come in contact with water. You can apply the inks to white cardstock and then “stamp” with a water-misted stencil. Wherever the water touches, the paper because lighter and velvety looking. For this card, I used the Hero Arts Abstract Waves Stencil. The mermaid and die cuts are from the Hero Arts May My Monthly Hero Kit and the sentiment is from the Hero Arts Color Layering Goldfish Stamp Set.

Magic Stencil Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The background on this next example was created by applying Hero Arts Antigua Shadow Ink and Hero Arts Navy Shadow Ink to white cardstock and then inking over a stencil with VersaMark Ink. This fabulous stencil is also from the Hero Arts May My Monthly Hero Kit. The sentiment? It’s from the Hero Arts You’re So Lovely Stamp Set.

Magic Stencil Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I had *such* fun with the supplies in this kit! Those dies are very detailed and gorgeous.

Magic Stencil Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Using the same technique, I created this background to go behind the Hero Arts Reef Border and Frame Die. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages Stamp Set.

Magic Stencil Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This card was surprisingly quick to make… thanks to the fabulous Hero Arts Reef Border and Frame Dies.

Magic Stencil Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The Hero Arts May My Monthly Hero Kit also includes several lovely specialty papers. Since I had my supplies out, I decided to make a few bonus cards. Using the same design, I used the papers as a background.

Magic Stencil Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Check out the shine in this paper!

Magic Stencil Techniques Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


This post is part of a blog hop celebrating the May Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit featuring an AMAZING amount of product. The kit value is over $70… but only costs $34.99. You can see all the details HERE. The kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. (Remember that Hero Arts does now have a subscription option with FREE US shipping and $9.99 international shipping in case you never want to miss out on a kit. Find out info HERE.)

There are also many fabulous new products available that coordinate well with the kit. You can find them all HERE.

Here is the kit. All this for under $35!

The next stop on the hop is the wonderful blog of the wonderful Wanda Guess. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Hero Arts Blog.)


Hero Arts is giving away a kit to a lucky blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. For your chance, leave a comment below and on all the blogs in the hop by 11:59pmEST on 5/9/17 telling me if you enjoy using stencils on cards. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be shared on the Hero Arts Blog. Hero Arts will reimburse the winner if they already bought the kit.)


Want to find 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. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those from Hero Arts or with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Hero Arts (HA), Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.


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504 thoughts on “Magic Stencil Techniques + GIVEAWAY”

  1. My daughter and I tried this technique after watching your video, and we love it! We tried it with a couple of stencils we had and then also tried a background stamp sprayed with water.

  2. This really makes me want to try the stencils! Your cards are fabulous and your videos makes it really easy to learn. Thanks so much for sharing your talent!

  3. I am new to Hero arts and I just saw this yesterday for the first time and I see they’re out of stock. I’m new to paper crafting and I love Jennifer videos and post I think the cards are absolutely adorable this one especially. I would really love to get this kit and winning it would even be better LOL I want to know if there’s a way to preview the kit in an option to cancel it for the month I didn’t see that anywhere on the hero Arts website. If you could let me know that would be great thanks.

  4. All the shades of blue, magical mermaids, reefs, and sparkle papers make such beautiful cards from Jennifer’s talented hands. This is a very magical kit!

  5. I love using stencils. But I don’t always like trying to blend my distress inks. I’m anxious to try the oxide inks sometime as they seem to take less effort. Love the cards you made and the new HA kit of the month.

  6. I recently purchased stencils, but haven’t used them yet. I AM anxious to try to recreate some lovely cards I’ve seen!

  7. I find stencils to be a great value because you can use them as many times as you want and in such a variety of ways.

  8. Beautiful cards! Fun kit! And what a great (and simple) technique! Love being able to get multiple use out of craft supplies. Thank you so much for sharing! ?

  9. I love using stencils on cards!!! You can get so many different looks with them and they really are a very versatile tool for any crafter and very inexpensive, which I know we all love. I have to say that I am extremely bummed out that I missed out on this kit (it sold out by May 3rd)!! I have been looking for a mermaid stamp set and this one is to die for!!! Thank you for sharing your amazing card ideas. So sad I can’t recreate though:(

  10. The idea of misting the stencil to make the oxides react is great! Very cute cards.
    I’ve never used stencils before but I’ll most certainly do.

  11. I love using stencils. They are usually affordable but so versatile on usage, esp. making backgrounds for the cards 🙂

  12. I do like using stencils sometimes, but this new technique you show cased, wow I love it. And it looks so easy, thanks so much for the inspiration!

  13. Love the cards and stencil technique you used to make the backgrounds. I enjoy using stencils on my cards and will try this technique with the amazing new oxide inks. Please ask Hero to make more of their monthly kits. This isn’t the first time I’ve tried to order a kit only to find it sold out already. So disappointing…

  14. After seeing you use stencils I now totally want to give it a go! Love to win! I also adore the mermaid stamps and the beautiful papers in the kit !

  15. I like the idea of stencils but only used them in ‘traditional’ way. Love all the ideas you give, so inspirational:)

  16. love Love LOVE this kit ans extras. Jennifer youre so talented, thankyou for being in the @Heroarts giveaway hop.

  17. Awesome cards…I LOVE all things beachy and this collection of cards are so inspiring. I’d love to find that HA reef border die but it looks to be sold out everywhere I’ve looked. If anyone has a spare or knows where I can find it please send me an email. Thanks for the wonderful cards, Jennifer!

  18. Love your cards. Just ordered the distress oxide ink pads so they’ll be here when the kit arrives.

  19. Jennifer,
    Thank you for your awesome blog postings & videos on Hero Arts products and additional ones used to create with. You have given me the boost I needed to stamp & create again. Love your HA May kit projects.

  20. Looking forward to trying this stencil technique with my oxide inks. Love using stencils on my cards

  21. I love all things stenciled! I loved attending the SSS Create event and meeting so many of you who make it possible for us who love this craft to create color stamp glue cut and stencil to our hearts content. Thank you thank you thank you!

  22. Beautiful cards!!! I love using stencils on cards!! I need to try the Oxide technique!!!

  23. I stopped your video to order the kit before it even finished, I was so excited about it! You thoroughly sold it, showing what wonderful things can be done with it. As always, great job, Jen!

  24. I love using stencils on everything. I like making backgrounds with them. They are more cost effective than background stamps and dies and look just as nice. I love this technique.

  25. Distress Inks are my favorite and athe new Oxides are phenominal. Just like all the cards you create Jennifer!
    thank you for always teaching me something new. Your suggestions and tips are things I use over and over. : )

  26. I LOVE these cards! They are all so beautiful, and the colors are just luscious! The techniques look fun and easy, and I’m looking forward to trying them.
    The May card kit is perfect for upcoming summer events!

  27. I’ve don’t really have any stencils, but love this technique. It makes me want to add stencils to my stash of products.

  28. Your cards are so pretty!

    Even though I have a few stencils, I haven’t used any of them on cards yet so I can’t say if I enjoy using them yet. 🙂 I really need to break them out.

    Thanks for the giveaway and have a great week!

  29. I have fallen in love with stencils. Adding water to them will be so much fun! I started using them as a resist with clear ink and making a watercolor background with resist. I can’t wait to create this idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

  30. I am new to card making and just getting set up with inks and stamps, Stencils look like fun too! Can’t wait to try some. You rock. So very impressed with your style and talent. Thank you for making this fun and easy.

  31. Hi
    Fabulous stencil techniqes! I am new to Hero Arts and only learned about them through Jennifer McGurie’s posts/blog/videos. The products look amazing
    Only yesterday I used a Clarity stencil for my Monday blog card but do use stencils quite frequently
    Happy crafting everyone
    June x

  32. Hi
    Fabulous stencil techniques! I am new to Hero Arts and only learned about them through Jennifer’s posts/blog/videos. The products look amazing
    Only yesterday I used a Clarity stencil for my Monday blog card but do use stencils quite frequently
    Happy crafting everyone
    June x

  33. I love what you did with the inks!! And that circular cutout was beautiful! My sister-in-law is a mermaid freak and she would love any of these cards!

  34. I love stencils and have a few but I feel I need the right ones to match my other supplies. I am totally open to them as I used them a lot as a child.

  35. I have just recently started using stencils and I love it. I started using them by watching Jennifer’s videos. And now I find myself buying them all the time.

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