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. I love the colors. I am so glad that I ordered this kit. I have not used stencils like this but I am anxious to try it.

  2. Your videos are always A1 but somehow you have manged to make this one even more exceptional. I am so happy to be a subscriber. Who would want to miss out on a kit this spectacular!

  3. Beautiful cards with their ocean colors that go perfectly with these stencils. I am new to stencils, but would love to try them.

  4. OMG! After watching your video, I had to try this. I have used DOI, but was underwhelmed with them. When you use water with them the color fades. I made 4 backgrounds using different stencils. I am in LOVE with this technique and results. I love that you use the negative side of the stencil and the softness of the result. I have 5 DOI and now want more!!

  5. I haven’t stenciled on my greeting cards.
    I ordered this kit so I’ll be giving it a try.
    Love the cards. The bordering
    at the top and bottom is a great idea.
    Love that die cut. Can’t wait to use it.
    thanks for sharing.

  6. I missed out on this kit!! I should have checked out in my cart!!! i have to have it! 🙂

  7. I always enjoy seeing what you do with these kits and you did not disappoint! Fabulous cards, Jennifer! And, I love the stencil technique you shared!

  8. Thank you for another super video! Your cards, as always, are gorgeous! This kit & the add ons are just amazing!
    I’d be over the moon if I won it. 🙂

  9. I do like using stencils on cards. I’ve been a stenciller for years (before card making) and love the look. I’m always keeping my eye out for a new stencil I like and will use. I have a friend who is new to distress inks. We’ll be getting together soon so I can show her some things I’ve learned — mostly from you, Jennifer! I would like to play with this technique and see what we come up with!!! Once in a while I feel motivated to just sit down and play with some things and make some backgrounds without knowing what I want to do with them … yet!!!! Thanks, Jennifer.

  10. I seem to keep collecting stencils because I think they are so versatile and reasonably priced, yet I find myself not using them very much – maybe I’m just a collector ??

  11. I haven’t used a stencil on cards yet – mostly on mixed media projects. But I am inspired. My granddaughters LOVE mermaids and have a “mermaid castle” in their backyard (a converted play set … which their engineer daddy rebuilt and their architect mommy decorated) …. it is amazing and so fun for the girls.

  12. Great techniques with a number of different ink combinations. A great way to stretch your ink and stencil stash and put a new spin on things. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I love your cards! I am so bummed out that I missed this set. The stencil is really awesome.

  14. I enjoy using stencils but I do have to say that they are not always the first thing I go to when I make a card. After watching your video and learning this technique, I’m definitely going to rethink that!! I can’t wait to try this!! Thank you so much for sharing. I love everything about this Hero Arts kit!!

  15. Thank you for showing us the technique of spraying onto the stencils and pressing onto the distress ink background

  16. I often seem to forget I have stencils, so I am now trying to use them more on my cards. Love the way you created your backgrounds.

  17. definitely trying out this technique when I get my kit! Also gonna try embellishment mousse and maybe some glitter paste too 😀

  18. Another great video by Jennifer and a great kit from Hero Arts! I do like to use stencils on cards–I just “forget” to do so on occasion!

  19. I do like stencils and have used them before, however I have yet to try with the Oxide inks. Can’t wait!

  20. Oh my goodness – I can’t wait to try the stencil techniques. Thanks for the video.

  21. Your cards are so beautiful! I have just started using stencils- still need lots of practice.

  22. I don’t have any stencils – I guess because I’m a bit intimidated. But I should definitely give it try, right?
    Your cards are always so beautiful. Thank you for sharing, and for the chance to win.

  23. Wow! Really beautiful cards! This kit really is adorable. I am eager to try this stenciling technique since I’m not too good with it.

  24. Haven’t used stencils nearly enough, but your gorgeous cards inspire me to play more with them!

  25. I love the look of stencils, but I often don’t the the result I’d hoped for, I’m now going to try your technique with my newly purchased (but as yet unopened) Distress Oxide Ink pads. Thanks for the inspiration. Beautiful cards.

  26. What an amazing simple technique! Thank you so much for sharing.
    Now I am really disappointed missed out on this kit.

  27. Lately I’m using more and more stencil but I never tried the technique you showed with dye ink and versamark ! Thanks so much for sharing this great video !

  28. I really do love using stencils. I think they make such cool backgrounds. This is a really pretty set.

  29. This technique is so clever! I have to admit…I don’t like to make messes! And I’m terrible at remembering to use stencils most of the time. They are out of sight and out of mind – but seriously – you are so inspiring with all the different ways you use your tools! I need to do this!

  30. Your cards always amaze! I really like the look of the distress oxide inks with this technique. They are very unique inks. They remind me of the chalk inks, but you can do so much more with them. I love that you can stamp with them! I don’t have any yet, so I’ll have to use my regular distress inks.

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