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. What fabulous cards Jennifer! Simply beautiful! Thanks for the awesome magic stencil technique. I do use stencils on card backgrounds, but I have never tried this particular technique. thank you for the wonderful video and a new technique to put to use right away!
    ~Gin K.~

  2. I’m not usually interested in kits, but this one is amazing! Love everything in it, and your cards are stunning.
    Thanks for the great tips about creating the backgrounds.

  3. I do love how you created this card with stencils. I have used stencils and do like them. Thanks for the chance to win this sweet set! Love mermaids, too!

  4. This is a fintastic release. My favorite is the the Reef Frame die, love it! Your cards are gorgeous.

  5. This has all the makings for some FUN cards. I can just see a little girl getting one of these!

  6. Thanks for another great video! I’ve only used stencils a couple of times, but now that I know some new techniques I’m anxious to get them out again!

  7. I have been watching your videos for over a year now and yo never cease to amaze me with your creativity. I have learnt so much from you and others that I also watch. I would like to say thank you for giving your time and sharing your talent.

    These cards are stunning Jennifer, the colours are gorgeous. I love using stencils as they are so versatile and this box set is adorable.

  8. I’ve always been curious about stencils but have never used them. I feel inspired now!

  9. I love this kit and the frame die!!!! Thanks for showing the technique with the stencils and DOI. I got two colors to try but have not had a chance to use them yet.

  10. I’ve used stencils on a very limited basis. I will be reaching for them more now that you’ve shared these wonderful techniques. Can’t believe the kit is sold out already!

  11. I love using stencils! This hero arts set is beautiful, I tried to order it for my Daughter, but sadly, it was sold out already. I would love to win it for her.

  12. Your Magic Stencil techniques are just brilliant, Jennifer! Can’t wait to try them! I enjoy using stencils, but only have a few basics: stripes, polka dots, and hearts. It’s definitely time to add more stencils to my Wish List! Thank you so much for sharing another magical video with us, Jennifer! ♡

  13. Stencils are my go-to resource for using various techniques ,especially for backgrounds!

  14. Love your use of kit and add-ons. Unfortunately missed the kit. ?So very sad! But plan to purchase some add-ons? Maybe I’ll win one??
    Haven’t tried stencils yet. Love, love, love your organization AND creative ideas..

  15. You have taught me how to use and appreciate stencils! I have been collecting them for a while and I’m using them more and more!

  16. I’m seriously loving this kit. Love what you accomplished with this kit. Quite inspiring.

  17. I haven’t used a stencil on a card before, but this method is encouraging to me! Thanks.

  18. You have insane talent!! I love that you can demonstrate multiple uses for products which helps people see that many creative things can be made!!

  19. Loved all of these cards! I really enjoyed the stencil techniques! I just “had to have” the new distress inks but have yet to use them. Thank you for showing some really great techniques! The cards are just beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!

  20. I love stencils, I adore the magic techniques you’ve showcased and I’m smitten with your cards! Putting myself in the corner for not subscribing last month…but doing so right after I press send on this comment! Thank you for the inspiration, Jennifer!

  21. That reef border and die is soooo cool! Thanks for showing all your cool techniques! Definitely gonna try the water on stencil then dip onto oxide covered sheet. Love it!

  22. These cards are beautiful! I ordered the kit so that I can try to copy your techniques. It’s an awesome value. Thanks for creating and sharing!

  23. Stencils are wonderful……I like using them, and I will love using them after I do more practicing and get the hang of using them properly.

  24. BECKY KAVANAGH says: May 2, 2017 at 3:55 pm
    I need to take a new look at my stencils! Loved these ideas and so bimmed out that the kit IS SOLD OUT!!

  25. I think I like the look of the Hero Arts Shadow Inks even more than the Oxides… you can see the contrast in colors so much more! Both are great looks though! Must remember the Versamark/Shadow Inks trick!!!

  26. Living in Florida I do like good beachy/ocean/mermaid/fishy themed products. I absolutely love this set. Thanks for the giveaway….

  27. I love using stencils on cards and tags. You can make such interesting backgrounds with them.
    Carol b

  28. You are always so full of inspiration and proof that new techniques work, Jennifer. Your cards are beautiful. Yes, I’ve used stencils on cards and love the results…but always looking for new ways to use them. TFS!

  29. Stunning cards! The color combination and techniques are awesome! I tried using a stencil at the scrapbook Expo and really liked it… would enjoy more opportunities to use these tools. Thanks!

  30. What a clever idea to use the stencils with just water & Distress Inks! I’ve used stencils before, but this is definitely the easiest way ever to use them — with no clean up involved, just a quick wipe of the excess water. Thanks for sharing this technique.

  31. Amazing cards and love the kit!! Unfortunately, I was too slow to get one . Just hoping it comes back in stock . I really want to try these techniques .

  32. This is my first realization that Hero Arts produced these fabulous kits, what an incredible deal, all co-ordinating, just ready for you to make amazing cards…. AND … all the magical inspiration here on Jennifer’s blog… wow I’m blown away and so inspired.

  33. These cards are spectacular! I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect mermaid stamps forever and these are it!! I am desperate for this set and I waited 24 hours too long. 🙁

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