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

BLOG HOP

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.)

GIVEAWAY

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.)

SUPPLIES

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 have never thought about using stencils on cards. I love this technique, particularly with the oxidized stamps.

  2. I don’t have many stencils but I will have to get a few more to try this technique . Thank You

  3. I gave a couple of stencils. But I have issues with keeping them in place while I work with them. I need to watch more of your videos!

  4. You cards are so nice. I do like to use stencils. They make great backgrounds. I really enjoy your videos. Thanks.

  5. Love your videos. I also like using stencils for backgrounds on cards and mixed media pages.

  6. I’m just now getting back into stamping, and have a few stencils. I’m so glad you are showing ways to use them.

  7. I love stencils. Tues 5:30 pm EST, the SSS site says the kit and the oval frame die are out of stock. Does that mean that they were released and already sold or that the kit isn’t released yet?

  8. Just received my first kit from April and love it! Now this one didn’t really appear to catch my attention until I watched Jennifer’s video, now I see just how versatile and beautiful it is!

  9. This is beautiful, Jennifer! I live on an island in the Pacific Ocean so anything that involves the beautiful blue waters is wonderful to me. I love how you used the stencil and other facets of the kit! Gorgeous.

  10. Your cards are awesome. I really enjoy your videos. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent.

  11. You’re making me want the DO inks, but I’m holding out for mini size pads. Love the gorgeous effects with the stencils–want to try it!

    1. I believe that Tim said that as of now they haven’t been able to find a way to make a mini DO. something about the mix of inks (dye and pigment)in a small size can’t be done. I just don’t want you to be disaappointed.

  12. Haven’t tried the distress oxides yet- but I do have the entire collection of the distress inks 🙂 but after seeing your video- I think I really have to now invest in the oxides. Always looking forward to seeing your posts! Thanks!

  13. I love your videos. I want to win this Hero Arts May 2017 kit so bad! It sold out already My daughter just bought the house next to me that has a pool and I want to make my granddaughter a 7th birthday card with the mermaid set. I hope I win, I hope I win…

  14. Beautiful cards! Yes, I like to use stencils on cards, adds them something special. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Wow another amazing technique. Love the cards you made!! Hope I win because it’s sold out! Ack!

  16. I subscribe to the hero arts monthly kits and I am so excited for this months to arrive. ( thanks to your video) . I am also looking forward to trying out the Monochromatic technique i learned on the first video I ever watched, and started me on the path to this fabulous hobby. The video was yours, and in it you were also using a hero arts kit that featured a fairy.
    So it seemed like the perfect time to take this opportunity to Thank you for all your videos, and sharing your gift in a way that makes it possible for anyone to do.

  17. I subscribe to the hero arts monthly kits and I am so excited for this months to arrive. ( thanks to your video) . I am also looking forward to trying out the Monochromatic technique i learned on the first video I ever watched, and started me on the path to this fabulous hobby. The video was yours, and in it you were also using a hero arts kit that featured a fairy.
    So it seemed like the perfect time to take this opportunity to Thank you for all your videos, and sharing your gift in a way that makes it possible for anyone to do.

  18. I love working with stencils! My son has a classmate who adores mermaids. I would love this set to something for her! Great cards.

  19. I love using stencils! I’ll have to try this reverse method. The kit is gorgeous! Love mermaids!

  20. Jennifer, JUST BEAUTIFUL……. I will be getting the one stencil I have and use TONIGHT.
    Thank you for the motivation!!!

  21. These cards are seriously amazing!Love them!Thank you for sharing your tips and techniques.
    I love using stencils on cards and not only!There are so many things you can do with them!

  22. Wow Jennifer, you amaze me! This technique is so cool! I can’t wait to try ti! Going to get distress oxide inks right away. I love this kit too! Your cards are magnificent! I’ll put this kit to good use for sure! Thanks!!

  23. The blog is dated May 1, but says you have to leave comments by April 9th? I went to order the card kit, and they are “out of stock”. Does that mean the same thing as sold out? Hope you can clarify both these things for me. Thank you. I love these beautiful cards!

    1. It should be May 9th.

      That does mean they are sold out…check back soon and they should have more.

      Mike for Jen

  24. I have used stencils a little bit in the past. I am definitely going to try to get more creative with them after seeing so many new ways to use them.
    Thanks for all of your fabulous videos and inspiration!

  25. I loved the techniques you showed. I will have to try using them. Your cards are so pretty. Your talent is amazing. I love the round die with the sea weed around it, way cool.

  26. Such beautiful cards – love the different effects of the multiple inks! I like using stencils – they make such a quick background.

  27. This was a fun video filled with great ideas to try with my oxide inks. Yes, I do use stencils, but not often enough. Thanks for so much inspiration & a chance to win.

  28. Thanks for these card ideas and the wonderful video using the inks, water, and stencils. I’ve just started using stencils and your video gives me some great ideas for card backgrounds.

  29. I have several stencils and will use them for a while and then not, but I love the many options you can get with them. Your cards were inspiring, and I love the product in this kit. Might have to sign up!!

  30. Hope Hero Arts appreciates you! I would not have purchased this set and frame die without seeing your amazing
    techniques. Thank you so much!

  31. I love this stamp set, the stencil and your cards!The kit is already gone, so I would love to win one! Thanks for showing us all your great techniques.

  32. This video was so neat…thanks for this interesting technique. I use stencils occasionally and I do like it when I do.

  33. I like using stencils. I haven’t been making cards for a very long time, so stencils let me make easier colorful card backgrounds. Love using embossing paste and distress inks with stencils.

  34. These are fabulous and so
    pretty! I have used stencils
    a little. Love all the cards.
    Carla from Utah

  35. I do use stencils but have never used one like this. I use mine mainly with embossing pastes & ink over the top of them.

  36. Fabulous cards! Love the stamps and dies and the awesome backgrounds!
    I do like to use stencils!

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