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 this kit. Alas when I tried to buy it yesterday it was sold out. Wow. It went so fast.
    I do love Hero Arts Kits. They are a great value and so full of creative tools.
    Lovely work Jennifer, as always.

  2. I would love to win this! My aunt love love loves mermaids!! And the technique is really beautiful. I can’t wait to try it.

  3. I have a few stencils that I enjoy using…when I remember! I just got my oxide inks so I need to play more with those!

  4. Thank you so much for this wonderful technique as always Jennifer! I can’t wait to try it with this gorgeous new stencil from the kit and all my other stencils. I love using stencils on cards, and I love this new way to use it!

  5. I’m going to have to cross my fingers that I win the May kit, because it has already sold out!! I sometimes use stencils on my cards, with distress inks or sprays. It can get a bit messy so its something I do when I have time to make a few at once.

  6. What a great video, Jennifer! I loved seeing how you created the backgrounds using various stencils, inks and papers. All the cards are beautiful! The Hero Arts kit is fabulous!

  7. Great cards and a great kit. I don’t usually use stencils, but I love this technique and plan on giving it a try. Thanks!

  8. I have only used stencils with the grout-like products which create a texture when applied through a stencil. I LOVE your idea for these subtle effects with Oxide and Distress inks. I think I have Shadow inks to try, too!

  9. I don’t use stencils that often, but you have given some great ideas for using them. Thanks! Great cards, as always.

  10. Great ideas again, I am getting more interested in stencils. These look really fun.

  11. Wow, I love this kit. The intricate dies can be used for so many things. And the masking technique – fabulous! I see myself doing many of these backgrounds.

  12. This kit went SUPER fast 🙁 Loving what you did with it! It was your video that made me go look for it!

  13. Love this technique and the awesome backgrounds you created ! The wave stencil is awesome !

  14. Love the set and the cards. I don’t use stencil that much but what you showed using distress Oxide on the cards I think i would use them more often.

  15. I love using stencils. Different color combinations are fun to work with and every project comes out differently. I’ve used my metal stencils with my machine and the embossing pad. No more using the round ball stenciling tools and getting sore hands. My “older” hands can’t handle that kind of tension. Thanks again Jennifer for your wonderful ideas!

  16. Enjoyed watching your video. I have used stencils on cards, but not with water. Thanks for highlighting that technique. I will have to give it a try.

  17. Wow! Thanks for showing these great techniques with the stencils. I should use mine more. Love the reef border die, too! Awesome set, Hero Arts!

  18. Love this technique! I love using stencils, but I’ve not yet tried this. Looking forward to doing so. I usually use my stencils with embossing paste or modeling paste.

  19. I have not been using my stencils enough but after seeing your latest posts, i will remedy this.

  20. Just too cute! and wouldn’t you know, the kit is SOLD OUT already! what a bummer! Love the way the distress inks blend- gotta have ’em. Thank you for this great technique.

  21. I’ve already watched your YouTube about the new kit! I’ve been trying to make waves with inks, but not having much success. A stencil makes it look so easy! Thanks!

  22. I live, love the stamps, stencils, and your cards! The background colors are gorgeous. I could kick myself for not ordering this kit before it sold out, so I can only hope I win one! It would be the perfect oresent for my birthday Friday…

  23. You never cease to amaze me with your ideas. Thanks for sharing these techniques.
    I love this set so much. Wish I would have gotten one before Sold out!
    So sad I missed it.
    Stumbled upon it in your YouTube post. Went to buy it but Gone!
    Love what you create. Thanks

  24. I do like using stencils. But I forget about them. Need to dig out my collection. These cards are so cool. Love this kit.

  25. Stencils are so much fun!! They make great art journal pages, scrapbook pages and CARDS!!! I LOVE using stencils and don’t use them enough!!

  26. This looks like an absolutely gorgeous kit to play with! Unfortunately I can’t afford to get it and I don’t think I’ll be the lucky one to win one either! Gorgeous cards!

  27. Really like this video. Oxide ink is what I want to use for blending. Your creativity and techniques are easy to follow and very well done. Keep up the good work!!! Fingers crossed I win the give away.
    Your greatest fan.

  28. Oh my, those are gorgeous!
    I have stencils but don’t use them on cards often. I want to. I need to. Now it’ll get done thanks to your inspiration.

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