4 More Ways: Layered Stencils + Giveaway

Hi! Today I have a video sharing 4 more ways to layer stencils… and lots of examples! This post is also part of a blog hop with giveaways.

Layered Stencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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A few weeks ago, I shared a video with a few ways to layer stencils. If you missed that video, you can find it HERE. Today I have a few more ideas for you!

Layered Stencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


One way to layer stencils is to first ink over a stencil… and then make an impression with a stencil. To do this, it is best to have an inexpensive Tan Embossing Pad.

For my first card, I inked over the new Altenew Dahlia B Stencil on cardstock. I then lightly inked over the Altenew Dahlia A Stencil… and then impressed with into the cardstock with my Tan Embossing Pad and die cut machine.

Layered Stencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I created a simple sentiment using the Altenew Inline Alphabet Dies and Crafty Friends Stamp Set.

Layered Stencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For these next two cards, I inked and impressed with the Altenew Grid Stencil. For the “awesome” card, I used the Altenew Inline Alphabet Dies and silver glitter die cut stars. For the “xoxo”, I used the Altenew Bold Alphabet Dies and Altenew Build-A-Flower Magnolia Stamp Set.

Layered Stencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Check out that texture…

Layered Stencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For my last ink-n-impress example, I inked over the Altenew Kaleidoscope A Stencil, and then impressed with the Altenew Kaledioscope B Stencil and Tan Embossing Pad. I added a vellum heart with an Altenew Crafty Friends Stamp Set heat embossed sentiment. Love those Lucy’s Cards Ice Cube Jewels, too!

Layered Stencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


Another way to layer stencils is to first ink and then to heat emboss.

I first inked over the Altenew Dahlia A Stencil. I then inked with my Versamark Cube over the Altenew Dahlia B Stencil and added Altenew Golden Peach Embossing Powder. (NOTE: In the video, I referred to this embossing powder as a different name. I am sorry!) I added a Altenew Inline Alphabet Die Cut and Build-A-Flower Magnolia stamped sentiment.

Layered Stencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I really like the shine this card gives when you tilt it in the light.

Layered Stencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For this next one, I used a sparkle embossing powder. And that die cut “hugs” was created with the Altenew Calligraphy Alphabet Dies.

Layered Stencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


One easy way to layer stencils is to first ink, and then to shift the stencil and ink again. This works great with single stencils, too.

For my first example, I used the Altenew Cube Builder Stencil. This stencil is so cool! I first inked it with a light blue ink and then flipped it and inked again with a darker blue. The result? This fabulous cube background!

Layered Stencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added a Altenew Bold Alphabet Die Cut “hi” and a Altenew Engineers Rule stamped sentiment. These big alphabet dies are great for layering. (Check out THIS video for more ideas using them!)

Layered Stencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For this next card, I inked the Altenew Sketched Lines Stencil with light ink… and then just shifted it a bit and inked again with darker ink. Simple!

Layered Stencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Another great way to layer stencils is to ink once… rotate the stencil… and ink again. Easy peasy! And I really like that Altenew Crafty Friends Stamped sentiment.

Layered Stencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


The fourth way to layer stencils is to ink the first layer and add another medium for the second. For my examples, I used Tonic Nuvo Mousse. This stuff is gorgeous!

For my first example, I inked over the Altenew Kaleidoscope A Stencil with purple ink. I then used my Mini Ink Blending Tool to apply Tonic Nuvo Mousse over the stencil after I rotated it a bit. I really like the texture and shine this gives!

Layered Stencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The flower is from the Altenew Build-A-Flower Magnolia Stamp Set. Isn’t it gorgeous? The sentiment is from the Altenew Crafty Friends Stamps Set. I wish i could photograph that background better…

Layered Stencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And last but not least, I used the same process over the Dahlia stencils.

Layered Stencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is a glimpse at that great shine…

Layered Stencils Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


This post is also a part of the Altenew Stencil Release Blog Hop focusing on their newest stencils. You can find all the new products HERE.

The next stop on the hop is the home of the Altenew Scrapbook Blog. (You can also start at the beginning of the hop at the Altenew Blog.)


How would you like to win a $30 gift certificate to Altenew? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 6/20/17 telling me your favorite way to use stencils. (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 randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

Altenew is also giving away a $50 gift certificate to FIVE lucky winners! Head to the Altenew Blog for details.


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 Altenew. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.


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558 thoughts on “4 More Ways: Layered Stencils + Giveaway”

  1. You have wonderful ideas. Haven’t done much with stencils, but I am going to give this a try. Thank you

  2. Just lovely, Jennifer. I need to try some of these ideas. I’ve only blended ink or used paste.

  3. Thanks for all the tips and techniques. Can’t wait to try out these great ideas for the stencils and the layering stamps.

  4. I love what you did with your cards and I have to watch the video to see how you did it. They look so hard to do though and probably they aren’t but they will be for me. When I watch the video I will see how hard they really are. When I went to my first stamping class at a place that has since closed up she showed us this beautiful card and said we were going to make it. It was embossed but I didn’t know that yet. I looked at it and said “I’m a beginner. There is no way I can make a card like that.” She told me that I would, that it wasn’t hard and it wasn’t but looking at that beautiful card, I couldn’t believe I could ever make that. So I’m sure it will be that way with your card.
    Do I use stencils? Oh yeah! I’ve used them mostly on fabric, dish towels. I love how they look and what you can do with them. I have a bunch.
    Thanks for giving us a chance to win something. I hope I get to win.

  5. You have provided me with some great ideas to use on cards AND layouts. I usually use the stencils on layouts using the distress inks but I love the look of using other mediums that give them a 3-D look. Thanks.

  6. Jennifer, you make me fall in love with everything you demo. I don’t have any AlteNew items in my “craft room”. Those layering stencils are the BOMB!! I love the ink and impress technique – who knew you could do this without ruining your stencils. I ‘d have a hard time choosing – the dahlia A and B are wonderful, the grid is a have to have, as are the cube builder, the splatter and the sketched lines. I guess the only one that doesn’t make me greedy is the kaleidoscope (lol). Thanks for a terrific demo.

  7. I love blue, so my eyes were really drawn to those cards. I have just started using stencils on my cards and projects and need lots of ideas.

  8. Beautiful cards! I love all of the techniques you used today but I think my favorite is the Ink and emboss. Thanks for the chance!

  9. I’m pretty new to the world of stencils, so right now I am just kinda experimenting with the couple I have with ink blending. However, what great ways to use them that I never thought of. Especially the impression technique. Thanks so much as always for your tutorials.

  10. I’ve tried using Distress Paints with a foam tool, but must need more practice — the paint leaked under the stencil. I’ve had more success using inks through a stencil (with a foam tool). And I had NO idea you could use stencils to emboss… gotta try that soon!

  11. I usually use stencils with ink blending or modelling paste but now I’ll HAVE to try this new techniques you kindly shared! Thanks for the chance!

  12. I love the use of the Nuvo Mousse with the stencils! That will be my next project. Thank you for sharing all these techniques!

  13. Thank you for all the inspirational techniques. I generally only use stencils for applying texture paste or similar on background. You have definitely given me many more ideas.

  14. Beautiful techniques Jennifer thank you for sharing these with us and for the inspiration! :)Altenew has some of the best products!

  15. I haven’t worked much with stencils, I’ve only done simple ink blending over them. I would LOVE to get my hands on some of these layered stencils and try these techniques!

  16. Wow what a lot of gorgeous cards! I like to ink blend or use paste/mousse with my stencils. But there are so many cool looks you can get with them. Thank you for the fantastic video Jennifer! Xx

  17. Fabulous project ideas, Jennifer!! Your videos are always beautifully and professionally executed – LOVE them!! Stencils are sooooo versatile!! Aside from using stencils in the traditional way, such as spraying, blotting, dry embossing, sponging, blending, etc…, I enjoy using them with texture paste to create interesting backgrounds on cards, tags, canvas and journal pages. Color can be added to the texture paste before applying to create some really cool brick designs. However, my new favorite way to use stencils is to spread transfer gel over the stencil using an offset spatula, letting it dry (wash the stencil immediately), and then use foil and a laminator to create an amazingly beautiful image and/or background. Loving the look of the Nuvo Mousse you’ve used in this video – I see a trip to my LSS very soon – LOL!!! Thank you for ALL the GREAT videos , Jennifer!!! And, thank you for the opportunity to win an Altnew Gift Certificate!! Best of luck everyone!! 🙂

  18. You’re ideas are so awesome! I have old stencils and I would just use pens to trace the images. Stencils and techniques have come a long way! I can’t wait to try them!

  19. I don’t have a lot of these new background stencils, but they look wonderful. Guess that ‘s next investment!

  20. I usually use embossing paste with my stencils. Haven’t tried using ink with them much yet cuz I can’t seem to get crisp image out of them.

  21. I absolutely love these techniques Jennifer. Please correct me if I am wrong, but did you indeed start with the B Dahlia stencil when did the first sponging and then actually used the A Dahlia stencil to apply the second sponging and then dry embossed the image with the “A” Dahlia stencil?

  22. Beautiful cards Jennifer, and great inspiration to use stencils in different ways. I most often use stencils with embossing paste and also with ink — I love the look that layering and shifting them gives. Love these new stencils from Altenew, especially the dahlias and the 3D effect squares!

  23. The build a flower magnolia is beautiful and the peachy & gold card is spectacular. Thanks for all of the inspiration.

  24. I’m always so inspired by your use of stencils! Talk about outside the box! I can’t even pick out one that I thought I liked better than the other. Thank you for inspiring me again.

  25. I am 85 yrs. old and you younger girls sure inspire me to keep making cards and learning along the way. I really loved all of your cards today. TFS…

  26. Love how you have showcased all these pretty stencils with the awesome techniques and ideas. My favorite way of using a stencil other than inking is dry embossing, I love the textured effect it gives. Thank you so much. 🙂

  27. This is truly amazing! You are always showing how to get more out of your supply and I LOVE IT! I am new to cardmaking but I can’t wait to try out all the things I have learned from your videoes and blog. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. <3 Love from Norway

  28. Everything truly does come back into style, right? Stencils were for walls, now I love using them on my Gelli Plate for interesting, artistic backgrounds. I also love to use texture paste with them! Such a cool effect..

  29. I’m new to the craft of card making and only have tried ink. I will be trying the paste to see what it looks like applied a little thicker. Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing your creativity and wonderful ideas!

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