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Stencil Coloring + FREE GIFT

Hello. I am really excited about today’s techniques! I show a few ways to add coloring with stencils on dark cardstock. The results are vibrant and such fun!

Stencil Coloring Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked in the text below and in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

Stencils are a great tool for cardmakers – they are inexpensive and can be used in many ways. Today I show how to add coloring with stencils on dark cardstocks. There are a few methods for you to try!

This first technique was SO much fun to do. It reminded me of coloring with templates when I was a kid! I started by stamping the Simon Says Stamp You Matter Stamp with Hero Arts Soft Sand Ink on kraft cardstock. (You could skip this step but I love the added layer.) I then positioned the new Simon Says Stamp Harvest Stencil on top and colored in all of the openings with colored pencils. I used my Polychromos Colored Pencils but you can use whatever pencils you have. I put the color on thick so it would be vibrant.

Stencil Coloring Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added a large “thank you” white heat embossed sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Thank You Flowers Stamp Set. (This stamp set is part of the new Simon Says Stamp Thank You Card Kit. I do recommend checking out this kit – it has many very useful tools included.) I also added a few tiny white heart die cuts.

Stencil Coloring Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My next card is very similar, but shows the results on an even darker cardstock. The color “glows” more in real life – I wish it showed in the video! I used the Simon Says Stamp Mod Stripe Stencil – such a unique stencil!

Stencil Coloring Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This sentiment has to be one of my new all-time favorites. It is from the Simon Says Stamp Spiritual Sentiments Stamp Set. Love! The message is silver heat embossed.

Stencil Coloring Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

If you want even more intense color, I recommend first applying a layer of white pigment ink over the stencil before adding the colored pencil. Here, I started with black cardstock and added Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink over the Simon Says Stamp Mod Stripe Stencil. After heat setting it, I layered on color with my Polychromos Colored Pencils. You can see how the colors are more intense.

Stencil Coloring Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added greetings using the Simon Says Stamp Great Things Stamp Set and Sentiment Labels Dies. I also added a fun message to the envelope using the Simon Says Stamp Thank You Flowers Stamp Set.

Stencil Coloring Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I enjoy taking the time to color in the patterns of the stencils. However, if you want to add color quickly, you can do so with Distress Oxide Inks (or pigment inks). I started by applying Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink over the Simon Says Stamp Harvest Stencil on navy cardstock. I then added colored Oxide Inks.

Stencil Coloring Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The “kind” die cuts are from the Simon Says Stamp Kind Script Die. This is also included in the Simon Says Stamp Thank You Card Kit.

Stencil Coloring Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? 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 with an asterisk or SSS branded. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to Simon Says Stamp.

Simon Says Stamp Harvest Stencil
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Simon Says stamp Mod Stripe Stencil
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Simon Says stamp Thank You Card Kit
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Simon Says Stamp Envelope Addressing…
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Simon Says Stamp Kind Script Die
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Simon Says Stamp Thank You Flowers…
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Simon Says Stamp Great Things Stamp Set
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Simon Says Stamp Great Things Dies
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Simon Says Stamp Spiritual Sentiments…
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Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Labels Dies
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Hero Arts Hearts Infinity Dies
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Simon Says Stamp You Matter Stamp
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Polychromos Colored Pencils
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OfficePre Electric Pencil Sharpener
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MISTI Stamping Tool
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MISTI Creative Corners
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MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
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MISTI Bar Magnet
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Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
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Gina K Connect Glue
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Neenah Desert Storm Light Kraft…
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Therm O Web Purple Tape
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EK Success Tweezers
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Tim Holtz Trimmer
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Anti Static Powder Bag
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Hero Arts Heat Gun
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Embossing Powder Scoop
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Gina K Fine Detail White Embossing…
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Hero Arts Ultrafine Clear Embossing…
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VersaMark Ink
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Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink
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Ink Sweeper Dauber
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Distress Oxide Inks
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Mini Ink Blending Tool
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VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
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Design Master Clear Finish Matte Spray
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White Craft Foam
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3M Foam Adhesive
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91 thoughts on “Stencil Coloring + FREE GIFT”

  1. These are so pretty Jennifer, what a great way to add colour over black/dark cs. I believe I have seen you do this before but had forgotten. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Another great video Jennifer. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity. I love the Distress Ink Oxides idea and plan to try that soon. Thanks again.

  3. Great ideas Jennifer, I need to go check out my stencil stash and see what I can do. The coloring process does look fun and relaxing, a great job for football season…sometimes those games drag on, lol!

  4. I would not have thought to try coloring on the dark card stock, but it does give you a whole new look. I recently bought colored pencils and this would be a great way to break them in. I also have wonderful memories of coloring as a child with my mom.

  5. Great ideas with stencils, never thought of using my pencils for my stencils. Also thank you so much for showing the white Hero Arts ink, I am looking a while now for a good white ink that wil stay white when using on dark cardstock. Gorgeous cards Jennifer and waving back to Lila, I can see on her hand that she is growing fast.

  6. These are fabulous cards ! Thanks for sharing! I always learn something from your videos and enjoy them more than a quick little tutorial. Your voice is clear and soothing, so perfect for these videos!

  7. My favorite is the mod stencil one. I did watch the video but do also very much appreciate the instructions written out in the blog post. Sometimes I don’t have time to watch a video or am in a location where I do not have headphones available so reading is the best option. Your cards turned out great as normal.

  8. Somehow( well we know how Lol!) I acquired a lot of dark card stock and I wondered how I would ever use it all. Thanks for some great suggestions! I love this idea and have some pretty cool stencils already. Thanks to SSS I know where there are more! 🙂

  9. Hi Jennifer. Wow I love the coloring with stencils technique. Another fun way to use our stencils. So smart to add white pigment ink down first! I would have never thought of that 😀 Thank you for sharing. I love Lila’s little wave. Hi Lila 👋❤️💕

  10. Jennifer,
    What a great idea, coloring with colored pencils. I never thought of that. I really like the new Simon Says Stamp Harvest Stencil. I just had to buy it immediately before they sold out. Also loved how you used the Tim Holtz’s distress Oxide inks to complete the coloring of that last card you made with the Harvest Stencil. Thanks again for all these great tips.

  11. Wow!!! I love how the colored pencils POP off the dark cardstock!!! I love stencils!! There are so many ways to use them and they don’t take up alot of space!!

  12. Super cute cards!! Off to watch your youtube now! Thanks for all your work, today and every day! So hope you do a craft room tour. My dream!!

  13. JENNIFER,
    I’M LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO CHANGE MY EMAIL ADDRESS. I MIGHT HAVE ALREADY CHANGED IT BUT I’VE BEEN HAVING PANIC ATTACKS LATELY AND CAN’T BE SURE OF ANYTHING. I UPGRADED SERVICE SINCE WE WERE GETTING 1.3 mbs INSTEAD OF THE 200 mbs I COULD GET . TO MOST PEOPLE THESE ATTACKS ARE JUST EVERYDAY ANNOYANCES. FOR ME THEY ARE CRIPPLING. MY NEW EMAIL ADDRESS IS [email protected] . WILL YOU HELP ME?
    PART OF MY PROBLEM IS GRIEF. JOHN PORTER WOULD HAVE BEEN 3 IN AUGUST AND I FEEL LIKE GOD IS PUNISHING ME EVEN THOUGH I TRY TO BE EXTRA GOOD TO EVERYONE.

  14. As usual, I love your cards! I really need the Thank you and the Spiritual Sayings sets. I think these are both must haves!

  15. Hi Jennifer, as always you knocked it out of the park! Love the colors you chose, showed so much detail and dimension! I watch all of your videos.
    Blessings,
    Cathy

  16. I love those intense colors you got over the white. Something new and fun to try. Cool stencils, too. Nice to have a way to correct my shaky hand mistakes. Thanks! Hope you and yours are having a good Lord’s day.

  17. I love those intense colors you got over the white. Something new and fun to try. Cool stencils, too. Nice to have a way to correct my shaky hand mistakes. Thanks! Hope you and yours are having a good Lord’s day.

  18. Thanks for your great video! Your finished cards and colors remind me of childhood as well. I love the distress oxide idea also. Thanks for sharing with us!!

  19. I am so happy to see the cards. Really cannot thank enough… Your ideas are awesome…
    I loved the harvest stencils.
    Word dies are awesome.

    Sentiments are unique….
    Great work

  20. Hi Jennifer! Don’t know why I’ve never thought of colouring stencil backgrounds with my pencils,thanks for that idea! Very pretty cards,you are the most creative card-maker- always coming up with new ideas for us,thank for sharing!

  21. I never would have thought to color a stencil with pencils. I learn so much from your videos. Beautiful cards and some great tips given.

  22. Thanks for all the great tips! You made me really like that mod stripe stencil. I wasn’t sure of it before but now I can’t wait to use it to make some masculine cards.

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