Card How-to, Cardmaking

Stenciling to Get Different Looks

Hello crafty friends. I hope that you’re doing well and that the holiday season has you cheerful and bright. Today I’m sharing two cards using a shared stencil and very similar layouts, yet the stenciling techniques are what make these cards stand apart.

I love stenciling. I find it to be a very quick way to create a background, multiple in fact, with little effort and quality results. It doesn’t hurt that stencil usually come in under the ten-dollar price point either. Another great thing about stencils is that they are one of the most versatile tools in your crafting stash that never have to look the same. I’m using two techniques to showcase how cards can look completely different using the same stencil, and even similar layouts.

In the first example, I use an ink resist technique to make a colorful background using the Floral Layering Stencil from Stampers Anonymous and Tim Holtz. I apply a layer of distress ink to a blank card base and ink blend the colors before apply the stencil and texture paste over it. The translucent texture paste will preserve the color beneath and resist any color that will be applied later.

 Using the same colors as before, I applied a second layer of ink to the background. The result is a multi-color tone-on-tone look that makes the stencil pattern pop. The floral pattern is softer and standout against the richer second coated background.

For the second example, I use glitter to add a bit of glitz to the stenciled background. I mix in white glitter into my paste and then apply it over the stencil as I did in the first. This stencil isn’t a holiday themed stencil, but I find floral and geometric designs to be the most adaptable to any occasion through the use of color.  Since this is a holiday card, I use red as my contrasting color and add berries to the final design for a festive seasonal look.

The possibilities are so vast… birthday, wedding, anniversary, and so many more. Hopefully this will inspire you to take another look at your stash and grab those stencils to create an entire collection of cards for year round.

To see how I created these cards, you can watch the video here:

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