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Five Must-Try Stencil Techniques in Card Making

Card making is a delightful and creative way to express your feelings and make someone's day special. And when it comes to adding artistic flair to your handmade cards, stencils can be your best friend. Stencils provide endless possibilities for creating unique and visually stunning designs. In this blog post, we'll explore five must-try stencil techniques that will take your card making to the next level. So, let's dive in and discover the world of stenciling!

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Are you ready to take your card making to the next level? In this exciting video, we'll explore five must-try stencil techniques that will unleash your creativity and bring your handmade cards to life!

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Using Markers with Stencils:

Use your fine tip waterbed markers like the Stampin' Write Markers (from Stampin' Up!) or Tombow Dual Brush Pens to add color to your card panels through your stencils. Use the fine tip end and draw through the opening on the stencil to add your chosen colors. I used the 2023-2025 In color Stampin' Write Markers to do just that on this card.

Stencils with Water based markers card by Rick Adkins

Rotating & Flipping the Stencil:

This is a super easy technique and allows you to get more use and a different look from your stencils. You will ink blend over the stencil as normal than simple flip & rotate the stencil a little to add additional colors in the openings of the stencil to create a completely different look.

Rotating & Flipping the Stencil Technique card by Rick Adkins

Ink Blending:

Ink blending is a versatile technique that adds depth and dimension to your cards. Start by securing your stencil onto the cardstock using low-tack tape. Then, using a blending tool or sponge, apply ink over the stencil in a circular motion. Experiment with different colors and gradients to achieve stunning effects. Ink blending is perfect for creating beautiful backgrounds or highlighting specific elements on your cards.

Ink Blended Stencil Background card by Rick Adkins

Embossing Paste:

Embossing paste adds texture and a touch of elegance to your card designs. Apply the paste through a stencil using a palette knife or a spatula. Carefully remove the stencil and let the paste dry. Make sure to have some warm soapy water close by to put your stencil into or clean it off immediately so that the paste doesn't dry on the stencil and ruin it. Once dry, you can leave it as is for a matte finish or sprinkle embossing powder over the paste and heat set it for a raised, glossy effect. Embossing paste can be tinted with ink refills or use a glitter paste for extra sparkle.

embossing paste card by Rick Adkins

Ink Blending on Colored Cardstock:

If you want to add some color to your colored cardstock it's not as hard as you may think. First place your stencil over the colored cardstock and apply a layer of white pigment ink to the cardstock. Remove the stencil (and clean it off) and either let the white pigment ink dry over night or heat set it with a heat tool. Once the pigment ink is completely dry replace the stencil and ink blend your designed dye inks over the white pigment ink. This will allow the colored inks to pop off the colored cardstock as you see below.

Ink blending on colored Cardstock card by Rick Adkins

Stencils are an excellent tool for adding creativity and personality to your handmade cards. The five techniques mentioned in this blog post, including ink blending, embossing paste, ink blending on colored cardstock, rotating and flipping, and water based markers, provide a diverse range of options to experiment with. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced card maker, these stencil techniques will elevate your creations and make them truly remarkable. So, grab your stencils, gather your supplies, and embark on a journey of artistic expression in the world of card making!

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