Using a stencil

Stencils are a growing trend and if you have never used one before now is the time to get started!

Most papercraft companies have their own range of stencils and the variety is limitless. Stencils are simple to use, but as with everything practice makes perfect.

Before getting started I have a few tips for you:

  • Make sure that you have a good spatula, wet ones, paper towel and plenty of space to make a mess.
  • I have used tags to show you each technique, but feel free to use some scrap cardstock while you are practicing.
  • Remember, wet mediums like ink spray and paint work well on Watercolour Paper.
  • Try to keep the stencil as close to the paper as possible – tape it down if you can or hold very firmly.

Tip: Try more than one colour especially with the Distress Inks as they blend so well.

 

Technique 1 – Ink pad

Equipment: Stencil (shown is the Kaszazz Mandala Stencil), Distress Ink pad Ripe Persimmon, blending tool or sponge and cardstock of your choice.

  1. Place your cardstock under the stencil. Secure your stencil with either tape or your hand.
  2. Ink up your blending tool and in a circular motion rub over the stencil.
  3. When you are happy that you have covered the stencil in ink, remove the stencil.

Technique 2 – Paint

Equipment: Stencil (shown is the Kaisercraft Large Doily), Distress Paint Victorian Velvet, paint brush or stippling brush and watercolour paper.

  1. Follow steps 1 and 2 from Technique 1.
  2. Put some paint onto your brush, but be careful not to use too much other wise it will go under the stencil and your print will be smudged.
  3. Dab over the stencil until you have covered the stencil. Remove the stencil to show your print.

Technique 3 – Spritz 2 ways

Equipment: Stencil (shown is the Kaisercraft Damask), Dylusions ink spray Calypso Teal and watercolour paper.

  1. Follow steps 1 and 2 from Technique 1.
  2. Spritz the stencil. Lift the stencil to show the print.

3 Reverse technique: As you lift the stencil you will see there is lots of ink spray on your stencil, turn the stencil over and rub it down onto some cardstock.

Technique 4 – Texta/Chalk

Equipment: Stencil (shown is the Kaisercraft Dots), various Distress markers, Artist Chalk – Shimmers and cardstock.

  1. Follow steps 1 and 2 from Technique 1.
  2. Textas: Colour in the stencil.
  3. Chalks: Rub the chalk onto the stencil.
  4. Remove stencil to show the print.

 

Technique 5 – Texture Paste/Gel Medium/Gesso

Equipment: Various stencils, medium of your choice, spatula and watercolour paper.

  1. Follow steps 1 and 2 from Technique 1. Smear the medium over the stencil with a spatula.
  2. Don’t be afraid to use your fingers to help spread out the medium especially if it is thick like texture paste.
  3. Remove stencil to show the print.

Technique 6 – Faber-Castell Gelato

Equipment: Stencil (shown is Kaisercraft Leaves), Faber-Castell Gelato and watercolour paper.

  1. Follow steps 1 and 2 from Technique 1.
  2. Draw in the stencil and rub with your finger. Try various colours.
  3. Remove stencil to show the print.

 

By Elaine Heinrich.

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