Stencil Card Technique

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome! Today I want to share with you a technique I learned from watching Channin Pelletier. You can find her blog here! I am in no way taking credit for this technique, it’s all hers but I do want to share it with you. I learned the technique during one of the Spring Card Camp videos at Online Card Classes which you can check out here. I loved the technique so much that I’ve been using it non stop with many different colors. Let’s get to it!

First I started off with selecting my stencil, I decided to use my favorite Simon Says Stamp Abstract Triangle stencil for this card. I also used my Distress Oxide inks for the blending. I find that the Oxides work better than the plain inks because they leave more product behind on the stencil. I cut down a piece of Bristol to A2 size, 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, but this is not used for the technique it’s just there to kind of help it along, so to speak.

Once my paper was taped to the stencil I got to blending. I used the Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, and Wild Honey Distress Oxide inks. One thing to remember when you’re blending, you really want to load the paper AND stencil with the ink. The more ink you have, the better it’s going to look.

Once I’m happy with the blending, I carefully peel the stencil off without touching the inked up areas and set the one piece to the side. I then take my Distress Sprayer or, this time, I used my water and Perfect Pearls mixture to give a bit of sparkle, and I completely saturated the stencil with it. You want the stencil soaked. You don’t just want little beads of water you want puddles. Then I took a piece of watercolor paper cut down to A2 size and laid it on top of the wet stencil. This is a little hard to take a picture of, so there’s not picture- sorry. But you lay it on and then you gently run your fingers over the back of the paper. Don’t worry about getting ink on the back of the paper, no one will see it anyway! Once you lift up the watercolor paper from the stencil, your technique is complete!

As you can see, on the left we have our usual ink blended with a stencil background but on the right we have our new background. The positive and the negative. The impression won’t be perfect but I think that’s the fun with it. Sometimes when I do it, I get big blobs of water and color but I love the look of it. You’ll never get the same look twice, that’s for sure.

Here is the card I made out of our piece, what do you think. I like to keep the cards simple with this technique so it can really shine.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and get inspired to check out Channin’s blog, which I love reading, and to try this technique. Thank you Channin for sharing your skills with us and helping us crafters to learn new things, you’re the best! Thank you so much for stopping by today, I am glad you came. If you want to be notified every time I post, follow this blog before clicking out and if you want to see what I create and don’t post here be sure to check out my Instagram linked down below! I post every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 11AM PST. Have a great day and, until next time, keep creating! XO Emma


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