5 Ways to Stretch Your Stencils | Monthly Collab with Delaney Jane Cards

Hey Procraftinators! I'm back with my favorite video of the month, my collab with Renee from Delaney Jane Cards! This month, we decided to tackle stencil techniques. I will be showing 5 techniques and she will be showing 5.



1. Stamping Through a Stencil

For the first technique, I am going to stamp through a stencil. For this one, you want a stencil with large open areas and a stamp that is either solid or has small condensed shapes, like the Linked Dots Background Stamp that I used from the Fun Stampers Journey.  The stencil that I used is one that I picked up from Amazon. It's an open heart design. I will link it in my supplies list below. It came from a set of 25 stencils. I taped my cardstock panel to the back of my stencil, placed them in my stamp platform and placed my stamp on top and picked it up with the door. Then, I proceeded to stamp my stamp through the stencil. This may take some muscle depending on how thick your stencil is. My desk has a bow in it where I film. So, eventually, I ended up moving my platform to a solid area of my desk so that I could really push hard and get a good impression. 
Once, I got a good impression, I started covering the areas with embossing powder. I thought it would be fun to do an ombre look here. So, I pulled out 3 slightly different shades of aqua embossing powders. Two Nuvo in Cool Jade (lightest) and  Ocean Sparkle (medium) and one WOW Embossing Powder in Oasis(darkest). In order to mix embossing powders, you want to first apply it solid and then sort of sprinkle it with the colors are going to mix. On camera, it doesn't show a whole lot, but you can tell in person. It was a fun effect and I plan to do more embossing powder mixing in the future. Once I heat set the powders, I trimmed my card panel down to 3 1/2 x 4 3/4in. Next, I matted it on a piece of Paper Accents Pale Aqua 100lb cardstock cut to 4 x 5 1/4in. I used the Concord & 9th Hugs All Around Die and cut it out of the same Pale Aqua Cardstock and stacked that up four times for dimension. I chose a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words stamp set and used the My Favorite Things Slanted Sentiment Strip dies to cut it out. 

Here is a look at the finished card.

 2. Selective Stenciling with Masking

For the second technique, I am going to do some selective stenciling with masking. This can be interpreted a couple different ways. However, I am going to use it to ink up different areas of my stencil with different areas. This didn't go exactly how I had planned, which was completely my fault, but I was still happy with the end result. With this technique, I will be doing some ink blending to create a rainbow with 3 colors of Distress Inks.

I started with a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock cut to 6in square. I applied Pixie Spray to the back of the Neat & Tangled Modern Triangle stencil and applied it to the Bristol Smooth cardstock. You don't have to use Pixie Spray, but I just didn't want to stencil to shift on me at all.

Next, I decided which area of the stencil I wanted my first color and I masked off the area with 2in post it tape. The first color I decided to use was Distress Ink in Candied Apple. I applied my color liberally with a blending brush.
Once, I had the color on exactly how I wanted it, I removed the post it tape and moved it to the next area. I flipped the tap around so that I wouldn't be inking against the side with the red ink. I have had issues with ink transfer in the past when reusing post it tape. Since Distress Ink stay wet quite awhile, you do need to be aware of that. This is a fairly wide tape, so just flipping it around solves that issue. The second color I used was Salty Ocean.
Once I was done with the Salty Ocean, I took another piece of scrap post it tape (I always have small pieces hanging on the side of my desk for die cutting) and I masked off the small triangle on the top where the two colors overlap and I went back and forth between the Candied Apple & Salty Ocean until I got a nice purple shade.
I removed the post it tape and grabbed two fresh pieces and masked off both sides so I could focus on the center now. This is where things didn't go quite as planned, but I think the background still turned out great.While inking up the middle portion in Squeezed Lemonade, my brush hit some of the red. My intended design was to have the center portion yellow and those two strips you see peeking out that are blue and red be ink blended so that they turn green and orange. I *should* have masked them off and blended them separately. I don't know what I was thinking. Once my brush hit that red, it was too late. I had to go with it.
So, I pulled the red into yellow a little and faded it out and ink blended the yellow over the red to make a darker orange. I did the same over the blue to make green.
The background looked absolutely beautiful when I pulled off all the post it tape and removed the stencil. To finish off the card, I wanted to pull in just a little more purple. Since, all I had was that teeny, tiny triangle at the top. So, I pulled out the Simon Says Stamp You Matter stamp set and I heat embossed the sentiment in Nuvo Purple Haze embossing powder.
 For the inside, I did some more rainbow ink blending, just a tad lighter, so it would be easy to write over and I stamped a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Greeting Mix 1 stamp set.

3. Stencil Shifting Technique

For the third technique, I am going to do some stencil shifting. I started by doing a little ombre ink blending on my card panel using Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Inks, just to add a little bit of interest.

Then, I chose a fun spiral or mandala type stencil that I knew would be fun for this shifting technique. However, there are MANY stencils that you can do this with. Look in your stash and experiment! For this stencil, I decided to pull out my Make Art Station to hold down the stencil. I placed the stencil where I wanted it on my panel and placed those 4 heavy duty magnets in the corners.

I chose to start with Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers for my first color of stenciling. I laid down a nice heavy coat of ink with my brush. Then, I removed the stencil and cleaned it off with my tea towel.

Then, I shifted the stencil. For this stencil, there is kind of this sun or star shape in the middle. I just moved the points of the sun type shape so they were centered inside of each other, if that makes sense. Then, I placed the magnets down again and ink blended Cracked Pistachio.

I finished this card with a simple Hello die cut from the Lawn Fawn Magic Slider die set. I cut that from Paper Accents Tranquil Teal Silk Cardstock. I used that same cardstock as a matte for my panel.

For the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Greetings Mix 1 stamp set and I used the stencil & the same Distress Ink Colors to finish it off.

4. Ghosting / Lifting Technique

For the fourth technique, I am going to do some ghosting or ink lifting. I have heard it referred to as either. You can use any type of water reactive ink, but I am going to pull out my Oxides for this. I know, shocking! Now, I used some fairly light colors, but the darker or more contrasting colors you use, the more this technique will shine. I probably should've used different colors, but it still worked pretty well even with the lighter colors I used.

I started by ink blending Pumice Stone, Weathered Wood & Faded Jeans onto a piece of cardstock. I decided to pull out my mini ink blending tools with my DIY foams for this, just to switch it up a little.

Then, I laid the Neat & Tangled Parquet stencil over my ink blended background and spritzed it with water several times. You want to be fairly generous, but you don't want to soak the panel or cause warping. Then, I removed the stencil and patted it up with my tea towel. I will caution you that if you use a tea towel, rag, etc like I do, be sure that it is not saturated with ink. Use something fairly clean. When I have done this in the past, I have left ink splotches on panels from my towels, because Distress Inks are water reactive. So, the ink on my towel reacted with the water and came off onto my panel. It's not real impressive, especially if the colors are completely different from what you used on your card. I grabbed a clean, but stained towel for this blotting so I could prevent that.

To finish the card off, I put the panel on a black mat so that it had a very thin 1/8in border around it. Then, I heat embossed a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Greetings Mix 1 stamp set in Ranger Gunmetal embossing powder.

For the inside, I used another sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Grettings Mix 1 stamp set and I used a small strip that I had cut off from my card front panel when I cut it down.

5. Double Stenciling Technique

For the last technique, I used a rose stencil that I got off of Amazon. This stencil came in a set of 25. I started by stenciling the roses in Spun Sugar and the leaves in Shabby Shutters.

Then, I masked off the leaves with pieces of post it note tape & laid a Tim Holtz stencil called Ornate over the top of the rose stencil.

The Tim Holtz Stencil isn't quite big enough to fit over the entire rose stencil. So, I was careful to only ink over one rose and then I moved the stencil and inked over the other two roses. I inked the roses in Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.

Next, I removed the post it note tape that was masking off the leaves and I masked off the flowers, so that I could ink the leaves. I used the same stencil Ornate stencil. For the leaves, I inked in Bundled Sage. This is where those small blending brushes come in handy!

To finish this card off, I stamped a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Greetings Mix 1 stamp set in Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry and heat embossed over it in Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. Then, I matted my stenciled panel on some pink cardstock I had in my scrap bin.

For the inside, I simply stamped another greeting from the Simon Says Stamp Greetings Mix 1 stamp set in Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry.

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Supply List

1. Stamping through a Stencil
  • VersaMark
  • Fun Stampers Journey - Linked Dots Background Stamp
  • Heart Stencil from Amazon set of 25
  • Nuvo Embossing Powder
    • Cool Jade (1)
    • Ocean Sparkle (2)
  • Wow Embossing Powder
    • Oasis (3)
  • Paper Accents - Pale Aqua 100lb Cardstock
  • Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Concord & 9th Hugs All Around Die
  • My Favorite Things - Slanted Sentiment Strip Dies
  • Simon Says Stamp - Tiny Words
2. Selective Stenciling with Masking
  • Neat & Tangled Modern Triangle Stencil
  • Pixie Spray
  • 2in Post it tape
  • Distress Inks
    • Candied Apple
    • Squeezed Lemonade
    • Salty Ocean
  • Blending Brushes
  • Simon Says Stamp - You Matter Stamp Set
  • Simon Says Stamp - Greetings Mix 1 Stamp Set
  • Nuvo Embossing Powder - Purple Haze
  • VersaMark
  • Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Black Card Base made out of Paper Accents Black 100lb Cardstock
3. Shifting Stencil Technique
  • Bristol Smooth Cardstock
  • Distress Inks
    • Tumbled Glass
    • Broken China
    • Peacock Feathers
    • Cracked Pistachio
  • Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Amazon Stencil Set of 16
  • Blending Brushes
  • Hello Die from Lawn Fawn Magic Slider die set
  • Simon Says Stamp Greetings Mix 1
  • Paper Accents - Tranquil Teal Silk Cardstock 92lb
4. Ghosting / Lifting Technique
  • Distress Oxides
    • Pumice Stone
    • Weathered Wood
    • Faded Jeans
  • Neat & Tangled - Parquet Stencil
  • Mini Ink Blending Tools with DIY Foams
  • Water Mister
  • Ranger Gunmetal Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark
  • Simon Says Stamp Greetings Mix 1 Stamp Set
  • Paper Accents Black 80lb Cardstock for black matte
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
4. Double Stenciling Technique
  • Distress Inks
    • Spun Sugar
    • Shabby Shutters
    • Picked Raspberry
    • Bundled Sage
  • Distress Oxide
    • Picked Raspberry
  • Rose Stencil from Amazon Set of 25
  • Tim Holtz - Ornate Stencil
  • Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
  • Simon Says Stamp - Greetings Mix 1 Stamp Set
  • Blending Brushes
  • DIY Shimmer Spray

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