Hiya! Today, I have a confession to make – I’ve never really used stencils before! So as a stencil newbie, I decided to take baby steps and start with the simplest way I knew how to use them; by sponging.
I started out with the Cubic Background stencil and Soft Cantaloupe ink. I used washi tape to mask off the borders of the card so that the stencil wouldn’t cover the entire front of the card, and then some washi tape to hold the stencil down onto my desk and paper.
For the inking, instead of moving the sponge around my paper in a circular fashion like you would with ink blending, I just “dabbed” at the cardstock. For the ombre look, I applied more ink to the bottom of the card, and less at the top. Even though it takes the backstage for the bird here, doesn’t it look stunning?
To make sure the bird could pop off the background, and yet keep the background a focal point, I used some vellum to layer the bird and sentiment on. I had fun playing with the colors for the bird, using some strong blues and oranges to make it a bright Thanksgiving card. The sentiment was clear embossed using copper metallic ink, so that it wouldn’t smear on the vellum.
I topped it off with some pretty gems, and that was it! My first attempt at stenciling – a success!
Stenciling really is so versatile – I would not have been able to achieve this ombre look (without ombre inks, of course ;)) with a background stamp and one ink pad. You can also use stencils as stamps themselves, by inking them up with Versamark, and then your favorite color!
Give it a go – I think you’ll be surprised (as I was!) by the versatility of stencils!