3 Ways To Use Stencils For Beautiful Backgrounds

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Welcome! If you’re a stamper, I’m really glad you’re here. If you’re not a stamper, I would love to help you learn. You can start here or contact me for help! For today’s projects, I want to share 3 ways to use stencils (otherwise known as masks) with you. I’ve heard several times from stampers that many of you have stencils in your collection, but you often forget to pull them out and use them. I love to use my stencils in a few different ways, so let me share these ways with you today. Maybe it will inspire you to pull out your stencils, or order some and use them soon! 

Take a look at these 3 ways to use stencils for gorgeous card backgrounds and special elements!

3 Ways To Use Stencils Video

For all the fun and juicy details, you can watch along here as I share exactly how to make today’s penguin cards with the cute stencil backgrounds.

I’ll share the main products I used in the next sections, and then we’ll get into the stenciling techniques!

Adorning Designs Decorative Masks

Here you can see the cute Adorning Designs Decorative Masks set I used for today’s cards. They’re perfect for holiday cards, but could be used year-round on other projects as well. 

Take a look at these 3 ways to use stencils for gorgeous card backgrounds and special elements!

Penguin Place Stamp Set

The stamp set I used on these cards is called Penguin Place. I *love* this stamp set! Isn’t it cute?

Take a look at these 3 ways to use stencils for gorgeous card backgrounds and special elements!
Take a look at these 3 ways to use stencils for gorgeous card backgrounds and special elements!

I’ve used this set to make this shaker card

Make this adorable penguin shaker dome card today using the Stampin Up Cloche Dies & Cloche Shaker Domes!

…and this penny slider card. So much fun!

Click here to learn how to make this adorable and interactive penny slider card using the Stampin Up Penguin Place bundle

Ok, now let’s look at today’s cards and the different ways to use stencils. 

3 Ways To Use Stencils

Blending Brushes Or Sponges

The most common way to use masks is with sponges or blending brushes. You simply need to pick up ink onto the brush or sponge, then use a circular pattern to gently blend it over top of the mask. When you remove the mask, the color is left behind with white space in between.

Take a look at these 3 ways to use stencils for gorgeous card backgrounds and special elements!
Take a look at these 3 ways to use stencils for gorgeous card backgrounds and special elements!

Spritzers

Spritzers are a small water bottle that you can fill with liquid, usually water or rubbing alcohol, as well as ink drops in the color of your choice. They can be used to add splatters to a project, or in this case, to spritz over a stencil to create a beautiful pattern. 

Take a look at these 3 ways to use stencils for gorgeous card backgrounds and special elements!
Take a look at these 3 ways to use stencils for gorgeous card backgrounds and special elements!

Embossing Paste

My third and favorite way to use stencils is with embossing paste. You can apply the white paste over top of a stencil, or mix in an ink color before applying it as I did here. I love using my silicone craft sheet for this.

Take a look at these 3 ways to use stencils for gorgeous card backgrounds and special elements!
Take a look at these 3 ways to use stencils for gorgeous card backgrounds and special elements!

That’s it! Fun, right?!

Supply List

Here are the supplies I used for these projects. You can learn more about each product using the link provided, and order them for your own collection if you like.

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Take a look at these 3 ways to use stencils for gorgeous card backgrounds and special elements!

Thanks so much for visiting and taking a look at these 3 ways to use stencils on your paper crafting projects! 

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