How To Create Stencils For Card Making

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Welcome friends, I’m so glad you’ve stopped in to visit today. I love sharing ways you can use the products in your craft collection in new ways, and today I want to share another use for your dies and punches, which is creating masks to use with blending brushes, sponges, or spritzers. This can be a simple way to make some truly stunning card projects, and I’m excited to share several ideas with you. Let’s get started and talk about how to create stencils for card making!

Click for simple details of how to create stencils for card making - just use the dies or punches in your collection to cut through acetate window sheets, and now you have a stencil to use!

How To Create Stencils

Creating stencils and masks is simple. Instead of using your dies or punches to cut through paper, use them with acetate window sheets instead. Cutting through window sheets can be a bit more difficult than cutting through paper, so I’ve included a few tips below for making it easier.

Tips For Cutting Through Window Sheets

When using punches with window sheets, I find that they typically punch through, but I need to press harder than usual to make it happen. If you have problems punching, you could try layering a piece of paper with the window sheet and punch them together. Otherwise, just be prepared to press hard!

For die cutting with acetate sheets, I suggest laying down one or two layers of scrap cardstock on your cutting plate, then place the window sheet and die on top. Add the top cutting plate, and run it through your machine. This makes it just a touch harder to crank, but it makes all the difference in getting the die to fully cut through the window sheets.

Now that we have our masks created, let’s talk about how to use them.

How To Use Your Stencils

The sky is the limit with how to use your new masks. My favorite ways to use them are with blending brushes or spritzers. If you have sponges in your collection, you can sponge around them too. You could even use them with markers or with a special trick to emboss with them. Just use your creativity here!

Sample Card Ideas

Here you can see the cards I’ve created with some of my handmade masks.

I made this lovely card with the Magnolia Mood bundle and one of my favorite colors – Pebbled Path. It was so easy…and it’s so pretty.

Click for simple details of how to create stencils for card making - just use the dies or punches in your collection to cut through acetate window sheets, and now you have a stencil to use!

I made this nice card with the Autumn Leaves bundle. To finish it, I pulled out a great stamp set for masculine greetings called Legendary Ride.

Click for simple details of how to create stencils for card making - just use the dies or punches in your collection to cut through acetate window sheets, and now you have a stencil to use!

Here’s a neat one made with the Light The Sky bundle.

Click for simple details of how to create stencils for card making - just use the dies or punches in your collection to cut through acetate window sheets, and now you have a stencil to use!

I made this last card with the Layering Leaves stamp set and Bough punch.

Click for simple details of how to create stencils for card making - just use the dies or punches in your collection to cut through acetate window sheets, and now you have a stencil to use!

How To Create Stencils For Card Making Video

Watch along here as I share how to create stencils and some of the lovely cards I made as a result!

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One Reply to “How To Create Stencils For Card Making”

  1. Judy Harmon

    Oh, Anna! What a great idea! You made such lovely cards ❤️ .Thank you for sharing this project with us, as well as the “life tips”; sister, you are NOT alone in this journey with mental health. Please know that others care ❤️ XX

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