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Stencilling Techniques





Expand your card making repertoire by adding stencilling techniques to your handmade cards.  

Stencils are thin plastic sheets with patterns, images or letter cutouts.

They are a great way to create card backgrounds and to add texture and colour. Even better they are reasonably priced and widely available. 

There are so many designs to choose from!

Floral....geometric....retro.....to clouds and rain drops!

Let's look at some ways you can use them.....


Ink Blending

Your first step is to prepare your card and stencil.  

  • Place your stencil over the top of the card
  • Turn over and fix the edges of the stencil with low tack tape to the back of the card.  This will stop the stencil sliding off the card.
  • Turn both over and fix the outside of your stencil to your craft mat - again to avoid slippage.

Use a blender tool, blender brush, sponge or dauber to lightly blend the ink over the stencil.  

Remove your stencil to see the finished pattern or image on the card.  



Lightly blending ink over the edge of a cloud stencil from MFT Stamps gives the appearance of clouds and sky in this card background.





Make your own cloud stencil: Cut scalloped edges along a piece of scrap paper.  Place the edges over your card and sponge with blue or grey ink.  




For the next card I used the Altenew grid stencil with complementary ink colours to create an block ombre effect for the card background.

The flower image was stamped in black ink and layering stamps used to colour the flower.  

The flower was die cut and mounted with foam pads to complete the card.




Embossing Paste

Embossing paste is an excellent way to add texture to your cards.

It is a thick paste that can be applied evenly over your card and stencil with a palette knife.  When dried it you are left with the raised pattern of the stencil.

After applying the paste remove the stencil straight away from the card as it dry quickly. Clean immediately with water.



The butterfly card was made with a brick effect stencil and shimmery white embossing paste from Stampin Up! 

Embossing paste is available in a variety of beautiful colours and finishes...opaque, translucent, glittery, crackle and metallic.



Mix your own custom colours with coloured ink and embossing paste. 

The mandala was made with a mandala stencil and shimmery white embossing paste mixed with cracked pistachio distress oxide ink.

The card was completed with a die cut Hello from Altenew.



Other Stencilling Techniques


  • Heat emboss your stencil image by using Versamark ink and embossing powder.
  • Dry emboss your stencil in a die cutting machine and embossing mat to create a letterpress effect.
  • Create a Bokeh effect background.  Blend different colours onto a card background.  Use a circle stencil to sponge white craft ink over and through the stencil to blur the colours.
  • Multi layer stencils to create unusual patterns.
  • Have fun with a Gelli pad, stencils and acrylic paints for unique and completely different backgrounds.
  • Create your own stencils with die cuts and punches eg: circles, stars




Discover More Card Making Techniques....

  • Emboss Resist

    Create unique and interesting effects with the emboss resist technique

  • Ink blending

    Create a gradient effect on your card backgrounds by Ink blending your stamp colours together.

  • Paper Die Cutting

    Discover paper die cutting for scissor free cutting and embossing.

  • Digital Card Making

    What is Digital Card Making and how can you use them in your card making?

  • Faux Letterpress

    Enhance your handmade cards by using faux letterpress techniques

  • Embossing Techniques Step Two

    Heat embossing techniques to make your cards stand out from the crowd

  • Embossing Techniques

    Create awesome effects with different embossing techniques to take your cards to the next level

  • Block Printing

    Have a go at block printing with your acrylic blocks to create easy watercolour backgrounds

  • Layered Stamps

    Create cards with layered stamps for a beautiful 3D effect.

  • Inlaid Die Cutting

    Try Inlaid Die Cutting - It's a fun and innovative way to create an imaginative design.

  • Ink Smooshing Techniques

    Have a go at ink smooshing for a fun watercolour look to your card backgrounds.

  • Masking Techniques

    Learn masking techniques to create the illusion that one image in behind the other.

  • Retiform technique

    Learn how to do the Retiform Technique using different stamp sets.





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