New Technique: Create Your Own Stencil

By | 11/07/2012

Stencil and Sponge Technique

I tried an old technique with some new materials and after some experimenting, I ended up with a card I really love!  For this card I used my Big Shot (of course!) to create a stencil to sponge my colors onto the card.  I cut the maple leaf out of a piece of scrap paper using the Bigz Die Autumn Accents in the Holiday Mini Catalog and used it as a stencil.  I sponged in some More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke and Cajun Craze creating the image of the leaf.  My sentiment is stamped in Chocolate Chip from the Pursuit of Happiness stamp set.  I also added the little scalloped border below the Very Vanilla paper using Cajun Craze and the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch.  It actually comes out two sided and looks like lace.  I attached it so only one half of the trim shows.  That is mounted on Chocolate Chip and all of the is attached to Cajun Craze card stock.

This was actually a really fun technique to do.  Every time I made a stenciled leaf, it was different than the one before it.  It was a lovely surprise each time I lifted the stencil off and saw the final image!  Wow!  This just gives us one more way to use our Big Shots.  I love it! There is nothing like getting more than your money’s worth from a really great product!

My original card had two stamped leaves, a flourish and two sentiments.  Oh, and some pearls.  When it was done,  I realized that it just wasn’t me.  I love clean and simple and this was a busy card.  Check it out below!

Just too busy for me!

I have made of video of this technique which will be posted soon!  Stay tuned!

Stamp sets:  Pursuit of Happiness   Inks: More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke ( Regals Collection!Paper:  Cajun Craze, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla   Accessories:  Big Shot, Autumn Accents, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Edge Punch, Sponges

Enjoy trying this old technique.   You can really add some great background color to your cards!  I really love how every card is different!

Are you looking to get some of those great Big Shot supplies to add these amazing touches to your cards?  Are you stamping on a budget like me?  ( I have two kids in college, it’ll be rice and beans for a couple more years!)  Check out my Perfectly Simple Virtual Stamp Club which gives you an easy way to spend a small amount each month and build up the stamping tools you’ve been wishing for.  Treat yourself!

Thanks for visiting!

I’m off to make more perfectly imperfect stamped cards!


Don’t forget to sign up for my mailing list to get exclusive tips and techniques that I share only with my mailing list members!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.