Thursday, September 21, 2017

CrafTreat Stencils - More Ways with Stencils.

Hello hello everyone,

Tejal here today, and It is my absolute pleasure doing a Guest post on the CrafTreat Blog. My post is unusually late, because I got carried away and ended up creating 9 projects for your inspiration. Now this may get too long, but make sure read all the way to the last project. I am sure you will love some inspiration for the coming season of Diwali!

I am dividing my cards based on what method I used while making them. I will start with the basic ways and then move to the crazy ones! Before I begin I must say I am absolute in love with the quality and feel of the stencils. Absolute at par with the best in the world.

1. Embossing Paste

This is simplest method,  yet has an amazing three dimensional look. I mixed Fired Brick distress ink along with Embossing paste and applied through the Mandala Stencil. Sprinkled holographic embossing powder over the paste and let the paste dry for a few minutes. After the paste dried, I heat set the embossing powder revealing the sparkling look. Trust me, it is so brilliant in real life. 

I cut around the edge of the mandala and glued it to the base. Before gluing, I sponged layers of pink ombre colors on the card base with the same stencil to mimic vellum like look. 
Colored used are Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick and Spun sugar Distress inks. 
Finished off with the sentiment and few pink sequins. 

2. Heat embossing With Stencils. 

 Here I have simply used Versamark and a sponge dauber to ink through the stencil (I have masked a part of the stencil with red washi tape) and create instant fancy money envelopes. Just a simple gold and silver embossing and the envelopes are ready.
Here I have used the Indian Motif's stencil
Tip : Use the sponge dauber for better control than a Ink blending sponge. 

In the following two cards, I have inked Versamark through the Fireworks stencil and added Holographic Embossing powder. (click the image to see the sparkling embossing)

The center firework has white ink with glitter embossing powder on top of it.
 The second card has white embossing powder and holographic powder giving the feel of a sparkling sky! (Click it to see it in detail)

3. Painting through the Stencil:  

To actually paint with fluid watercolors through the stencil, you need to spray the stencil with a removable adhesive spray, stick that temporarily on your cardstock and then water color.The water does not seep under the stencil because of the adhesive.
You can also try coloring with Pencil colors like Polychromos or Prisma color pencils.  

Instead, I have simply used masking tape to adhere the Mandala stencil to my paper and used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers through it directly, without adding any water. 
It was such a calming exercise, almost like meditation...just simply coloring. 

Click to see big.

Once I finished coloring, I went with my 0.1 micron pen and outlined all the edges through the stencil.. 
Added small gems to a few parts and added a scalloped edged border to it. And that's as simple and as awesome as it get.

4. Pigment Powders with Stencils
Now this is something different I tried. It gives best results on darker Cardstock.
I taped the Marbled Stencil to my cardstock. (TIP :I always tape my stencil to CS from behind, which is why you don't see the masking tapes)
Here you can either use Versamark or Pigment inks, since both stay wet enough to hold the pigment powders. Dye inks won't work for this method. 
Ink the white ink through the stencil using sponge dauber. Use pouncing motion rather than circular motion. 
Once inked, remove the stencil and use a paint brush to apply Perfect pearls all over the white inked area. Use pouncing motion of the brush to set the pigment powder into the ink. 
You can seal the perfect pearls with a spray of clear varnish.

You can see the stunning shimmer on the black cardstock.

Attached the panel to the card base. Embossed and colored flowers on Black CS with prisma pencils. Glued them with dimensionals and added a few sequins.

This card background is made the same way. Except, I used Versamark as the base ink, and Lindy's Golden Sleigh bells Magicals mica. Some gold embossed flowers on a tag and few sequins complete the card. 

5. Dry Embossing With Stencils. 

This is another way to get the most out of your stencils. Use them with your die cutting machine to emboss on your cardstock and get a wow factor to it!

This is how I layer my plates in the die cut machine. The most important item in embossing in your die cut machine is the Tan embossing mat.
You may need to add a few layers of cardstock shim or an extra tan mat to get a good impression on your cardstock.  I ended up using two tan embossing mats to get the impression on my cardstock.

This card was dry embossed after inking with Distress oxides. And  love how the subtle texture of the stencil matches the curly butterfly (Die cut, inked and heat embossed with UTEE)

You can choose to dry emboss and leave it at that, or go crazy like I did and take it one step further and heat emboss the raised area.
I took the two step Paisley Stencil and inked with Fired Brick Distress ink using the smaller paisley stencil.
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 I used the above sandwich in my Cuttlebug and dry embossed with the larger paisely stencil.
Without removing the stencil, ink over the dry embossed areas with sponge dauber and Versarmark.
Add gold embossing powder and heat set.
(The raised dry embossing holds the stencil in place)

 Look at the 3D look of the gold embossing on this. It looks like I have done multiple layers of gold embossing. In fact its just one layer of gold embossing.

 And use that layer to create your card. I stamped the image on a die cut panel, colored with copics and propped the image on foam tape.

Phew!!!! If you made this far, thank you for your patience as I went crazy making cards. More than the cards, I wanted to share ideas on how to get more out of your stencils! I hope I have inspired you to try something new today!!

And a big big thanks to Priya for tolerating my slow crafting mojo and my tardiness with a smile!! Thank you for this amazing chance to share my work and ideas on your blog!!

See you soon !!


  1. I really got new ideas on how to use a stencil. Wonderful cards and even wonderful it's description. ThankS for sharing these knowledge. You rock

  2. these r lovly...mujhe diwali greetings bhejogi naaa😉

  3. Wao superb ideas to use stencils in multiple ways....I was wondering....thanks a lot ...

  4. Wonderful, Tejal, loved all of them!!

  5. Superb collection and all are beautifully done