Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Making Your Own Stencils

When I was in the 6th grade, I got to go to the school spelling bee.  I didn't get any further as I misspelled the word "stencil."  (I spelled it stencel.)  It was years, YEARS before I ever needed to actually spell that word in real life.  I couldn't imagine ever needing to know how to spell that!  And now, way more years than I want to count, I'm needing it for a very popular scrapbooking tool.

A few months ago I got really interested in stencils.  I collected several made by Studio Calico and The Crafter's Workshop.  I also cut my own stencils from cardstock with my Cricut.  Those were usually good for just a few uses as the paper would curl when misted.  I tried using Vellum and that was an epic fail as the vellum just crinkled up completely when wet.

So then I looked into blank stencils found in the craft department of Hobby Lobby.  This is a thin flexible plastic that holds up better than transparency film but is still a good weight for using with mists, inks or pastels.

For the card above, I used a stencil cut on the Cricut from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.  It is covered in this video at YouTube:

I adhered the stencil to some black cardstock and then misted with white Mister Huey, tinsel  (which I just found out has an 'el' at the end rather than 'il' - I'm still a terrible speller!) and gold Colorshine mists.  This is a graduation card for a friends daughter.

I'm also using a homemade stencil on my scrapbook page later this week.

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  2. Lisa, this card is really beautiful! I could foresee using something similar for a Christmas card with a silhouette of Bethlehem and wise men. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Another wonderful idea, Lisa (you are full of them)! Love the finished card.


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