Monday, June 25, 2012

Stencil Love

I have a real love affair with stencils. Over the next week I thought I would share some ways to easily incorporate stenciling into any project. Today I will share my favorite technique which is to create my own backgrounds using stencils from The Crafter's Workshop and Tattered Angels paints. 

Creating A Stencil Background

Grab your stencils, & favorite spray inks. I prefer to do this technique on 140 lb. watercolor paper. This will allow you to do both sides if creating a journal.

I randomly mist colors, try to not worry about where it's
going because this is only the 1st layer of color.

I created mist guards from an old spray mat. I like to be able to
control how the stencil appears on the background.

I often will flip the stencil to get a reverse design.

This is time to start experimenting with stencil placement.
Have fun with different themes & shapes with your stencils…
there are no mistakes when creating your own backgrounds.

Start layering with random shapes, sizes & colors.

Have fun because these backgrounds are created to be cut apart to
use on tags, cards or make into mini-books.

Here is another background being created and another method of
securing your stencil using Blue Painters Tape.

Strathmore 300 Series Watercolor Paper 140 lb.
Stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop:
Balzer Designs designed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer ~ Burst, Circle in Squares, Triangle Plaid
Dylusions Stencils designed by Dyan Reaveley ~ Dotted Flowers, Luscious Leaves, Number Jumble
TCW ~ Flower Shower, Sunburst
Glimmer Chalkboard Mist ~ Boogie Board, Calypso, Cotton Candy, Fairway, Firefly, Mint Chocolate Chip, Splash, Teal High Heel, Tomate Cerise, Valencia
Glimmer Mist ~ Iridescent Gold, Marmalade, Pearl, Pumpkin Spice, Purple Pansy, Rum Punch

Using backgrounds to create tags is one creative way to work with 
YOUR newly designed papers

Ranger Craft Tags Size #8
Tim Holtz Distress Seasonal Inks Summer 
Unity StampCompany: ~ Quarterfoil Background  

The Crafters Workshop: Balzer Designs in Circle Explosion
Tattered Angels Paint Mediums Used:
Glimmer Mist in Key Lime Pie & Pearl
Glimmer Chalkboard in Fairway & Calypso

Unity Stamp Company:: Itty Bitty Follow your Heart
HELMAR Adhesives: Professional Acid Free glue
Tim Holtz Ideaology 
Misc.: Washi Tape, Sticker, Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by because I so enjoy sharing my art. Do make sure you stop by over the next week to see some other possibilities of creating your own stencil backgrounds. Tomorrow I will share how I store my stencils and more tags.


  1. How ironic... I was JUST looking at CC's stencils this AM on deciding on which ones I want to buy! LOL!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee your technique and loveeeeeeeeeeee your GORGEOUS tag!!! I loveeeeee the colors!!

  2. Great job! I really need to do more with stencils...looks like fun!

    And I love how you put that Quatrefoil stamp to work already! ;o)

    - Tifany

  3. Oh girl.... love seeing the process! BEAUTIFUL!

  4. This is so cool! Thank you for introducing me to another fabulous crafting technique! What other types of surfaces can you use the spray inks on?

  5. Very pretty- I really like the watercolor effect.

  6. Great tutorial for creating backgrounds for so many different projects! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I'm terrible at creating layers in my paper projects. This tutorial almost makes me think I can do it!

  8. Duh! Stencil guards. Love that idea with the old mat pieces. You always create the best backgrounds.

  9. Great tips! I love stencils--collecting them really...this has inspired me to USE them! Thanks!

  10. I love stencils too, this is a great tutorial....thanks for sharing!

  11. This is a fabulous tutorial. I love making my own "printed" papers. I love the idea of using the brayer to remove the excess. Great idea.

  12. GREAT TUT! Love seeing how you do the process. I have used stencils alot but had not thought of a 'mist guard!!) what type of mat do you use as a guard? I used paper in the past!

  13. Great step by steps. Thank you!


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