I’ve seen a few stencilling posts lately, so when I bought the latest issue of Making Cards Magazine with a free chevron stencil, I was very eager to give it a go.
The examples in the magazine used items which are not in my stash so I had to have a think. In the end I settled for using my Color Box inks, which I have in 3 shades each of green and purple. My first experiments were a bit of a mess as I was heavy handed. (They ended up in recycling.)
I had a bit of a ponder and decided to try again, but a bit more gently. I also had a think about what images to use with the backgrounds and decided my camper van stamp was the man for the job!
When inking the background and the stamp I tried to use a mixture of shades, and kept going until I was happy with the depth of colour. On the background of the cards I used masking tape to keep my lines straight as I only wanted a narrow band of stencilling. On the first card, I forgot to de stick the tape first (I’m not sure that’s a word, but the tape was too sticky and ripped my card!)
I accidentally made a smudge of green ink on the green card so I can’t send it to anyone. Luckily my son has claimed it, I’ve no idea what plans he has for it but since it was only an experiment I don’t mind.
Stencilling was really enjoyable, it’s quite exciting peeling back the stencil to see the effect you’ve created. It’s definitely a technique I will add to my repertoire as it’s so quick and easy. I think the chevrons make really nice masculine cards too, and they’re some of the trickiest to make. I’m planning on trying to use Versamark ink and making embossed chevrons next, and maybe mixing colours too.
Have you ever tried stencilling? Do you have any tips or tricks for using them?