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Sure, just cut your shape (for a mask) or aperture (for a stencil) and ink away! I often use an acetate sheet because you can see exactly where you're placing it on your project and it's reusable but paper will work if you're doing a one-off or just want to try something out.
You do need to give a bit of thought to the dies you choose - anything that has lots of separate little pieces to pop out of your cut will make a mask but not a stencil. Take something like the Spellbinder Fancy Lattice die for example - I could lay that cut onto a project and ink or spray over it so I leave a negative image (mask) but not use it as a stencil.
If you're using a very intricate cut you might want to consider one of the masking films with low-tack adhesive but otherwise, just hold the sheet in place at the edges with a little tape if you're worried about it moving as you ink.
I was watching Martha Stewart the other day and she uses those flimsy cutting sheets; I can't think of the exact name of them but they are pretty inexpensive. I tried on an old one and used a Spellbinder with it through the Big Shot and it worked perfectly. Got me thinking that I could use an old Cricut mat also