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Old 05-28-2017, 08:27 PM   #1
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Question I wanted knowwhat are favorite Stencils for card making What do you with your stenicl

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I never really used Stencils in fashion. And a specially for card making. What are you favorite types Stencils? meaning types or theme? What you like do them? Color them, Printed them? Embossing them? Watercolor them. foil them. Where do you get stencils? I am just starting collections Stencils. So anything anyone wood like share wood greatly appreciated. Thanks Linda
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I like to use stenciled backgrounds using different mediums. Here are some examples for how I use them. Stars, stripes, dots, chevron, hearts, grunge, flowers, and similar stencils. I use then with sprays, different medium pastes, sponging, airbrushing, I guess the sky is the limit when thinking about stencils. I sometimes make my own using my SNC or dies, that fun.

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I like stencils to make backgrounds or pieces (rectangles/squares) to place on card fronts. This flower stencil is the newest and by Stencil Girl. It can be purchased as either outlined flowers like I bought (first link), or filled in flowers (second link).

Garden Flowers and Leaves Outlined Stencil

http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/product-p/l218.htm

I don't have a photo of the card I made with it (bad!) but have my first quick try playing with it. When something is new I try to use it right away without thought or judgment. If I think too much I won't use it, and if I put it away I'll forget about it.

So I scribbled Zig Clean Color Brushes on my craft mat, misted with water, picked up the color with a little paint brush, and brushed through the holes. At least that's what I think I remember.

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You have perfect timing, by the way! One of my top few card designers, Laura Bassen, just emailed this blog entry using a stencil.

SSS-Star Medallion Stencil ? laurafadora

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I've made my own simple stencils by die cutting a design onto something thicker than cardstock- ceral box, etc.
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I love this... What are these stencils
https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/produ...gs-SZIFB12/901

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No, those are not stencils. They're prints for you to color in.

The description says: Contains twelve unique high quality prints just waiting to be colored! Approximately 4.25 x 5.5 inch prints on Tim Holtz watercolor paper. The perfect size for an A2 card front. These cards contain fun, cute, and inspirational sentiments and hand drawn images by Suzy Plantamura!
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[QUOTE=SkyNacho;21475904]No, those are not stencils. They're prints for you to color in.

So are the digital stamp save computer one you buy them?

The description says: Contains twelve unique high quality prints just waiting to be colored! Approximately 4.25 x 5.5 inch prints on Tim Holtz watercolor paper. The perfect size for an A2 card front. These cards contain fun, cute, and inspirational sentiments and hand drawn images by Suzy Plantamura!
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My favs are

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The style really depends on what I want to do. Stencils with more open spaces are easier to work with when using pastes where as fine detail stamps are good for any technique. I mist, fill with paste, stencil, trace and then use frisket to fill in the spaces and then watercolor, apply ink to stencil, mist with water and press onto the paper, use with Pan Pastels (chalk). I'm sure there are other techniques I just can't think of them right now.
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No, those are not stencils. They're prints for you to color in.

So are the digital stamp save computer one you buy them?

The description says: Contains twelve unique high quality prints just waiting to be colored! Approximately 4.25 x 5.5 inch prints on Tim Holtz watercolor paper. The perfect size for an A2 card front. These cards contain fun, cute, and inspirational sentiments and hand drawn images by Suzy Plantamura!
No. They are already printed on watercolor paper.
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What you saw at SSS are pre printed images for coloring. Very popular now with the rise of coloring books....companies are doing smaller pieces too in sets like that one. You color it in and then use it like a panel on a card.

Very different from a stencil which is a cut out pattern or image...in metal, plastic...you could make your own using a die and thick paper.

I was first introduced to stencils years ago with the metal ones from Dreamweaver. I think they are being carried by Steampendous now. they are much more expensive....yes they are a little more durable but if you get a very detailed one-they bend easy. They are a little thicker in terms of applying paste.

Plastic are much cheaper.

I use mine for backgrounds also. I have a lot of them. All kinds of geometrics (circles, stripes, etc) elements like rain, flowers, etc.

I also like to use paste. There are many paste ideas.
You can do straight in a color like gold.

Or you can sponge a color ink in, then do a clear paste over that. If you want to really punch that up, while it is still wet, cover in clear glitter.

Or you can skip the ink step and just do clear and any color glitter.

They are very popular with mixed media artists who might do pieces of different patterns on the same card.


As said, very popular to use sprays on them. You can paint through them or use color pen or pencil. You can layer images. Lots that can be done.


But you probably have sponges already so start with that.

Stencils are everywhere nowadays! And like some embossing folders, when on sale can be just 2 bucks.

My warning: Be very careful about size. I try for 6 x 6 so I can cover a card front. But they can come as big as 12 x 12 for scrapbooking, or little like for tags or accents. So pay attention to that. Also...pay attentiuon to scale. The pattern could be too big if you go bigger than 6 x 6.

One source I like and is always running some kind of sale is Susana Custom art and card design-and very nice lady.

https://www.susanascustomartandcardd...ies.php?cat=78

I try to get the hard plastic kind (still bends). Some people make them in a very flexible material. I am too heavy handed to use those.
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Question is grunge? I heard of it. But, know and thing about that?


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I've Tim Holtz grunge stencils, and haven't looked for others. Can't answer why I've not looked. I've purchased quite a few grunge stamps, because I really like the look for backgrounds. Here's a couple of photos of grunge stencils, I only have the Tim Holtz. I think they're still available in craft stores or online.

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that funny I called it stencils not grunge. Why are they called grunge stencils instead just stencils? Maybe I still don't understand the difference in them?

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that funny I called it stencils not grunge. Why are they called grunge stencils instead just stencils? Maybe I still don't understand the difference in them?
So sorry I misunderstood your question. I was referring to the grunge pattern, not the stencil material.
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Grunge originated as a style of music and grew to other areas. Grunge doesn't fit with in "normal" confines and was considered a sort of rebellion. In art, grunge could be considered by some as messy. I think of it more as distressed - not perfect, coloring outside the lines, random and for me refreshing as I like things to be different.
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I've made my own simple stencils by die cutting a design onto something thicker than cardstock- ceral box, etc. I have noticed because I die cut that there is a right side and a wrong side. If I use the side where the paper is pushed up, I cannot use the stencil as long because of exposed edges of uncharted paper.
I bought a deck of giant playing cards and make some of my own stencils. Because they are plastic coated I can use them over and over by wiping them off with a damp cloth. I have noticed that there is a right side and a wrong side because the paper pushed up and not coated which makes it fall apart easier.
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Hello ShariW
Do you have YouTube video Showing how you made your own Stencils. I see a lot images online when searching for things. that would like in
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I don't do videos. However, it is very simple to do. I used a background die for this and simply die cut it with my Big Shot. I am planning on using more of my dies to make different backgrounds and also single images that have delicate designs - i.e. A butterfly that has a delicate design to be able to use different colors as the focal point of the card. I hope this is helpful!
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So you are going to take, say, an intricate butterfly die and run it through your BS in a number of spots in order to create a BG stencil? That's an interesting idea.
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That is my ultimate plan. I first want to see what happens if I use a larger intricate die and use it as the focal point. Then I am thinking of using a smaller intricate die and do it several times on one of the playing cards. All in the experimental stage right now. The circle worked great! Now to get up my nerve - which is something I have to get up every time I get something new! Sigh!!
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Seems like it would work well. Although there are a lot of materials that would hold up longer than your cards would. Why do you like using them so much, just curious?
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Seems like it would work well. Although there are a lot of materials that would hold up longer than your cards would. Why do you like using them so much, just curious?
Wanted something cheap and these are. I think I actually saw someone using them and really liked the idea. They die cut really easy I learned after getting them which is nice and they are thick. Thank you for asking!
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How do you cardstock is thick enough? Or cereal box is thick enough? Or how do you if you get to thick? I was told hard the plastic of regular stencils hold up. So how make sure that stencils your hand make is going hold up? If You using Texture paste? Where soap and water? And I have you ladies found images you like printer out or whatever and tried turn into stencils? How would do this is my question? Because I see images I like when searching google whatever. And would turn into stencil. But, so how do this? Or can it be done either. Thanks Linda
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How do the cards? I am guessing use like cardstock? and take you die cuts and run it thow BS And there stencils right? where do you get the big cards?

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I believe I got the jumbo playing cards on Amazon - I've had them for a while. The stencil is made using a die. I do not use card stock as that wouldn't hold up and would be too costly for me. I've used the one I have about 4-5 times and it is still good to go as a stencil.
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I got some stencil plastic in the stencil section either at acmoore, Walmart, or Michaels. I think you could cut dies with it. Then it would be a real stencil. It would last forever, or as long as plastic stencils last. Its just a sheet of the plastic with nothing cut on it. Its for making your own stencils.
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My favorite way to use stencils is for adding a little design onto my backgrounds, like I did on this card. I use either distress inks or Stampin Up inks with an ink applicator tool or sponge. I've also used modeling paste but mainly on mixed media projects and I don't do those very often.
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If you eat bacon, the inner plastic piece is great for making stencils! Its a heavier plastic and free.
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I'd be worried I didn't get all the grease off. I might just give that a try and see if I can get it squeaky clean.
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I'd be worried I didn't get all the grease off. I might just give that a try and see if I can get it squeaky clean.
I haven't done this but whenever I need to get grease off something, my first thought is to use distilled white vinegar. It would also help with any lingering odor.


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I don't have any bacon in the freezer so it might be a week or two until I give it a try but I'll let you know how it works. I'm thinking if I freeze the bacon first then maybe not so much grease will be on the plastic. Hmmm, bacon and crafting? Is there a better combination ever? LOL
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An intricate die won't make a stencil, but you can use it for a mask.

Think, for example, of how your cardstock looks after you die cut your fancy butterfly to put on a page. Your butterfly that you've cut out is fancy, but it's separate from the cardstock you just cut it out of.

And your cardstock has one big blocky butterfly shaped hole in it.

Now, you can put repositionable adhesive on the back of your butterfly and sponge OVER it (which is what a mask is). But you will be left with sort of a reverse image-- where your butterfly was, the cardstock will show through, and the ink will be around it. (The reverse image of if you had a stencil.)

For the same reason, it would be hard to print an image and cut it out and have a stencil as the end result.
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What is actual name off the plastic? Can you take picture of it? Dose it comes in different sized?

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I got some stencil plastic in the stencil section either at acmoore, Walmart, or Michaels. I think you could cut dies with it. Then it would be a real stencil. It would last forever, or as long as plastic stencils last. Its just a sheet of the plastic with nothing cut on it. Its for making your own stencils.
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I love bright colors on this card and the lovely flowers!

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My favorite way to use stencils is for adding a little design onto my backgrounds, like I did on this card. I use either distress inks or Stampin Up inks with an ink applicator tool or sponge. I've also used modeling paste but mainly on mixed media projects and I don't do those very often.
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Try are just blank stencil sheets. I found mine hanging with all the other stencils. Its the same material but just a full sheet blank so you can cut it to whatever you want. I believe you can get it at Michaels, Joann's, and even office supply stores.
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okay... thanks you...

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Try are just blank stencil sheets. I found mine hanging with all the other stencils. Its the same material but just a full sheet blank so you can cut it to whatever you want. I believe you can get it at Michaels, Joann's, and even office supply stores.
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I make stencils using dies on the plastic lids that come on the raw spinach we buy in the store. We have a spinach smoothie every morning, so I have a bunch of this stuff and have begun giving it away. Makes great stencils that are thin, but will last forever.
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