Duo Texture Stenciling

by Sandi MacIver

Use a stencil to embellish inside and outside a stamped image.


  • Cardstock
  • Stamp (Picket Fence Studios Swallowtail Beauty used here)
  • Stencil (Picket Fence Studios Fancy Flourishes used here)
  • Inks (VersaMark (for embossing) and Gina K Wild Dandelion, Tangerine Twist and Cherry Red used here)
  • Stamping Platform (optional)
  • Heat tool
  • Black embossing powder
  • Dimensional medium (Picket Fence Studio Paper Glaze – Snowdrop White used here)
  • Pointed tip palette knife
  • Painter’s tape
  • Post it Note Tape
  • Blending brushes
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Adhesive, hard board, paper trimmer, paper towel, anti-static pouch)


  1. Step 1

    Use a stamping platform to stamp a large image onto heavy cardstock (Neenah Classic Crest 110# cover used here).

  2. Step 2

    Cover with black embossing powder, shake off the excess and heat set.

  3. Step 3

    Fix the art piece to a flat surface (thick cardboard).

  4. Step 4

    Use Post it Note Tape to adhere a stencil over the art piece and to mask the edges of the panel.

  5. Step 5

    Using blending brushes or another applicator, start adding the color through the stencil inside the image. Start with the lightest color.

  6. Step 6

    Continue layering colors until you are pleased with the effect. For the sample, orange was added from center out about half way, and then the red from the center out about a quarter of the way.

  7. Step 7

    Use a dry paper towel to wipe off any excess ink sitting on top of the stencil. This is very important, as the texture paste will pick up this color and muddy your background.

  8. Step 8

    Use the painter tape to mask off the edges of the inked areas (butterfly wings here).

  9. Step 9

    Working with a small amount of paste in a small section at a time, add a smooth flat coat of the paste anywhere the background is showing.

  10. Step 10

    Remove the tape and the stencil. WASH the stencil and the palette knife immediately.

  11. Step 11

    Use fine tip tweezers to remove any wet paste sitting on top of the back embossing.

    This is way easier to do when the paste is still wet, so don’t let it sit.

  12. Step 12

    Where necessary, refresh any black embossed lines with a fine black Sharpie.

  13. Step 13

    Assemble the card as desired to complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Duo Texture Stenciling. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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WOW!! What a fantastic technique.
JuliaT  |  Wed Oct 21, 2020 at 2:57 AM
How refreshing to have a unique tutorial! I will be trying this for sure. I love your straight forward instructions, it makes it easier to follow. Thank you!
CraftingRita  |  Wed Oct 21, 2020 at 5:09 AM
Sandi...this is awesome sauce! Directions were clear and concise! Can't wait to give it a try!!
jmhoffmann  |  Wed Oct 21, 2020 at 5:41 AM
I can't wait to try this technique! Beautiful!
kami55  |  Wed Oct 21, 2020 at 7:15 AM
Beautiful! I wonder if you could use masking fluid over the antanas? Perhaps not because of the paste? 🤷‍♀️
stampin_melissa  |  Wed Oct 21, 2020 at 7:16 AM
SO BEAUTIFUL!!! thanks for sharing
aztk  |  Wed Oct 21, 2020 at 8:28 AM
Sandi, I love this technique...thank you so much for this great tutorial! Love your card, too!
FranneB  |  Wed Oct 21, 2020 at 8:33 AM
Always looking for some great card ideas and this one is a winner - Explanation was detailed and shown
I am ready to give this a try !
Thank you for this and all other tutorials I have used throughout the years. Very inspiring
macard  |  Wed Oct 21, 2020 at 3:36 PM
really beautiful technique, will try this.
doseight  |  Sun Oct 25, 2020 at 7:26 AM

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