Stencil Monoprints

by Lee-Anne Cross

Ink up a stencil for a unique and colorful monoprint.


  • Stencils (the Crafter’s Workshop TCW554 Butterfly Collage used here)
  • Distress Inks or Paints, or other water-soluble medium
  • Watercolor paper or cardstock
  • Rag or paper towel
  • Water mister
  • Craft mat
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the card (Stamps, sequins, adhesive and cardstock used here)


  1. Step 1

    Place stencil upside down on craft mat.

  2. Step 2

    Add two, three or four colors of Distress Inks directly to the stencil.

  3. Step 3

    Mist the inked stencil liberally with water.

  4. Step 4

    Turn stencil over onto watercolor cardstock.

  5. Step 5

    Press down with rag or paper towel to allow watercolor paper to absorb inks/water and to remove excess water.

  6. Step 6

    Remove stencil and gently blot.

  7. Step 7

    Air dry or use a heat tool to dry.

  8. Step 8

    Use the finished monoprint to complete a project.


Your Turn

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

***Please note - Internet Explorer/Edge is not a supported browser, and will not allow you to see the videos. Please use Chrome, Firefox or Safari to view our tutorial videos.

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

What a super and effective technique. Looking forward to trying it for myself.
Rosie  |  Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 3:09 AM
love the technique! can youtell me what the name, etc of the butterfly stencil is? Thanks!
xubie  |  Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 3:26 AM
thank you so much for this wonderful idea! Can't wait to try it.
i would love to find that butterfly stencil! where can it be purchased please? smile
Karen Shirey  |  Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 3:41 AM
Love it! Can't wait to try it myself!
Kay Hadley  |  Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 5:17 AM
I've added the name of the stencil to the description above: it's the Crafter’s Workshop TCW554 Butterfly Collage. Such a practical one!
dina  |  Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 5:32 AM
Love it! Can't wait to play!
muscrat  |  Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 6:04 AM
Love the look of this! Thank you for sharing!
Catherine  |  Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 6:13 AM
What a great technique. I have a ton of stencils to try this with. TFS!
JeanneLee  |  Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 6:44 AM
Thank you Lee-Anne! This is fantastic and I can't wait to try it! What a beautiful effect with this technique!
Nancy Stislow  |  Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 7:11 AM
Wonderful tutorial and super technique, Lee-Anne. I'm sure I'll be doing this soon.
Benzi  |  Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 7:32 AM
Thanks for sharing this great technique! It looks simple enough to teach some of my newbie stampers in my classes and I'm planning on working with stencils at my next class, so this tutorial is very timely!
claudia zimmerman  |  Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 7:45 AM
Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to try this great technique.
Miriam Pastori  |  Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 8:06 AM
So cool!!!! So many possibilities!!!!
angela bode  |  Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 8:20 AM
Note: This stencil comes in 12" x 12" and also 6" x 6", make sure you order the one you want (I almost ordered the wrong one)!

Thank you for the idea, it's beautiful!
Kay Oxford  |  Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 8:29 AM
Can I use the steel stencils with this technique as I have about 95 of them. This was so beautiful that I am hoping I can use them.
Thankyou so much.
June Lihrman  |  Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 8:56 AM
June, it should work! Give it a try and let us know!
dina  |  Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 9:32 AM
What a wonderful technique. Thanks for the awesome video. Three versions of the technique...WOW! Thanks for showing us that you don't HAVE to have a collage stencil for this technique AND that various media work for the process as well.
kab  |  Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 10:20 AM
I just gave it a quick try with a metal stencil, June and it works just fine!
Lee-Anne Cross  |  Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 10:23 AM
If you don't have distress ink, is there a SU product better than another for this technique?
Maria Carr  |  Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 11:12 AM
That's a good question, Maria. The Distress Inks/Paints are made to react with water, that's how you get the mottled effect. I'd love to hear if the SU inks work for this.
Lee-Anne Cross  |  Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Page 1 of 3 pages  1 2 3 >

You need to be logged in to comment


Splitcoaststampers's privacy policy