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!

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Questions and Comments

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

Yeah!! Thank you so much!! I really appreciate your time and effort. You are so kind to figure this out for me.

Thanks again,
Marcia  |  Tue Sep 8, 2015 at 4:34 PM
Oh, Lee-Anne, I love your video and hopped over after seeing Nancy Stizlow's card with your technique. It's fabulous, and I will definitely have to try it. I love the stencil you've used and am so glad Dina added it. Thanks, sweet friend! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Tue Mar 15, 2016 at 4:54 PM
Thank you for the tutorial and wonderful technique. (You're very good at this - calm, clear voice and complete instructions.)

Do you happen to remember the name of the stencil with the little messy circles?
Beth Burns  |  Wed Jun 8, 2016 at 2:05 PM
Hi, Beth! Thank you! It's from Stencil Girl and is called Inky Circles
Lee-Anne Cross  |  Wed Jun 8, 2016 at 2:43 PM
Thank you so much, Lee-Anne! I should have thought of that; my LSS carries Stencil Girl. Their stencils do have that terrific casual/messy vibe. : )
Beth Burns  |  Thu Jun 9, 2016 at 6:53 AM
I've never been big on stencils, Lee-Anne....but looking forward to trying this. I'll have to buy some stencils first haha!! TFS!
Jo  |  Wed Feb 7, 2018 at 12:15 PM

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