No Mess Stenciling 101
Welcome back amazing guest designer, Paula Cheney! She’s going to give us some great tips & tricks for using new Tim Holtz stencils!
Stencils. I have had a love, hate relationship with them over the years. My desk is usually messy when I’m creating and it seemed I could never carve out enough space to lay down a dedicated craft mat, spray over the stencil, then clean everything up. That even sounds like too much work just typing it. Oh, and then there’s the storage issue…another challenge to keep them together and flat in a very small craft room.
Well, I have had a change of heart…welcome to “No Mess Stenciling 101”. You don’t need a large work surface, a special storage system or a hundred paper towels for cleanup, just a few simple supplies to create some magic. Let’s get started!Gather some supplies: A variety of Tim Holtz Layering Stencils, #8 manila tags, Distress Ink, Distress Paint, Blending Tool and extra foam pads (one for each color paint).
Tim’s new stencils are tag shaped with a hole at the top for a ring. Since I am using #8 tags today, I never had to remove the Layering Stencils off the ring. I find the one I want, flip it to the front for use. When I’m done, I wipe it off and it goes right back into the mix. And storage? they just hang on a hook right by my craft table. No more digging through the drawer to find what I’m looking for.So lets start with Distress Ink, by far the easiest medium to work with. Place the Layering Stencil over the top of a #8 tag. While holding the stencil in place with your fingers, rub the color on with the Blending tool. It’s just that easy.Love the burlap image on the tag! A great background for so many projects.
NOTE: Remember, Distress Ink reacts with water, so if you are planning to use Multi-medium or Mod Podge over the top, the ink can smear…in that case it’s better to use Distress Paint which is Permanent when dry (that’s coming up next).For clean up, I like to place the stencil on a small paper towel and just wipe it off with a wet wipe. Done.Okay, so lets do another one…Bubbles this time (one of my favorites)…this time Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick. Same as before, lay the stencil over the tag and ink with the Blending tool.Ink the edges of the tag with your favorite Brown Distress ink (Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap are mine). Stamp with the large dragonfly from the Stamper Anonymous Classic #1 set using black Archival ink.
Using the Eye Chart Layering stencil, add numbers running down the side with Distress Ink – Peeled Paint.This stencil has lots of tiny holes for adding detail.Use Alcohol Ink in Mushroom to color a Mirrored Star. This color Alcohol ink is my go to weapon for instant aging. If I could only have one color of Alcohol ink, it would be this one…well maybe Butterscotch too.Add the Mirrored star in the small circle on the tag. And there it is, super quick and simple, with a lot of detail.So let’s try Distress Paint now. Broken China is up first and the stencil…Honeycomb.Same basic technique as Distress ink, but here are a few things to remember:
- Shake Distress Paint till you can hear the mixing ball.
- Squeeze, while pouncing paint bottle onto craft sheet...a little goes a long way!
- Pounce Blending tool into paint. Foam should be saturated but NOT soupy.Hold the stencil/tag tight. Think of the foam pad as a “dry brush”. Soupy paint on the foam pad is not your friend.Depending on the stencil, I might pounce over the stencil, like traditional stenciling or use the circular motion I use when applying Distress ink. If you have too much paint on the foam, the pouncing method works much better to get a clean image.
The Distress paint on Manila cardstock dries very quickly so you can add the next layering stencil almost immediately. This time, Dot Fade in Spiced Marmalade over the blue. Same rules apply…dry foam.
Once you like what you see, clean the stencil immediately. Love the small dots over the larger Honeycomb…I think this would look great with so many combinations of colors.
Once you start, it’s hard to stop making tags…small, big, paint, ink…I like them all!
So what do you do with all the tags? I decided to make a card. I picked three #8 tags that were cohesive, blue, orange, and pink based tags with a variety of patterns and cut them into 1 1/2″ squares. You will need four – 1 1/2″ squares of each pattern.
I folded a piece of white cardstock and glued the squares to the front.
Then stitched across the squares with my sewing machine.
I love the new Tim Holtz Alterations Trophy Antlers die (available Sept). I decided to bling it up just a bit by using the new Distress Glitter in Pumice Stone on the antlers. Absolutely love this stuff. In my mind, it’s like fine mica with more weight to it. It does not spread like traditional glitter (you know what I mean) and you can actually leave your craft table without looking like a mirror ball. Very subtle, but beautiful effect.Once dry, I added the antlers to the card front. A little foam tape under the middle of each antler to give them a lift.I cut the word HELLO using the Sizzix Alterations Block Talk alphabet and Core’dinations Kraft Core cardstock in black. Easy to scuff the letters with the Sanding Grip to reveal the kraft color below. And just for a fun play on words, I added the Chit Chat word, “dear” inside the O…it just worked too well with the antlers.So there you go, a simple approach to stenciling that doesn’t create a huge mess! If I have peaked your interest in trying mess free stenciling, you might be interested in a mini book using the same techniques shown here.
Great technique! Thanks for sharing!
Adorable card! This looks like too much fun :D
Thanks for sharing your technique!
As usual Paula rocks the house. Love the stenicils and the techniques. Thanks for sharing!
Great card. Thank you for sharing your techniques.
Beautiful card and technique.
Oh this looks so awesome and sooooo fun! I can’t wait to get some Tim stencils. Thanks for sharing!
Great card – thanks for sharing!
I love the stencils! That card is a hoot.
That is way better than spraying and getting paint or mist all over.
I haven’t tried stenciling but this post gave me a push to get started. Sounds like fun and not as messy as you would think. Love the projects. thanks for the tutorial.
Super cute card!!!
Thank you for these amazing tips. Maybe I, too, won’t have this love/hate relationship with stencils (and glitter).
I’ve not been into stenciling, but this is a great card – I may have to think about it!
Ok, now you make me want to go and buy some stencils! Thanks for the tutorials, your card is fabulous!!
GREAT tutorials; thanks! And now I want to go out and get some – dang!
Wow! What a great card and tutorial. Love it.
I’ve been a follower for a few weeks now.
I’ve recently just discovered stencils thank to Simon Says and I think they are wonderful. Such a fun card and very colorful!
Thanks for the tutorial!
LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the stencils and the card!
Wow…amazing! I will have to put my learning cap on with this one! I love the technique. Thank you for sharing. Nicely done!!!
Great card! Love the technique and thanks for sharing!
Thanks for the great post! I love everything about using stencils…they are AWESOME and there are so many incredible choices on the market today. So many stencils…too little money!! At least they are reasonably priced. As an old boss of mine used to say, “you eat the elephant one bite at a time” and so shall my stencil collection grow!!
Thanks for sharing your techniques, tips & tricks. ;-)
what a cute final card, great idea for scrap of paper ;)
This post made a believer out of me, I am so going to try this!
beautiful stencil technique congrats
Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks with these new stencils and other supplies!! :}
Love the tutorial, great card and stencil ing
Love the technique and want those stencils
Fantastic. Love your patchwork. Those stencils are great. Such lovely designs
Great project – thanks so much for the tips on the stenciling!
Oh wow!!! Love the technique and the patchwork!!!
Thanks for the tip about using distress paint with the inking tool! those new TH stencils look amazing!
Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial!!! Your card is absolutely beautiful!!!
Love this (great space savers), can’t wait to try these out. thank you for the tutorial and the tip on using distress paint and the inking tool.
Awesome stenciling! Love it! ~God bless~
Very clever technique. Make as great sampler card.
Great tutorial! Love these new Tim Holtz stencils, just added them to my wish list!!
What a great idea with the tag shaped stencils on a ring. Well done Tim Holtz!! I want some of them stencils now.
Wow….love the look. I’ll have to try it!! TFS.
Thanks for the great ideas for stenciling! This is SO much easier than using stencil paste. I love all the ways you can mix and match the Ranger products, too. :D
Great card. Thanks for sharing this great technique. TFS.
I love the Deer Antlers and the play on words, Dear. haha That is so much fun!
I love Tim’s new stencils, thanks for all the great tips!
great tutorial and creation!
Thanks for sharing these tips and techniques!
Awesome!!! Love the stencils!! Love all the colors!!
Gorgeous! Thanks for all the tips :)