How To: Selective Stenciling

How To: Selective Stenciling

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Aaah, stencils… my favorite topic! I mean, really, there are sooooo many things you can do with this “cheap & cheerful” crafting tool! A typical mixed media approach to stenciling is to use it selectively on a project. You can use this same approach for card making too! What this will do is use the pattern of the stencil to help break up a background – making the stenciling more of a supporting role in your project, instead of a front-and-center element!

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supplies for selective stenciling

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steps to selective stencil

  1. Secure stencil over cardstock.
  2. With a very lightly loaded blending tool, apply color over the stencil in selective locations. Consider where elements will be placed over top in order to ensure that some of the stenciling will show behind.
  3. If desired, shift stencil and apply another light, random layer in the same or coordinating color for added visual interest.
  4. If using a layering stencil set, use the additional random layers with the same or a coordinating ink color for added visual interest.


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