The Powerful Guide to Stencils for Card Making

The Powerful Guide To Stencils For Card Making

Apply some techniques to your homemade cards to broaden your skills by using stencils for card making. Stencils are thin plastic sheets with cutouts in the shape of patterns, images, or letters.

They’re a fantastic way to add texture and color to card backgrounds. They’re even better because they’re inexpensive and widely available.

The Easy Way to Do Simple Stenciling

You only need a few tools, a stencil, and some cardstock to make a genuinely gorgeous stenciled card.

 What You Will Require:

  •  Cardstock or the shape of a greeting card
  •  Stencil
  •  Blending brush or round applicator pad
  •  Ink color of your choice
  •  Glass Mat


  1. Apply low stick tape to all edges of the stencil and adhere it to the card or cardstock.
  2. Ink the glass mat with ink.
  3. Using the blending brush, pick up the ink.
  4. Using the stencils, apply the color on the cardstock.
  5. Continue adding color until you achieve the desired blend.
  6. Carefully pull the stencil off the cardstock to remove it.
  7. Clean and dry the stencil as soon as possible.

 Let’s have a look at some of the possibilities.

Blending ink

The first step is to get your card and stencil ready. Place your stencil over the card’s top. Flip the card over and use low-tack tape to secure the stencil’s edges to the back. The stencil will no longer slide off the card as a result of this. Change the bot’s direction.

To avoid slippage, turn both over and secure the outside of the stencil to your craft mat. Blend the ink over the stencil with a blender tool, blender brush, sponge, or dauber.

 To see the finished pattern or picture on the card, remove your stencil.

 Paste for Embossing

Embossing paste is an excellent method to give some texture by using stencils for card making.

It’s a thick paste that a palette knife can spread evenly on your card and stencil. The raised design of the stencil remains after it has dried.

Remove the stencil off the card as soon as the paste has been applied. Stampin Up Bricks effect stencil and sparkly white embossing paste were used to create the butterfly card.

Embossing paste comes in various colors and finishes, including opaque, translucent, sparkly, crackling, and metallic.

It dries rapidly. Clean with water right away. Using colored ink and embossing paste, create your own personalized colors.

The technique of Double Stencilling

This fascinating technique combines two stencils. Allow drying after blending the Altenew giant rose stencil with wild honey distress oxide ink.

This is a great technique, but you can take it further by using the carved pumpkin distress oxide ink to create a spotlight effect.

Other Cardmaking Stencilling Techniques
  • Using Versamark ink and embossing powder, heat emboss your stencil image.
  •  Create a letterpress effect by dry embossing your stencil using a die cutting machine and an embossing mat.
  • Make a background with a Bokeh effect. On a card background, blend several colors together. To blur the colors, use a circular stencil and sponge white craft ink over and through it.
  •  Create unique and completely diverse backdrops with a Gelli pad, stencils, and acrylic paints.
  • Make your own stencils if you want to be more creative.
  • To create a shadow effect, ink blend with your stencil first, then stencil over the top in a different color with the stencil offset from the original picture.
  • Make unique and completely diverse backdrops with a Gelli pad, stencils, and acrylic paints.
  •  Use die cuts and punches to make your own stencils, such as circles and stars.
 Making Holiday Cards with Stencils!

Using stencils to create cards is a lot of fun! When it comes to adding a “personal touch” to your present, nothing beats a hand-stenciled card. Easy! And it has to be done quickly. Here’s what you’ll need to do: a blank card, a stencil, a stencil brush, acrylic paints, a styrofoam plate, low stick adhesive, and a paper towel

Be cautious about using a low-tack tape to avoid damaging your card! Regular blue video may be made to be “low tack” by sticking it to a wall a few times and then removing it. If you don’t secure the card, it will move about while you’re stenciling.

Put a small amount of paint on our stencil brush and swirl it around on a plate to work it into the bristles. It’s critical to get some color onto the paper towel. It is preferable to use less paint.

 Begin by dabbing and swirling paint across your stencil. Next, complete all of the red-colored components of the pattern.

Now take a second brush (or a perfect wipe of the first one) and stencil the green sections! Use a moderate sweeping-swirling motion or a dabbing up and down motion. The most enjoyable part is removing the stencil! There’s no need to clean the stencil in between. 

Next, attempt a new stencil design! Try using a two-overlay stencil Overlay the second stencil over the completed first print 

Make sure it’s dry, but the paint on paper dries typically very quickly. Cute red cardinals on the second stencil layer! I put the second stencil by sight, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a little off here and there for this pattern. 

Before continuing, make sure the white paint is completely dry, which should just take a minute. You’ll get pink cardinals if you don’t. Finally, make a stencil of a Christmas tree. 

Align the star with the top of the tree on the second stencil layer, and use the same “white-out” technique for the red ornament. Take a look at how incredible this one came out!

Place the stencils on a flat surface and cleaning up is a breeze. Now you have a stencil for a Happy Card!

Last Thoughts

Stencils have long been a fixture in the crafting world, and for many of us, they’ve become indispensable. They’re simple to operate, and there’s a lot you can do with them. Stencils for card making is very popular nowadays. Give it a try.