I couldn't wait to experiment with the Damask Filigree stencil when it arrived! I played with a variety of techniques designed to add beautiful visual texture to my cards.
I was thrilled to discover the filigree image can be extended by carefully lining up the edges of the stencil. This is a huge win for me since I love making long narrow cards.
I find it helpful to start in the middle. Center the stencil on the panel and add ink with an ink applicator. Carefully align the stencil with the inked artwork on the left and right sides to repeat the pattern.
There are a number of dimensional mediums available on the market at a wide range of price points. However, you don't have to spend a bunch of money on fancy products to get great results. One of my favorite stenciling techniques is using lightweight spackle from the hardware store.
A light layer of spackle spread across the stencil provides gorgeous color and dimension on a dark background. (Just be sure to thoroughly clean your stencil before it dries!)
Don't forget you can use your stencil to emboss as well. Start by adding two rubber mats on top of an embossing plate. Layer your paper onto the mats, and top with your stencil. Cover this "sandwich" with the second embossing plate and run through your embossing/die cutting machine.
You would never know this wasn't done using an embossing folder!
Haven't mastered using ink with the stencil? How about trying the Stipple Mists released at Retreat 2018? These sets of liquid inks come in a variety of colors to coordinate with almost any collection.
Simply cover your art panel with the stencil and add a light spray or two using Indigo Stipple Mist. I kept the card design simple because I didn't want to cover up this beautiful background!
As luck would have it, Club Scrap is having a sale! Save 35% on Stipple Mists through the end of June*. Watch for even more "misty" inspiration and techniques next week.
Have fun experimenting!
*Save 35% on Stipple Mists through 6/30/19