Saturday 14 October 2023

Stencilling 101 - Part 1: Distress inks

 This is part 1 in a short series of posts on the basics of stencilling, using Distress /Distress oxide ink pads or other water-based ink pads.

  • Extra smooth cardstock 300gsm
  • Distress/ Distress ink pads, or other water-based ink pads in various colours
  • Succulent stencil PM-S011 by The Purple Magnolia
  • Stencil tape or low-tack tape (Altenew purple tape or Studio Light stencil tape)
  • Dotted paper from our What the succulent? collection
  • Sentiment from one of the Wordies sets - Everyday
  • Studio Light or Altenew blending brushes.
1. For good results, use a smooth cardstock. The new, extra smooth 300gsm cardstock, available from our online store. It helps achieve a smooth, blended result.
2. Secure the stencil to the white cardstock with stencil tape to keep it in position. be sure to mask the stencil number so you don't accidentally stencil the numbers.
3. Select ink pads. for this card, I used Distress inks in a variety of colours, that are typical colours for succulents in our country: squeezed lemonade; tattered rose; seedless preserves; evergreen bough and peacock feathers.

4. Apply the first colour in a few areas - never have a colour in only one area: repetition "binds" the image. start with the lightest colour and work towards the darkest colour. I started with squeezed lemonade, then used tattered rose, seedless preserves, evergreen bough and ended with peacock feathers.
5. Overlap colours for smooth blending and an interesting effect.

After stencilling, I trimmed the piece of cardstock to 13 x 13cm and adhered it to the dotted square, 14 cm. This was adhered to a square card base (14,5cm) and the sentiment added.

Thank you for popping in. Please do leave a comment. or ask a question if you have any.

Happy crafting, until next time.

Marie Smith

1 comment:

  1. I appreciate the tutorial on stencilling, you have made a stunning card. x