Homemade stencils for card-making

Stencils are a fabulous tool for crafting. They’re readily available and they are so versatile since you can use them with ink, paint, paste, sprays… you name it. Compared to other tools, the price point isn’t so bad, either. I have purchased many from craft stores, but the other day I ran across some sheets of stencil vinyl in the clearance section and couldn’t wait to get it home and make some of my own!

First, I cut the vinyl down to a 5-1/2″ square and ran it through my Gemini Jr with a simple circle die. That gave me a little window where I added a cute little dog and some ink blending for a background.

Trick or Tweet (retired Stampin’ Up!); Sentiment from Birdie Brown Greetings Galore (MFT Stamps)

Next, I created another stencil with a square die and followed the same process of stamping the image, masking it, blending ink for the background, then coloring the image in with alcohol-based markers.

image from Trick or Tweet; sentiment from Love is in the Mail (MFT Stamps)

Aren’t they fun? They only took a few minutes to complete but I love that they’re cute and easy to mail. If you like this look but don’t have stencils or vinyl to cut your own, you can just cut the shape you want to use from cardstock. Just keep an eye on how much ink soaks into your paper mask to make sure it doesn’t bleed through to your card front.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing these cards and are inspired to create some fun today!

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