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Two Ways to Use Stencils with Black Cardstock

Are you looking for new ways to use your stencils? This month, the Creative Design Team is sharing multiple ways to use those stencils you have in your collection on some paper crafting projects.


Today, I have a Valentine card project for you that shows two ways to use your stencils on black cardstock. I have chosen some non-traditional colors for these designs because they are being sent to my boys, and I wanted them to have a more masculine color palette.

One of the ways you can use stencils with black cardstock is by creating a distressed chalkboard-like look using white ink. I chose to use a distress ink called Picket Fence for this technique.

This is a dye-based ink that drys quickly and allows me to build up the ink. In some of the areas, I added less ink to create a faded look like a chalkboard that had been partially erased.

I have used pigment ink for this technique, but it takes longer to dry and will smear if you don’t set the ink. This dye-based ink allows for the building of color and it gives me the ability to create that faded look as it dries.

Pigment ink is going to give you full coverage and a less distressed look, but it will work for this application.

Another way you can use stencils on your black cardstock is with a combination of texture paste and distress oxide inks. On the second card, I created a set of raised images shaded with ink using a non-traditional color palette.

You can use Distress Oxide inks alone on black cardstock to create a softer background, but I wanted the colors on this card to stand out, so I layered them atop texture paste.

After applying the opaque texture paste design with the stencil, I waited for the paste to dry before I applied the color with ink. I love how it creates contrast and texture on this design.

On each of these cards, I added some layers of die cuts to create a Valentine theme. The vintage feel of the My Type die cuts are perfect for both of these cards and they paired so well with the paper patterns from Honey Bee Stamps and floral bits I cut using my metal dies.

If you would like to see how both of these cards came together and learn a few new stenciling techniques, I have a video tutorial for you to enjoy.

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I hope that today’s project got those creative wheels turning and helped you discover a few new ways to use your stencils on black cardstock. Each month, the Creative Design Team has some amazing techniques for you to learn through our video tutorials. We enjoy sharing non-product-based projects so that you can use items you have within your crafting collection.

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