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How to use Detail Blending for Stencils

Detail Blending for Stencils

Looking for new ideas on how to style your stencils? Today’s project uses our new Detail Blending Brushes and a simple scrap paper mask to create a unique look to your existing stencils!

Today our designer, Carol, created a multi-colored background with the ‘Boats and Waves Stencil’ Set by using some hand cut masks and detailed blending brushes. This was very easy and makes a great masculine card. We are loving our new summer Release full of tons of Tropical Inspiration and highly recommend checking out the rest of the release for fun paper pads and stamps that would pair well with this stencil.

This card could be used for any occasion by changing out the sentiment, but we love the use of this Fathers Day sentiment from out new ‘36037 Fathers Day’ set. Follow along and see how Carol created this fun card and see progress photos along the way!

How to make this card:

  • Trim a piece of white cardstock to 4-¼” x 5-½”.
  • From the Boats and Waves stencil set, place the boat stencil over the panel.
  • For all of the coloring through the stencil, I used one of the new Large Detail Brushes.
  • To mask off the bottom of the sailboats I just literally pulled out a scrap paper from my trash can!
  • I used Beachside ink to color the left side of the sails.
  • Next I hand cut another piece of scrap paper to create this mask.
  • Just cover the left side of your sails with this mask and color the other side with Dreamer ink.
  • This seriously just took about a minute to color all of the sails.
  • Looks good so far!
  • I used another scrap of paper to mask off the sails.
  • I used another Large Detail Brush to color on Crimson ink. Tip: I keep one brush for each color family, not one brush for every single color. Wipe the brushes on a barely damp paper towel to clean, if needed.
  • The second stencil of the Boats and Waves stencil set is the waves.
  • You can color the waves with any ink pad color, or use a coordinating texture paste as I did.
  • The texture is wonderful in real life, although it may not be so obvious in the photos.
  • After I finished stenciling the paste, I washed the stencil and tools immediately and set the piece aside to dry.
  • Before I put away the Boats and Waves stencils, I stenciled three more boats and used my scissors to cut them out. This time I used Dreamer ink for the waves. These will be my embellishments to finish the card.
  • The sentiment is from the Father’s Day stamp set.
  • After I stamped it with black ink, I die cut it with a Nested RC Square Die.
  • I die cut teal cardstock with the next larger size of Nested RC Square die, and glued the sentiment die cut to the layer.
  • Before assembling the card, trim the Boats and Waves panel to 4″ x 5-¼”.
  • Trim a piece of teal cardstock to 4-¼” x 5-½” and adhere to and A2 card base with glue or tape runner.
  • Wrap a piece of jute twine around the Boats and Waves panel three times in the center and adhere the ends on the back with tape.
  • Add foam tape to the back, above and below the twine.
  • Peel the backing off of the foam tape and adhere the panel to the card.
  • Add foam tape to the sentiment layers to adhere it over the twine.
  • Use foam tape to adhere the three sailboat embellishments.

This masculine Fathers Day card is so much fun! The multi-colored stenciling is truly a game changer when it comes to maximizing our stencils. We hope you enjoyed seeing how to use detail blending brushes for your stencils and encourage you to try it out on your next project.

As always, shop the links below for everything needed to recreate this card. Happy Crafting!

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