Learn how to use stencils 4 amazing ways here on my blog! Join us on the Altenew Geometry & Nature Blog Hop and you’ll learn a lot more than 4 ways!
Big thanks to the lovely Laura Bassen for sending you over to my blog. No doubt she had some incredible rainbow creations to delight you! If you’d like to start at the beginning of the hop, head to the Altenew Card Blog.
All the details on how to use stencils 4 amazing ways are in this short cardmaking video tutorial. Watch her or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share with your crafty friends!
Geometry & Nature Full Release
Introducing the Altenew Geometry & Nature Stencil Release. Whether you prefer organized lines or organic patterns, this stencil release has you covered!
Dry Embossing With Stencils
Altenew Woven Stencil
There are so many different ways to use stencils and one of my all-time faves is dry embossing.
The trick to dry emboss with stencils is to find the perfect sandwich for your embossing machine. For my Sizzix Big Shot, I use the following sandwich from bottom to top.
- Base plate
- Cutting plate
- Two Spellbinders Embossing Mats
- Savoy 100% Cotton Letterpress Cardstock
- Cutting plate
If your Neenah cardstock cracked while dry embossing, try less pressure with a thinner sandwich or use a different cardstock. I love my Neenah, but it’s not always the best choice for every project.
I recommend Savoy 100% Cotton Letterpress cardstock. It’s heavyweight at 118 lb cover weight, uncoated, and is meant to be pressed for relief printing. It’s fabulous for ink blending and ink smooshing. And although I don’t have one, I imagine this would be a great option for hot press foil machines too!
Dry Emboss Stencil Printing
Altenew Leaf Bed Stencil
White on white is a classic look, but sometimes you need color. Elevate dry embossing by adding direct to stencil inking for dry emboss printing.
Here I inked up the Leaf Bed Stencil with Altenew Volcano Lake and Olive Crisp Dye Inks. Just pounce your ink pads on the stencil and spritz lightly with water so that the pigments mix.
Use your perfect sandwich, and add a sheet copy paper over the embossing pads to protect them from ink. Gently place the stencil on the letterpress paper, ink side down, and run through the machine to emboss.
Just look at that gorgeous watercolor dry embossing! I finished off the card with a bit of twine, a sentiment from Circled Sentiments Stamp Set, and Sea Shore and Tropical Forest Enamel Dots.
Dry Emboss Stencil Printing + Ink Blending
Altenew Sphere Stencil
Now that you’re a dry emboss printing pro, add another layer of color with secondary ink blending.
First, ink up the Altenew Sphere Stencil with Warm Sunshine and Marigold Crisp Dye Inks. Wipe any excess ink off the solid are of the stencil with a baby wipe. Dry emboss as with previous projects.
Gently remove and clean the stencil. Replace the stencil by wiggling it in place over the raised stripes. Ink blend with Altenew Persian Blue and Midnight Violet Crips Dye Inks. Here I used an Altenew Large Blending Tool.
I added a bit of shading with Midnight Violet to create the appearance of a 3-dimensional orb.
Finish off the card with an Altenew Bold Greetings die-cut and a sentiment from Sentiments Strips Stamp Set die cut with Featured Sentiments Die Set.
This card feels really cool, so much that I just wanted to keep petting it. I wish you could see the texture in the photos!
Alcohol Marker Stencil Printing
Mighty Corners Stencil
Getting into tight spaces with ink pads can be challenging. For smaller areas or detailed stencils, try alcohol marker stencil printing.
First, color the stencil with Altenew Cosmic Berry, Emerald, and Olive Artist Markers. Next, spritz with rubbing alcohol in a well ventilated area. Lastly, press your cardstock onto the inked stencil.
Gently remove the stencil and admire your alcohol marker stencil print!
Finish off the card with an Altenew Hello & Hugs die-cut and Sentiment Strips 2 sentiment.
That’s a wrap, guys! Let me know what you think in the comments below. Of course, that also enters you in the giveaway too! Be sure to leave some love on my crafty friend’s blogs too! Thanks for stopping by!
SENSATIONAL STENCILS + WATERCOLOR
Create quick and easy Christmas cards with stencils and watercolor.
Join us on the Altenew Educator blog hop for loads of stencil inspiration.
To celebrate this release, we are offering a free gift for a limited time.
- Receive a FREE Gift (worth $5,99, brand new Geometry & Nature Stencil Release Inspiration Guide) with every order of the Geometry & Nature Stencil Release Bundle from 9/18/2020 at 12:01 am EDT until 9/20/2020 at 11:59 pm EDT.
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