The stencil is an amazingly versatile tool. You can use stencils with paper crafting, mixed media, scrapbooking, altered arts, fabric, home decor, and pottery (yes, I saw a YouTube video about beautiful stenciling on pottery!) The stencil is probably my all time favorite tool. In fact, just recently, I sat down to count my stencils and masks. Want to know how many I have? Oh I am so embarrassed!
Here's the count of stencils by type that I have in my stash.
All of these are from Dreamweaver Stencil (Now owned by Stampendous). My total = 7.
Purchased Plastic Stencils
These include some of my favorites from The Crafter's Workshop, but also include several styles of lettering templates I've had for ages and also a set of children's stencils. My total = 62.
In this category I have also lumped my Glimmer Screens, counting each one in the packages.
These are pretty old (but perfectly good!) masks back from when Heidi Swapp was with Advantus. My total = 7.
Stencils from Leftovers, Punch Outs, and Die Cut Trash Yes, trash. The stuff you would be throwing away I use as a stencil. There, I've said it. I am not too proud and I am not beyond fishing stuff out of the garbage. Been there, done that! :-) My total = 20.
Hand Cut Stencils from Chipboard
I love creating my own stencils, most often from magazine images and page layouts. I demonstrate my hand cut stencils in two of my workshops, "Art Journaling for the Non-Expert" and also "Stencils: Color, Texture, and More!". My total = 5.
Handmade Stencils using the Cricut
If you have a Cricut, or most any other type of die cutting machine, there is a multitude of stencils you can create. Many Cricut cartridges have creative features that, if you take a good look at them, are stencils. My favorite images are from the "Edge to Edge" cartridge. I literally cut one of every single image from that cartridge. But even if you don't own that one, check your cartridge booklets...you'll be surprised!
My total...oh, goodness...here's where the numbers REALLY get embarrassing...a whopping 139.
drum roll, please.....Grand Total = 220!
Uh oh. I just remembered that I made some more stencils this past weekend for the new workshop (see below)...my total is going up! UGH!
So let's get on with the project...
Project Inspiration: Stenciled Background Greeting Card
Supplies: Paper, Card stock, Folded Card Blank (5" x 7"), Stencils (The Crafter's Workshop and handmade), Paint (Ranger's Distress Paint in Broken China and Brushed Pewter), Crayons (Crayola Metallic FX), Makeup Sponge, Stamp (Dawn Houser for Inkadinkado), Ink (Versafine in Onyx Black) , Patterned Paper (Teresa Collins "Tell Your Story"), Embellishments (Teresa Collins "Tell Your Story") , Transparency (unknown), Foam Dots
There's a video for that? You bet ya!
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Stencils are probably one of the most versatile tools in our arsenal. Yet, we often undervalue this tool. Relegating it into the background. Join Jeri and Shirley as we explore the world of stencils. Along the way, we will explore DIY stencils, using stencils to add color and texture, masks, how to make the stencil a star of the show and, of course, backgrounds. We will walk you through each project/technique step-by-step with videos and tutorials.
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Time to confess...just how many stencils and masks do you own? (Please, somebody, have more than me!!)