I'll admit to being a little unsure about stencils when they first started to become so popular. I saw so many cool projects made using stencils and various mediums, but I just wasn't sure what to do with them myself. After setting aside some time to just play with the stencils and try various mediums and techniques without worrying about making an actual project, I got comfortable with using them and had fun in the process!
The Heidi Swapp mini stencils come in a little folder, with six stencils and six 3"x4" pieces of white cardstock. I found it was easier to work with items by adding a small bit of adhesive to the back of the cardstock and adhering it to a piece of scrap cardstock, or directly to a craft mat. Then I used washi tape to hold the stencil in position over the white cardstock.
Now for the fun part! On the first project, I used two colors of Distress Ink and applied it to the cardstock with a foam applicator. I started with the lighter color in the center first, then applied the darker color to the top and bottom and blended it all together. I added a stamped sentiment to the top, some glittered heart confetti and a bow to end up with this card.
The second project was sooo simple. I just took the Versamark ink pad and smooshed it down over the openings in the stencil, sprinkled on a little clear embossing powder and a little glitter, then heat embossed it. Added a stamped sentiment and a few sequins to finish it off.
For this next card, I spread molding paste over the stencil, then sprinkled silver glitter over the top and let it dry. I added alphabet stickers for the sentiment, twine, and some glittered stars.
The next two projects used the same technique - spray mist. One was on a white cardstock base, the other was on kraft cardstock. Here are closeups of each, and the final projects using them.
I hope you're inspired to get out those stencils and play! You just might find techniques you love and great ways to add those special touches to your projects!