How to add Depth to your Stencilling

Let your stenciled background shine!  This super easy, and fun, technique uses ink, a bold stamp and markers to add depth. This stencil is available at A Colorful Life Designs .  Click here to find this Garden Gate Stencil.  You can see all the stencils that Technique Junkies carry here.

Anything purchased at Technique Junkies is 10% off  by using my code TJ10Beth .  Clearance items have already been reduced.

Tape your stencil down well with tape, touching the sides of your paper.  If you have the fabulous new Pixie Spray, use that.  Unfortunately, I live in Canada and cannot have it shipped across the border so I’m on the lookout at local stores.

Sponge ink over entire surface of stencil.  Here I blended my Distress Oxides with the Ink Blending Brushes in colours: Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Broken China.

Using fine-tip markers you will be adding depth to your pretty card front. I filmed, and started using, Distress markers, but personally I found it too bright. You may like that look. Ended up switching over to SU markers. It’s all about what you like to use. When adding marker, use a darker version of what has been sponged on.

Using your markers, trace around various areas of your stencil as seen in the photo. You can add as little, or as much, as you like. For this tutorial I traced lines on most of the stencil. Tip: if you have two different colours in one spot, you can use two coordinating markers in that one spot.

Here you can see the added depth because a shadow was created

By using a bold stencil such as You are so Loved, as above, a sentiment is all you need.  This allows your hard work to shine.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.


Posted on : Jan 14 2020
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6 People have left comments on this post

Jan 14, 2020 - 08:01:59
Heidi said:

I have to say, that is amazing what a difference the markers makes. It looks so neat. I love the stencil and know that Technique Junkies sells so many other nice ones. Thanks so much for the tutorial! (If you were going to offer a challenge at Artsy Inkers, this might be a good one!)

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:01:08
Jeanette Cloyd said:

Beth, your blending looks awesome! Beautiful card!

Jan 14, 2020 - 10:01:01
Patti J. said:

What an awesome technique! I’ve used stencils and blending many times, but have never thought about the markers! Your card is wonderful, Beth, and I will definitely be trying this fun method!

Jan 14, 2020 - 10:01:42

such pretty blending of the colors, interesting technique to make them pop!

Jan 15, 2020 - 01:01:17
Shelly Schmidt said:

How cool is this! I have never added depth with markers, and it is very pretty! Love the way it adds depth and makes the colors pop right off the page. Going to try this today!

Jan 16, 2020 - 05:01:46

Very cool technique, Bethie! I looked for it in my TJ files and couldn’t find it, so you need to name it! Beautiful card, xoxo

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