Stencil Series #1: Gradient Inking

Hello! Today I have the very first card in my Stencil Series. This is going to be a relatively easy card just to get you started with stencils in case you've never used them before.

Here are the supplies you'll need:

I showed in this video how I inked up my gradient background for this card (start at 4:10):

The gradient inking is great because it gives interested to some plain cardstock, but still leaves the bottom part of your card blank, which makes it the perfect space for a sentiment!

Once the background is inked up, you can finish with whatever embellishments and sentiments you want! 

I used a Freckled Fawn cork frame, a Dear Lizzy die cut, and heat embossed my sentiment in Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I finished it off with some wood veneer hearts.

Super simple :) Stay tuned - I'll have more ideas for how to use your DIY stencils soon!

Video: DIY Stencils with Silhouette Cameo

Happy New Year, everyone!! I hope 2015 has gotten off to a great start for you all.

To kick off the new year, I have a brand new Stencil Series, with the very first post today teaching you how to make DIY Stencils using your Silhouette Cameo.

To start off, I have a quick video here showing you some of the stencils I've made so far.

Here are the settings I set my Silhouette to:

Blade Depth: 6

Speed: 1

Double Cut (Most important setting!!)

Be prepared to wait a while for this to cut - at Speed 1 as well as Double Cut on, it'll take at least half an hour to cut a full sheet. But it's well worth the wait!!

As you saw in the video, I've cut some really intricate, beautiful stencils out of designs I found on the Silhouette America store. You just have to search "backgrounds" or "stencils" and there will be hundreds of results for you to look and choose from! The two specific designs I showed you are Lantern Double Daisies #51119 and Fishscale Brick #46006.

Here is the plastic material I used to make my stencils. You get 25 sheets, which will make you 50-100 stencils!!

By the way, if you ever have any leftover plastic material when cutting your stencils, like I did below, you can save this and use it for other uses in cardmaking - like making windows for shaker cards! :)

If you're interested in purchasing the SVG files I've designed with four basic backgrounds - a great collection to start you off with - that are perfect for stencils, you can do so here. They only cost a few bucks, so even after purchasing the plastic material, it still costs you less than half the price of buying two full price stencils!

And if you've never used SVG files with your Silhouette before and aren't sure how to do it, here's a tutorial that will help you out.

Thanks for your support, always, and see you soon with some cool, stenciled cards to continue the series!