How To Create Layered Looks With Tim Holtz Stencils

Posted by Claudia Aguilar
It's easy to create a variety of looks by mixing and matching these versatile stencils!

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Crafting with stencils is an easy way to incorporate patterns and images into your designs without a lot of fuss. Tim Holtz stencils are particularly fun to mix, match and layer because they work amazingly with his Distress line of products. These water based inks, paints and stains are easily blendable and together with Tim Holtz stencils, provide endless layering combinations. Check out the video and steps below to get started!



1. Apply ink to the backside of the stencil and spritz generously with water to activate ink. Turn the stencil over onto a piece of watercolor paper and press firmly, transferring the inked image. Allow to dry. This technique can be repeated on the same paper using other Tim Holtz stencils or colors to create a layered effect.

2. Place stencil in place on a sheet of watercolor paper. Use the Mini Ink Blending Tool to apply and blend Distress Ink through stencil. Lift stencil and reposition, this time blending another color of ink over the stenciled image you just created. Keep repositioning and staggering the stencil until your desired layered look is achieved!

3. Apply Distress Ink directly to a piece of watercolor paper and blend. Using Tim Holtz stencils, alternate layering stencils and ink colors. For best results start with the lightest ink color and add progressively darker colors as you go.