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Making Stencils Using Dies

Posted by Kim Dellow

Get the most out of your dies by using them to make stencils to use on your mixed media projects.

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Die-cutting is a great way to make your own stencils for your mixed media projects. For starters it is really quick and easy to do. All you need to keep in mind is how the positive and negative of the die looks once it is cut. If you keep this in mind, you can make your own bespoke stencils with lots of different dies.

I use a heavyweight cardstock or even cereal boxes to make my stencils – they can be quite robust, standing up to several reuses. You can use them with inks, paints, sprays or all sorts of different colouring materials, gels and pastes. They are also great for lots of different projects.

So go rummage through you die collection or check out all the dies that are on sale in Blitsy and start making your bespoke stencils.

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Here Is What You Will Need:

Cutting dies various; try Lawn Fawn Cole's ABCs and Waffle Flowers Flower Circles Die Set

Die-cutting machine

American Crafts Project Life 4x6 Kraft Cards

Ranger - Dina Wakley Media - Heavy Body Acrylic Paints - Black

Ranger - Dina Wakley Media - Heavy Body Acrylic Paints - Magenta

Inkssentials Cut N' Dry foam

Heavyweight cardstock (300gsm (140lb) or higher)

Sakura of America - Micron pen 0.5 mm Black

Let’s Make Stencils!

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Arrange your dies how you want the stencil to look then cut out from a piece of heavyweight cardstock in your die-cutting machine.

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Use the die-cut card to stencil onto your project. For example, these are great for adding a bespoke look to your journaling cards.

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Make more bespoke stencils such as the scalloped circle from the Waffle Flowers die set. To use this one, I also used the border and circle die from the same set then held them in place to stencil through.

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You can even use the die-cut stencils as templates to help you add extra details to the projects, such as these overlapping circle drawn on with a marker pen.

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Making your own stencils is simple with this method, so why not try mixing and matching your dies to get interesting stencils? The best thing is that even if you mess up the stencil with lots of use, you can always make it again.