|The Crafter's Workshop Stencil how-to with Judi Kauffman|
|If you want to fill in the areas in the same way as you would with paint, tape the stencil in place and outline each shape with Pentouch Calligrapher. Remove the stencil and fill the shapes with a Pentouch Medium. Repeat several times so you can use a variety of sections of the stencil, moving it as needed.|
1. Start with patterned printed scrapbook papers, as shown, or use solid color cardstock.
2. Use porous (uncoated) papers as shown, or choose coated (shiny, non-porous) surfaces.
3. Make any size scrapbook page or card (the card shown is 6" x 12" while the layout is only 8" square).
4. Use more than one photo.
5. If you don't want to mar the stencils, not even a tiny bit, use a Black Pigma Micron® 005 which is a very fine line, to outline the shapes and remove the stencil before starting to fill the shapes with Pentouch inks. The Micron 005 nib is very delicate so if you don’t write with a light touch a thicker nib is recommended.
6. Add more stenciled details, journaling, dimensional embellishments, hand or machine stitching, brads, glitter, etc., to make the projects your own.
7. Combine smooth cut edges with torn shapes.
8. If your text isn't quite bright enough, outline it with a black Pigma Micron pen.
9. Highlight the focal area of a photo with a clear Window Charm (see: "Q.T." the woodpecker) and add more window charms in varying sizes to give the effect of winter ice.
10. Choose a stencil that more literally illustrates the theme of the card or layout and closely matches the subject of the photo (leaves, snowflakes, holiday ornaments, etc.).
11. Many of the stencils from The Crafter's Workshop are available in two sizes (6" or 12"). Vary the scale of the shapes and patterns by using either, or both. For projects shown, I chose the 12" stencil.
12. Note that on "Love those Leaves" ONE of the sections of the stencil is left as an outline to show how it looks before it is filled with the Medium Pentouch. See if you can find it!