I’m back again with another card I created as part of the Creative Stenciling class over at StampNation. The lesson for this particular day was all about creating your own stencil. I’ve never really tried doing that before, so this lesson really excited me. Here’s a photo of the finished card I made for this lesson. First, I’ll walk you through all the details on how I made the stencil, then I’ll tell you how I actually made the card.
Coming up with a design idea was really easy for me. I saw a card Catherine Pooler created that used a checkerboard pattern stencil and absolutely fell in love with the look. Given it’s basically just a lot of little squares, I decided that would probably be an easy stencil to create in Design Space and then cut out using my Cricut Explore. Fortunately, my BFF actually sent me some 6×6″ stencil blanks recently, so I had everything I needed to get started.
I logged in to my Design Space account and created a new project. I then added a square image from the free basic shapes included with all Design Space accounts. I resized it to a little under 1/4″ and then duplicated it several times. I used the align top tool make sure they all lined up correctly. Next, I place one square in the left-most position I wanted and then placed another square in the right-most position I wanted. I then selected all the squares and used the distribute horizontally tool to evenly space them across the row. Once I had the row all set up the way I wanted, I grouped everything together and duplicated the row.
The next step was to offset the second row from the first to create the checkerboard pattern making sure to leave just a bit of space between the rows so the squares weren’t completely touching. This step is important because if you don’t leave that tiny gap, you’ll end up with just a bunch a tiny 1/4″ cut out squares and a big empty rectangle rather than a stencil. I selected both rows and used the align center tool to be sure everything was straight, then grouped them together. I duplicated the grouped pair of rows until I had enough to fill my stencil. Once again, I selected all the rows I added then used the align center tool to be sure everything was straight then grouped the whole shebang together.
It was then time for the fun part — cutting it out to see if it actually worked! Since the stencil material is pretty slick, I decided it would be best to use the StrongGrip mat since, as the name implies, it has the strongest grip of their three mats. I was just concerned if I used the StandardGrip mat that the stencil material might slip during the cutting process and ruin my stencil. The StrongGrip mat worked great, so I’ll definitely continue to use it in the future when I make more stencils and I will definitely be making more of my own stencils!
Here’s how my finished stencil came out. Rather than making it a full 6×6″ size, I actually ended up having my Explore cut it at 4.75 x 5.83″ which works perfectly for a panel for an A2 card base. You could easily make it a full 6×6″ size though if you wanted.
Now that I’ve covered all the info on making the stencil, here’s a run down of how I made the card. I started by cutting a 3.75 x 5″ panel from Neenah Solar White card stock. I used some repositionable adhesive and adhered it to my craft mat then I placed my homemade stencil over it which I adhered down with some micropore tape. I used a variety of my mini Distress Inks and mini ink blending tool to create the rainbow effect. When it was dry, I used the 1/2″ side of my Corner Chomper to round the corners on the bottom of the panel.
I decided to mat the rainbow panel on a piece of gold glitter paper for a little extra sparkle. I cut the glitter paper to 4 x 5.25″ and then also rounded the corners on the bottom. I adhered the rainbow panel to the glitter paper using some Scor-Tape to ensure it wouldn’t come off. I added the matted panel to a top-folding A2 card base made from Neenah Solar White card stock. Finally, I heat embossed the sentiment on some Simon Says Stamp black cardstock using gold embossing powder. I used my scissors to create a fishtail banner on one end and then adhered it to the front of my card.
That finishes up this card. Have you ever tried creating your own stencil(s)? If so, I would love to hear how you created yours and what shapes/designs you’ve made, so please leave me a comment below and share your experience. This is definitely something I want to do more of in the future!
Until next time …