Using the Sorted Shapes Stencil 3 Ways

I have to be honest. When I first started playing around with the Sorted Shapes Stencil from Craftin Desert Divas, I wasn’t quite sure if I was going to love it. But after playing around with it and seeing how easy it was to re position, I have to say it is so much more convenient to have four universal patterns on ONE stencil as opposed to four individual stencils. Not to mention, you can buy one stencil and store one stencil, instead of four! And just in case you are like me and just weren’t quite sure about this type of stencil, I wanted to share three different ways to create backgrounds with this stencil. I have also used it HERE & HERE if you want even more inspiration! Be sure and watch the video tutorial below for all the details!!



 The first card, I wanted to share how to complete an entire background using this stencil. Its really very simple, just making sure you have the stencil lined up before you start adding ink is essential. Also, I found that my mini ink blending tool was just a bit too big in using with this stencil. A more suitable option is finger daubers or make up sponges. I cut a makeup sponge in half and using a clothes pin to pinch the end and make it more round and easier to hold on my fingers!

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On my second card, I wanted to share another way to use this stencil without ink blending. I pulled out my watercolor markers and randomly filled in hexagons to complete my background. And while I filled in the entire shape, you could always outline and then use water to fade in the color. Also, any type of marker with a brush tip could be used for this technique.

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For my third and final card I am using several of the designs on this stencil and basically doing a stencil through a stencil technique. Now I know this is more Christmas oriented card, as was the first, but think of the possibilities with this technique. You could fill in patterns on circle die cuts for balloons, squares die cuts for presents, even add a nice design to trees, clouds, etc for more interest on your cards.

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I hope I have shared with you a few different ways to use this stencil and other stencils like it. And the good news is, all of these techniques can be used with ALL stencils! So even if you don’t have a stencil like this, you can still do each and every one of these techniques. I have left a list below of everything I used on my cards today and there is also a list before each card in the video for a more in depth look at what products I used on each project!

Thank you so very much for stopping by today and until next time, Happy Crafting!!


  • CDD Sorted Shapes Stencil
  • CDD Stitched In Circle Dies
  • CDD Inside Scalloped Circle Dies
  • CDD Inside Scalloped Rectangle Dies
  • CDD Flag Banner Dies
  • CDD Sending Dies
  • CDD Sending Sentiments
  • CDD WishFul Thoughts
  • Distress Inks
    • Festive Berries
    • Abandoned Coral
    • Crushed Olive
    • Hickory Smoke
  • Watercolor Markers
  • Make Up Sponges or Sponge Daubers
  • Baker’s Twine – Black & White, Gold & White
  • Cardstocks – White, Gold, Coral, Green,
  • Purple Felt
  • Versamark Ink
  • Embossing Powders – Black Twinkle, Metallic Gold Sparkle
  • Embossing Bag & Heat Tool

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