When I was kiddo, I remember using stencils all of the time. I would outline the image and then color it in, usually with crayons or markers. Today, I have an updated version of this technique using a beautiful detailed stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop and ink blending for coloring! You can watch the entire process in the video tutorial down below!
I loved to use my stencils when I was a kid, and things haven’t changed much! But outlining stencils and coloring them in is such a fun technique! You do need to think your card design through, though. What I mean by that is you need to decide what coloring medium you will be using ahead of time because your pen needs to play nicely with whatever medium you choose. For instance, I chose to use a Micron pen which has a rich black color, but it also stayed put while I ink blended over the top.
Choosing a different medium to color your card is a great way to customize this technique and really play around with different looks. You could use alcohol markers for a bolder look and watercolors for a more subtle look! You can also use so many different color combinations the options are literally endless!
You can finish your cards anyway that you choose. I wanted to tone down the background just a bit, but not cover any of the pattern, so I did a quick vellum overlay with a frame and added a large sentiment to tie the entire card together. I also decorated the inside of the card as well to tie the front and inside together for a nice finished look!
I hope you all enjoyed an updated look at sketching with stencils! If you’re interested in any of the supplies I used today, you will find them all linked down below! Until next time, Happy Crafting!!
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