Tone on Tone Stenciling

Tone on tone backgrounds are a great way to create really elegant cards and add a bit of interest without overdoing it. Today I’m sharing three different ways you get the tone on tone look with stenciling and they’re all so easy and can be used on any and all cardmaking styles! Be sure to watch the video tutorial below for all the details!

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On my first card I used two different ink pads, one lighter and one darker. I like to keep my inks swatched so I can easily pick out the colors that will work together. I first blended the lighter ink onto an A2 white cardstock panel with a blending brush. Then, I put down the TCW Blueprint stencil and using an ink dauber (any sponge will do) I applied the darker ink through the stencil for that tone on tone look!

I didn’t want to cover much of the background at all so I kept this card pretty simple. I stamped and heat embossed the thanks sentiment onto vellum, added a die cut frame and attached it to the card front with dimensional adhesive. Super simple!

But what is you don’t have a lot of colored ink pads? You can still get this look with just one ink pad! I used the Skylight ink pad from Catherine Pooler for this card and started just like I did before. By blending an A2 panel of white cardstock with a blending brush. I like the Amazon make up blending brushes, but use what you’re comfortable with. Then, I overlaid the stencil and using a sponge (you really need to use a sponge here) I applied the ink through the Newport Tiles stencil.

The brush gives a lighter look to the ink while the sponge allows the color to really build up easily and gives such an intense color!

To give a bit of interest to this card I cut the panel into two pieces. On the bottom piece I heat embossed a sentiment and added a strip of glitter cardstock. Then, I added both pieces to the card base, popping up the bottom piece with dimensional adhesive for more interest.

On my third card I really wanted to add some texture and dimension to my stenciling, but still keep the tone on tone look. You could use a modeling paste of the same color (again, I like to swatch mine), but a super easy way to color match your ink and pastes is to use your ink pad and color your paste! I started with a light gray and blended the ink onto again, an A2 white cardstock panel. Then, I used the same ink pad to color the Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste and put the paste through the Script Words stencil!

Be sure to add enough ink to achieve the same color. It’s not going to look like it matches when the paste is wet. But as it dries it does darken up a bit!

I love the graphic nature of this background so I wanted to keep that theme going. I die cut a “hugs” sentiment with a letter die set. And to add even more interest I die cut those letters from a cork cardstock!

I love that each of these backgrounds has that tone on tone look and it was so easy to do with stenciling! You’ll have to let me know which one is your favorite!!


I hope you all enjoyed the video today sharing three different ways how to achieve the tone on tone stenciling look! If you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, I’ve listed and linked them all down below!

Until next time, happy crafting!!


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