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Reverse Stencil Tutorial

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I am up with a tutorial today at the ScrapMuch? blog, so I thought I’d share it here too!

This is a reverse stencil technique that I learned from the great Tim Holtz. I’ve used it to create backgrounds on a couple of my recent layouts and I am liking the results!


First choose your stencil and distress ink. You will also need, water (in a spray bottle), a paper towel, and your layout background paper.

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Start by pressing the distress ink pad onto the stencil.

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Next, take your water bottle and spray the ink until it beads up.

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The amount of water is important to get the ink to spread under the stencil. It should look something like this.

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Next take your stencil, flip it over and press it down on the background paper. Dab with a paper towel as you press down to catch any ink that may try to spread through the holes in the stencil.

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Now lift the stencil to reveal the yummy pattern you have created! Let dry or dry with a heat gun.

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Thanks for stopping by!


Author: sitscrapandrelax

Optometrist by day, scrapbooker by night!

One thought on “Reverse Stencil Tutorial

  1. Fabulous Karen….I am going to give this a try!

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