June 1, 2011

Clouds Stencil Tutorial

I've had a few requests to show how I created my clouds in the card below:

Supplies Needed:
  • Sponge Dauber
  • Ink (sky color)
  • Cardstock
  • 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch
Cut (1) of the Scallop Circle Punch:

Place your Scallop Circle Stencil Piece on your cardstock. Using your Sponge Dauber and choice of ink, dip Sponge Dauber into ink. Pounce once on scrap paper to remove a little of the ink (this way you don't end up with a circle of color). Do this each time you ink up your dauber.

Hold your stencil in place with one hand and carefully and lightly swirl your ink around the top of your stencil. I usually swirl in a circular motion. Notice how I only inked the top of my stencil:

Move your stencil over where you want your clouds showing and follow the same sponging technique:

Keep moving your stencil piece. If you want lots of clouds, move the stencil close to the already stenciled clouds:

TIP: Apply less ink on the sides as you swirl so that the middle of your cloud appears darker:

I sometimes stamp my images first and work my clouds around the image or I stamp the images later once my clouds are complete. It all depends on what I am using for stamp images.

For the card below, I stamped the images first and worked my clouds around the image:

And for this card, I stenciled my clouds first then completed the other layers:

Practice on scrap paper first. Good luck!