stencil star Heather Telford

If you haven’t tried stencils with your alcohol inks you might be surprised at the lovely effects you can get. Let me warn you though, they might not do what you want them to, but they will probably do something cool. There is a bit of trial and error involved when working out how much blending solution or rubbing alcohol to apply through the stencil. Too much and it spreads under the stencil and you lose the pattern definition. Too little and you will not remove enough colour to get a pattern. It is worth playing with applicators too. Applying solution with a q-tip will take much longer but you will have more control.

stencil star b Heather Telford

I started with a deep blue pattern on yupo paper with little patches of burgandy ink. When it was dry I positioned the ‘hypnotic’ stencil over one corner then removed colour with blending solution on a felt applicator. I kept an eye on the felt as I pounced it through the stencil because it was picking up blue ink. If it got too blue it wasn’t removing ink anymore. I like the batik look with some lines of blue in the white spaces

purple stencilled heather Telford

On these two purple toned panels I used the same technique but was not as careful to keep the stencil still on the one below. The pattern from the stencil is just a mix of abstract shapes. The blue panel at the top of this post is all about the stencilled pattern but these two messy purple ones are just here because I love the colours. BeforeΒ I die cut the word ‘hello’ out of the purple cardstock I positioned a strip of ‘stick it’ adhesive on the back where the word would be. That made it easy to attach the panel to the card base and pop in the little loops and circles that were cut out. I saved the purple ‘hello’ cut out of the card below and stuck it inside the card above.

purple hello Heather Telford


Stencil: Hypnotic (PB)
Stamp: Happy Snippets (PB)
Die: Doodles (PB)
Ink: Alcohol inks (Ranger)
Cardstock: Yupo, mauve cardstock, Neenah solar white

16 Comments on “Stencilled”

  1. desperatehousewifecraft says:

    Beautiful! You’ve inspired me to try it out and I ordered some alcohol inks yesterday! Thanks!

  2. Judith says:

    Ooooh…pretties! Another thing to try πŸ™‚

  3. Janine B says:

    I love all of these. When I find some good play time I must give this a try.

  4. Carol / creatingincolors says:

    Love these one-of-a-kind creations!

  5. Pat says:

    Two beautiful cards and a great technique Heather. I love the colours too. x

  6. canadiancaroline says:

    These look very “batik-y” and such great colour combos . You are always thinking of new things to do with existing supplies, thanks!

  7. Lindsey says:

    I loved the batik look of the blue one when I saw it on IG… but now that I see your other two, I really like them all!

  8. carole says:

    In a future blog, please talk a little about Yupo paper and where to get it.

  9. Clelie says:

    I am running out of descriptive words to use for your amazing works of art! πŸ™‚ I just keep saying to myself “Wow!” and “Oh, my goodness! This is incredible!” πŸ™‚ I have never considered using my stash of stencils to “pattern” my alcohol inks!!! These are all beautiful but I really love the hard edges on the two purple ones! Gorgeous!

  10. Gabby says:

    Gorgeous work, Heather! The ink applications look like beatiful stained glass! πŸ™‚

  11. Chris R. says:


  12. I love your AMAZING inky explorations, Heather! They always make my heart sing. Thanks for that. πŸ˜‰

  13. bev091754shabbychicis4me says:

    That looks really awesome Heather! Thank you for sharing!

  14. WOW… awesome cards!

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