Monday, March 30, 2015

Piecing with Stencils Tutorial

I've used this technique before, but I thought I would share a tutorial today.

First using washi/masking tape, affix your stencil to the card base and using an ink dauber, apply ink to create the outline of the selected image.  You don't need to fully ink it, you really just need the outline so that you can adhere the pieced cassette.

In actuality, for a card like this you could skip this step, but if your image is more complicated, or you were going to show more than one cassette, this helps with placement.

For the remaining pieces, you'll want to use an extra fine Sharpie marker.  As before, place the stencil over your paper and use the Sharpie to color in the lines for the portion of the stencil you are piecing/cutting out.  To give you a clear idea of what this looks like, here is on white cardstock:

And this is what the individual patterned pieces look like prior to cutting them out.  Keep in mind that unlike above (where these are the last pieces which will be cut out), you need to trace around enough of the stencil so that you maintain the reference lines for the next item to be adhered.  So you can see on the orange piece to the left the outer line of the cassette as well as the inner lines where the green piece will fit.

 Once that's done, fussy cut the pieces.

And then adhere to create your finished piece:

Although a little labor intensive, it's a fun and easy technique and also adds some great dimension.

That was a pretty simple way to use the technique, with a focal point, but you can also use the technique on very complex and detailed designs, such as this card with The Crafter's Workshop subway stencil.

This one definitely took a long time, but the results are worth it.  Here's a close up view of the piecing.

Piecing isn't for everyone, but if you are a fan with your stamped images, I would encourage you to give it a try with your stencils.  I think you'll really love the results, and if you do try it, please let me know, I'd love to see!

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Avery Elle - White and Cream cardstock; PTI - True Black Cardstock; Fancy Pants - True Black 6x6 pad; Basic Grey - Carte Postale 6x6 pad
Stamps:  Mama Elephant - Good Times, Wanderlust
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black; CTMH - Black
Other:  The Crafter's Workshop - Mix Tape and Subway 6x6 stencils; Sharpie - Extra Fine Marker; Kuretake Glue Pen; Tombow - Mono Adhesive


  1. These are gorgeous!! LOVING the colors!!!!!

  2. wow awesome use of the stencils.. that mixed tape is so cool.. brings back great memories..

  3. Thanks for sharing! What an awesome technique with stencils, Miriam! I love how you used the pattern paper!

  4. Cool! You have a lot of patience, love how amazingly you finished your projects !

  5. This is amazing Miriam!
    Thank you so much for the awesome tutorial!

  6. You have never been one to shy away from extra work ... love that! I do indeed love the dimension (and patterns) on your mix tape!

  7. OH MY GOODNESS! Two fabulous cards but your first card using the cassette tape is over the top amazing!!!

  8. WOW that is a lot of work!!!

  9. This is such a great idea to use up scraps of paper!

  10. I cannot believe this - so impressive and spectacularly done!! Wow - you really know how to use up scraps and to make use of your stencils!! Kudos to you!!!

  11. Such a wonderful card and so fun! Your extra tedious work was well worth it...great job!:-)

  12. Oh My Goodness...this is amazing! Gotta Pin this one. Brenda :)

  13. Great that you walked this technique thru! I am a big fan of paper piecing--but especially of YOUR paper piecing. Your subway card just floors me--what a project! A complete all-time favorite of your projects. Just awesome awesome awesome. :) your patience is amazing! ;)

  14. What an awesome idea!! Your cards are amazing!!

  15. Such fab piecing Miriam! You have some serious skills of precision :)