Using stencils is a great way to create hearts on the front of your card. There are two general ways to use stencils. You can cut a hole and color inside the hole, or cut a shape and color around the shape. You can be very creative with the way you color inside or around your stencil. You can use almost any media such as spray paint, spray inks, markers, pastels, acrylics, watercolor, glitter…the possibilities are endless! Try experimenting on some scrap paper to see which media you like best. We had some fun making cards with stencils. We made the cards below using stencils and spray paint.
Using a stencil heart, we created the cards below with a marker (left) and glue and glitter (right).
Here are instructions on how to use stencil techniques to decorate your Valentine’s Day card.
1. Create a stencil by cutting out your desired shapes in a piece of paper or card stock. To make hearts, fold your cardstock or paper in half and cut half a heart along the crease. Now you can use the heart hole or the heart itself as a stencil. If you’re using the heart hole as a stencil, then make sure that the entire stencil is larger than your card so you don’t get any of your colors where you don’t want them to be. I find that using a paper stencil works better than cardboard.
2. This step is optional but I find it helpful. Use repositionable glue or spray (Krylon Easy Tact Spray) to attach the stencil to your card. This helps prevent colors from getting underneath your stencil, especially if you use a spray paint. You can also use some double-sided tape, but you want to be very careful not to tear your card while removing the stencil. To reduce the stickiness of the tape, I sometimes stick it to my clothes to get some lint stuck on it first.
3. Use your chosen media to color inside or around your stencil. Make sure you do not color underneath your stencil. This may take some practice to get the perfect look. You can even try to mix different media: acrylic and glitter, spray paint and pastel…etc. You can even use both the window or shape stencil together with different sized hearts.
Here are other examples of stencil cards using acrylic paint from Bless This Mess and spray inks from Artful Kids. The Crafty Crow used a very unique technique with Q-tips and stencils to make a Valentine’s day card.