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Scrapping Stencil Tricks

Stenciling is a great way to add depth to scrapbooking pages.

Projects designed by Tricia Morris.

Journeys Page


Liquitex modeling paste
palette knife
Journeys paper collection
Journeys stencil
Journeys alphabet stickers and tags
corrugated paper
assorted beads
gold eyelets
heat tool
thin copper wire


1. Stir modeling paste with palette knife until it has a smooth "cake frosting" consistency.

2. Place Journey stencil over sheet of dark brown paper and use the bottom side of the palette knife to spread a thin layer of paste over the word "journey" (figure A).

3. Carefully lift the stencil from the project (figure B). Immediately use the palette knife to scrape away excess paste and return to the container. Wash the knife and stencil with warm water as soon as possible to remove remaining paste before it hardens.

4. Allow the project to dry thoroughly. Use a heat tool to shorten drying time.

5. Trim the piece to 4-3/4" x 1-3/4" and mount to 5" x 2" corrugated paper.

6. Wrap the word with wire, randomly threading assorted beads onto the wire (figure D).

7. Attach wire ends to the back of the project and mat with a 5-1/2" x 2-1/4" piece of green paper (figure E).

8. Complete the scrapbook page by adding matted photos, alphabet stickers with gold eyelets, and tags with journaling.


You can layer the paste into a very thick or very thin layer. If the stencil has fine detail, apply a very thin layer of paste to achieve the best results.

Practice and experiment with different images and thicknesses of paste.

You can color the paste once it is dry with ink or metallic rub-ons.

You can build several layers of the paste by using stencil overlays or by starting with a thin coat of modeling paste over the entire project.

Amsterdam Page


Aromatherapy stencil
ColorBox Stylus Tool with blender tip
clear embossing ink
clear embossing powder
pale green smooth card stock
craft heat tool
Adirondack Pesto ink
Poetic Kit card stock


1. Stencil the vine onto a square of pale green smooth card stock using Pesto ink and a blender tip (figure A).

2. Center the grid portion of the stencil over the vine (figure B).

3. Apply clear embossing ink directly from the pad to the paper (figure C). Use caution not to move the stencil during this process.

4. Generously sprinkle clear embossing powder over the wet embossing ink and shake off the excess. Firmly "blow" any remaining stray particles from the project. Melt the powder with a heat tool (figure D).

5. Trim the edges of the piece and mat several times before incorporating into the layout at top center (figure E).


Experiment with different combinations of stenciled or stamped images behind the tile grid.

Try this technique by stenciling the grid onto printed paper as well as stenciled or stamped images.

Use colored embossing powder and different paper color schemes for unique results every time.

Try the Poetic Kit stencil to create an elegant diamond pattern.


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