Quick and Easy Background Scenes Using Stencils

Hi Friends! I don’t know about you, but it seems like I am always running short on time to craft. Today, I want to share with you how I create quick background scenes for my colored digital stamps. Hopefully, by the end of this post you will be encouraged to invest in some scenic stencils of your own.

First thing first – color and cut your digital image. Today I’m using ‘Biker Dad’ by Make it Crafty and ‘Shoulders Girl C’ by Mo Manning. Since I put so much into coloring these images I wanted to make sure that they remained the main focus of the card and not the background. I will link to the other products I use within the post.

To keep this post from becoming too long, I am only going to focus on how I created the background for these card using the ‘small brick’, ‘grassy edges’, and ‘cloud’ stencils from My Favorite Things.

I taped a 4 in by 5.25 smooth white card stock panel to my Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat using Post-It Masking Tape. The glass mat makes for easy clean-up of inks and the tape is low tack and won’t tear up the paper. The idea is to tape your horizon line, where the brick meets the sky. I used my cut image to decide where that line should be. Note: The bottom of my tape marks the top of the brick.

I stencil in my brick pattern using Distress Inks, Fired Brick. Next, carefully remove the tape. Be sure to use a dye ink and not a pigment ink. If you use a pigment ink allow for some drying time before moving on to the next step.

Once the brick stencil is dry, line the tape up with top of the brick and begin stenciling the clouds. I used Distress Ink, Salty Ocean,for the sky. Again if you use a pigment ink allow extra drying time before handling the panel.

Using a gray Copic marker, I colored the top of the bricks to give the brick wall some depth. I colored in the white spaces on the cut image with a red marker that matches my brick color.

I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment in the clouds using my cut image to align the sentiment onto the panel. I then added lots of 3M foam tape to the back of the cut image and placed on the panel. I glued the completed panel onto a brown A2 card base.

This next card uses the same cloud stencil, but I used the ‘Grassy Edges’ stencil to create a field for the dad and daughter to stroll. Also, I used distress ink color, Chipped Sapphire

Well that’ts it for today. I’m always on the lookout for a good stencil. Like this post and comment below on your favorite stencils.

Happy Crafting Y’all, Erika