Mask and Template Ideas

Stencils, masks, templates - whatever you call them, we're big fans of them!  They have so many uses for card makers, scrapbookers, paper crafters, fabric artists, sewing fans and altered artists alike. 

Many of the flexible templates come with a versatile range of patterns within patterns so they can be used as the whole stencil or arranged to create individual designs to suit.  

They're great for using in many different applications.  Here are just a few that we've come across:

  • You can use them to dry emboss paper and card, using a machine large enough to fit, such as the Cuttlebug.
  • Create embossed patterns by sweeping your embossing ink over the template, remove then apply the powder as normal.
  • Use them with fabric pens to create your own unique fabrics.
  • Use with transfer paints (great things these, create your artwork on paper then once dry dry, iron on manmade fibre to transfer the design - genius!).  There's a great blog post here: http://trishbee.wordpress.com/
  • Use with slow drying ink and mica powder to create a subtly sparkly pattern to your design.
  • Align against foil and create beautiful shapes with a dry embossing tool. 
  • Try using with a piercing tool to create great patterns, ready for stitching.
  • Use them to perfectly align brads and eyelets.
  • Colour the stencil using ink suitable for non-porous materials (like alcohol ink or Stazon) and use them to form part of of a wall hanging.

We strongly recommend taking a look at The Crafter's Workshop Blog - they have some fantastic ideas and inspiration.

Have we inspired you?  Take a look at our Stencils, Masks & Templates