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Seven Ways With Stencils

Stencils are one of the most versatile crafting tools you can own. They’re a low-cost investment and they can be used in a myriad of unique and interesting ways to add texture, dimension, and creativity to your scrapbook pages, homemade cards, or other paper crafts.

1. Give your journalling continuity

Add your 'signature' to your journal using a stencil design you adore. This could be anything from a fleur de lis in which to write your page numbers, to a border pattern used on themed pages. How about thought bubbles for dreams, lightbulbs to denote ideas, and clouds for future hopes? Imagine how beautiful your journalling efforts will look with a little coordination.

2. Become a fabric designer

You don't have to be a brilliant artist to create your own fabric. Draw a simple design on freezer paper, cut out the shape/s with a sharp craft knife, iron on to plain fabric, and carefully roller over some fabric dye. Make sure the edges of the freezer paper are sealed with the iron, otherwise your efforts will be ruined by the dye seeping under the edge of the shape.

3. Paint on a glass

Drinking glasses and votives are really effective when spruced up with a splash of glass paint... but the shape means that they're notoriously difficult to paint using free-hand. By making a stencil, you can be confident that your hard work will be rewarded with a professional finish to be proud of – just make sure that your paint doesn't run underneath the stencil by holding down the inner edges of the stencil as you dab on the colour.

4. Make monogrammed gifts

Monogramming's set to be big news this year, so get on board with the trend and give your gifts that extra personal touch. If you're feeling particularly artistic, you can decorate your stencilled letter shapes with patterns and colour – just like beautiful Medieval illuminated lettering.

5. Create original wall art

Try this simple hack to create an effective piece of original artwork. Simply paint a watercolour ombre sunset on a canvas and use a tree stencil for a silhouette. If you find black a bit harsh for your silhouette, use a deep grey, or even a deep colour that tones with your background hues.

6. Dies as Stencils

Don’t throw away the negative from cut out dies or punched out letters. You can re-use them to create easy stencil sheets to get the most out of your crafting stash and use your favourite deigns in innovative ways.

7. Glue Gun Stencilling

Create your own unique designs using your trust hot glue gun. Use your glue gun to draw your design on a silicone mat. Once you’ve finished, let it dry. Then once it’s set you can remove from the mat and use as a stencil.