Creating Your Own Reusable Stencil

Hi everyone! It’s another Bellarific Friday with Stamping Bella!  This week the challenge was to create our own background.

Stamping Bella Cave Couple w/close-up of stenciled background

Copic markers – E00, E01, E11, E21, E31, E33, E35, E37, G29, G46, R01, R02, Y21, YG63, YG67, YR15, YR23

I used a Falling Hearts background die and an X-Press It Stencil Sheet to create a cascading hearts background for Stamping Bella’s super-cute Cave Couple. Seriously, how cute are they?? 🙂 ♥


X-Press It Stencil Sheets are perfect for creating postive or negative masks. They are the perfect amount of low tack vinyl and easily cut with a die-cutting machine. They can also be used multiple times. They’re great for use with an airbrush, ink, paint, paste… even sandblasting (and more)!


I first cut a stencil sheet slightly larger than my die.


I die-cut the stencil sheet, running it through my Big Shot several times to ensure crisp, clean cuts. When I removed the die from the stencil sheet, almost all of the hearts came out with the die. Those that didn’t were easily removed from the stencil sheet with a straight pin.


I peeled away the release paper from the back then adhered the stencil sheet to my card stock. With the low-tack adhesive, there is no shifting of the mask (at all) and no bubbles or little areas under which the ink can seep or bleed.


After sponging Wild Honey and Scattered Straw Distress inks over the open heart areas, I peeled away the stencil, wiped it clean with a baby wipe, then re-adhered it to the release paper. I tucked the stencil in my clear storage pocket with the die for later use.  (I did not use the sponged card stock shown above as I decided to ink the hearts a little differently. But I used the same process.  And the same stencil!)

Stamping Bella Cave Couple

Once the Cave Couple was colored with markers, I die-cut with the coordinating die, added a stitched frame and tucked a few leaves (from Cave Kids Add Ons) along the bottom.

Next week’s challenge includes this fun inspiration photo:


Use any current Stamping Bella image then email your card to [email protected] by next Thursday to be featured on the SB blog and to be entered to win some Bella Bucks! (All challenge details can be found HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

1amichele siggy

Stamps: Stamping Bella Cave Couple, Cave Kids Add-Ons  Dies: Stamping Bella Cave Couple and Cave Kids Add-Ons “Cut It Out,” Taylored Expressions Falling Hearts Cutting Plate and Stitched Rectangle Stacklets  Ink: Taylored Expressions Oreo, Ranger Wild Honey and Scattered Straw Distress  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube  Other: Copic markers, X-Press It 1/4″ foam tape and Stencil Sheet, blending tool.

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