For my challenge today at SplitCoast Stampers, I have a DIY stencil/ stamp technique. You could definitely use a stencil but this would be a great way to stretch you simple shaped dies and this way you have masks as well but more on that in a minute…

I first took a few circle dies and placed them on a piece of card stock in a random pattern leaving a bit of a blank spot at the bottom corner so I could add a sentiment. I kept the circles to use in the technique. YOU can use any shape dies you would like!

Now I have a stencil and masks.

I created an ink smooshed background to use as the base for my project and grabbed a fun Christmas Text Background to stamp through my stencil. You can use any stamp you want to but it should probably not have a lot of open space as that will likely get lost in translation…

I placed the stencil on top of my inked background and filled in all the masks but one. I inked up my background stamp and stamped the empty circle.

I replaced the mask in the stamped circle and repeated the process on all my circles. (Note: If you don’t use a stamping tool, make sure you put enough pressure on the stamp that it gets good contact with your paper even though the stencil raises it up off the paper a bit.)

After I inked my background stamp in all of the circles, I went back with a blender tool and inked a little more color into the uncovered circles so they would stand out a bit more. I also decided to trace around the circle with a black pen. So far, the stencils have been great for a lot of steps in the process.

Finally, I removed the stencil, stamped a sentiment into the corner and mounted my piece onto a base. It is pretty fun. It was super simple, and I stretched my supplies in new ways – Win, Win – right??

I hope you are inspired to try out this Technique Lovers Challenge today! I can’t wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn