This technique is so easy and actually uses up the remaining ink that is left behind when blending over stencils. Most of the time this ink is wiped up and never seen again! It makes me happy to use it!
And bonus!! You get two backgrounds from one ink application! And you will get different looks depending on if you use a fine detailed stencil or a stencil with less detail.
The card on the left is the "original" card and the card on the left is the "extra" card you get from this technique! To start off I taped the Backsplash Stencil from Simon Hurley Create. onto some Stark White Cardstock and blended on some inks. I used a mix of Simon Hurley Create. new and older inks - Guppy, Tropical Tango, Remember Me, and Crown Me. I love the way these inks overlap and create new colors! I removed the stencil, but didn't wipe it off. There's all that inky goodness sitting right on top of the stencil! I used my Distress Sprayer to lightly spritz the stencil with water and pressed a second piece of Stark White Cardstock over the stencil to pick up the excess ink.
I'm left with a distressed background with the reverse pattern of the stencil! The cardstock just picks up the ink off of the negative part of the stencil. The ink will be much lighter than the original application, but I like that it's a totally different look! I finished off these two cards with a sentiment from the Encouraging Words stamp set (available at the end of this month)!
I wanted to try this technique again, but this time with a stencil that wasn't as detailed. I chose the Stargazer Stencil from Simon Hurley Create. because there is a lot of negative space - lots of area where the extra ink will sit. I taped the Stargazer Stencil to some Stark White Cardstock and blended on the same inks over the top - Guppy, Tropical Tango, Remember Me, and Crown Me. Again I removed the stencil, spritzed it with water from my Distress Sprayer, and placed a piece of Stark White Cardstock over the top and picked up the excess ink.
You can see this background is quite different from the first time because there is a lot more negative space on the stencil. Think of all that ink that would have been wiped away! Shocking! Haha! I finished off these cards with some cute images and a sentiment from the Space Training stamp set.
I hope you'll give this two for one stencil technique a try!