I love stencils! They are one of my favorite go-to cardmaking tools. There are just so many techniques that you can do with them and get very different looks each time.

Today, I am going to share a clear embossing tip so you can create ink blended backgrounds for your stenciled images.

I masked off all the parts of the stencil that I did not want colored with black ink. Then I blended some Maker Forte Remarkable Black ink on to a white panel cut at 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″.

I cleaned of my stencil and then masked everything but the nose and the small lines of the scarf. You can see the nose was done in Carved Pumpkin distress oxide and the scarf in Blueprint Sketch distress oxide ink.

Once this was done, I removed all the masking and then blended some clear embossing ink through all parts of the stencil over the colored images. I added clear embossing powder and heat set the powder with my heat tool.

You can see how wonderfully shiny the image turned out!

I used Stormy Sky distress oxide ink to blend my background. Once that was done, I buffed the embossing with a clean cloth to brighten the image.

I also added some BV000, and BV0000 Copic marker flicks along the edge of the snowman face and the pile of snow on his hat. This gave the white parts some dimension.

I finished off the card with 3 Rose Crown Jewel Gems and a black mat before attaching the panel to my card base.

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