Thursday, 4 August 2016

How do I use these? Masks and Stencils

There are so many lovely masks and stencils on the market these days and even more heading our way with the new Christmas ranges, but how do you use them and what can you do with them?

I have chosen one of the new Christmas range from That Special Touch called Nordic Christmas. It is made out of durable plastic and can be used with many different mediums.
They cane be used with Dye based inks as a stencil, Texture Paste, Paint, Cosmic Shimmer Polished Silk Glitter, Gilding wax, Micro Beads, Gilding Flakes, Perfect Medium and embossing powders and many more.

Using removable tape, the mask was taped onto the card to keep it in the right place. I would certainly recommend taping it when you first try this technique. There is nothing worse than almost finishing the project and then it all moves, everything smudges and youre on to Plan B!

I have used Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste in Berry red on Bright White card stock. using a palette knife applied over the mask, wiping off the excess and then carefully removing the tape before removing the mask. It takes a couple of hours to dry, depending on room temperature of course! A beautiful finish.

The masks and stencils can also be simply embossed to leave a subtle background. Here I have used Bright Gold pearl Foundation card stock. The mask was placed onto the card and taped in place. The sandwich of plates that I used in the Grand Calibur machine was: Base plate, mask, card, tan embossing mat and finally pink embossing plate.

Finally with a different mask, I added a smooth texture paste first in the same way as above. removed the mask and then sprinkled Clear Micro Beads onto the design, again leaving for a couple of hours or so to completely dry, this gives not only texture but in different lights, it shimmers beautifully.
The masks are a relatively cheap craft item, so why not give it a go?


  1. Thanks for the lesson Maxine was wondering who you would use them

  2. Thanks for the lesson Maxine was wondering who you would use them

  3. So helpful and simply explained. Thank you. I have a few stencils/masks and was not aware you could use them as a subtle embossing background as well xx

  4. Great information. The masks are such fun to use and really add a different dimension to your card or project.

  5. You can also use masks/stencils with a gelli plate and there are lots of pastes - modelling, gold, silver, clear and white to name just some. You can spray through them (messy). I think the Creative Exps sparkly texture paste is probably the easiest to use, certainly to begin with.


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