DIY Stencil and Alcohol Inks

Hey friend! Today I’m back to share with you a project with DIY stencils and alcohol ink. Although we’d like to own one of every crafty thing on earth, that’s just not very feasible. At least, not with my budget, or space! So, we need to figure out how to create tools with what we already have. If you own dies, a die cutting machine, and some contact paper you can create your own stencils! And as I said in an earlier post, Contact paper is perfect for using with alcohol inks or watercolour paints, because it creates a great barrier to prevent leakage.


Contact paper comes in a roll, so first cut a square of it, to fit your die. Next, place the paper onto your die platform, and lay the dies on top – just as you would if you were cutting cardstock. Run the paper through the machine, and remove your stencils. For this project, I die cut the silhouette of the dragonfly, plus the detailed insert, shown below. The dies are from Stampin’ Up!

DIY Stencils and Alcohol Inks

This picture was taken after I had already used the stencils – that’s why you can see ink on them! I flipped the silhouette one, so that you can see the Contact paper.


Cut a panel of Yupo for your background panel. Attach the silhouette die cut where you want the dragonfly; this creates a mask to prevent the ink from going where  you’ll be placing your dragonfly. To create the ombre background, work from bottom to top, using a felt alcohol ink applicator with the handle. First, apply Sunshine Yellow ink to the felt, and apply the ink in a ‘pouncing’ motion, covering a vertical strip across the bottom. Next, apply Sunset Orange to the same applicator, and repeat above the yellow. Now, switch to a clean felt applicator, and repeat the steps above with Raspberry ink, and then Watermelon. Finally, use another clean felt to apply Purple Twilight ink across the top.

Now, go over each are with the applicable felt applicators with a few drops of alcohol blending solution added, to smooth out the areas where the colours meet.  When the inked panel is dry – just a few minutes – remove the dragonfly mask.


Once the dragonfly mask is removed, attach the detailed dragonfly die cut in the same place after removing the backing. Now, use a very fine brush to apply the colours in the die cut openings. The colours I chose are Ranger Limeade and Ranger Gold mixative, and Pinata Sapphire Blue.  Be sure to clean your brush in between colours. When those inks are dry, remove the die cut mask. To add some shimmer, I used the same clean brush to apply some Marabu Rainbow ink mixative – it’s hard to see in the photo, but it’s like a opalescent shimmer. Then, I traced around each of the colours & the dragonfly shape with a black Micron fine tip pen.

DIY Stencil and Alcohol Inks

I decided that I wanted a bit of texture to the background, so I replaced the solid dragonfly mask, and then flicked some of the blending solution from the small brush. This added the small dots of lighter areas that you can see.

Finish off the card front by attaching a die cut sentiment of black cardstock using the Concord & 9th Fabulous Phrases die set. Finally, attach the card front to a black card base.


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DIY Stencil and Alcohol Inks

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

2 thoughts on “DIY Stencils and Alcohol Ink

    1. You’re welcome, Buffy! I’m glad that you like the colours – I’m in a hurry for spring 🙂

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