There are many aperture stencils out in the market these days but there is a simple way to make your own. You can simply use your die cuts to create shapes to use as your aperture on your background. I used just scrap paper but if you want to make a permanent stencil you can always cut out the shape from acetate and that way you can reuse it many times.

Here I simply used three different nesting frame dies to create three different apertures for my cards. To make stenciling easier for me, I first cut the paper to the same size as my card front that I will be adhering to the card base before I cut the shape out. This way I can just line up my card front to the aperture stencil quickly and exact every time.

To make stenciling easy I used the new magnetic platform by Nellie's Choice to hold the stencil and card front in place while I ink blend my cards. You can always use tape to hold everything in place while you do this. I used distress oxides for today's samples but you can use any ink you have on hand. I also used the Clarity Brushes to apply the ink because I wanted a soft background, but any application tool should work for this technique.

To make these cards more interesting the technique I wanted to show you today is how to add a second layer of texture to your aperture stenciling. To do this you want to wait until your initial ink has dried, line up your aperture stencil and stamp a texture stamp on top of your aperture ink blending. I used the new Marianne Design Texture stamps to do this for my samples.

For the first card sample I used a simple silhouette images to stamp over the aperture shapes and a simple sentiment. For the card on the left I used a lavinia stamp - Nigela Damscena and a die cut sentiment to finish off this card. The third sample is done with a Happy Birthday stamp and a die cut form Marianne Design.

There are so many ways to use these aperture backgrounds and I encourage you to give them a try because if anything they are fun to make.  I have included images from other designers who used this technique in their card making.

Until next project


Products used:

Distress Oxide Ink

Multi-frame die circles

Multi- frame die rounded rectangles

Multi-  frame die octagon

Clarity Brush

Nellie's Choice Magnetic Stencil platform

Couture Creations Stamping Press

Marianne Design Texture Stamps

Lavinia stamp - Nigela Damascena