Stencil on Dark Cardstock?

Yes you can!


5/4/20232 min read

Would you like to experiment with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencil I used from A Colorful Life Designs . Follow the link below and use discount code ChrisFan10 to save 10% on your entire order! (Master Creator Bundles are excluded as they already have a 20% discount built in.)

Getting Started:

card Base: cream, 5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

card face: Kraft paper, 5.25 x 4

stencilled layer: dark blue cardstock, 5.25 x 3

scrap of Kraft for sentiment

Card Face:

  • I ran this through my Big Shot using an embossing folder with a subtle pattern. This particular embossing folder is narrow and doesn't cover an entire A2 piece of paper. That effect worked perfectly for this card.

  • Stencilled Layer: I applied 5 different inks through the Meteorite stencil from A Colorful Life Designs, deliberately allowing some areas to have more than one colour. First I used white, followed by a medium and a dark purple and finally metallic gold and metallic copper inks. I wiped the stencil clean between colours, and allowed the inks to dry between applications - especially the white and metallics as they are all pigment inks and slower to dry than dye ink.

  • I heat embossed the sentiment in copper on a scrap of kraft paper and used a die to cut it out.

Technique: to stencil onto dark cardstock you need to begin by applying a good base layer of white pigment ink. This sits on the surface of card stock - unlike dye ink which soaks in - and although it takes longer to dry it also creates a barrier to the original cardstock colour, making it possible to apply other colours on top with more visibility.


  • I glued the kraft (embossed) layer to the card base, aligning it so that it was centered on the card base.

  • I added the stencilled layer, allowing a narrow border (1/8") to show along the top edge of the card. As this side of this layer was not embossed it provided good contrast to the embossed portion below, and also provided a visual balance with the die cut sentiment.

  • I put dimensional foam on the back of the sentiment and then put it in place on the card front.

  • I added a large metallic bead to the right hand side of the sentiment.

Final Thoughts: I am happy with the layout and the colours against the dark blue. I initially applied white pigment ink and let it dry as mentioned above, and then I came back in with the purple inks: when I was done with them I realized that I hadn't lined the stencil up perfectly, and there was a narrow border of white showing here and there. I decided to make the most of it, and went back in with a white gel pen to make the white more dramatic in these spots, and also in a few others. It may have been better without the white, but it adds a bit of drama - and it saved the card!


stencil: Meteorites, A Colorful Life Designs

white and purple inks: Stampin' Up

gold metallic ink: Delicata, - Amazon, Simon Says Stamp,

copper metallic ink: Delicata - Amazon , Simon Says Stamp

Die Cutting Machine: Sizzix Big Shot - Amazon,, Simon Says Stamp

Embossing folder: retired Stampin' Up! .

Versamark: Amazon,, Simon Says Stamp

copper embossing powder: Stampin' Up!

Adhesive:Tombo Aqua, Amazon, Simon Says Stamp

Dimensional Foam: Dollarama

Kraft Cardstock: Stampin' Up!

Blue Cardstock: Stampin' Up!

Cardbase: 100 lb, Recollections, Michaels

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