Piali’s Technique of the Week: Doodled Stenciled Backgrounds
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Hi! It?s Piali here—today I?m going to share one of my favorite techniques to do with stencils.

Stencils are very trendy nowadays; generally they are used with inks, embossing pastes and paints. I like to doodle over my stenciled backgrounds for a cool Zentangle-ish look. I always admire how intricate and beautiful zentangle designs are!

For this technique, you’ll need the following:

  • Stencils
  • Paper
  • Fine-tip pen
  • Inks
  • Sponge/daubers
  • Tape

Let me show you how I do it. First is the basic stenciling. I sponged distress ink over the stencil to create a colorful background. Tip: I use a sponge dauber for detailed stencils.

For this project, I chose a rainbow-color scheme. The photo above shows what the background looked like once I finished applying the inks.

I then moved onto the fun doodling part. I just did random designs, nothing fancy or perfect. If you want some great design ideas, take a look at Pinterest and search for zentangle.

Here’s the background once the stencil is removed. Sometimes I add a little bit of white gel pen doodling for extra fun!

I finished the card by adding a die-cut sentiment. Since the background is so colorful, I tried to keep the embellishments to a minimum. Here is my finished card with a stenciled and faux zentangled look.

Hope you like it!


Shown above is another card with the same technique. It’s a fun technique. I hope you give it a try. Don?t forget to share your creations at the CardMaker Facebook page; I would love to see them.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!


Supplies used: Cardstock from Papertrey Ink; stencil from Simon Says Stamp; Distress inks from Ranger Industries Inc.; enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye; die from Lil’ Inker Designs. 

10 Responses to Piali’s Technique of the Week: Doodled Stenciled Backgrounds

  1. Virginia L. says:

    AWESOME tutorial, Piali! I love the use of stencil and your additional doodling makes it a stand out! Gorgeous cards!

  2. Isha says:

    Great card and tutorial Piali. Love it.

  3. Wow, gorgeous cards and fabulous technique tutorial. These are amazing — thanks for sharing!

  4. Kathy Grigas says:

    Piali this is such an awesome technique. Must try. Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration.

  5. This is so beautiful! I love the doodling!

  6. This is fantastic! I’ve never tried this technique but it’s just gorgeous, I’ll have to give it a go. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  7. Ann Eales says:

    Thank you for sharing a great tutorial.

  8. louiza Anderson says:

    thank you for sharing. I will have to give this idea a go

  9. ruthluvs says:

    Awesome idea! Thanks for the tutorial, beautiful cards!

  10. Gorgeous work Piali, that is some awesome stenciling! Thanks for sharing.

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