Stationery - Chiswick

Making stencils using the Xyron Creative Station.

Posted on 28 May 2015

This week I have been experimenting even more with my Xyron Creative Station – this truly is a really amazing and versatile little machine, of course it helps to have all the extra cartridges at hand so I can chop and change and experiment with them all. I have so many die-cuts that I love to use, but to make them truly versatile you need to add some experimenting. I used my clock die cut and the Xyron Repositionable adhesive cartridge to turn my die-cuts into a stencil that I can use over and over again.
stencil card
Using my new stencil I created a fun background for a quick card.
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Here’s how I made my stencil and background…
Step 1 – Load the Re-positionable adhesive cartridge into the Xyron Creative Station.
Die-cut the shape you want to use as your stencil. I used the clock image and cut it out of clean plastic sheeting.
TIP: You can use any plastic packaging that is firm, acetate or book binding covers to cut your stencil.
Feed the die-cut through the Xyron to add the adhesive on the back.
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Step 2 – Remove the now sticky die-cut stencil from the backing and adhere it to your white cardstock base.
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Step 3 – Use a sponge and dark brown ink and ink over the stencil on your cardstock piece.
TIP: Because the adhesive is repositionable you can lift the stencil off and use it repeatedly.
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Step 4 – Lift the stencil. You will notice that I only inked lightly over the stencil and not all the way to the end of the cardstock base.
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Step 5 – Reposition the stencil several times on different areas on your cardstock and ink repeatedly until you are happy with the background look.
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Step 6 – Remove the stencil and place it back on the plastic sheet from when you added the adhesive. You can use this to store the stencil permanently.
Lightly wipe the stencil clean using a damp cloth and then dry it to make sure that the stencil is clean for the next time you want to use it – this is important especially when you want to use a lighter or different coloured ink.
step 6
Decorate the stencilled card front using patterned paper, die-cut words, buttons, diamante and stamped wording.
And there you have a bradn new stencil in a few minutes, making your die-cuts and other scrapbooking stash working together to create something beautiful
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TIPs on repositionalbe adhesive
Repositionable adhesive enables you to reposition your elements before committing to adhering them permanently
This is perfect for creating stencils that you want to use and move on a project
Wonderful to keep things in position for a certain period of time before removing it permanently like when you are creating mixed media projects

For this card I used the following products from Chiswick
Acid-Free Repositionable Adhesive Refill Cartridge (40′) xt0906
5″ Creative Station Machine xr0510
Textured C/Stock 216g 12″ X 12″ White 10 Shts/Pck (2) sb4970
Dye Ink Pad – Brown rs3299

I hope you feel inspired to pull out your Xyron creative station and die-cuts to create some stunning projects! Until tomorrow – happy crafting!

Written by Jowilna Nolte

Creating can be a wonderful journey and therapy making sense of things where life cannot, and I have tuned my life into this philosophy.