Last month when I was teaching a class where we used stencils, we talked about how hard it is to keep track of the little ‘negative’ pieces that come with torso stencils. I mean the shapes that fill the spaces between a figure’s body and their arms… they’re often tiny and easily lost. It occurred to me this would be a great job for Xyron’s re-positionable adhesive, and it was a head-thumping, why-didn’t-I-think-of-this-sooner, V-8 moment!
Above, you can see I ran the two little arm hole pieces through my Xyron® 1.5” Create-a-Sticker.
And here they are positioned on the page with the re-positionable adhesive.
They stayed in place perfectly while I applied ink through the Crafter’s Workshop stencil with my Ranger Ink Blending tool. I used lots of Tim Holtz stencils in the background using a variety of Ranger Archival inks.
When I was finished with the torso stencil, I just peeled the arm holes off the page and reapplied them to the Xyron release paper. Now I’m storing them in the clear packaging with the ‘positive’ parts of the stencil, and I can reuse as much as I like. Wish I’d thought of this a few years ago!