Using Xyron with Stencils (Tutorial)

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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!

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Above, you can see I ran the two little arm hole pieces through my Xyron® 1.5” Create-a-Sticker.

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And here they are positioned on the page with the re-positionable adhesive.

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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.

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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!

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  1. Clever stuff with the Xyron – and what a stunning page. The silhouette is glorious and those layers and layers of stencilling pay off again, giving such depth and texture – wonderful, Marjie!
    Alison xx

  2. Gigi Black says:

    That is really great. I think I need to get some brighter colors for my collection of paints and spray. One question–have you ever tried using the Xyron adhesive without running it through the machine? Do you think it would be doable?

  3. What an ingenious idea – you clever creative!!! I’m having a total V-8 moment! TFS 🙂

  4. Great idea to make sticker for the arm holes. I’ve just been keeping them in a baggie with the masks, but the sticker really would be great for keeping in place while inking. Thanks for the tip! Your journal page is gorgeous… love all the layers of stencils and stamps you used. Great colors!

  5. Love the pages!!!! And way cool idea about the Xyron!!!

  6. These are fantastic pages, great colors again.

  7. A beautiful piece of art my friend and such clever ideas, TFS xx

  8. That is a clever idea especially for someone like yourself who art journals constantly.
    BTW that is a stunning page.

  9. What a great idea! Love the pages! That outline does so much! Hugs, Sandra

  10. Yummy stencil work! Gorgeous pages…love the bright yellow!!!

  11. Lovely pages and a great tip ! Thanks Marjie xx

  12. This is gorgeous Marjie! Love the colours and all the patterns. Great stencil storage idea! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

  13. Awesome pages! Wow! So much detail to look at!

  14. Marjie, I just love the sunny colors you used here…and I love the way the light is streaming out from your woman’s courageous heart. It’s a really spiritual piece….learning to be true to yourself is the journey of a lifetime. Hugs!

  15. Great idea & that is a gorgeous page.

  16. Good idea! I use non permanent DS tape, seems to work in a similar way. Valerie

  17. Love the silhouette and the multiple layers to this Marjie. Jenny x

  18. Nice idea!! I’m definitely going to do this. Thanks Marjie!

  19. Marjie, than you so much for the tutorial! Such a cool idea and your page is Fab! love your colors and stencil!

  20. corrine says:

    don’t you love those, duh, whY didn’t I think of that so lng ago ideas….slapping forehead regularly. xox

  21. An excellent idea and a really beautiful journal page, love the wonderful colours. Anne xx

  22. What a fab idea! Thanks for sharing Marjie. Your spread is gorgeous, of course!
    Have a great weekend,
    Alison xxx

  23. Great AJ pages, those colours are yummy ! Wonderful idea to keep your stencils together !
    Corrie x

  24. Great idea! Beautiful aj spread, love the colors.

  25. Barbara Albrecht says:

    Wish I’d thought about..or known about… doing that. I’ve thrown away those bitty bits…DANG!!

  26. Loved you “V8” moment, Marjie. You must have heart me laugh! Your sentiment has become one of my favorites. It pairs perfectly with your female image. Great vintage-y color palette makes your journal spread one I love! Have a great weekend!

  27. What a great idea. I do have one that I hardly use. Now you gave me use for it.

  28. How clever are you!!!! Thanks for the awesome idea.

  29. yessss-great idea and beautiful page. wonderful magical layering with a great sentiment. I also really love her necklace!

  30. This is a cool trick Marjie, thanks for that. Your finished page looks absolutely fantastic, probably one of my all time favourites of yours! Love the colours and all the many subtle layers of stenciling!!

  31. Oh yes… Once again… I love your tutorial !! Your choice of colors and the way you worked with the stencils… Wow !!! Cant get enough of admiring your work !!!
    Thank you also for sharing the idea of’s a great idea !!!!!
    Hufs from SPAIN

  32. This is just too darn cool, Marjie! I love all the layers and the Green Goddess! What a great storage idea for the little parts. One day I hope to take one of your classes and then maybe I will get into journaling! Hugs, GF!

  33. Fantastic page!

  34. *sigh* this is soooooooo gorgeous! I loveeeeeee the colors!!!!!


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