How to Make Paint Stenciled Gift Cards

How to Make Paint Stenciled Gift Cards

With Mother’s Day around the corner I thought it would be neat to make paint stenciled gift cards.

This project was a lot of fun and where ink is the traditional color transfer for many paper crafts, I decided to use chalk-based paint.

This was really easy!

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Supplies for Painted Cards

First, let me say this activity was a lot of fun and more of an experiment at first because I wasn’t sure how Dixie Belle paint would transfer on paper.

As you can see it went pretty great and it’s possible, I got a little carried away with this idea.

Dixie Belle paint is chalk based and because it dries fast with just a little bit of paint on the brush everything came together really quick.


Choosing Stencils

Cutting Edge Stencils was the perfect option because they have card stencils. If you’ve ever purchased their product, then you know they also include one or two with each order as a thank you.

Let’s just say, I have several of these card stencils.

I’m also excited to share, they’re now using a thick mylar which makes their stencils very durable. This is fantastic because they’re also reasonable and perfect for mix and matching designs.

So, together Dixie Belle paint and Cutting Edge Stencils were the inspiration for this card project.

Card Stencil Process

Step by Step Transfer

The transfer was fast and here’s the key to making this work without flaws – USE VERY LITTLE PAINT.

With each card I used three bright colors on each design.  The lighter options didn’t show up unless you want to use one for blending.

  • We begin with a blank card and stencil, no need for tape unless you’re trying to block off part of the stencil.
  • Then we lightly add the first color in a few areas.
  • The second color is added the same way by filling in the rest of the blank areas – a little overlapping is fine.
  • The final color is added and it goes over to blend and complete the hummingbird.

Stencil paper with many colors

Against the white that hummingbird looked like it could fly right off the paper.

If you’ve never stenciled before I have three links that you’ll want to check out before you begin.  These articles will walk you through how to stencil, which brushes to use and how to clean your stencils.

Most important tip and I say it all the time, less paint on the brush is the key to your success and practice on blank paper first.

How to Make Paint Stenciled Gift Cards

Now that my cards are finished, I have a neat little gift that’s perfect for Mother’s Day or any time of year because believe it or not some people still enjoy reaching out with a hand written note.

Inspire others to keep writing and make these creative gift cards.

Get creative and make your own painted stenciled gifts cards using cutting edge stencils. #CuttingEdgeStencils, #GiftCards, #Stencil


  1. Patti says:

    Oh these are so pretty and would make a great Mother’s Day or any day gift. I’m always needing a card to write a thank you note or last minute gift card so this would be perfect. Love the way you layered all the colors together. Beautiful!

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you – I’ve been trying different things using stencils and this idea just popped out of thin air. Come back Friday because I have something to go with these cards.

  2. Karen says:

    So pretty,Carole, and I agree with Patti – the color layering really works. Looks so much like watercolors. Handmade gifts are always welcomed and a handmade card to go along just wraps up a perfect package. Well done!

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you – they were fun to make and a nice change of pace.

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