After doing a little designing recently, I decided to try a new "to me" technique of using a mini word stencil since I didn't have a stamp that would fit the current need.... and use some embossing ink and embossing powder to see if the results would work as I'd hoped.
The stencil area is less than 1" square. The lettering is about 1/4" high. Arial Narrow was used for this test. I like how it turned out.
IkonArt Stencil materials
SCAL 5 Pro
VersaMark Watermark Ink Refill
Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder (White)
A few water colored hearts (110 lb cardstock) were made earlier and thoroughly dry before this test.
Design your word sentiments in the software. I used SCAL 5 Pro. I can resize the words as needed to fit the specific design I'm wanting to decorate. In this case, I used a heart that was specific to a card I was creating for some friends. After creating each of the words and making sure that they fit the shape, print them on the printer film. You don't have to reverse the images to print as long as the lettering is black.
Create the stencils following the directions of print, expose, rinse and post expose lined out by the manufacturer of the stencil materials. You'll find details here and here.
When you're ready to do the first stencil, choose a piece of material that is similar to what you will be using for your final product to do as a test. You don't need to use a lot of the ink. A single drop will last for about 5 individual stencil uses.
To much pressure or too much ink will result in bleeding or non-crisp edges as shown below.
An embossing buddy was not used for this sample, the speckled look was desired.
One drawback - the ink doesn't clean up as normal paints or inks do. So plan on making multiples and throwing away after multi-use. The ink is "sticky" even after washing the stencil with some Dawn.
One plus - Since the stencil is so small, you can use a small piece of the stencil material and reuse your master print over and over to create new stencils.