I have to admit that I'm not very proficient in using ink with my stencils. I prefer spackle. I know it sounds weird but I love the results of the raised surface especially when applied on a dark background. The clean up is a little bit more involved with the spackle so I usually do quite a few panels at one time. Once they're dry I find small embellishments, ribbon and stamps to coordinate.
One of the challenges for PSL is a stencil/stamp challenge. I created tons of backgrounds but needed to add stamps and sentiments. I wanted to share how I choose which stamps to use with them. I pick a binder. Yep, that's it. I have six 4" binders FULL of unmounted rubber stamps.
I pick one binder and use only stamps in that binder. Very random but it works.
I have one smaller binder that has all the photocopied index sheets for the stamped images.
This is usually how I start with the backgrounds. I tape the stencil in place and apply spackle. Carefully pull up stencil and set aside to dry. Super easy. I just pick stencils that don't require a large surface area to be covered.
Here's some of my favorite spackle stencil combos.
Add a little Wink of Stella for shimmer.
Nice to See You stencil.
This is one of my favorite stencil and stamp combos. I'm always saying this!