First gather all of your supplies: Stencils, paste, removable tape, palette knife, spreader, paper towels, shallow pan of water, and soft scrub brush.
Begin by placing your stencil on cardstock or pattern paper and tape across the top of the stencil first. This will be your "hinge" and the last piece to be removed. Next tape the other 3 sides.
Place palette knife into your paste jar and get a good healthy amount (the excess will go back in the jar later so don't skimp)
I am using a large A2 size stencil so I am also using a large spreader. I scraped the paste across the edge of the spreader at about the width of my stencil.
Lay the spreader at a 90 degree angle at the top of the stencil about halfway on the middle of the tape. Bring the spreader to about a 45-60 degree angle and swipe down across the cardstock until you reach the top of the bottom piece of tape. Swoop the spreader up. Remove excess from spreader with palette knife then add back to jar. Wipe off the lip of the jar so you don't get crusties in your paste! Close jar.
Hopefully you covered all the open areas in one sweep, if not add a touch of paste to the open areas then swipe with the spreader in the opposite direction.
Remove tape taking off the last piece first and leaving your hinge piece until last. Carefully lift the stencil while the hinge is still in place in case you drop it :)
Immediately place stencil, spreader, and palette knife in a shallow pan of water. Use a soft scrub brush to remove the excess paste. Make sure you scrub the stencil while flat. Dry stencils on flat paper towels or old t-shirt. Don't bend your stencil or you will be unhappy later!
For the details of my card... I used papers from Authentique, and ribbons from May Arts, Papertrey Ink, and Fancy Pants. Here's a closeup look at the Flourish stencil. I used Glossy White paste for the flourish and the Dream sentiment.
I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial!