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What are metal stencils used for?

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Uses for metal stencils include dry embossing of card stock, and engraving using a tool such as the Dremel engraver. The engraver marks glass, polyvinyl chloride, wood, ceramic and metal. Marks provide decoration or identification for the objects.

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Dry embossing works with all colors of paper but is particularly effective on dark colors. Crafters place the brass stencil on a lightbox and then paper over it. They apply masking tape to hold everything in place. They press the paper with a stylus and create a raised pattern on the opposite side of the sheet. The technique works well with thicker paper, such as card stock or vellum, but lightweight paper is likely to tear.

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