DIY: Make your own Matrix Stencil cards


by Tan of SquirrellyMinds

What you’ll need:

  • Matrixes Stencil, by Corey Holms
  • Card stock and envelopes
  • Black ink pen (fine tipped works best)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Watercolor paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Calligraphy pen and ink (optional)

Use your ruler and draw a very faint line in pencil to create a guide for your stencil. Hold the stencil down firmly while tracing. After each letter, move the stencil along, allowing for a few centimeters between each letter, and ensuring the stencil stays straight on the penciled line. If you’re using liquid ink, make sure it completely dries before moving the stencil to prevent smudging.


When ink is dry, erase the pencil line. Embellish the card with watercolors. Here are some suggestions for each one.
HEY! Use the first stencil. Steps for this vary slightly. Paint the dots first. When the paint is completely dry, trace the stencils with black ink.
LOVE Use the second stencil. Instead of filling in the stencil with black ink, outline each letter. When the ink dries, carefully paint the inside of each letter with watercolors.
YAY Use the third stencil and simply fill in the spaces with black ink. After the ink dries, paint light, outward brush strokes with your watercolors.

You can do all sorts of additional designs like swirls, stripes, or even splotches or splatters of paint.





Sign the cards and send them to the ones you love.


Bonus: The matrixes themselves are beautiful. Decorate a card with some watercolor paint and calligraphy, then trace the matrixes with watercolors for a unique design.

Tip: The matrixes can be a bit tricky to figure out, so it will help to compare them to LED matrix letters (do an image search to find examples). Also, the letters are large, so I recommend choosing words that are a maximum five letters when using a 4″ x 6″ card.
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