I confess I have never had a very high regard for the stencil. The designs never really appealed to me and most of them were just boring. I direct your attention to a fabulous web site selling the most wonderful stencils! Drop on over to www.artistcellar.com and see what I mean. I purchased their Cathedral Series, four stencils that look like four different stained glass designs. It really was hard to decide as there are so many cool designs.
I was anxious to see how they might enhance my artwork, so I lined up 3 prints I had of three of my stitched paintings. The prints are 5" X 8" and the stencils are 6 inches square.
I placed a stencil on the print and the results are below. I love these! If you have an interest in adding another layer to your art pieces, I suggest the lowly stencil. It has really come of age! (and, these stencils are made in the USA)