Dynamic Duo vs. Stencil Art: Which One Is for You?

Last Updated: May 16, 2024

Stamping or stenciling? Which technique speaks to your crafty heart? Whether you're a seasoned cardmaker or just starting on your creative journey, stamps and stencils are essential tools for adding that extra special touch to your crafting projects.

Dynamic Duo VS Stencil Art: Which Crafting Subscription Is for You?

Here at Altenew, we understand the power of these crafting companions, which is why we offer two fantastic subscription options: Dynamic Duo and Stencil Art.

Handmade card with purple flowers and a grid background, made with Altenew Stencil Art Charming Delight SetSlimline greeting card with blue flowers from Stencil Art Charming Delight Set

In this blog post, we'll explore the unique features of each subscription to help you determine which one is the perfect fit for your crafting needs.

Find Your Perfect Crafting Companion: Dynamic Duo vs. Stencil Art

Altenew's stamp and stencil monthly crafting subscription - Dynamic Duo

The Magnificent Stamp and Stencil Subscription!

Let's start by diving into the world of coordinating stamps and stencils with our Dynamic Duo Subscription

Each month, subscribers receive a 3x4 stamp set along with layering/coloring stencils. The star of the show here is the stencil, with the stamp set adding intricate details to complement your designs. This subscription is perfect for those who want to add depth and dimension to their projects without breaking the bank.

Simple and elegant thank you card with blue flowers

One of the great benefits of the Dynamic Duo subscription is the endless creative possibilities it offers. With each new delivery, you'll have a fresh set of stamps and stencils to play with, allowing you to create unique and personalized designs for your handmade cards, scrapbook pages, and other crafting projects.

Beautiful handmade card with a bunch of roses on a vase and the sentiment "smile"Cute handmade holiday card with snowmen and pine trees, made with Altenew's crafting subscription set

Some sets also have add-on dies available, so you'll have everything you need to bring your designs to life. Plus, it's a fantastic way to build a comprehensive stamp and stencil collection that will have you covered for any project that comes your way.

Subscribe to the Dynamic Duo Stamp and Stencil Subscription here.

Blue flowers on a handmade greeting card, made with Altenew's Stencil Art set

The Unique Stencil Subscription with a Twist!

If you're more drawn to the art of stenciling, our Stencil Art Subscription might be just what you're looking for. With this subscription, you'll receive a set of six 6” x 6” layering stencils each month, featuring a variety of designs and themes. These stencils are perfect for creating intricate and detailed backgrounds, adding texture and depth to your projects, and creating instant focal points.

Quick and easy handmade greeting card with a huge stenciled floral image and the sentiment "hello"DIY Valentine's Day card with stencil flower art on the background and the words "love you" die-cut from pink cardstock

Here are some of the key features of Stencil Art:

  • Versatile
  • Easy to use and beginner-friendly
  • Wide range of designs for various projects
  • Each stencil is designed to stand on its own
  • Can be mixed and matched with other stamps or stencils

Subscribe to the Stencil Art Subscription here.

Colorful birthday card with a leafy wreath, made with Altenew's crafting subscription setloral thank you card with a stencil flower art, made with Altenew's Stencil Art Set

Dynamic Duo vs. Stencil Art: Choosing Your Creative Path

Now that we've explored the unique features of both subscriptions, how do you decide which one is right for you? Here are a few factors to consider:

Easy greeting card idea with stenciled flowers and leaves on the card frontFriendship themed handmade card with peach-pink flowers from Altenew's Stencil Art Set

1. Personal crafting style and preferences

Are you more drawn to stamping or stenciling? Or both? Do you find ink blending with stencils more therapeutic than stamping multiple layers of stamps? Consider which technique resonates with your creative vision.

Clean and simple thank you card with white watercolor flowers, made with Altenew stencils and white gouache paintsHow to use Altenew white gouache with stencil art

2. Project types and techniques

Think about the types of projects you enjoy creating. For instance, crafters who are into mixed media art would be more inclined to use stencils. Each subscription offers unique benefits that cater to different project types but are versatile enough to be used on handmade cards.

Elegant birthday card idea with red roses and black sparkly background, made with Altenew's Stencil Art crafting subscription set

3. Desired creative outcomes

What do you hope to achieve with your crafting? Whether it's adding intricate details or creating textured backgrounds, consider how each subscription aligns with your creative goals.

Bold and colorful birthday card idea with blue flowers and a red background

4. Budget

Both crafting subscriptions are relatively budget-friendly but if you’re trying to tighten the purse strings, the Dynamic Duo gives you two products for the price of one. You get a stamp and a stencil set for only $23.99 ($19.99 for monthly subscribers!).

2 handmade thank you cards with stencil flower art in the background

But don’t write off the Stencil Art subscription just because it has a slightly higher price point. For $27.99 ($23.99 for monthly subscribers!), you get 6 high-quality layering stencils that will help you create uniquely beautiful and intricate designs on your crafting projects. The designs are usually large enough to cover an entire A2 card, providing great value.

Read more on the Different Types of Stencils for Crafting!

3D greeting card with red flower die-cuts, textured background, and the sentiment "hugs"
Why choose when you can have the best of both worlds? 

By combining the Dynamic Duo and Stencil Art subscriptions, you can unlock a whole new level of creative potential.

Clean and simple thank you card with pink stenciled roses, made with Altenew stencil art crafting subscription

Both the Dynamic Duo and Stencil Art crafting subscriptions offer incredible value and endless creative possibilities. Whether you're a stamp enthusiast, a stencil lover, or a bit of both, there's something for you in our monthly crafting subscriptions. Explore both subscriptions and choose the one that best suits your crafting journey!

Visit us In the Craft Room for more stencil art ideas and stamping tips and tricks! Happy crafting!


  • Altenew

    Hello, Maxine! Glad you’re enjoying the Dynamic Duo Subscription Sets! Hope to see your CAS cards soon! :)

  • Maxine Perry

    I love the Dynamic Duo. Easy to get a super CAS card. Need dies as forget to order.

  • Altenew

    Hello, Debby! We’re so happy to hear that you’re enjoying the Stencil Art Sets! Hope to see your handmade cards with this set soon!

  • Debby Allen

    I am very much enjoying the Stencil Art monthly subscription. The designs have been lovely and I find I get a lot of satisfaction with the stencils. I find using the stencils with the guide is easier for me to complete a project I am proud of and my recipients will love!

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