Instead of using the stencil the normal way, by applying ink or paint through the holes, you can also use dye ink pads to color the stencil itself. Spray mist with water and press onto your paper to transfer the image.
Homemade Clear Embossing Ink....You need 1 tsp of petroleum jelly, I used the classic, Vaseline. Mix in 1/8 capful of vegetable oil.Then mix in 1/8 capful of alcohol to dilute. Mix together. It doesn't make a lot but it does make more than enough to rehydrate your ink pad.