Did you know you can use your stencils as embossing folders? It is a great way to stretch your supplies and get more use out of them. I love the backgrounds you can get from this technique adding some subtle interest and texture to your card backgrounds.
To do this technique, all you need to do is run your stencil through your die cutting machine using an embossing mat. You may need to play around with the pressure as machines can vary slightly but for my Big Shot I find if I just add a piece of cardstock as a shim to the regular sandwich I use for embossing my dies I get a prefect impression.