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.
Mini Gelli® Stamping with Ink Pads! Great guide to stamping inks!! Pigment inks are thicker, opaque and slower drying. These are also easy to identify—they have foam pads. Examples of pigment ink pads: Tsukineko Brilliance, Versa Magic, and VersaColor. Clearsnap Colorbox Classic and Colorbox Fluid Chalk