We present a MEMS process to fabricate aperture independent stabilization of silicon nitride membranes to be used as miniature shadow masks or (nano) stencils. Large-area thin-film solid-state membranes were fabricated with silicon nitride corrugated support structures integrated into the stencil. These corrugated support structures are aimed to reduce the membrane deformation due to the deposition induced stress and thus to improve the dimensional control of the deposited patterns. We have performed physical vapor deposition (PVD) of Cr on unstabilized i.e. standard stencil membranes and stabilized stencil membranes. The structures were also modeled using commercial FEM tools. The simulation and experimental results confirm that introducing stabilization structures in the membrane can significantly reduce out-of-plane deformations of the membrane. The results of this study can be applied as a guideline for the design and fabrication of mechanically stable, complex stencil membranes.