if you love the look of blended watercolor and looking for a different way to create colorful backgrounds, this month’s tag is just the thing. like many crafters, i have a new love and appreciation for using stencils on my cards and projects. their unique and often bold shapes allow me to incorporate them by layering with other imagery. layering with stencils is key in my opinion. of course there are so many different ways to use layering stencils, but today i wanted to show one of my favorites that is also in my book “a compendium of curiosities vol.III”. this technique also incorporates the new mini distress inks, but you could use your regular size distress pads too. i just prefer the convenience of being able to add color to smaller areas with these little guys. so before we start i want to remind you not to judge the success of this technique until you dry it. the look and effect of this watercolor monoprint using a stencil often changes when it’s completely dry. the definition and detail really come to life so hang in there and have fun playing with both color and design – here we go…t!m
- surfaces: distress watercolor cardstock, #8 manila tag
- layering stencils: star
- stamps: cms182
- dies: stamp & framelits- french flight
- embellishments: mini gears, game spinners, mini fasteners,
- trimmings: crinkle ribbon
- distress ink: mini distress ink pads- assorted
- archival ink: jet black
- adheisves: foam tape
- tools: mini ink blending tool, detailer waterbrush, heat tool, craft sheet, mister, vagabond, magnetic cutting pad
step 2: begin tapping or lightly rubbing the distress ink on the back of the layering stencil (since we will be “printing” the design i always get in the habit of inking the back of the stencil – this is really important when working with things that have letters or numbers so they don’t print backwards)
step 4: generously mist the inked stencil with water from a mister to react the distress inks. remember, distress reacts with water so the color will actually become more intense now and blend beautifully. *note: this is the one step what you will need to play with to find the right amount of water that works for the look you want to achieve.
step 5: lift the stencil from the craft sheet and place it on to the smooth side of distress watercolor cardstock. *note: i found this technique worked on many surfaces including directly on to the tag, but the watercolor cardstock provides more “play” with the colors and water which i prefer.
step 7: while the stencil is on the cardstock, press down over the entire design using a paper towel to print the color as well as immediately absorb any ink that might seep out inside the stencil openings.
step 8: lift the stencil off, set it aside, and immediately dry your print with a heat tool. *note: as i mentioned in the opening, this step is very important since initially the image appears blurry and washed out at times. heating the image defines the color and design much more than what you see while it’s wet.
step 16: place stamped images on magnetic platform over a clear cutting pad. place framelits around the image and die cut. *note: you can use any stamped image and hand-cut around them if you don’t have this stamp/die set.
well i hope you like this technique, but more importantly i hope you take time to play with this technique. try different stencils, different colors of inks, and even different surfaces to create these colorful watercolor backgrounds. i wanted to share a few of my other favorite layering stencils for this technique…
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