Revisiting Watercoloring With Stencils

By | 08/26/2018

A few months ago, I created a video to show you a quick and easy watercolor technique using your stencils.  You can see that video and the card HERE.

I’m revisiting that technique today with some Altenew products.  Altenew has what I hope is the start of a series of stamps called Mega Greetings.  I just love these stamp sets.  They allow you to create a quick background and then stamp a giant greeting and call it a day on the card.

I love the script font that Altenew has used on these sets and I think the cards are stunning in their simplicity.  This is another set that really allows you to create a quick single layer card.  (Although, on my card here, I have used a layer for the smaller part of my sentiment.)

Stamping Imperfection Altenew Watercolors and Stencils

I love this background technique because you can make it subtle like I did on this card, or you can add bolder colors with less water for a stronger background.

This works well with your dye based or distress oxide inks and with watercolor paints or markers.  I have used my Altenew Watercolors on this card.

I did a wet-on-wet technique by covering the watercolor paper with water and then I used a large round paint brush to swoosh in my colors.  I picked a blue, a yellow and an orange.  I did not cover the entire card front because I really love the look of only doing a portion of the background with this technique.  You can cover the entire background with paint and then apply the stencil.

For this technique, once I add the water and color medium, I place the stencil down and run my fingers along the stencil which wicks the water and paint under from the paper to the parts below the stencil, leaving this pretty effect.  Then the hard part…you leave the stencil in place and let it dry!

I used a stamp positioner once the background was dry to stamp my sentiment in Altenew’s permanent black ink.  I stamped it 2 or 3 times and touched up any spots that didn’t get inked with my black Altenew Artist Marker.

My smaller sentiment is heat embossed in white on black card stock.  I added the entire panel to a card base and then added some sequins from Studio Katia.  This is the Sparkling Sea Confetti mix.  I really wanted a touch of blue.  I added some black paint splatters with my paint brush and watered down black ink to complete the card.

Altenew has an amazing selection of stencils to choose from.  I use stencils quite a bit, especially  on my scrapbook pages.  There are so many techniques that you can use with your stencils I actually find it hard not to use them too much!!  I love stencils because they give you a great background for a super price point.  It is a really cost effective tool to have in your craft stash because they are so versatile.  The stencil that I have used here is the Elegant Swirl Stencil.

Here is the card that I shared with you in July with the original Mega Greetings stamp set:

Stamping Imperfection Mega Greetings

You can see the details HERE.  I’ve used a watercolor wash with just yellow and blue Altenew dye inks that blended beautifully to give me the green in the middle.  I really love the simplicity of both of these cards.


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2 thoughts on “Revisiting Watercoloring With Stencils


    Love all of your beautiful cards! If I had to pick a favorite, don’t think I could. You’re very talented! them all!


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