Technique: Watercoloring With Stencils + Video

By | 02/22/2018

As you know, I’ve been taking a lot of classes.  Besides Altenew Academy, I’m taking classes with 3 other instructors as well.  I just felt like it was time to explore the world beyond Stampin’ Up! and see what other products are out there.  I can’t be an expert without continuously expanding my knowledge and skills base.  That is just what I’ve been doing and I am having a blast.  I’m meeting a whole new world of artisans and I am really broadening my horizons so to speak.

I’m taking a class on the chemistry behind paper crafting techniques.  My favorite classes in college were Organic Chemistry and Parasitology.  This class is right in my bailiwick!  I like the technical details and I like knowing why something is working and what is okay to experiment with as far as materials and techniques go.

I’m also taking several inking and watercoloring classes.  I just can’t believe all there is to learn and try.  There are so many great products out there and it really is exciting to dig in and experiment.

It truly takes a lot of practice at some of these techniques to even scratch the surface of mastering them.  I think that is why I’m finding it so exciting to take classes from other paper crafting artisans and crafters.  It has injected a level of inspiration and anticipation that I have been missing!

Today, I want to share a watercoloring technique with you.  I’ve been playing with stencils and I’ve shared several cards with you over the last few weeks that use ink blending techniques with stencils.  Today I will be showing you a technique that combines watercoloring with stencils!

I had not seen this technique before.  I hope it is new for you too, or a least a refresher of a technique you haven’t used in a while!  I have 3 cards and a video…YES!  A video!!

All 3 cards are created using Catherine Pooler’s new Eat, Sleep, Create stamp set and the Create script word die that is absolutely fabulous!

On the first card I created, I used Catherine Pooler’s Mod Flower Stencil with blue and purple paint from my Arteza watercolor paint set on watercolor paper.  The details are in the video!

Stamping Imperfection Watercoloring with Stencils


I heat embossed the sentiment on Marina Mist in white embossing powder.  I added some iridescent sequins for a little sparkle.  Isn’t that background fabulously subtle and fun?

This week’s Stamp Ink Paper Challenge is Cardmaker’s Choice, so I’m going to participate in the challenge with this card!SIP-Challenge-138-Card-Makers-Choice-NEW-800-768x994


The second card is the same with two exceptions:  I used the Catherine Pooler Swoop stencil and I used the sunshine sentiment heat embossed in black on velum then layered on soft sky card stock.  I really loved the Swoop Stencil for this technique.Stamping Imperfection Watercoloring with Stencils


The last card uses Perfect Plum card stock.  You can see that I watered down the paints a little less on this card and it gave me a bolder background.  (That sentiment looked perfectly straight to me as I attached it!  EMBRACE THE IMPERFECTIONS!)Stamping Imperfection Watercoloring with Stencils


The beauty of watercoloring really is that every card is different.  Watercoloring is one of those techniques that you can’t control completely.  You have to go with it a bit and let it do it’s thing.  I like that about this technique!


You can check out the video technique here:

I’m so happy to finally have a video to share!  I only got interrupted 3 times while making it.  Progress!


Thank you for stopping by.  I hope that you enjoyed this technique and that perhaps it was a new one for  you too.  I encourage you to give it a try because it really is quick and easy!

Have a wonderful day and remember to embrace the imperfections!


2 thoughts on “Technique: Watercoloring With Stencils + Video

  1. Carolyn Lindenmayer

    This is gorgeous Kim. I really like how you’ve created the background and the colours used. Thank you for joining us at Stamp Ink Paper. Carolyn xx


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