Monday, July 27, 2015

Using Watercolor Powders with Handmade Stencils

Hi everyone! Kim here today to share a fun photo tutorial with you, demonstrating Color Burst watercolor powders. I'll also show you how you can quickly and easily make your own handmade stencils using dies. Let's get started!

I'm starting with four Color Burst colors. Color Burst powders are highly pigmented, watercolor powders that react with water. Wait until you see the results!
To create my stencil I grabbed the Monarch dies set and positioned five of the dies on a manila tag. Then I ran the tag through my die cut machine. I then re-positioned a few of the butterfly dies to cut out more shapes.
Here's my finished stencil! And check out all of the pre-cut butterflies I can now add to my stash!
Next, I gently tapped out the Color Burst powders through my stencil and on to a piece of heavy watercolor paper. These powders pack a punch so you don't need much. I used a tiny bit of all four colors on my butterflies...and then I spritzed the entire stencil with water.
Wow! Check out that intense color! It's amazing! 
At this point, the paper is very wet and I don't want the color to run underneath my stencil so I blotted the excess color with a paper towel.
And the left over stencil isn't too bad looking either...think that's going to find a home in an art journal.
Here's my card after removing the stencil...isn't it so pretty! I love the look of the colors all running together in that beautiful watercolor effect. (Note - Color Burst powders will react with water, even after they're dry so be careful.)
I then decided to use the Majestic Monarch stamp set to add detail to my butterflies. I'm giddy over the look of the color running beyond the stamped image...so cool. I also cut off the extra cardstock, where I had a little splashing from the powders, on the right hand side of the card. All that was left to do was finish my card!
Since the butterflies were so colorful, I wanted to keep the rest of the card simple so I added an embossed piece of cardstock, and used lace to hide the seam. Then I die cut a small tag, stamped a brushstroke image, from the Grunge Elements stamp set on to the tag (I stamped off first so that the brushstroke wouldn't be too dark), and added the sentiment. 

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and you'll try creating your own stencils with dies!

3 comments:

Angie said...

Wow! What a fun way to watercolor!!! Even the edge where the stencil didn't cover looks amazing!!!! Great tutorial!

Ruby Craft said...

Beautiful butterflies. Love the watercolor effect of the powders through your stencil.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fantastic card Kim. Love the technique.