Watercolor With Stencils

Awhile back I shared how to watercolor with your stencils with the help of rubber cement! Rubber cement is easily accessible and one of my favorite hidden gems in the craft room! It has so many uses. And though I’ve shared this technique on my own blog and YouTube channel before, today I have the privilege of sharing it on the Splitcoaststampers website and YouTube channel! I’m also sharing here on mine as well for a refresher, so be sure to watch the tutorial below for all the details!!

Stencils are such a great addition to your crafty supplies. There are so many different techniques to do with them, they’re inexpensive and are stored easily without taking up much space. There are so many mediums you can use with them as well, but one medium I couldn’t quite figure out was watercolor. So after much experimentation, I finally found a technique that worked! And I loved that the magic ingredient was rubber cement, which is cheap and very accessible!

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I made four different cards today, but with two different techniques. They’re both very simple and require the same supplies. The first, you use the rubber cement and apply it to the back of the stencil. Then, adhere the stencil onto the watercolor paper. After removing any rubber cement that might have squished out from under the stencil you can add your watercolor. You can be precise or not with your watercolor placement, either way will yield beautiful results!!


The next technique has different results, but still just as beautiful! This time, instead of adhering the stencil onto the watercolor paper, I pushed the rubber cement through the openings of the stencil and then remove the stencil and allow the rubber cement to dry. Once it has had time to dry, it will resist any watercolor put on top of it!


For either technique you can use any size of stencil. I used both 6×6 and 12×12 in both techniques and they both worked beautifully! Also, to finish my cards I really like to let the backgrounds be the main focus and that’s what I did for each one of my cards today. I used the same sentiment stamp set on each one and added very few embellishments!

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I hope you all enjoyed another look at how to have fun with your stencils and watercolors! I had such a fun time making all of these cards and really just playing around with this technique! If you are interested in any of the supplies that I used on my cards today, I’ve listed and linked them all below!! Happy Crafting!!

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This supply list is a little different with so many different cards. I have a list of supplies that were used on every single one of the cards, and then I’ve also broken it up into supplies used on a particular card. Just look at the sentiment to find that particular card!

  1. Used on All Cards –
    1. Rubber Cement
    2. Adhesive Eraser
    3. Watercolor Paper
    4. Water Brush Set
    5. Joy Clair Hello Sentiment Stamp Set
    6. Anti Static Tool
    7. Heat Tool
    8. MISTI
    9. Adhesive
  2. Hello –
    1. TCW Ocean Window 6×6 Stencil
    2. Dr. PH Martin Watercolor Set
    3. Palette
    4. Versamark Ink Pad
    5. Black Sparkle Embossing Powder
    6. Pico Embellisher “Tuxedo Black
  3. Happy Birthday Flower –
    1. TCW Rose Bouquet 12×12 Stencil
    2. Distress Inks (Minis)
      1. Aged Mahogany
      2. Ripe Persimmon
      3. Dried Marigold
    3. Copper Embossing Powder
    4. Versamark Ink Pad
    5. Scalloped Border Die
    6. Big Shot
    7. Nuvo Drops – Copper Penny
    8. Dimensional Adhesive
  4. Sending Hugs Hummingbird –
    1. TCW Birds & Butterflies 6×6 Stencil
    2. Distress Inks (Minis)
      1. Picked Raspberry
      2. Seedless Preserves
      3. Peacock Feathers
    3. Versafine Clair Ink Pad Monarch
    4. Clear Embossing Powder
  5. Thanks –
    1. TCW Blueprint 12×12 Stencil
    2. Distress Inks (Minis)
      1. Antique Linen
      2. Vintage Photo
      3. Walnut Stain
    3. Versamark Ink Pad
    4. Copper Embossing Powder


2 thoughts on “Watercolor With Stencils

  1. Love the technique you used. Also really liked the tutorial as it was so clear and precise so anyone could be able to do the technique. Thank you so much.


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