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Sensational Stencils + Watercolor | Altenew Educator Blog Hop

Sensational stencils + watercolor cards, who’s ready? Welcome to the Altenew Educator Style It With Stencils Blog Hop, Linky Party, and Giveaway!

Altenew Educator Style It With Stencils Blog Hop

Guys, there are so many techniques you can do with stencils. In this short cardmaking video I share two sensational stencil + watercolor cards. Subscribe to my blog and YouTube channel so you don’t miss my next stencil technique video that’s coming soon!

Sensational Stencils + Watercolor

Leaves & Berries Stencil

Create lovely Christmas and holiday cards with Altenew Leaves & Berries Stencil and Artists Watercolor 24 Pan Set.

Sensational Stencils + Watercolor Christmas Card

The trick to this technique is using a temporary spray adhesive on the back of the stencil. Pixie Spray works great for me, and there are others available on the market. Whatever, spray you choose, make sure you use it in a well-ventilated area.

Follow the spray directions and press the stencil onto an 4.25x 5.5-inch piece of watercolor paper.

Altenew Leaves & Berries Stencil

Next, choose your colors and start painting. It’s that easy! Here I used Green Meadows & Red Cosmos from the Artist Watercolor 24 Pan Set. Gently remove the stencil and allow the panel to air dry.

A merry sentiment from Festive Silhouettes is stamped with Ruby Red Crisp Dye Ink on a Rounded Rectangle die cut. The sentiment panel looked lost on top of the leaves and berries. Therefore, I die cut a larger rounded rectangle and watercolored with Green Meadows.

Wonderful Wreath Stencil

Wonderful Wreath Stencil lends itself well to any occasion, but it’s particularly spectacular for the holidays!

Sensational Stencils + Watercolor Christmas Card

Use the same technique with this card. Paint the stencil four times allowing the panel to dry completely between each layer. If you use a heat tool, hold it approximately 8 inches away from the panel to prevent warping.

Altenew Wonderful Wreath Stencil

Shift the stencil between each layer to ensure you can see all four layers of leaves. For this card, I mixed Green Meadows with varying amounts of Pure White for three of the layers. For the blue layer, I mixed Starry Night and Pure White.

Lastly, stamp your sentiment in Obsidian Pigment Ink and add a bit of splatter with the leftover paint mixtures.

Sensational Stencils + Watercolor

Whatcha Think?

What’s your favorite way to use stencils? There have to be some techniques out there I haven’t learned and want to try! Let me know in the comments. And do share if you plan on trying sensational stencils + watercolor.


Here’s a few more stencil techniques to delight you before you hop to the next stop.

Watch how these cards including that cool mountain scene come together in this video.

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Altenew is giving away a $20 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment here on the Altenew Card Blog by 9/19/2020 for a chance to win. 

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 9/22/2020.

There’s MORE! We will pick 2 of our favorite handmade creations from those who joined the linky party and they will each receive a $15 Altenew gift certificate!

Next Stop

The next stop on the hop is the lovely Neha Aggarwal. Don’t miss one ounce of crafty love, refer to the full list below!

Altenew Card Blog
Amber Rain Davis
Neha Aggarwal
Nicole Watt
Erin Thompson
Teri Wilson
Helen Kalb
Rachael Shedeed
Terri Marie Koszler
Rosie Neustaedter
Amy Hill
Nandini Karmarkar
Maryam Sharara
Nenette S. Madero
Irina Fonina
Vicki Finger
Virginia Lu


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  1. Dawn Tooley says:

    I love these cards! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Amber, I like the way you used traditional colors and non-traditional. That wreath is fantastic.

  3. Jen shears says:

    Fantastic technique! Now I need that wreath stencil!!

  4. Jen shears says:

    Fantastic technique- now I need that wreath stencil!!

  5. Inkin' Chickie says:

    I like the berry card. It has a very nostalic feel. Great look to the color combo of the wreath.

  6. This is a super clever card, I like the innovation of using a square stencil in making a wreath. That’s tremendously creative

  7. Both so beautiful, love the loose water color look!

    1. Beautiful cards. Love the watercolor look.

  8. Love the watercoloring and stencils and colors.


    From a watercolor newbie…your backgrounds are BEAUTIFUL. I hope to give the ideas a try…thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Absolutely beautiful, Amber!

  11. Crystal LeShae Evans says:

    I am really inspired! Thank you for sharing these amazing cards & techniques!

  12. Melissa M says:

    I really like these as holiday themed cards, although you could definitely go a different route and I’m sure they would be pretty too. I really like the loose style of the watercolor, even after using a stencil with sharp edges.

  13. Dorothy A says:

    I really enjoyed how you used the stencils to create such pretty backgrounds.

  14. Denise Bryant says:

    These are just beautiful! I’ll have to try this technique!

  15. Dorothy A says:

    I really enjoyed your video! I like water coloring and the look of watercoloring with those beautiful holiday stencils looks so fun. Thanks for sharing how you mix the paints to get the desired colors.

  16. I’m loving the Christmas inspiration!

  17. Jennifer Williams says:

    really nice use of the new stencils. I really love the wreath… stencils used this way with watercolors is so awesome.

  18. Elizabeth Kuhn says:

    Ooohhh…I always wondered what stencils and watercolor would look like with the leaf and berries. So pretty!

  19. Elizabeth Rue says:

    So much talent…so much inspiration…thank you!

  20. Cyndi Morris says:

    I’m just getting into stencils so I really don’t have a favorite technique yet. I never thought of watercoloring over stencils, but your cards are gorgeous. I’ll be trying this soon!

  21. Great cards and colors used. Helpful information as well. Thanks for sharing, Going through my stencil stash now. LOL happy day!

  22. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    Your cards are gorgeous! I love this watercolor/stencil technique- it was fun watching you create the wreath! I need to give it a try!

  23. Wish I wasnt such a control freak – I have such a hard time letting watercolors look like yours. I love the look you did on both.

  24. Gail Spence says:

    Never thought of this technique…thank you!!

  25. Thanks for the steps in your technique. I usually ink blend over stencils but this looks fun!

  26. Peg Frushour says:

    Great ideas! Love all your cards!

  27. Marisela Delgado says:

    Wonderful cards!

  28. Meghan Kennihan says:

    I love this wreath stencil! What beautiful cards!

  29. Great watercolor stenciled cards. TFS

  30. I have the wreath stencil and will try this. Just gorgeous.

  31. Angela C Posch says:

    Thanks for sharing.

  32. These are lovely! I love the soft effect from using the watercolors thru the stencil. I will definitely try this!

  33. Very pretty cards! I typically use Altenew inks or Distress inks with stencils. Have not tried water coloring with them.

  34. Mary Collier says:

    Love your wreath stencil, so versatile!

  35. Yvonne Boucher says:

    Amber, your cards are beutiful! I love the watercolor technique you used! Those stencils are wonderful! Using your own style is what makes your creations so lovely and unique!

  36. Joyace Feheley says:

    Beautiful cards. What a great idea.

  37. BECCA YAHRLING says:

    Very pretty! Love the technique you used here.

  38. Brenda Johnson says:

    I’ve always wanted to paint (No talent) but until today I didn’t know that I could actually watercolor and using the stencils has opened up a whole new world to me. Thank you so much.

  39. Laura Casselman says:

    I have these stencils and I’m so excited to use them following your ideas and suggestions!

  40. Laura Rozsonits says:

    Love how the wreath looks so full with the layering of the stencil. Gorgeous card!

  41. Joni Mastronardi says:

    Fabulous cards, you make me want to try water coloring.

  42. Wow! I like the look of these watercolored stencil cards. I only have a couple of stencils, I’m going to need more.

  43. Carolyn R says:

    Oh, I love these. I wonder how many I can make for Christmas? I better get started.

  44. Beautiful cards. Love your wreath card. Thanks for sharing

  45. Melissa Friedrich says:

    Really gorgeous cards, LOVE this water coloring through stencils look and the layers are the wreath look so beautiful! Thanks for another awesome video tutorial and all the tips and tricks for this technique.

  46. Linda Peix says:

    I like the wreath the best, the colors! Thanks for sharing your stencil techniques.

  47. Patty A Eifert says:

    I love stencils and I happen to already have that second wreath stencil you used with shades of green and blue! Looks awesome! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  48. I really like your technique! I never considered watercoloring with stencils. I especially like the wreath card using the different colors as you moved the stencil. I can’t wait to try this.

  49. Michele W says:

    Such lovely holiday cards. The wreath is my favorite with all the beautiful layers. Thanks for the helpful video! You make it look so easy. 🙂

  50. These are amazing!! YOU ARE AMAZING! We are lucky to have you as an Educator and a VDT member! Thank you again for being part of this hop and sharing your wonderful work with everyone!

  51. Amber Bissonnette says:

    Love the cards you created!! Makes me excited for all the Christmas crafts and inspiration just around the corner!

  52. The wreath card is gorgeous! I want to CASE it, but gotta get the stencil first.

  53. Bernadette says:

    Really pretty wreath. It would look great with some fall colors too.

  54. Beautiful cards, as usual! I don’t have any stencils right now but I know after this blog hop, I will be on the bandwagon and adding some to my cart..

  55. I think these are gorgeous … what a clever technique! Thanks for beautiful inspiration!

  56. I loooove stencils! I don’t use them enough in my cardmaking though…I love using distress oxides to blend and create a gradient with stencil designs.