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Clever Watercolor Stencil Techniques

Introducing Altenew Creative Cutouts, a clever new product line perfect for your cardmaking and scrapbooking projects! I’m so excited to share clever watercolor stencil techniques and the new Creative Cutouts!

Altenew Serenity Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

If you made your way here from Vicky Papaioannou’s blog, you’re right on track! To start at the beginning head on over to the Altenew Card Blog.

Check out these clever watercolor stencil techniques and the new Creative Cutouts in this short cardmaking video tutorial. Watch these four cards come together here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share it with friends!

Altenew Serenity Release

Let’s take a closer look at the full release before we get started. There are new creative stencils enamel dots and Creative Cutouts, a clever new product line.

Altenew Creative Cutouts are finely detailed laser-cut 80 lb white cardstock. The first two designs are a collection of Nested Wreaths in three sizes and a 12×12 Moroccan Mosaic pattern. Stay tuned for a bit of watercolor Nested Wreath!

Altenew Serenity Full Release | Stencils, Enamel Dots, & Creative Cutouts

Creative Cutouts: Nested Wreath Watercolor Card

Today’s post is all about watercolor so let’s get to it! This is my first time using Creative Cutouts and though they’re delicate, I wanted to see how they would do with watercolor.

Altenew Creative Cutouts Watercolor Card
Creative Cutouts: Nested Wreath & Mega Label Love Stamp Set

For the solid green wreath I took Spring Garden Watercolor Brush Markers directly to the laser cutout. I used Sweet Leaf, Lime, and Turquoise. Next, I ink smooshed the lighter wreath in the leftover ink on my glass mat.

Although these cutouts are 80 lb weight, they are not cover weight. Meaning they’re not as thick and hearty as your heavyweight cardstock. Therefore, be cautious with wet mediums. I used a lot of liquid watercolors and gingerly moved them to the side with tweezers to air dry.

Altenew Creative Cutouts & Mega Label Love Stamp Set
Tropical Forest Enamel Dots

Finish the card with a Mega Label Love sentiment and Jet Black Ink Spray splatter. Ad here the solid green wreath directly to the card front and pop up the ink smooshed wreath.

Watercolor Feathery Stencil Card

I adore the Feathery Stencil and had to watercolor it! First, I sprayed the back of the stencil with Pixie Spray, let the spray dry for 1 minute, and adhered it to a piece of Altenew Watercolor Paper Set.

Altenew Feathery Stencil Watercolor Card
Feathery Stencil & Mega Greeting 2 Stamp & Die Bundle

Spritz your stencil covered watercolor paper with water and drop in Turquoise, Emerald, and Evening Gray Watercolor Brush Marker pigment. Allow the colors to mix, but not to much. This technique looks best when there are distinct areas of each color.

Clever Stencil Watercolor Techniques
Sea Shore Enamel Dots

DIY Watercolor Embossing Paste

Grab your shades, because this watercolor tinted Altenew Embossing Paste is mega vivid! Altenew Trellis Stencils lends a perfect geometric background pattern to this Terrific Tag.

Altenew Trellis Stencil & Label Love Stamp Set
Trellis Stencil, Label Love Stamp Set, &
Embossing Paste tinted with Spring Garden Watercolor Brush Markers

Here I made some DIY embossing paste by coloring white Altenew Embossing Paste with Emerald and Midnight Violet Watercolor Brush Markers.

Clever Stencil Watercolor Techniques | DIY Embossing Paste colored with watercolor brush markers
I love that bit of coffee filter fiber left on the embossing paste (see video)

Watercolor Mountain Scene Stencil Card

This Mountain Scene Stencil Watercolor card is my favorite of the bunch. What a clever stencil and I absolutely love how it looks watercolored! The best part is it’s so easy to do!

Altenew Mountain Scene Stencil & Wanderlust Stamp Set

This time I switched over to Tropical Forest Watercolor Brush Markers and used Lava Rock for the mountains and Dusk and Moss for the forest.

Clever Stencil Watercolor Techniques

I dried the watercolor with a heat tool in between sections of the mountain and prior to adding the forest. However, you might get a cool look too without drying.

That’s a wrap on these clever watercolor stencil techniques. Let me know what you think below. Are you going to try watercolor with your stencils?

8 Ways to Use Stencils

Need more stencil inspiration?

Check out this post/video sharing 8 ways to use stencils on your handmade cards and paper craft projects!

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To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog or/and Altenew Mixed Media Blog by 7/23/2020 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 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 07/26/2020.

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  1. Connie Johnson says:

    Hi Amber 🙂 Your cards are so serene and the tag is vibrant!!! You’ve showcased this new release so well! Thanks for inspiring me 🙂

  2. Nicki Baxley says:

    Love the feathered stencil card

  3. Jeanne Beam says:

    Such gorgeous cards! Great colors…
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Judy Price says:

    I LOVE your cards, and the video was excellent! What you did with the wreaths was gorgeous, and I really like the hanging-off-the-edge technique. But showing that it is actually possible to water color – or use wet medium – with stencils was awesome! The mountains and trees you did really was ideal at showing how well the wet color worked (besides I’m partial to mountains). THANK YOU for sharing with and teaching us!

  5. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    I love all your projects! The ink smooshing technique gave your wreath such a pretty look!

  6. Dawn Jones says:

    Love these, the feathery stencil and mountain scene are my favorites. Beautiful!

  7. Pam Nichols says:

    awesome cards and tags, great use of the new products!
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Annie Claxton says:

    Wonderful projects Amber, such brilliant creative ways to use stencils, and you’d never guess the mountain one was done with stencils!

  9. Inkin' Chickie says:

    I like the set. Great way to add color. I like how bright the mix for the tag came out.

  10. Great projects. I especially like the mountain tag. TFS

  11. Great projects. Love the mountain scene.

  12. Denise Bryant says:

    Beautiful cards and tag! I especially love the colors you used with the Feathery stencil!

  13. I like the cutouts card with the multitude of green colors.

  14. Oh, so much inspiration and I love your colors! Hope you feel proud! I’ll be coming back for more! Consider me inspired ❤👏

  15. Your use of strong color and white space is really inspiring. I love the clean lines you get on your shapes.

  16. Kathy Dippner says:

    Beautiful cards! I love the feather stencil and really like the watercolors with it.

  17. Amber, your cards are wonderful. I am loving the mountain scene and can’t wait to get mine too. Thanks for your inspiration.

  18. Wow! I just LOVE your pretty watercolor techniques! The blended greens on that darling summer wreath look AMAZING! I love it!

  19. Melissa Friedrich says:

    Wow, beautiful cards and really great technique for water color with stencils, looks so fun and really love the organic results. The vibrant color embossing paste is stunning, thanks for another way to use those water color markers. I like the coffee filter bits left on the tag too, nice texture interest!

  20. Lisa Jamerson says:

    I am absolutely blown away by your creations with the products. That Tolkien card is life!!
    Seriously I love your work.

  21. So many beautiful projects you shared today! I’m obsessed with the new mountains and trees stencil as well as the clouds…so perfect for building Realistic outdoorsy scenes! Can’t wait to try all of Altenew’s new goodies!

  22. Angela C Posch says:

    Nice mountain scene.

  23. Great cards! I think that wreath card is favorite; but it’s so hard to choose. Thank you for sharing the video with all that inspiration.

  24. Laurie Fleuette says:

    Beautiful cards! I love that feathery stencil. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Sandra Swayze says:

    You are so creative! I’ll be back to peruse your creations.

  26. Awesome cards, Amber! Love the colorful tag, and I really like that wreath card. Can’t wait to get my hands on those die cuts! Perfect for those of us without electronic cutting machines. Your watercolor work is amazing!

  27. Judy Kent says:

    That mountain stencil is growing on me. Didn’t think I’d like it. The watercolor pens are really great..

  28. I love how you used watercolour for painting, especially the feathers, they are beautiful, and the mountain scene is over the top, a painting with stencils.

  29. Angela Person says:

    Wonderfully creative cards! I am excited to see more laser cut wreath cards and layouts.

  30. love the mountains stencil, not sure if i have the patience to use it.

  31. Barbara Matthews says:

    Wow, I love your cards, they are so creative. That’s a great tip to use a coffee filter when die cutting something that has embossing paste in it. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Danyelle Dillon says:

    Your cards are so pretty! I especially like the Mountain scene one. I need to put these stencils on my wish list. Altenew keeps coming up with some wonderful products. Thanks for sharing!

  33. Robin Ridpath says:

    OMGoodness! That mountain scene card is so amazing. I think I’m going to buy it on the off chance mine would look half as good. Thanks for the great video and I didn’t think it look grainy.

  34. Fantastic Amber. Amazing use of the stencils.

  35. Heidi Lentz says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Loved that wreath, and the mountain scene is gorgeous too. TFS

  36. Linda Rodgers says:

    Your watercolour work is inspiring. Thanks!

  37. Angela Clark says:

    You are very creative, Amber. Everything was gorgeous. But the mountain scenes were my favorite!

  38. Renée Rodriguez says:

    The watercolor mountain card is sunning and loved watching…thanks for sharing

  39. Elizabeth Kuhn says:

    I absolutely love the look of the paste embossing technique with the watercolor! Gorgeous ❤️

  40. The water color tree lines are beautiful

  41. Oh a great set. You inspired me to try the watercolor paint smooshing. The wreath I love. The feather stencil I favor as feathers are a fav of mine. The texture tag was nice as well. As a New Orleans resident, happy to hear you noted Mardi Gras. The mountain stencil is great for me the non sketch artist, and, surprise a mountain scene. Lovely work Amber.

  42. Love the die cut. Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing

  43. Love seeing these projects! Simply wonderful. you rocked the release!

  44. Marisela Delgado says:

    Beautiful cards and colors!

  45. Love the new stencils. Your cards and tags are fantastic. Thank you for the great tips.

  46. I really like that you used different techniques to colour your cards. I love the smooshing you did on the wreath!

  47. Dorothy A says:

    Lovely cards. My favorites are the green layered wreath, and definitely the mountain scene. As a backpacker, I love the mountains, and it is very cool that both trees and mountains are in one scene.

  48. I love all these fab creations, Amber, especially the gorgeous forest scene! That one is stunning! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful new goodies!

  49. Ummekulsum Kutub says:

    Amazing cards and tag! The stencilled watercolor card is just stunning. Love it.

  50. Rema DeLeeuw says:

    Lovely projects!

  51. Patty A Eifert says:

    These are all amazing! I really love the colors you used on your mountain scene!!

  52. Grace Kosko says:

    What a fun way to try watercolor and it doesn’t seem intimidating!

  53. SHERI HARTMAN says:

    Great techniques. Thanks for the Pixie Spray suggestion.

  54. Carolyn R says:

    Very, very nice cards. I really love the mountains!

  55. Meghan Kennihan says:

    I love the mountain scene and the wreath! GORGEOUS CARDS

  56. Your stenciled cards are fantastic! They are incredible. I really like the mountain scene and the feathery stencils.

  57. Cindy Holmes says:

    GORGEOUS cards! That water colored mountain scene has got to be my ultimate favorite card!

  58. QueenMary says:

    Wow. It is amazing what one can do with simple stencils! Although I’m not sure the mountain scene qualifies as a “simple” stencil, but still, it’s fun to see new ideas for playing with stencils! TFS!

  59. Karen Hoskins says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. Major inspiration!

  60. I am headed straight to my stencils and watercolors right now to try that technique. Thank you for the video!

  61. Maria Alder says:

    Fabulous cards made with the new stencils, love them all.

  62. Such beautiful colours used in all of these three examples using the stencils Amber. I hope you don’t mind, but each time I watch one of your videos I have to say how much I enjoy them. Your talent is fabulous!

  63. BECCA YAHRLING says:

    Such pretty cards using the stencils. That mountain scene
    stencil is pretty awesome and your card using it is just stunning.

  64. Cyndi Morris says:

    Love your cards and your wonderful techniques. Those Creative Cutouts look amazing — many possibilities.

  65. Karen Hale says:

    Beautiful cards! Love the watercolor smooshing technique on the Creative Cutouts. Thanks for the video and stenciling tips.

  66. Zlatka Kabaivanova says:

    Beautiful cards and tag! I love that you used watercolors with the stencils.

  67. That mountain is awesome!!

  68. Absolutely love your watercolor mountain scene! You make it look so easy. Thanks to Altenew for guiding me to your blog & video. I look forward to learning more from you and being inspired!

  69. Mary Davidson says:

    Beautiful mountain scene! Thanks for inspiring!

  70. Lisa Potts says:

    The mountain scene is really nice!

  71. I absolutely love all the water color techniques you used to create your gorgeous cards!! The wreath card and mountain scene are my favorites!! Awesome job and I’m so glad you shared your video showing the process. Thanks!

  72. Pam Melieste says:

    Really enjoying the flow and colors used on these cards. The feather was a favorite of mine.

  73. Linda Towill says:

    All of your cards are beautiful but you really batted it out of the park with the mountain scene!

  74. Toni Kwaiser says:

    These are beautiful! I love your watercoloring!

  75. Delia Wilkes says:

    Yes, I really love the dramatic mountain scene, but I love how you’ve used strong colours in all your designs. They all make a real impact. Thank you for your inspiration.

  76. Margo O'Connor says:

    Beautiful as always Amber!

  77. Wanda S Radler says:

    Wow – your watercolor mountain scene is gorgeous. I also love the feathery stencil. Another cool release!

  78. sharon gullikson says:

    I really love the mountain scene. So peaceful and pretty

  79. Lori Lehnen says:

    These are fabulous cards!
    I especially like the mountain scene card.
    Thanks for sharing.

  80. Debbie Selby says:

    Great looking cards. I like the mountain scene on the best.

  81. The sending happy mail gives me a real 1980’s/Golden Girls/Florida vibe. I like it.

  82. Sarah Saulsbery says:

    Fantastic use of these products! Going to have to get several items in this release!

  83. love the mountain scene. Looks so simple when you do it.
    My favorite is the feathery card.

  84. Bernadette says:

    Really pretty mountain card. I like the idea of a full Forest with the variety of colors.

  85. barbara lassiter says:

    These watercolor techniques with the stencils are awesome, as are your cards. Love the first and last card the best!

  86. Daphni Ames says:

    I absolutely adore the watercolor mountains. I hope Altenew keeps providing layered stencils. Your designs were sooo pretty. Tyfs

  87. Fabulous cards Amber! Love the new stencils, they certainly inspire me to feel serene, you did an amazing job showcasing them! I agree, the mountain range looks amazing water colored 💕I am adding your techniques to my inspiration board! Thanks for the inspiration! Have a superb weekend!

  88. Hi Amber. I am loving your watercolor techniques with these stencils. Thanks for sharing these.

  89. I like the feather stencil the best !

  90. Elizabeth Dewett says:

    I really like your style of crafting ❤️