Watercolour with a stencil

Watercolour with a stencil Heather Telford

In creating today’s card I used a co-ordinating stamp and stencil from Penny Black. By applying ink to the Flower Dance stencil and pressing it onto my watercolour paper I was able to create background pattern and colour all around the flower image I later stamped and watercoloured. I have a video tutorial showing how I did it below.

Watercolour with a stencil detail 2 Heather Telford

This is the kind of technique that will never produce the same results twice. I’ve tried it already using another stencil with quite different results which I will share once I’ve completed the card.

Watercolour with a stencil detail 1 Heather Telford


Stamps: Charming, Friendship, Letter Background (PB)
Stencil:  Flower Dance (PB)
Inks: Tumbled Glass, Milled Lavender, Evergreen Bough distress stains and Peacock Feather, Dusty Concord distress inks (Ranger)
Markers: Wink of Stella Gold pen
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Avon Brilliant White 110lb smooth Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Penny Black Mix & Match Blue Lagoon paper
Also: Teal grosgrain ribbon, gold cord

17 Comments on “Watercolour with a stencil”

  1. maureenchandler says:

    This card is just delightful! Thanks so much for your video explaining all the steps and for sharing your incredible talent!

  2. MA Evans says:

    Fantastic video! Well-explained. Gorgeous card. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  3. jmhave44 says:

    Gorgeous card, and thanks so much for taking time to create this very informative video. I struggle with watercolor, and this has inspired me to go try again. I have the stencil, just need to check if I have this stamp! What an interesting technique and you made it look ‘do-able’! Happy Sunday

  4. Elaine says:

    Very nice explanation of a technique which is new to me. I think I need to start taking stencils a little more seriously. Thank you.

  5. Betsy Wilson says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for the video. Very well done.

  6. Cath T says:

    Great card. Thanks for the video–really helpful.

  7. Clelie says:

    More video tutorials, please! That was an “Oh, my gosh” moment! Gorgeous!

  8. jillianfoster82 says:

    You make me want to try this technique right now!! Thanks for always inspiring and congrats on the Facebook mention on the Penny Black page. 🙂

  9. Wendy L says:

    So lovely, thanks for joining us at Allsorts, xxxx

  10. Lindsey says:

    That is an excellent, informative video, Heather — and I speak from experience, now that I’m into Stretch Your Stamps 2. 😉 Using the stencil does provide a gorgeous background, and I could see this working using a mask since I don’t have any stamp/stencil sets.

  11. Gabby says:

    Beautiful card! Love the colors and your bkgrd and watercoloring is fantastic, Thx for the video and sharing your techniques. 🙂

  12. Brenda says:

    A really stunning piece of artwork Heather.

    Thanks so much for sharing your lovely work with us at Allsorts challenge, hope you will join us again very soon.

    B x

  13. Ingrid says:

    Simply stunning Heather! I love the coordination and that little notepad – brilliant! 🙂

  14. Rosemary Tate says:

    What wonderful inspiration, Heather. Thank you so much for your clear explanation of this great technique.

  15. Mummylade says:

    Gorgeous creation! Thank you for joining us for this week’s challenge at Allsorts, we hope you come again.

  16. pettitjen says:

    Love your card and loved the video. I think I’ll give it a try!

  17. ednamburgess says:

    I just got the stencil and stamp yesterday and had to try your technique today. You make it look so easy. It wasn’t for me, but have watched your video several times and each time I learn something new. So will keep trying. However my first didn’t turn out to badly. Keep those videos coming as I always learn so much from them. Thanks. Edna

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