Friday, December 27, 2013

Watercoloring with Stencils

Hey, Peeps. Now that I've sent the cards and they've been seen by their recipients, I can post pics of them. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and if not, I pray that you were given strength to endure whatever you had to go through. 
I am just learning to play with watercolors, and I thought I'd try my hand at it for some Christmas cards. 

I used my Tree Tag Stencil, which you can purchase in my Etsy shop here. If you'd like, check out my other original stencils. My customers are loving my original designs and their durability. 
This particular stencil is great because it's so versatile. You can use it for any season.

I used the stencil as an outline and just watercolored in the opening, using a few shades of green. You really need more than one shade, or it will look too flat and one-dimensional.

I added a little tag with a pop dot underneath, and it was a little plain for my liking, so I made a little heart with Stickles.

Because it was Christmas, I thought the trees needed a little sparkle, so I added some Glossy Accents Crackle. 

Then I applied a little bit of Antique Linen Distress Stain to fill in the cracks and make them a little more noticeable. 

I roped the watercolor paper with a little bit of twine, and slightly outlined the trees and stars with a black pen. 

I hope you enjoyed this little tour. 
Fondly, Tami