Hi! The other day I shared a video showing how easy it is to mask stencils with rubber cement. Today I am back with more on this technique.
[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]
I will admit – I am a big dork and get really excited when I find a technique that is simple, inexpensive and awesome. Rubber cement is incredible for masking… and works so well with stencils. Today’s cards are perfect examples of this technique.
I will also admit – although I love the look of splattery/messy/artsy cards, I struggle with making them. But by combining rubber cement masking and with a bold stencil, I am able to somewhat control my watercolor splatters. This works for me!
When doing this technique, I found it very helpful to temporarily adhere the large “hey” stencil (from the current Studio Calico Card Kit) to my watercolor paper to keep it still. After applying rubber cement over the entire piece, I removed the stencil and splattered lots of watercolor… dabbing between colors to prevent too much of a mess and to keep the colors soft. (I created my watercolor with Color Theory inks and water.) I also added a bit of blue ink with an ink blending tool before rubbing away the rubber cement. So much fun and so very easy.
The second card is just a variation of the first, minus the rubber cement masking.
On another note… I rarely make one card at a time any more. I find it so rewarding to create two or more of the same card (or variations) at once. I feel like I get more value out of the supplies I have purchased… and I have more cards to share with loved one. After all, this hobby really is about sharing handmade kindness.
Check these out:
- Another video showing rubber cement and stencils.
- Video showing rubber cement for masking stamped images.
- Another video showing rubber cement for masking stamped images.
- This card uses a stencil from the current Studio Calico Card Kit. If you want to see some awesome inspiration using the same kit, be sure to head over to their Gallery HERE.
I have an extra (previous) Studio Calico Card Kit that is looking for a new home! For your chance to win it, leave a comment here telling me if you are like me and have trouble “embracing mess” when crafting… or if you love it. Do so before 11:59pmESt on 3/10/15 and I will randomly pick a winner. Good luck. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)
Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), Studio Calico (SC), etc.