Video: More Stencils + Masking + GIVEAWAY

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.

I added an “awesome” border die cut (that comes with great coordinating stamps) and a heart covered with shimmer and Glossy Accents. Have to keep it simple to balance out that busy background!

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 sameΒ  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. πŸ™‚


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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.)


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620 thoughts on “Video: More Stencils + Masking + GIVEAWAY”

  1. My problem is that I don’t have a dedicated “craft” room! All my stuff is in the “dining” room and I’m in the process of trying to sort out storage solutions and de-cluttering etc, but it’s a struggle as I have severe health problems meaning I can’t get much done due to permanent exhaustion from permanent heart damage! I get bits done but would just like to get everything done so I can craft!! It’s starting to take a toll on my stress levels, and that’s not mentioning I’m the one on a carers pension as my son has Aspergers Syndrome AND OCD!! But when I need looking after I’ve got no-one! Even the church I’ve been attending for almost 10 years won’t help out!!

  2. I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist, even when trying to be messy. I also like things lined up and have been trying to do a few items askew now and then to help break me of this πŸ™‚

  3. I do create a mess when I am making cards but I find a neat worktable most stimulates my creativity so I clean up and put everything away. Thanks so much for your wonderful cards and videos – I always learn something new!

  4. I don’t like mess but I ALWAYS seem to end up with one no matter how hard I try. I do clean up though at the end of every stamping session. It keeps me sane.

  5. I love both your cards, very artsy! I love making messy cards and don’t mind the mess at all, like you, I like to make more than one card at a time, having the supplies out is half the battle so why not right!
    I love your videos and your helpful tips, thanks for sharing and I do hope you pull my name for this Kit!

  6. Pretty cards! I don’t mind a mess while I’m crafting. I don’t want to stop and clean or it might mess up my creative thinking!

  7. I have trouble being creative – maybe I’m too distracted with other things like making a mess! Sort of how I don’t like cooking because I’m as occupied with keeping the kitchen clean as I am cooking!

  8. I embrace inky fingers but not a mess! I should learn to let go a bit but hate the clean up part of it! πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. I don’t mind the mess. When I know I’m going to be getting inky on long projects I put on a thin pair if latex gloves. Still easy to work in and makes clean up easy. Thanks for a chance to win

  10. It’s hard for me to make a mess, on purpose as they don’t usually turn out as well balanced as I’d like. I think I don’t know when to stop. I love the stencils and stamps that “fake the random mess”

  11. I love crafting, but it took me a while to embrace the mess. I have to somewhat contain it since I don’t have a big craft space. Thanks very much for a chance to win. Michelle t

  12. Oh, I’m with you. I like other people’s “messy” looks, but I just can’t make myself do it. Too much the mathematician, I guess.

  13. It’s not obvious that you struggle with messy because these cards look great! I tend to be an “on-the-grid” gal and I keep embellishments to a minimum so no, messy isn’t a place I usually go.

  14. I think I like the mess. I must since my table is a mess most of the time. And woe to the person who touches said mess – how would I find anything??? Thanks for the chance to win! πŸ™‚

  15. I have the hardest time focusing if I have a mess on my desk. Sometimes I will try and grin and bear it but it is not my preference.

  16. Being new to cardmaking I’m finding it all a mess until I can figure out organization! Love it though, keep the video ideas coming!

  17. I usually unintentionally make a mess! I find I get frustrated when I can’t find things in a mess but sometimes I just get lost in the process.

  18. I only have issues cleaning up mess πŸ˜› Love your technique and the effect. Definitely a fun one to try it out. Thanks for sharing.

  19. I definitely have a hard time with the “messy”. I recently made a watercolor card and when I was “finished” said “Oh! I’ll use a little gold spray on it like people are doing!”

    Yeah. THAT did NOT work out well. πŸ™ Sigh.

  20. It’s not very often that I like to get messy with a project but once in a while I do. I’m a ‘clean as I go’ girl. LOL I definitely clean my work area between each project because if I don’t, I seem to have a lot of unnecessary accidents. :b

    Thanks for another great video, Jennifer! You rawk!! =)

  21. For cardmaking, I live between organization and messy, aka organized chaos. It’s always a moving target. I prefer organization (that’s the way God wired me), however, creativity often results in organized chaos. It’s short lived, because I don’t have a dedicated space–the household needs their kitchen table back. Everything gets put back in its correct space until next time….

  22. I don’t love messy, but I don’t have a craft room, so I need to lug all my stuff out of the closet and onto the table and hate to waste time organizing it! So I need to embrace the mess while I craft.

  23. I don’t like messy either and glitter is my nemesis it drives me crazy LOL Love all your ideas and tips! These cards once again are adorable!!!!!

  24. When I can use my normal crafting space, I do not mind a mess at all. But when I am in my dining room, due to massive snow mounds blocking the door to my crafting space, I stick to neater projects (also because my supplies are limited in the DR). I will try this technique come spring!

  25. I try to be neat or a least contain the mess. Putting everything back in its place is a must, but sometimes hard to get done right away. πŸ˜‰

  26. I should be able to embrace mess because I make a lot of it, but alas, no….I love your cards Jennifer and your video was awesome!!! I need to get the glue applicator tips

  27. So gorgeous – love the bright, colorful look you achieved on these cards. I do have trouble “embracing the mess” – mostly because I’m not very good at planning ahead & I decide to do splatter or misting after I’ve already done the rest of the work on the card, then one wrong drop can ruin the whole project!

  28. I love these cards they are gorgeous πŸ™‚ I am a messy crafter in the sense that I seem to end up with piles of stuff all over my table but I find it hard to be messy in the sense of using inks etc i like my hands to be clean lol

  29. Great video, hope you are feeling better. Some days I love getting super messy, others only CAS will do.

  30. I was wondering about the tip you used on your glossy accents. Do you remove the original tip on the glossy accents and then apply the fine gauge tip? I would love this. Also how do you keep this fine tip from clogging?

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