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 sameย  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. ๐Ÿ™‚


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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. I find that, when crafting, I get very messy (when I am creating the best stuff). It’s like I’m afraid the ideas will fall out of my head if I stop to clean as I go. But once I’m done, I love putting all of my stuff away and just admiring it.

  2. I feel like my brain is a mess if my craft space gets too cluttered or messy. I am an organization nut, and love all your handy organizational tips.

  3. I absolutely have trouble embracing mess. So much so that I can’t create if a mess is there. I have to clean it first.

  4. I do have trouble embracing ‘the mess’ but I often get so taken away in the process that it happens anyway. I have to tell you I find a lot of comfort in your videos, perhaps it feels like I can vicariously be neat and orderly through the internet. I sit and craft at my less than pristine craft desk and watch your videos. You are very soothing in the chaos of my everyday. Thanks so much for what you do ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I hate a mess – where I have to look for something like my scissors or tape so I clean up totally after each card. Once a month I reorganized. I make about 6 cards a week.

  6. I just went and bought a big thing of rubber cement for your making technique. I love how you always show us ways of doing things that don’t necessarily have to be the most expensive products. I love that you’re real and it helps for people, like myself, who cannot afford to get all the newest products, and how you are so creative in using the techniques you show. You’re awesome! Xo

  7. Such a fun technique. I’m a little washy…sometimes I love the mess (I suppose it helps when I love how the things I’m creating turn out)…other times I really struggle to embrace it.

  8. I hate mess when I am crafting. I always feel I need to clean before I get started and continue cleaning as I work. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Absolutely love this technique. I have a brand new craft room and can’t wait to try this out. The nice part about having a craft room is messy projects are not a problem and actually love them.

  10. I love these cards! They make me happy. I have to be in the mood to get messy, mainly because I don’t have a lot of space, and I hate cleaning up! Thank for the giveaway!

  11. Although I’m leaning towards clean and simple, I don’t mind messy every once in a while. I just ordered and received a set of gelatos and I cannot wait to try them out. Heck, maybe this will even get me started on mixed media LOL.
    Anyway, today’s technique is really something I’d like to try myself.

  12. I’m not sure how to answer. I work better when I can find things, so I usually clean my table before I start. But as I work more and more supplies are pulled out.

  13. I can’t seem to avoid the mess. I try though, and I do my best to stay organized. I envy those who can work ‘clean’ ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. When it comes to cardmaking I need to have my space organized. However, after making a card my space gets messy. I try different ways to keep organized but it doesn’t always work.
    Thanks for another great technique.

  15. I tend to get ‘messy’ โ€ฆI somehow always end up with inky fingersโ€ฆwhich I don’t really mind, but I have to be careful because I’m clumsy and will get that ink on my card, lol.

  16. I clean as I go! I cannot stand a mess! I am obsessive about leaving my stamp room clean – it drives me nuts when I leave it in a mess or in the middle of a project! I like it clean! (Clean hands too!)

  17. I think I have trouble embracing the mess when I have my mind set on something completely different and it doesn’t work out well for me! Having said that, I have learned that many times when that happens, I end up liking the “mess” better than the one I imagined ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. How apt is the sentiment! The card is truly AWESOME. Love it, and thanks for sharing.
    I am afraid I am too messy to achieve the results you’ve achieved ๐Ÿ™ I always end up with too much of the same ink in one place.

  19. Fun technique, thanks for the great instructions. I always end up with a huge mess when I am feeling creative. It does get cleaned up occasionally, when I can’t find something I want to use.

  20. I have periods when I’m ok with a “messy” look to my creativity, and I totally love a distressed or aged effect, but it is rare that I embrace actuall chaotic messiness. I can look at it and admire it, but it isn’t my look. That being said, I am in no way as organized as you are, and my work space tends to be a bit chaotic.

  21. I just went to the eye doctor and it reminds me of the eye test book they have to see if you can see the image in the design ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. great technique. I love the card.
    My craft space seems to get messy quite fast and I am ok with that as long as I’m alone. When I have someone over to craft with me or to show something, I tidy up and clean like crazy. Although I think a craft space can (and should) be a bit messy, I don’t want other to think of me as messy. ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. I cannot create when my room is messy. While I’m creating, if I stop and look around and see the mess, I have to stop what I’m doing and tidy up.

  24. I MUST clean my work area when I am finished for the day, thereby ensuring I have a clean space the next day. While I’m working I try to put things away when I am finished using them so I don’t have a lot of clutter in my way, but I still seem to get pretty messy.

  25. I love this and definitely will do it. As I am learning different techniques from talented folks online, I am growing more accustomed to messy to get a cool end product. I’m like you in that I like a controlled mess. ha!

  26. What a beautiful card!!
    My desk always seems to be chaotic after I make a card.. and it bothers me so much! I seem to be cleaning my desk for longer than I am actually making the card..

  27. I thought it said “tell me if you like me” instead of “you are like me.” lol. Yes, I like you, but no, I don’t care about making a mess…I am perhaps the world’s messiest crafter–my table, my hands, the work area, it’s all a mess. And it doesn’t bother me until clean up time!

  28. Thanks for another great video! I don’t mind creating a mess when crafting but I also don’t have to worry about pets or kids making it worse or having to clean up in between projects since I have my own craft space. I can certainly understand why others would rather avoid the mess.

  29. Yes! I have a really hard time with a messy (meaning inky, gobby, gluey) space. But I’m intrigued by the rubber cement idea. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Great cards and fun technique! I find while creating my work space gets very messy but I am trying to get more organized! Thanks for the chance to win!

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