Watercolouring with Homemade Stencil

Welcome back, my friend! I  hope that you’ve been enjoying my posts this week. Today I want to share something that’s  kind of new; it’s a combination of inks, stencils and water! It’s watercolouring with a homemade stencil – using distress inks. Have I piqued your interest? I hope so – keep reading for the details.


I was inspired by a post by another talented crafter named Heather Telford. She had been inspired by another talented artist named Kathy Racoosin (who I’m sure you all know!).  That’s how the creative world turns; one person inspires another, who inspires another – and so on. Whether you make an exact copy of what inspired you, or add your own twist. Sometimes I start out to make a copy, but then think “hey, what if…..” and something different is born!

Watercolouring with a Homemade Stencil

For example, I liked the stencil that Heather had used, but I don’t own one like it. So, I made my own! I pulled out an acetate sheet and some dies, along with my Big Shot. Lined them up – and there you are! Your own homemade stencil!


To create the stencil squares/rectangle, start with your stencil, a blending tool, distress ink and watercolour paper.

Watercolouring with Homemade Stencil


Start with a panel of watercolour paper. I use Arches 140 lb coldpress. Lay the stencil on top, keeping it in place with Purple Tape, or other repositionable adhesive. With a blending tool, apply Spun Sugar Distress Oxide ink through the openings. Remove, and clean your stencil.

Next, on a slick surface like a craft mat, or another piece of acetate, smoosh Broken China, Worn Lipstick and Mustard Seed distress inks. Once you’ve transferred the ink onto the mat, use either a water brush or small paintbrush with water to blend the colours into the squares. When your painting is finished, allow it to dry naturally, or use a heat tool to speed up the drying process. Once the painting is completely dry, set up the panel in your MISTI, or other stamp platform. Stamp images from the Hero Arts December My Monthly Hero Kit in a dark gray ink. You’ll probably need to ink & stamp more than once, due to the texture of the paper. That’s why using the MISTI is important for this step.

Now, create a card base of light pink cardstock. Attach a panel of light blue ink on top of that, with tape or glue. Next, attach a layer of fun foam or foam tape to the back of your watercolour panel. Attach it on an angle to the card front.

Watercolouring with a Homemade Stencil


This is a fun way to create whatever type of background you may want, but don’t already own! It’s as easy as using an acetate sheet and dies that you do already own. I like to use the acetate sheets, because they will last a long time, and I can reuse the stencil over & over again. If you want to practice first before committing, you can make a temporary stencil from cardstock.



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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

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