Cardmaking, Essentials By Ellen, Stamping

How to Paint a BEAUTIFUL Bouquet with a Layering Stencil!

Did you know that you can paint through a stencil? This is a fabulous way to stretch your stencils and today, Therese will show you how!

Hi it’s Therese and today I have a fun way to use your stencils! If you don’t have the confidence to watercolor but really enjoy the look then this is a great option for you! It is really easy to achieve a watercolor look using a layering stencil such as this beautiful set from Pinkfresh Studio called Joyful Peonies.

I used the Daniel Smith Floral Half Pan Set, but there are many different options of watercolor that you could try.

The Pinkfresh Studio stencils are very easy to use as they are numbered…. I started with Stencil 1. And, because these stencils are designed to ‘line up’ it was easy to use the edge of my watercolor cardstock as a quick guide.

I waited for the first layer of pink to nearly dry before I added a touch of yellow, this allowed the color to blend on the cardstock.

You can use all of the stencil layers if you choose or even miss some of the layers too, in this design I didn’t use Stencil 3.

For the leaves, I allowed the base layer to completely dry before I added veins and stems of the leaves. This meant that the color did not blend. So, why not play around with the layers and colors to achieve the look you are after.

Next I used the A2 Layer Dies to cut a panel to fit my card front.

Then I stamped the Succulent Sentiment and heat embossed it with some Ebony Embossing Powder.

I’ve never had much luck with black embossing powders but this one works like a dream!

For a little interest I also added a few splatters with the left over paint and an enamel dot ‘heart’.

PRO TIP: Don’t add too much water on your brush as it may seep beneath the stencil. Or you could use a product such as Pixie Spray to temporarily hold the stencil in place.

I hope that you have been inspired to create a project by ‘painting’ through a stencil. And if you do, I’d love you to share it with me @lostinpaper, as well as @ellenhutsonllc. We can’t wait to see what you make!

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  • Reply Greta April 28, 2022 at 8:59 am

    Beautiful card, Therese! I tried painting through a stencil once & wasn’t happy with it. You’ve made me decide to try again. Glad to know you like that black ep. I’d given up as all of mine make a mess!

  • Reply June from Minnesota April 28, 2022 at 9:31 am

    BRILLIANT! I love layering stencils so why didn’t I think of this? DUH! Beautiful results!

  • Reply Jan Castle April 28, 2022 at 10:30 am

    Really pretty card Therese…TFS the inspiration! Will have to give this a try.
    Paper Hugs,

  • Reply baileyrosy May 3, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    Such a pretty card ,love the delicate colours used never tried it with my actual watercolours only with Distress oxide so really must give this a go. Thanks for the tutorial.


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