Masking with Stencils & Aqua Markers

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Combine Spectrum Noir Aqua watercolour markers and a stencil to create the perfect custom background! Learn how in the steps below.


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Colour the bird image

Step 1:

Before creating the background, create the focal point image. Stamp a bird on watercolour paper using black dye ink.

Cover with clear embossing powder and activate with a heat gun.

This will protect the ink from bleeding with water is added.


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Step 2:

Colour the image using Spectrum Noir Aqua markers.

Scribble Yellow on an acrylic block, then use the Crystal Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen to blend.

Treat the Sparkle Pen as a waterbrush or a paintbrush would be treated. This is the blending tool.


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Step 3:

Start with a light base of yellow on the body of the image.

Then, start adding in additional colours.

Pick up the colours with the tip of the Sparkle Pen.


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Step 4:

Blend in Orange, Marigold, Meadow and Sunflower to create depth.


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Step 5:

Use Orange and Marigold to add colour to the beak.


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Create the stencil background

Step 6:

Trim a piece of watercolour cardstock to 4 x 5.25 inches. Place a stencil over it and secure it down with removable tape or adhesive.

This is imperative so the stencil does not move.

Add masking fluid.


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Step 7:

Masking fluid comes in pen form or in a bottle (it can be applied with a brush).

Another option would be to add watermark ink over the stencil and then clear emboss it with powder.

However, the end will result be different; the areas that are void of colour will be shiny instead of dull.

Once the entire area is filled in, remove the stencil.


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Step 8:

Using the same technique as before (acrylic block as a palette), add colour.

This time, use a waterbrush instead of a Sparkle Pen.


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Step 9:

Trim a piece of watercolour cardstock to 4 x 5.25 inches.

Place a stencil over it and secure it down with removable tape or adhesive.

Use Purple, Yellow and Aquamarine.

Allow the background to fully dry.


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Step 10:

Use a rubber adhesive remover or your finger to rub away the masking fluid.

Dip the waterbrush into some Aquamarine and flick it onto the background. This adds more interest.


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Finish the card

Step 11:

Stamp a sentiment in black ink at the top of the panel.

Note: if clear embossing powder was used instead of making fluid, this step should be done before the stencil is laid down. The embossed areas will repel ink.

To finish off the card, trim out the bird (or die cut if matching die is accessible) and adhere to panel using foam squares.

Create a card base out of black cardstock (4.25 x 11, scored at 5.5 inches).

Assemble card and add sequins to upper right corner.


Tutorial credit: Chrissie Tobas

Project Details

Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers
Primary: Aquamarine, Yellow, Orange, And Purple; Floral: Meadow, Sunflower, and Marigold
Crafter’s Companion Watercolour Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen
Clear Overlay: Crystal Clear
White Sequins
Acrylic Block
Hero Arts Black Ink
Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Gun
Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy Stamp Set and Coordinating Die
My Favorite Things Concentric Circle Stencil
Avery Elle Oh Happy Day Stamp Set
Waterbrush
Rubber Square
Molotow Masking Pen

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