Hey friends!! Vicki here with a little mixed media background technique.  I created a card as my sample but you could apply this to any of your crafting projects!


One of my favourite tools to use are stencils.  I love the versatility and endless choice in patterns that stencils offer.  Another thing I LOVE to play with are water-soluble art crayons.  Watercolour and stencils can be tricky!  Water has a mind of its own and tends to seep under a stencil.  So, today I have a little trick!  Here are a few steps to use stencils and watercolour with success!


Position a stencil on a piece of watercolour paper and scribble a little water-soluble art crayon inside.


To blend the colour, use a wet wipe that is slightly damp and push the crayon into the stencil pattern.  Do not over-work the paper to prevent pilling. Note: If the wipe is really wet, I like to squeeze some of the moisture out in a paper towel.  Too much water in the wipe will cause the water to run under the stencil.  The key is water control with this technique!


Remove the stencil when the colouring is complete.  Add a border with a complimentary colour and blend with a wet wipe.


Layer a second stencil pattern and repeat the colouring steps.


To create depth in the pattern, I used the circle stencil and outlined some of the circles with a black marker.  I used a roller stamp to add the stamped words.


Here is a closer look at the finished card. This is a quick, clean and relatively simple technique!  I hope you get a chance to try it!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Vicki Boutin

(Just a little note! All products used to create this technique are from Vicki's brand NEW PRODUCT LINE with American Crafts which will be revealed tomorrow!!!)