September 18, 2016

Halloween Watercoloring with a Stencil and Distress Inks


I'm sharing a card I made for My Favorite Thing's Card Design Superstar Contest! When I heard about the contest, I made a plan for each card and with small variances along the way they all turned out pretty much how I planned them in my head!! With this first card, I wanted to do some watercoloring with a stencil, but probably not the way you are thinking!

Dana Warren - Kraft Paper Stamps - My Favorite Things
I started by picked out three Distress Inks: Abandoned Coral, Black Soot, Dusty Concord. Then I placed MFT's Scattered Bars on my craft mat and pressed the three different inks onto the stencil. (start with the lighter color first!!) I trimmed some watercolor paper to fit a card base and added some water to the panel. Wait until the panel is damp, too much water and you can't see the pattern of the stencil on your panel. Next, I just press the damp panel on the stencil and ink.

Dana Warren - Kraft Paper Stamps - My Favorite Things

The panel will not pick up all the ink, so I always have extra panels ready to go and do up a few more panels until most of the ink is gone! When all the panels were dry, I just picked the best one for my card today.

Dana Warren - Kraft Paper Stamps - My Favorite Things

Next, I cut two MFT stitched ovals from white card. On the smaller oval, I used the Dusty Concord first and then added black around the edge. The bigger oval got the Abandoned Coral and black around the edge. On the smaller oval, I heat embossed the I'm Bats About You sentiment in white.

From my stash, I found some purple polka dot and black chevron washi tape and added it to my panel. Then I added the ovals to the card, trimming off the overhand from the larger oval.

Dana Warren - Kraft Paper Stamps - My Favorite Things
I stamped the bat, moon and one cloud from MFT's Witch Way To The Candy stamp set. Then I used my Spectrum Noir markers to color them! I used FS6, IG1, IG2, IG4, IG6, LY2. I fussy cut them out and used a black marker to color the edges. Then I added them to the card with foam tape. Last I added a few black and pink (yes, amazingly I was able to match the Abandoned Coral to some enamel dots in my stash!!) enamel dots. Last I added the panel to a white card base.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!


Stamps: My Favorite Things - Witch Way To The Candy
Stencil: My Favorite Things - Scattered Bars
Die: My Favorite Things - Stitched Oval Stax
Spectrum Noir Markers
Enamel Dots: My Minds Eye - Cut & Paste Sweet. Doodlebug Sprinkles - Beetle Black
Distress Ink: Abandoned Coral, Black Soot, Dusty Concord


  1. Okay, Dana...this is a winner on every front...from the clever techniques, to the fabulous colours combination, to the awesome choices of images! seriously, how cute is that bat! In awe!! (can you believe I'm still dithering about SN markers...if only I could find them in Canada for a reasonable price. You are, as always, very convincing that I 'need' them! Where is that lottery win? *grin*)

  2. Wonderful! I love the subtle stenciling on the background and how the inking on the ovals really draws you in!

  3. Jumps right out of that amazing gallery. Beautiful job, nice contrasts, fabulous use of ink.