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Video : Watercolor Masking with Silhouette Adhesive Stencil Sheets

Watercolor Masking with Silhouette Adhesive Stencil Material

For a little while now, I’ve been looking for a material that is water resistant and that can be die cut with a digital die cutting machine and temporarily adhered to cardstock for watercolor masking. I wasn’t having much luck, and then I saw the new adhesive stencil material (8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets) from Silhouette America. It had most of the requirements. Cuttable with a digital die cutting machine? Check. Temporary adhesive? Check. But would it prevent watercolor from bleeding through underneath the area where the stencil mask is adhered? That was my big question, and I’m happy to report that it passed the test with flying colors!

You can see in the photo above just how well the stencil material performed. Those are some clean and crisp lines, I tell ya.

To paint the card, I used loads of water (I did design the project specifically to test the stencil material’s watercolor masking abilities, after all) and my current favorite watercolors from ShinHan. The paint colors that I used are my current favorite combo : Vermilion Hue (412), Peacock Green (429), and Prussian Blue (409). And I added a little bit of black to the Prussian Blue to deepen the color even further. I overlapped the colors slightly as I was painting but not so much that they became muddy, especially in the Vermilian Hue / Peacock Green area., and I added water to the areas where the colors mixed, where needed, to blend out the line between the colors.

To finish the card, I splattered on some white dots using watered down white acrylic paint and a paintbrush.

Cut Settings for the Silhouette Cameo + Adhesive Stencil Material : Blade Depth = 10 // Speed = 4 // Double Cut x 2 (four passes total)

Check out the video below for more details on the Silhouette Adhesive Stencil Material and to see a step-by-step for this card project:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

Good Luck Hand Lettered Cut File

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Adhesive Stencil Material (8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets)
Canson XL Watercolor Paper
ShinHan Watercolors
Mijello Silver Nano 40 Palette
#8 round paintbrush (for watercoloring)
#14 round paintbrush (for the acrylic splatters)
Scotch Painter’s Tape
water
paper towels

Video : How to Make Print & Cut Foil Acetate Embellishments

Video : How to Make Print & Cut Hot Foil Acetate Embellishments

When you create foil elements using the heat activated method of running a laser printed piece through a Minc, a heat laminator, or other type of hot foiling machine, you need a nice, smooth surface, one that will not allow too much of the laser printer toner to absorb into the paper. This is why it’s difficult to get great diy hot foiling results with uncoated and textured papers, like watercolor paper and kraft cardstock.

Acetate is an ideal surface for diy hot foiling. It’s slick, glossy, and non-porous, so the laser printer toner sits right on top of the surface, ready to bond with the foil as it’s run through your foiling machine. In the video below, I’ll show you how to hot foil acetate and cut it using a digital die cutting machine (I use a Silhouette Cameo) to create some very cool, foil embellishments that you can use for cardmaking, scrapbooking, and many other types of craft projects.

I’ve been die cutting acetate for years, but this was the first time that I attempted a print and cut project on acetate, and I initially ran into some challenges with the registration process because of the shiny, reflective surface of the acetate, but I figured out a technique that has worked perfectly every time I’ve tried it, and it doesn’t require much effort at all.

DIY Print & Cut Hot Foil Acetate Embellishments

My Technique : Open a blank document in Silhouette Studio, activate the registration marks for your die cutting machine (just like you’d do for a regular print & cut project), and print the page with just the registration marks. After the page is printed, cut out each of the registration marks, trimming the cut pieces where necessary so the paper doesn’t overlap any of the areas on the acetate that will be die cut.

Then, hold the acetate up to a lamp, with the paper registration mark (with double-sided tape on the back of the paper) held over it, so the light shines through both and allows you to line them up perfectly. Tape the paper registration mark in place over the corresponding registration mark on the acetate and repeat the process for each of the registration marks. You can also use a window (if it’s daylight) or a lightbox to line up the registration marks. Once all of the paper registration marks are taped in place, register and die cut the acetate with your die cutting machine.

DIY Print & Cut Hot Foil Acetate Embellishments

A Note About Hot Off the Press Heat Resistant Acetate : This is a craft supply that many of us have in our stash, and I thought that it might work well for hot foiling since it’s heat resistant. Unfortunately, when I printed on it, lines of toner came off of the printed areas as it was being run through the printer and remelted around the printed areas. You can see what I’m talking about in the video below, starting at around the 1:50 mark.

Check out the video to see the step-by-step process for creating awesome hot foil acetate embellishments:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Love Always SVG Digital Stamps + Border Die Cuts

C-Line Transparency Film for Plain Paper/Laser Printers
Heidi Swapp Minc Light Pink Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
a laser printer
plain printer paper
double-sided tape
craft scissors

Video : Make a Quick & Easy Die Cut Holiday Card

Video : Make a Quick & Easy Die Cut Holiday Card

This cardmaking project may not take much time to make, but it really packs a lot of visual punch. With its bold, striped background and oversized, merry and bright sentiment, this holiday card is sure to catch the eye of anyone on your Christmas card list. I used a non-traditional color scheme of pinks, orange-reds, and peach for the background, but you can take this in any color direction that you’d like. Go more traditional with red and green, or set a more wintry tone with blues and silvers.

This card is also a great option if you need to make a bunch of the same design. After you’ve cut out all of the pieces that you’ll need, per card assembly time is under 10 minutes!

Check out the video below for a step-by-step for this simple yet bold holiday card:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

A2 Card Front Die Cuts #3
Hand Lettered Merry and Bright Die Cut

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK ) – or any digital die cutting machine that works with SVG files
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
Core’dinations Glitter Silk Cardstock, Opulent Opal
cardstock in a variety of colors – I used the Recollections Flamingo Paper Pack from Michael’s
white cardstock
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
a double-sided adhesive runner

DIY Hot Foil Gift Tags with Minc Reactive Paint & Mist

DIY Hot Foil Gift Tags with Minc Reactive Paint & Mist

If you don’t have a laser printer but would still like to have some hot foil action on your paper craft projects, then the Minc Reactive Paint and Reactive Mist are something that you’ll want to take a look at. In this video, I test out these two Minc mediums to see how they perform with the Minc foiling machine, and I also show you how to make foil print and cut gift tags that also incorporate the Minc Reactive Paint. In addition, I’ll give you a peek at some of the new foil colors that were added to the Minc lineup earlier this year, and I’ll use the Gunmetal and Matte Champagne foils (two of my favorites) in this festive gift tag project.

My impatience got the best of me when I was testing the Minc Reactive Mist. You really do need to allow it to dry completely before running it through the Minc, and you can see in the video what happens if you don’t allow the Reactive Mist to dry completely. Hint: it’s a mess. However, after I filmed the video, I did make some tags using the Reactive Mist and waited patiently for them to dry. Here are those results:

Minc Reactive Mist Foil Gift Tags

Check out the video below to see the results from my Minc Reactive Paint & Mist testing, and have a look at what happens when impatience meets the Reactive Mist:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Holiday Phrases Gift Tag Die Cuts
Skinny Stencils, Set 1 Die Cuts

Heidi Swapp Minc Gunmetal Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Matte Champagne Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Paint ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Liquid Toner Reactive Mist ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 12″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator 6″ ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK ) – if you’re making print & cut or die cut tags
white cardstock
stencil material*, if using a die cut stencil
a laser printer, if you’re making print & cut gift tags
an old paintbrush
a small container with water (to soak the paintbrush and stencil after use)
scrap paper

* Darice made a 4 mil stencil film under the Studio 71 label, and that’s what I used in the video. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to find it for sale anywhere recently, so I think that they may have discontinued it. I’ve also heard good things about the Grafix brand stencil films but haven’t yet had the chance to try them with my Silhouette Cameo.

Also Shown

Heidi Swapp Minc Ombre Reactive Foil, Teal & Silver ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Minc Black Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )
Heidi Swapp Mint White Reactive Foil ( AMZ // SBK )

Video : Does Silhouette Mint Ink Work with Watercolors?

Does Silhouette Mint Ink Work with Watercolors?

Wondering whether Silhouette Mint ink works with watercolors? I was, too, so I tested out several types of watercolor mediums with the black Silhouette Mint ink, which is the ink color that I use most.

Here’s a little hint about whether the Mint ink is water resistant : yes, it is! And this means that we have so, so many more creative options with our custom Silhouette Mint stamps. If you don’t have a Mint and are curious about what it does, then be sure to check out the video in this post, where you’ll see a step-by-step for designing and creating your first custom stamp with the Silhouette Mint.

Check out the video below to see the types of watercolor mediums that I tested, as well as my results with each:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker Kit ( AMZ / SBK )
Strathmore Bristol Vellum Paper ( AMZ // DKB )

Watercolor Mediums Tested

Sakura Koi Watercolors
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens
Distress Markers (you should have the same or very similar results with Distress Inkpads, too)
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Faber Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils

Video : Die Cut Rainbow Mini Banner Cards

Video Tutorial : Rainbow Mini Banner Cards

Earlier this week, I added these new folding mini banner card cut files to the shop and, in today’s video (below), I’ll share one technique that you can use to add color to the cards. This is far from the only way to embellish the banner cards, though. You can use solid colored cardstock, patterned cardstock, glitter or glitter cardstock, and more to decorate the interior areas of the letters on the cards. Or you can leave the interiors of the letters empty for a minimalist, modern look. There are so many possibilities with these little cards, and you can fold them up when you’re finished and tie a ribbon or twine around them to make them look like little gifts, too!

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Folding Mini Banner Card Die Cuts (I used “Happy Birthday” in the video)

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer ( AMZ // SBK )
Colored Cellophane Sheets
craft glue
scissors
white cardstock
an old paintbrush (for the glue)

DIY Rainbow Mini Banner Cards