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

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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
paper towels

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