I’m not gonna lie, I wasn’t exactly sure what to call this. I’m sure it’s been done before like everything else on the internet, but who cares I had requests for a tutorial from before I did the Stampers Anonymous swag post, so I’m gonna do one. I’m calling it ‘double stencil technique’ so here goes!
Start with a blank piece of paper and stamp your image that you want to ‘fill’ on it. It doesn’t matter what color this is stamped in, because you will be cutting it anyway. Make sure to pick an image that has lots of open space in it for this technique to work. Also, make sure you stamp in the middle of your paper so you can do both parts of this technique.
Cut out the main part of your image that you want to ‘fill’. Notice I only cut out the balloon part and not the whole image. I recommend cutting just slightly inside your outline. It also helps to use a stamp that has a thick outline. You’ll thank me later.
Next, adhere with some temporary adhesive onto your main paper. I am using watercolor paper in this case.
Fill your image in with whatever you want. Here I spritzed a bit of water, then filled in with Milled Lavender Distress Ink. I stamped a Stampers Anonymous background with Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Soft Lilac. I then dusted over with Jacquard Pigments in Misty Lavender and Interference Violet.
Remove your stencil, and you should be left with a relatively clean image.
Cover over your image with the cut out from earlier using temporary adhesive. Line it up as best you can.
Fill it with whatever you want, then remove the second stencil. In this case, I blended Victorian Velvet, Bundled Sage, Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks. Don’t worry about that white line, hopefully we will stamp accurately over that in a second.
Re-stamp your original image, lining up as best you can. I recommend Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink (especially as in this case I used watercolor paper, and that water will make most other inks run).
You might end up with a slight discrepancy between your two stenciled backgrounds. If this is the case, try to blend your background colors up to your stamped image to hide the white spots. I had a white line in the upper right corner of the balloon, so I inked more Victorian Velvet up against the stamped part.
To add a bit more shimmer, I continued with the Jacquard pigment powders. I dusted Turquoise, Flamingo Pink, Duo Green-Yellow, Brilliant Yellow, and Aztec Gold. I wish I could show you the shimmer in this card, in real life it is really stunning.
Here is the finished card, I added a couple buttons, colored in the flag/basket/sandbags with Copics, and stamped out a Hero Arts sentiment. Hope you guys enjoyed this technique, I’ve really been having fun with it. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Let me know if you give this technique a try!