Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Watercolored Lunch Box Notes...Stenciled 3 ways!

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Today I've got some itty bitty's measuring at 3inx3in...perfect for the lunch box notes that I need to restock up on for the kiddos.

This is how it all started...but keep on going because I promise it got better by my third bitty card!

I was going for the bokeh look.  First I masked the edges with painter's tape, swiped some Distress Inks in Ripe Persimmon and Squeezed Lemonade and used Heidi Swapp's confetti stencil to create the dots using Hero Arts Orange Soda and a sponge dauber.  After allowing to dry (using a heating tool) I stamped out the sun (with the mask still on) and the sentiment.  Of course I was not fully satisfied and followed the sentiment "never give up."

Here's another go at it...

Now this one I liked!  Of course it's in my favorite color (like my hair highlights!) Again masking the edges, swiping Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks, and then taking a chevron stencil and spraying with water (tip...remove stencil right away otherwise the water pools and the pattern gets lost).  Allow to dry (using heating tool), remove mask, then stamp out the sentiment.  All my cards are using the fabulous Hero Arts Stamp Set "You're a Rainbow."

Finally...I had to do a rainbow of colors...

This time I took my Distress Markers and colored away and instead of spraying water over the stencil I used a waterbrush pen to trace within the stencil.  I kinda liked the effect...a little more imperfect, but still cool!

I was completely inspired by a new challenge by the fabulous Virginia...

and A Blog Named Hero Challenge

And another look at them...

Until next time...have a fabulous day!  Mahalo for stopping by!!!


  1. These turned out really well. I liked the interesting technique of spraying water over the stencil. Thank you for making my day more creative and inspired.

  2. Oh these are really cute! Love the rainbow one...

  3. OMYGOSH!! I think they are all gorgeous!! I loveeeeeeeeeeee that rainbow one!!!!!!!!

  4. wow wee these are watercolor AWESOME.. great take on the challenge.. i love them all..

  5. Wowee, Niki! you have outdone yourself on these challenges! I ADORE each and every one of them .The square cards really show off the technique and design so fabulously! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Virginia's View Challenge! xo

  6. LOVE your lunch box notes! Your kids must love receiving such bright, colorful notes from Mom--what a great idea!

  7. such wonderful, colorful cards. They are just so happy! :) Thanks for playing with us over at A Blog Named Hero!

  8. Brilliant, love all your attempts, they are wonderful.


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