Neat & Tangled Reveal Day #4

Hi there friends! Welcome back to day four of the Neat & Tangled July release! Today I will be sharing a set of sparkly cards using some of the new stencils that are being released this month.


Stencils are great for a variety of techniques, and I thought it would be fun to use them with gold watercolors to create shimmering accents overtop of watercolored backgrounds.

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I started off by ink smooshing distress inks onto watercolor paper to create some quick and easy watercolored backgrounds. Because these backgrounds were going to be covered up by the gold watercolors, I wasn’t worried about having them perfect. For the background colors I used Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick and Tumbled Glass.

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I used my Finetec gold watercolors to use as “ink” for ink blending the stencil designs over top the Distress Ink backgrounds. To do this, I lightly spritzed the watercolor pans with water and dabbed my ink blending tool into the watercolors; next I sponged the watercolor “ink” over the stencil-covered background. I applied the watercolor over the stencil until I had the entire background covered.

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When I was applying the watercolors using the ink blending tool, I needed to re-wet the watercolors every so often to keep them damp; this allowed them to glide and blend across the stencil easily. Just be careful with how much water you use to keep the watercolors moist; too much water will result in an oversaturated ink blending tool and will cause the watercolor to soak under the stencil. If you don’t have gold watercolors, you could also do this with a gold ink pad, like the Delicata Golden Glitz ink.

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To finish off the cards I heat embossed the “hello you” sentiment over each card panel and added little coordinating, die cut hearts. The die cut hearts are watercolored with the same watercolors that were applied onto the cards.



And before you go… Do you want a chance to win the some of the new goodies from this month’s release??? Leave a comment on this post, as well as the other Neat & Tangled design team blogs (listed on the Neat & Tangled blog) to be entered into the giveaway! All July release products will be available for purchase starting July 8th and all winners from this week’s giveaways will be announced that same day on the Neat & Tangled blog.




Looking for more Neat & Tangled inspiration? Check out some of these most recent cards and videos featuring Neat & Tangled stamps, dies and stencils! Click on the photos to be taken to the corresponding blog posts.

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If you are interested in any of the products used in this post, I have them all linked below to Simon Says Stamp. Affiliate links used when possible.

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5 Responses

  1. WOW! Your cards are simply stunning!!! I love how you used stencils and colours!

  2. Lizzie says:

    Love these cards!!!

  3. Karen B. says:

    These are just gorgeous!

  4. pooja says:

    Awesome cards ,the technique looks very interesting !

  5. hobbitnoll says:

    Oh WOW!! These came out so COOL!!

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