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Color Burst with Stencils

Color Bursts

Hi All!

I’m using my Color Burst powders again today with a stencil. You can view my other cards with the powders HERE and HERE.

I’ve previously had issues using stencils with this product because the powders work best with a lot of water, and the water kept getting under my stencil. This time, I decided to be much more diligent in making sure my stencil did not move and was secured tightly to my cardstock. I used Krylon Easy-Tack Spray Adhesive on my stencil and really pressed my stencil to the paper for quite a bit of time to make sure it was sticking everywhere. I’m not sure what I was doing wrong before – possibly not enough adhesive, not enough pressing down… it’s not perfect, but I was very happy with the results this go around. And the more I practiced, the better it looked.

I think this technique looks best when you have a delicate stencil with thin lines. Enjoy the video!


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Watercolor panel 4 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches 12.1 x 10.8 cm
Black strips 1/16 inch 3 mm
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


Color Burst Powders
Color Burst Powders
Altenew Medallion A Stencil
Altenew Medallion A Stencil
SSS Circle Sayings
SSS Circle Sayings
Easy Tack Spray
Easy Tack Spray
SSS Stitched Circles
SSS Stitched Circles
Shape 'n Tape, Black
Shape ‘n Tape, Black
Hero Hues Black
Hero Hues Black
Memento Luxe Love Letter Ink
Love Letter Ink
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on July 19th, 2017 at 1:11 pm


    Very pretty Darlene. Do you have any tips on how to wash the stencil after using the easy tack spray?

    • wrote on July 19th, 2017 at 10:31 pm


      Hi Jan. I just rinse my stencil on both sides to get all the color off. Then, I lay it sticky side up to air dry. I actually like having it sticky, so I just put it back into the packaging for next time.

  2. wrote on July 19th, 2017 at 2:49 pm


    How do you get the sticky spray adhesive off your stencil?

    • wrote on July 19th, 2017 at 10:32 pm


      I don’t, because it’s helpful for it to be sticky for next time. You could try some alcohol wipes if you really wanted it to be clean.

  3. wrote on July 19th, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Carol Mac

    I washed mine in soapy water and the tackiness is still there, but not too bad. They will stick to other stencils when stored, but will peel away very easily and I didn’t have to spray it again next time I used it. HTH 😎

  4. wrote on July 19th, 2017 at 4:08 pm


    I really liked the colours in this card. Very vibrant in some areas and quieter in others.
    The pop of black added nice balance and edge to the background and wasn’t overpowering
    Thank you for explaining about the stick down for the stencil as I’ve had a couple of bleeds under some I’ve done so I’ll see what’s available here that can do the job..
    thanks for the inspiration x

    • wrote on July 19th, 2017 at 8:45 pm


      You can get the same spray in Australia that Darlene used because I bought some on Ebay a few years ago!

  5. wrote on July 19th, 2017 at 4:09 pm


    I’ve used that Easy Tack on my more delicate stencils, even for just ink blending. With that, it really helps to keep little areas of the stencil from pulling up or getting snagged on the blending foam. Great product, imo! I don’t bother trying to get it off my stencils, though. I just stick each stencil to a piece of waxed paper and then store it in an 8×8″ scrapbook album. Btw, 8×8″ albums (post bound or D-ring, if you can find that) are a great size for storing stencils! I tried storing them stuck to regular paper, but over time they stuck a little TOO well, and I ended up with just torn paper bits all over the back of my stencil. 🙁 So waxed paper it is! Anyway, I REALLY love the bold look of your card, Darlene!!! The black strips help corral the color well, too. I never knew the Easy Tack would work so well with that much water. That could be great for regular watercolor, too, I would think. Thanks so much for sharing, & try and stay cool! 😎

    • wrote on July 19th, 2017 at 8:48 pm


      This is a great tip for us Andrea. Thanks!

  6. wrote on July 19th, 2017 at 8:51 pm


    The more I look at this card, the more I like it. I must admit that the colour combinetion was not my favourite initially but I can see its possibilities now. I’d never have used it but now I just might. Thanks for opening my eyes to this!

  7. wrote on July 19th, 2017 at 9:24 pm


    I was on the fence about getting the Color Burst, but you sold me on them! How fun is this card?!

  8. wrote on July 20th, 2017 at 8:21 pm


    Each of your posts is a learning experience and I always appreciate the tips. I have color burst, but never would have used it with a stencil because of the seepage. Thanks for sharing!

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