Good morning. I was wondering if the technique with the ice layers & color burst can be done with any other kind of stencil or does it need to be the ‘sticky’ Faber Castell kind?
Hi Karen. You can use regular stencils, but the water tends to get under the stencil. The amount that gets under will depend on how much water you use and how well your stencil is adhered to the cardstock (spray adhesive on the stencil will help). Because I tend to prefer a clean look, I wasn’t happy with the results I was getting. But, if you’re okay with a look that’s not perfect, then you would probably have fun experimenting.
You might try what I do with my more detailed stencils: spray some repositionable adhesive on the back. I think the one by Krylon is called Easy-Tack. I’d recommend spraying it outdoors, since it does have an odor, but once it’s dry/tacky, it doesn’t smell. That will stick the stencil firmly to your paper. Don’t stick your stencil down immediately, though, or it will probably bond permanently! Also, I found that storing the stencil by sticking it to a piece of paper is NOT a good idea. I’d recommend sticking it instead to either wax paper or acetate. I have tried the wax paper since having to rip multiple little bits of paper off one of my stencils, but may switch to acetate, since it doesn’t really stick to the wax paper at all, making it kind of hard to slide my stencils into the page protectors I keep them in. I don’t know if it would work with the Color Burst powders necessarily, but I would think it would give a “cleaner” look anyway. You might let the color dry on the paper before removing your stencil, though, if you decide to go that route, so it doesn’t smoosh under the stencil. Let us know if it works! 🙂
Thank you both so much. I like the idea of allowing it dry before removing the stencil. Brilliant! Would not have thought of that. I will most likely use the acetate as well to ‘hold’ my stencil. Thanks again ladies.