Wednesday, April 15, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Shery Creates a One Layer Mixed Media Card Using the Stencil Watermark Reverse Resist Technique

Hey, STAMPlorations friends! Here today to share with you a one layer mixed media card with a shabby chic/vintage look. I used a fun watermark reverse resist technique using a stencil/mask that coordinates with one of our stamp sets. Here's the card:

Here's how I put the card together:

I stamped the daisy in black archival ink.

Then I masked the daisy. I also masked the area I want to keep white for my sentiment. Next, I applied Versamark ink all over the floral mania stencil/mask. This stencil/mask coordinates with the Eclectic Florals stamp set. I placed the stencil mask on the card base, covered it with scrap paper and then brayered over it.

I applied magenta and turquoise PanPastels. (It's supposed to be turquoise but because I'd used a sponge I previously used for green PanPastels, the resulting color looked more like moss green.) You can see the areas where the watermark ink transferred are darker (the reverse resist). You can also use Perfect Pearls or Distress inks if you don't have PanPastel.

I added black PanPastel for shadow and to give the card a faux dimension.

Next, I stamped the flowers from the Eclectic Florals set in coffee archival ink.

I removed the masks then watercolored the daisy. 

Last, I finished the card by stamping the sentiment. I also drew a border using a Japanese watercolor brush pen and stamped some mixed media grunge elements in coffee archival ink to create faux texture.

Here's the finished card again:

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! See you in a couple of weeks :o)

Products Shery used in today's project:


Mixed Media Grunge (April/May 2015), Blossom Overture (February/March 2015), and Bloom Sketches (August/September 2014) are just three of the 5" by 7" sets we offer through the STAMPlorations stamp club. We've got lots of perks, including a free 4" by 6" stamp set sent every 3rd shipment (or immediately after signing up for the semi-annual subscription) and choice of 2 ARTplorations stencils ($10 value) in every stamp club package mailed out to subscribers! For more info and to join the club, click here.

Prize alert! Leave a comment in this post for an entry to our Spotlight Projects random drawing for April. We'll pick TWO (2) commenters to each win a $10 gift certificate or their choice of 1 ARTplorations stencil. We'll announce the winners on May 1!


  1. Great tutorial! Gotta try out out this technique!!!

  2. OMG Shery, just love it! Beautiful technique with so many elements and features so well, Thanks for sharing the steps!!!

  3. At first glance I thought you have popped the central panel and daisy on the card ! Awesome shadow effect and the bg technique is also very interesting ! Loved it !

  4. WOW Shery this is amazing - love your technique, and the illusion of dimension it gibes.

  5. Thanks for the tutorial. The dimension you created is really amazing for a one-layer card.

  6. I was going to say "what? a Layer?" But nope - you fooled me! :) That black for dimension is a great trick~

  7. Oh, you continue to amaze with these one layer wonders. This is so dimensional. Love it. Hugz

  8. Knocked me over with a feather...stunning work. Pops right out at you. Truly a one-layer wonder.

  9. Knocked me over with a feather...stunning work. Pops right out at you. Truly a one-layer wonder.

  10. It's beautiful! Thank you for showing the steps! I need all the help I can get with stencils and masking - it's all new to me!

  11. I'm fascinated by these 1 layer cards, this one does not look 1 layer at all! If I didn't see the pictures of how you made this I'd think it was several layers! Beautiful work!

  12. Gorgeous masking! Never fail to inspire..a must try! :)

  13. Wowzeeeeeeeeeeeeers... never thought this is a OLC...
    saw it and wondering Shery made more layering ????
    Can´t believe it.... the faux dimension looks such realistic !!!
    and the daisy is such bright in front... stunning !!!
    You are realy the Queen of OLC´s
    A big thanks for the making of....
    it helps me very much to understand how you made it
    CU hellerlittle

  14. Fabulous OLC looks so dimensional! Carol x

  15. Amazing! With lots of process going on and this is actually a one layer card! amazing Sherry! Thank you for sharing your brilliant mixed media card; my cup of coffee! Hugs xx

  16. This is beautiful, Shery! I was wondering if you sealed the Pan Pastels, and if so, what you used.

    1. Yes, I sealed the PanPastels -- I used Krylon Fixatif. I've also used
      regular spray net (Aqua Net) in the past and it works just as well. Thanks!!

  17. OH MY GOODNESS - So incredibly stunning - made my jaw drop at the beauty of this!!!


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