Happy Monday all! Today I tried out a new way (to me at least) to use die cuts with watercoloring. I used contact paper! This is such a fun way to use dies! I’ve always wanted to use diecuts as masks while watercoloring, but haven’t found a way to do it that was convenient. Until now! I came across some watercolor artists using contact paper and I was intrigued.
(Wondering what I used in this video? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).
I wasn’t sure what type of contact paper to purchase. But then I saw instagrammer Sarah Style watercoloring over contact paper she’d cut with her Silhouette Cameo electronic die cutting machine. It looked to work really well for her so I thought I would test out the contact paper she recommended with traditional metal dies. And it works! The dies cut the contact paper beautifully!
The contact paper is almost perfect. I wish it was just a tiny bit more tacky (to help any areas where watercolor can seep underneath intricate areas), but that’s my only complaint.
I did one test run before I started filming and used an intricate greeting die. There was no seeping of watercolor under the contact paper mask. However, I was also using a different watercolor paper. So the type of watercolor paper might affect how well the mask sticks. I’ll need to experiment more, I think. For the pre-filming test, I used Canson Montval watercolor paper. For the cards today, I used Arches cold press watercolor paper.
I used Paper Fashion watercolors for the cards, and a bunch of dies. I used four different dies for the masks: Thank You Heart, Stacked Diamonds, and Outline Floral Frame from Simon, and the Flower Cover die from Pink & Main.
As for the greetings on the cards, I diecut each greeting four times and adhered the layers together to create dimensional die cuts. I used four dies from Simon: Thinking Of You, Oh Hello There, Small Hello, and Big Thanks.
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you try out masking with contact paper! :)
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