Sketched Beauties


May Flaum here today to share with you a technique that has me using more white paint, mist, and my stencils than ever before!

The process is super simple too – just lay down a stencil, cover it with a thick coating of white paint, and mist!


I prefer Dylusions sprays for this – but any color would do. You can use loads of colors or just one.


Once you are satisfied with the amount of color, lift off the stencil and let it dry!


You can, of course, then come back in and add more colors if you aren’t happy with the results but I suggest letting it dry fully first as the colors will change as the paint and mist dries.


I have used my painted and stenciled background to create this card.


My bird is stamped onto specialty stamping paper and then colored with my favorite watercolor set. When I finished, I blotted the bird dry to create the cool texture effect you see.

This technique is one I just can’t get enough of! Here is another example. This time I started with a pink inked tag then used yellow and orange lists on top.


Playing with color combinations is so much fun – and I love how well this works with this lovely new stencil of mine.


The texture, color, and ability to get all kinds of color mediums out to play has this technique at the top of my list these days! I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects and that you try using your stencils in this way on a project in the near future!


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  1. Gorgeous card and tag May ! I can’t wait to try this technique ! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. How beautiful is this not? I just love how May has used the stencils here and all the gorgeous colors on them. Soo beautiful results, she´s got here, I love it.

  3. Gorgeous tags May! I would love to see a video on your stencilling technique. Thanks for sharing :-)

  4. These cards/tags are beautiful! I really need to give this a try and thank you so much for sharing this technique!!

  5. I love stencils and hope to purchase some Dylusions ink soon! I will certainly try this technique. Thanks for sharing.

  6. These look amazing. Looks like a fun technique. I’ve just bought some new mists too. Would love to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Gorgeous – I love the texture created by the stencil! Love the bird stamps! The colours are beautiful too!

  8. May, you are an endless wealth of creativity! These are beautiful! Can’t wait to give this a try!

  9. This is so beautiful. When you say “paint” what kind are you talking about? Or is it embossing paste? I’d love to try this.

  10. WOW! The results using this technique are fabulous. I can’t wait to try this at home. :)

  11. Wowzers….your tags are amazing! I love how the stencil shows the color underneath. And, your bird ROCKs!

  12. Unbelievable results. I will give this a try, but you are so talented…I’ll just hope for an acceptable result!

  13. Oh how gorgeous is what you did with this technique! The tag and card are just so amazing! You have inspired me to get my sprays, stencils and paint out!! Thank you!

  14. GORGEOUS cards, May!! Love the colors, the stencil you used and those cute little sketchy Dina Wakely birdies! AWESOME!! Lots of inspiration with this card and tag duo!! Thanks for keeping us crafting!! XOXO-Shari

  15. Amazing technique, the result looks so beautiful! I’ll surely try it to my projects! Thank you for sharing! I really love both your projects, the stencil is wonderful and the birds look so perfect!

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