YOU’VE GOTTA TRY THIS! Using contact paper for watercolor masking – Make a Card Monday #285

– [Kristina] Hi, everyone, Kristina here. Welcome to another Make
A Card Monday video. Today I’m actually gonna walk you through the creation of four different cards all using the same product. And this particular technique
I’m gonna be showing you today isn’t entirely new but I don’t know that I’ve seen it in the card-making area or I haven’t seen it demonstrated, or when I did I didn’t take note of it because this is all new to
me and it’s pretty cool. As you all know I love watercolor and I’ve always wanted to use
die cuts with watercoloring but the problem with
that is you have to have some sort of barrier when
you mask the die cut, and it has to withstand water. And so that’s always been
a really difficult area. So, I’ve used some methods in the past that involve irons and heat and things like that and it works but this way is even easier, and it’s all about contact paper. Shelf liner. This one in particular is actually one that they advertise to put over textbooks like to cover your textbook to protect it. And I remember being in high school and using paper like this, and it never occurred to me
to try it for watercolor. Now, when I was researching some of these watercolor artists have
been using contact paper for a long, long, long time to replace frisket
sheets which basically is exactly what this is. It’s very strong but still
low tack adhesive paper. It’s plastic that protects
the watercolor paper from any paint that’s put on top. When I Googled it I
found a couple blog posts with watercolor artists talking about how they used this method and it’s a whole lot more budget-friendly in comparison to that frisket paper. I think called it frisket film I think is what they called it. So, anyway, we’re gonna try
this with crafting today. I’m gonna do some watercoloring over these four different die cut designs. Got the Thank You Heart from Simon. I also have the Stacked
Diamonds from Simon. And the Outline Floral Frame. And then I’ve got this one which I’ve had in my stash for a
while but haven’t used it and this is the Flower Cover
Dies from Pink and Main. So, I’m gonna walk you
through die cutting all these and just so you know I’m gonna be using some Arches Watercolor Paper today. Going to make two five by seven cards and two A2 cards. All right, so contact
paper comes on a roll. So, before I do anything I’m gonna cut this down into
some more manageable sizes. Now, this roll I believe is five feet long so it’s really long, I
got it on Amazon for $9. No joke, it is so expensive and I’m just going to, let’s
see how I’m gonna do this. I’ll take one of the dies and I’m just gonna lay this over the top. And then I can use an X-Acto
Knife to cut this out. You could also just use scissors but this cuts fairly easy. So I’m not too concerned about cutting these out to be the right size. You could see how this could last you a really long time, right? Like I don’t anticipate myself running out of this anytime soon. If you were to do like really big sections on a watercolor painting maybe but I’m trying to go
with a few different dies so we can test it and see just how delicate these masks can be. Okay, for this one for the Thank You Heart I think I’m going to do the
outline one that’s the words and then that leaves me with this one, the Flower Cover Dies, and this one’s gonna fit
perfectly right there. All right, so now I can
just roll this back up and put it in my stash. All right, so I’m going to prep these. Now, the front like this is the part that’s gonna be facing up on your card. So when you put it in
your die cutting sandwich this is the direction it’s going to be. So I’m using my Gemini Junior, this was my test run earlier so I’ll just peel that up. (laughs) And because it is kinda rolled you’re probably gonna want
to tape it to the plate. So, I’m just using two
little pieces of tape just to hold it down. Then I’m gonna put my die
cut right over the top. And I’m also going to
use a tiny bit of tape just to hold the die in place ’cause this is pretty slick
and it can slide around. So, just to hold it right there. Put together my die cutting sandwich and then I’ll put this
through my Gemini Junior. (machine whirs) All right. Here you can see it cut it out completely. No issues. Do have a couple little
spots that are sticking but for the most part
that worked really well. I’m gonna use my X-Acto Knife just to finish that up. Most of these will just pop right out, in fact, I’m not that concerned because I can always peel
out just those sections after it’s applied to my watercolor paper. Okay, have discovered that
it’s a little bit faster if you poke it from the back because that gets both
the backing release paper and the actual contact paper. Okay, I have the piece
of watercolor paper here and it is cut larger than the
actual mask that I’ve cut, and I did that so that I
can trim it down later. So, gonna peel this backing off and it comes off super, super easy. And then I can just place this right down. Looks like I have one little triangle piece that I needed to move. But the rest I can just press
down with my fingertips. All right, so for very
detailed die cuts like this you do have to be careful make sure you grab all
of the negative areas. But for the most part, that is stuck down really, really well. Okay, see that. There we go, now you could see it. All right, so now I’m gonna go through and die cut the other ones as well and apply them to the watercolor paper. Okay, I have all of my die cut masks, they’re all applied to
the watercolor paper. I do wanna mention that this one right here,
you can see that design, the Outline Floral Frame from Simon, I can already tell it’s
warped when I put it on just because the contact paper while sturdy, like it doesn’t tear easy it also isn’t really stiff or holding its shape really
well like paper would. So, I am gonna probably have some warping. I’m hoping it’ll still be okay so that I can maybe just
trim off the outer edge, I just won’t have that clean white border but there’s that. And then also because
this was so intricate, both of these were so intricate, this one was too really thin lines. Because those were so intricate I decided to just do the plain heart because I sort of anticipate I’ll probably use the contact paper masking technique probably with really simple shapes like
if I’m masking off a circle to paint around it or
paint inside the circle. Or I might use it for greetings like I want the greeting to be in the middle of the watercolor. So, in that case it would be
intricate like these other ones but not as involved because
these are really large images. So, I’m gonna tape this to a board and I’ll get watercoloring. (uptempo electronic music) This isn’t completely dry but some of the contact
paper was starting to peel up so I removed it since it was mainly dry. And it looks like some of the watercolor seeped underneath a couple
of these little spots. But for the most part
I think it turned out really, really cool and I like how the little areas sort of
contained some of the paint so you’ve got some
darker spots throughout. I think it looks really, really cool. Let’s go ahead and finish
drying this with the heat tool. (whirs loudly) So, there is the first one. This one definitely isn’t dry but I am gonna peel up the contact paper to see how well everything was contained. I did wanna mention that when I did my test run I was able to use a heat
tool over the contact paper. However, when I did try
it on the Diamond die cut it started to peel up. So, probably just varies on
how delicate your die cut is. Okay, so I’m gonna grab
a little pokey tool here to grab this and peel the mask up. Okay, so the mask was pretty good. Have a few little areas where the color kinda seeped underneath. But for the most part
it worked pretty well. I think if I would have just run my finger over that
tip or over the edge of the entire heart
before I started painting I think I probably could
have prevented that. So, that might just be
like a user or a thing but for the most part I don’t
really mind how it looks because it’s very organic. Looks like I painted around that really carefully to get
a perfect heart shape but really I just painted
right over the top. These last two are definitely not dry but it doesn’t have any like pooling water so I think I could
probably peel up the masks without any issue. So I’m gonna peel this one up. Looks like some of that
might be under my tape here so I’m actually gonna
peel up this tape first. All right, now I can
peel this up in a way. There are definitely
some spots on this one where the watercolor
seeped underneath the edges but the design is still there. So I’m really impressed
for being so delicate, it worked really, really well. All right and then I’ll peel this one up. Have some spots underneath
on this one also. I really think whether it’s
going to do that or not for you probably just depends on how well you’ve stuck the contact paper mask down and how much watercolor you’re using. I did quite a lot going over this moving my brush back and forth so I had plenty of opportunity to lift up from the surface of the paper. So that’s probably where all
these little spots happened. Everything is super dry now, this is actually the next day, got a different shirt on. So, I’m going to cut these out using a couple different
die sets from Waffle Flower. I have the A7 Layers
and also the A2 Layers. I use these a lot. I’ve used them a lot
in the last little bit and I find them really, really convenient. So, especially for cases like this where yes, I know you could absolutely just put them in your trimmer but I want to die cut these specifically so I’m gonna go ahead and use the dies. The other thing that’s nice
about die cutting these after you painted them is that it really flattens
out the watercolor paper. Okay, so these are much
flatter than they were before and I’m gonna go ahead and
put these on card bases now, put a little foam tape behind them and then put them directly
onto white card bases. Merry Christmas, happy
new year, it is now 2020 because I have spent the last four and a half months putting together these layers of die cuts. I love how they turned out, however, it did take a really long time. Let me zoom in so you guys can see this. I did four layers of the die cuts. So, this one is the Simon
Says Stamp Thinking of You. So four layers of white card
stock all adhered together. It took 10 years I’m telling you. Worth it, I love this one. I think of all the cards
this is my favorite. This one is Big Thanks and it actually has a
shadow die that goes with it but I didn’t use it, I just did just the plain thanks, keeping it pretty simple. And then this one is, I think it’s just called Oh, Hello There. On this one, it’s called Oh, Hello There and I put it on a little bit of vellum just because the pattern is quite busy and I just needed a
little bit less contrast so that the greeting would stand out. So that’s the Oh, Hello There from Simon. And then this one is the Small Hello and I ended up turning this
card so that it was landscape just because there’s was
a little too much white with this pattern going on, and it was hard to read
the word over the top. So, I thought it would be best to have it in a more quiet area and it just seemed to look better to me having it on a landscape card. So, really unusual because it’s, I don’t think I’ve ever
seen this die design turned on its side like that. So, looks kinda interesting but there we go, just a cute hello card. So, here are all my cards today. My experiment with using contact paper as a watercolor mask. I think it turned out pretty well. I think I’m gonna use this whenever I really wanna
do some watercoloring over a die design, I can
use the contact paper. And I think it worked pretty well. Let me know in the comments
what you guys think if you wanna try this out. Hope you guys enjoyed. Just like I usually do, I’ve listed all the supplies I used today down on the video description including the type of
contact paper that I used. I can’t vouch for any
other type of contact paper if you’ll have the same results. This is just the one that I have, so, and I checked and they have
tons in stock over at Amazon. So, feel free, go get some contact paper. I think it’s really great. So, all the supplies
are listed down below. I’ll be back on Wednesday
with another card video. Until then, thank you so much for watching and check out the videos
at the end of this video. Check out the ones I’ve suggested and don’t forget to subscribe and hit the notification bell
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