The 1st thing I did after receiving my Clarity brushes was to view a YouTube Video Clarity Brushes Quick Stencil Cards by Understand Blue (Lydia) (4:32). Lydia's video was so very helpful.
I used Arches Hot Press Watercolor paper. I then taped my ARTplorations "Bubbles" stencil over my paper using my favorite 3M masking tape. I am using the 3 smallest brushes for the 3 color families, then all you do is wipe your brush across scratch paper before you change to the next color family.
Using Lydia's technique I loaded my brush with Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Scattered Straw and Fossilized Amber using a swiping across technique until I was happy with the look. Then did the same with Mowed Lawn using the same brush and overlapping the yellow and greens to blend. Next I used the 2nd brush using Broken China again over lapping the green and blue to blend. The brush gives a much softer look than blending tools, sponges and sponge daubers with no lines or marks. Very soft and pretty I think. For darker coloring blending tools are best I think to use over stencils.
I then took my stenciled layer and die cut my Memory Box "Vignette Floral Branch" Die. It is a pretty intricate die, so I used the inlaid technique of just placing the die cut image back into the stenciled layer (just like placing a puzzle piece), turned the layer over and scotch taped the entire back to hold the die in place.
Next I used 3M foam tape to pop the piece over a layer of SU Marina Mist CS creating a very thin colored frame. My only embellishments were tiny SU pearls in the center of each flower and a stamped and popped up sentiment from the retired SU "Kind and Caring Thoughts". I was so happy with my 1st Clarity Brushes project. Hope you like it too.