When I make watercolor cards with Stampin' Write markers, I just love the effect.
"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all."
The Awesomely Artistic card below has been finished with a feature circle, water coloured with the water colour pencils and an aqua painter from Stampin' Up! I love the subtle effect and shading I got using this technique, but there are more ways of watercolouring described on this page.
One year for Christmas I completed several cards with my City of David stamp set (now retired) from Stampin' Up! using the watercolouring technique and heat embossing, with some paint daubing thrown in for good measure. Instead of watercolouring paper, this time I used glossy white cardstock to stamp on and then finish tinting. Want to know how to get this result?
Here we go!
Here are the tools I used:
Here's what I did:
To finish this card:
I tore around the edges of the image and inked them with purple ink. Then I mounted the image (using double sided mounting tape) on some coordinating cardstock that I had previously cut out with deckle-edged scissors. I mounted this on a plain white card base and added some gold cord I had tied into a bow.
And there you have it. A watercolor card for Christmas.
Be sure to use this technique for other occasions too, of course, whenever you are making handmade greeting cards.
I have another watercolouring example for you now.
I love the Love You Lots stamp set so I made the hedgehogs image with it, using an Aqua Painter and Stampin' Write! markers to add a little depth and color. I started with Whisper White cardstock but try Glimmer Paper too, or the Watercolour paper itself all available from Stampin' Up!
The images were all stamped in Night of Navy and then the shadows were added with the same colour, watered down with the Aqua Painter. I made the background with the Fabulous Flora stamp set using Watercolour Wonder and Daffodil Delight on the blooms and Mint Macaron on the leaves. You can see I also added a flower image to the envelope.
I added clear Wink of Stella to the petals and in gold to the flower centres. Can you see how it pops here?
I also cut a triangular piece and decorated it with Fabulous Flora, to make a money pocket for the inside of the card, since this wedding was to be a wishing well wedding:
I did go over the flowers with my Stampin' Write! markers as the water colouring made them a little smudgier than I liked, and deepened the colours on the petals with the thick end of my markers.
Here is the card recipe. All current supplies may be available on my SusanSalutations Stampin' Up! store, should you wish to purchase some of the supplies I used:
Stampin Write! Markers: Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Watermelon Wonder, Night of Navy, Mint Macaron
Cardstock: Whisper White, Mint Macaron
Designer Series Paper: Affectionately Yours
Accessories and tools: Jewels Basic Rhinestones, Wink of Stella in clear and gold, Aqua Painter & water, Tombow glue, Double sided tape, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Blocks Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Stampin' Scrub, Stamp cleaning mist, grid paper, self healing craft mat
Stamp Sets: Love You Lots, Fabulous Flora, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Here are a couple more cards using this technique:
Do show me if you have a favourite watercolor card that you have made. I just love seeing your work!
Do you make greeting cards? Please do share it with me.
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