Jun 1, 2015

Watercolor Wash

Today I am sharing a fun way to color cards, while keeping the design simple.  This design works best with open images used to make a casual card.   

Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp Sweet Fruits and Avery Elle Bonjour

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Funky Feathers

Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts
Supplies Needed:

Watercolor paper, cut and scored to make A2 card
Images (open images work best) and sentiment
Ranger Archival Black Ink (or other waterproof ink -- Memories Dye Black will work)
Watercolors (I used Tombow markers)
Paint brush
Paper Towel


Die cut machine (to flatten card)


1.  Cut watercolor paper to 8.5" x 4.25".  Score and fold in center.
2.  Place folded card in die cut machine, run through to flatten.
3.  Stamp sentiment first.  See the fruit card?  The original sentiment I used was tiny and looked odd.  I used a larger sentiment and stamped on black cardstock for contrast. 
4.  Stamp images in a random fashion surrounding the sentiment.
5.  Wash some watercolor paints over image.  Staying in lines discouraged!
6.  Add bling, etc. as desired. 
7.  Once dry, run folded card through die cut  machine again to re-flatten.



Dana said...

Fabulous cards!! Love the graphic feel! What brand of watercolor paper do you use?

Joan B said...

Thanks Dana. This is Arches cold pressed watercolor paper in a pad. I asked for watercolor paper for Christmas and this is what my husband picked out. We were at a Michael's in Texas at the time!! I love it.. but I'm using it up rapidly!

Chris said...

I love the carefreeness (that is a word, right?! tee hee) of these 3 cards. I am so trying that this week!!

Joan B said...

Thanks, Chris. It is meant to be carefree and happy. It wouldn't work for a sympathy card, but is a fun and easy way to use our many stamps!

Leslie Miller said...

I just love how this looks! I've been trying to make myself do something along these lines with the casual watercoloring, but can't seem to get there. You are encouraging with these very cool cards!

Dana said...

Joan, Thanks!! I'll have to see if my Michael's has it!!

Rachel Jolley said...

Love all 3 cards, looks super!

Heather T said...

This is such a great look. I like the pinks and oranges on the fruit especially but all three cards are sweet and fresh.

Karen Dunbrook said...

Love how these fun cards turned out....great job.

Michelle said...

Beautiful watercolor wash cards! And... a great tip re: watercolor paper!