Watercolour Card - Step By Step Tutorial


Posted on 4th April 2017 by Angela Dodson
Filed under Card Making Ideas, All Papercraft Tutorials, Seasonal Crafts, Easter Craft Ideas

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Watercolour Card

Hello it’s Angela here to share the first of two watercolour cards I have made teaming Papermilldirect cardstock with a stamp set and Derwent watercolour pencils. 

The stamp set I am using is free with the current issue (April 2017) of Making Cards magazine and comprises of various plants, pots and sentiments, but you could of course use a different stamp if you prefer.  I’m really loving the PMD Lustre Print card, it die-cuts and embosses beautifully, no cracking or creasing, and those gorgeous colours and lustres are making it my ‘go-to’ card at the moment.

Step by Step:

1) Stamp a plant and a pot using black Archival ink onto Papermilldirect White Hemp card.

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2) Start to add colour to the image using the Derwent Water Colour Pencils directly onto the card, along the edges and where shadows may fall, (you don’t need to colour all the space).  I’m using Derwent Pencils #61 Copper Beech & #59 Golden Brown for the plant pot.  Leaves are #45 Mineral Green & #47 Grass Green.  The flowers are #23 Imperial Purple & #20 Crimson Lake.  I have also used #67 Ivory Black sparingly along with a little green for outline and shadow.

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3) Take a brush and wet it with water, use it to blend the watercolour to complete the colouring of the image.  Add more colour if you need to by using the brush to transfer a little colour from the tip of the pencil.  Clean brush between colour families. Leave image to dry.

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4) From Papermilldirect Lustre Print Silver ‘Tea Rose’, die cut the largest shape in the nesting bloom die set.  Die cut a circle approx. 8.5cm dia. From PMD Lustre Print Silver ‘Spring Green’ card.

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5) Emboss the Shaped bloom piece using a ‘swirls’ style embossing folder.  If you folder is smaller, simple position the folder so it covers complete petal shapes and then run through again to emboss the missing part.

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6) Cut out the stamped image using a circle die approx. 7.5cm dia. And mat onto the Spring Green coloured circle using d/s tape and a little glue.

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7) Create a card base by cutting 2 of the largest Nesting Bloom die shapes from Papermilldirect Plain White card.  Score 1 of the shapes approx. 1.5cm from what will be the top of your card.  With shaped card bases be sure to test that the card will stand evenly before deciding on your score line position.  Here I have ensure that 2 petals will stand equally at the bottom for a sturdy base.

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8) Attach the 2 white shaped card pieces together by applying adhesive above the score line and then line up the other piece directly on top before pressing down to secure.  Add the embossed ‘tea rose’ shaped to the card front using d/s tape and glue. Add stamped panel to centre of card front using 3D foam to give height.

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9) Stamp the ‘hello’ sentiment using Black Archival ink onto Lustre Print Silver Spring Green Card and again onto White hemp card.  Cut the words out as a strip and fishtail the right side ends.

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10) Shape ‘hello’ strips in your fingers, arrange position and then adhere to top right of stamped panel using glue to slip the strips into place.

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11) To finish add pale lilac and pale purple mini adhesive gems.

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I love to make shaped cards, even small cards such as this one give impact to showcase a little watercolour image. The water-colouring is very simple and easy to achieve good results using the Derwent watercolour pencils.  I will be sharing an even simpler watercolour colour technique next time, Angela x

Card Making Supplies:

White Hemp 255gsm – Papermilldirect

Lustre Print Silver Card – Tea Rose - Papermilldirect

Lustre Print Silver Card – Spring Green – Papermilldirect

Spring Stamp Set – Free with April 2017 issue of Making Cards Magazine

Derwent Watercolour Pencils – 12 set - Papermilldirect

Nesting Bloom die set – FEDIE163 - First Edition

Framelits Circles die set - #657551 – Sizzix

Swirls Embossing Folder – Cuttlebug – Provocraft

Black Archival Ink Pad

Small Adhesive Gems – pale lilac, pale purple

Adhesives: d/s tape, clear drying glue, 3D foam squares

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