267 posts categorized "Watercolors"


Tue 25

Stencil Watercoloring
by Trina Pham

Hello there!  I’m back today with another hibiscus birthday card made with a stencil watercoloring technique.  Can you tell blue is my favorite color? 😉


The challenge with watercoloring through a stencil is the watercolors getting underneath the stencil.  To resolve that, all you need is this really affordable product we used when we were kids...

Yes, it’s Elmer’s Rubber Cement glue!  Not only will it help resist the seepage under the stencil, it will secure the stencil in place.  No tape required.

I started by die cutting a DIY stencil with the Hibiscus Collage dies from a piece of acetate.  Applied the glue to the entire back of the stencil.  Let it dry a few seconds then adhered it onto a mix media panel.


Used Zig markers and a waterbrush to watercolor.  It helps not to use too much water, but have a paper towel on hand if you do.  


Once watercoloring is complete, allow it to dry before removing the stencil.  Use an adhesive eraser or just your fingers to remove the glue residue from the stencil and your project.   


Added blue splatters and white heat embossed the sentiment from Birthday Blowout on black cardstock to finish.  And that’s it for today.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day. 




Mon 24

Rose Bouquet
by Anne Thompson

I have wanted to try the technique I used for today's card for the longest time, but I've been waiting for a really big floral stamp from Memory Box.  And Rose Bouquet is it!  It's about 5"x7"!


I started by stamping the Rose Bouquet on two pieces of 5"x7" off-white cardstock using VersaClair Nocturne (black) ink.  Here's a photo of the stamp from the ROSE BOUQUET CLEAR STAMP SET CL5241.

(It's in the center of an old Fiskars Stamp Press, one that's missing it's orange spongey feet.  That's the biggest acrylic "block" I have.)


I cut a 3.25" square from the center of one of the stamped images, then got out a bunch of Distress Inks and a waterbrush and started painting it.  I just picked up color from the inkpad directly onto the brush and then applied it to the paper being careful to not use too much water.  (I cleaned the brush between colors by painting the rest of the ink on the bristles onto scrap paper.)


I then attached this square to a piece of black cardstock and trimmed that to a narrow border around the image.  IMG_1282

I placed this on top of the other uncolored image and lined it up as best I could.

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I trimmed this larger piece to 5"X3.75" and added it to black cardstock that was 5.25"X4".  I then adhered that to a turquoise notecard.  This card could be oriented as a top-fold card as in the first photo or as a side-fold card as in this photo below.


 And because I couldn't do just one, I made another!  This time I left the first stamped image whole and painted most of it.

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I then trimmed it down to a smaller square, touched up any areas that needed more paint, mounted it on black cardstock, and added that to another uncolored image.  I then trimmed the larger assembled piece down, mounted it on black cardstock, and added that to a green notecard.

side-fold orientation


top-fold orientation


And just one more...

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I'm sure there are other techniques to achieve the same look.  It was really fun looking through blank notecards with the painted pieces in hand to find coordinating notecards.  I've also raided my scrap boxes and 6"x6" paper pads for pretty papers in coordinating colors for the inside panels.  

One could also stamp and paint other images from this stamp set on the inside of the notecard and the envelope and/or add one of the sweet sentiments!


I'm going to get a lot of use from this stamp set!  And it has coordinating dies, too!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sat 22

Ombré Watercolor Background
by Trina Pham

Hello there.  I have a CAS tropical birthday card to share today featuring an easy ombré watercolor background technique that I learned from this video


This technique requires two gradient colors of dye inks that are reactive with water.  For my card I used Chipped Sapphire and Salty Ocean distress inks.  Took a scrap piece of Mix Media paper from my stash, then blended Salty Ocean about halfway down followed with Chipped Sapphire about a quarter way down.


Next, a flat brush was wet with water then dragged down the length of the panel.  The brush should be wet, but not soaking or dripping.


I overworked my panel a little more than what was recommended in the video, but for what I was planning to do, it didn’t matter.


Before negative diecutting the panel with the Hibiscus Collage dies, Stick It adhesive was added to the back.  When diecutting was complete, it was adhered to regular white cardstock cut to the same size as the panel.  For some shimmer, spritz it with Sparkle spray (wasn’t able to capture it in the photo).  


To finish, heat embossed the sentiment from Birthday Blowout with white embossing powder on a strip of navy cardstock.  Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend!






Wed 12

Watercolor Vellum Daisies
by Trina Pham

Hello there.  I have a clean and simple birthday card to share today featuring watercoloring on vellum - vellum diecuts to be exact.  Vellum is a beautiful product, but if you’ve ever tried watercoloring it, you know how much it curls and warps.  However, this isn’t always a bad thing.  On my card, the curling added dimension.


A couple of key points for this technique: use heavy-weight vellum and use as little water as possible.  

The vellum daisies from Daisy Silhouette were watercolored with Zig markers and a water brush, then set aside to air dry.  Bristol paper was used for the remainder of the card.  The frame was die cut with the Rectangle Basics set.  The diamond pattern from Distressed Windham Collage was used to create the “trellis”.  The sentiment from Watching the World Bloom was white heat embossed on black cardstock.  


Assembled the card onto a white top folding card base and Crystal Glaze added to the centers finished off the card.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.







Sat 08

Folded Button Cards
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  This month, the challenge theme is "buttons."  I wanted to share with you two folded button cards along with the dimensions to recreate them.  Both cards used the new Rose Bouquet stamp set as well as some watercolor paint.

For the first card, I cut two pieces of paper:

Black 11" x 4 1/4"

White 5" x 4"

On the inside of the card, you can see that it was folded so that the black cardstock had a 1" flap.  Notice that the white cardstock of the front panel is slightly longer than the black carcstock on the front:


Once I colored the roses on the front, I centered it on the black panel so that the top, left side and bottom of the card to place it correctly.  Remember, the right hand side of the white panel will hang over the black.

Score the 11" long black cardstock at 4 3/4" and 10"

When you assemble the pieces of the card, glue two buttons on the front of the card so that one is on the white panel and one is on the black flap so that you can close the card with some twine.


For the second card, I made a faux envelope flap on the front that was held closed by a button.  Here is what the flap looks like when it is open:


It has just enough room to add a sentiment.

To make the front, I started with two pieces of watercolor paper that both measured 4" x 5 1/4." The first piece had all the stamping.  The second was scored and cut to make an envelope flap.  Here is how to create it:


Score the length of the card at the 3/4" mark.  Next, I marked the center of the card and drew a line from the edge of the flap to the center point to use as a guide in your paper cutter.  When you cut the triangle flap, adhere it to the watercolored piece by gluing the 3/4" strip to the back:


In this picture, I moved the paper slightly so that you could see where the flap is adhered.

I hope you are having a great weekend and are inspired to make some cards with various flips and folds.








Fri 07

Happy Thoughts
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have a simple watercolored card for you. 


To create this card I painted stripes across my card front and then spattered it with same blue paint.  Once this was dry, I used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.

Next I die cut the Picture Perfect Flower from watercolor paper and painted the flower and leaves.  I glued the die cuts to my card front once the paint was dry.  

I watercolored a strip of paper to match my flower, stamped and then white heat embossed my sentiment.  I used foam tape to adhere it to my card front.


To finish the card, I added some black rhinestones to the flower center and that's it!

I hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!



Thu 06

Watercolor an Embossed Daisy Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Adding watercolors behind the Daisy Flower Frame is quick and easy with an embossed background.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a timesaving coloring technique that will work for many other Memory Box dies too.

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Cut watercolor paper with the 4-¾" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die.  Pressure-emboss it with Daisy Flower Frame using the plates and mats recommended by the manufacturer of your machine.  Here's what I used for my Platinum - platform, die face-up, precut watercolor paper face-down, rubber embossing mat, purple embossing plate.

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Paint the embossed image with watercolors  - I  used Peerless Watercolors.  It'll look messy, but that doesn't matter because it will be covered.  Heat-set it.

 Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set - with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.

Diecut Daisy Flower Frame from smooth white cardstock.  Layer it over the embossed and watercolored background.  Add orange gem stickers.  Attach everything to a green A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.

It's a quick alternative to paper-piecing...and it's a very forgiving technique!

Join us for the SUMMER SPLASH class at Impress if you're in the area on Saturday June 8th.  Beachy scenes, origami fishes and lovable sea creatures create great summer cards for everyone you know.  

Thanks for visiting - see you soon!  








Sun 02

Sending Hugs with the Antique Corner Rose Label by Jean Okimoto


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Watercolored backgrounds highlight the delicate scribbles of  the Antique Corner Rose Label on a simple, caring card. The new Antique Corner Rose Label gets a fresh contemporary look in shades of peach, coral and yellow.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick design and some inspiration for June's Cute As a Button Challenge.  

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Cut Antique Corner Rose Label from textured white cardstock - leave the offcuts in the die.  The leaves and small scribble rosebud on the right will be paper-pieced later.  

Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors and airdry it.  Cut two of the smallest Scribble Roses Background.  Cut circles with the ½" and ¾" Circle Basics dies.  Paint the centers yellow.

Stamp "hugs" - from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set - on the smoother side of Coral Creme cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair. Dry the ink, then diecut the greeting with the center strip section of the die.

Attach the watercolored pieces behind the roses.  Attach the label outline to a side-folded gray A-2 card.  Attach the saved leaves and the small rose on the right.  Attach the greeting.  The two top leaves and the greeting will cover the portions of the rose that extend beyond the scribble outlines.

Tie two peach-colored buttons with dark yellow twine.  Glue the buttons to the with a strong liquid adhesive - like Tacky Glue.

Write a thoughtful note on the inside - and send your card to someone who could use a hug right now.

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 Hope you're loving the Garden Bouquet Collection as much as I am!  There are many, many ways to combine these great designs - improvise!

Thanks for visiting - enjoy the rest of your weekend...






Fri 17

Add a Scribble Rose Accent to the Rose Bouquet by Jean Okimoto


Congratulations to all of the Garden Bouquet Blog Blitz prizewinners - and thank you for your comments!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring the Scribble Rose Outline and Background - and the new Rose Bouquet Clear Stamp Set too.  Loving the cool,  contemporary Scribble designs!


Stamp the bouquet on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Nocturne VersaFine Clair and quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Brush loose, outside-the-lines layers of diluted Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills onto the image.  Skip the large rose in the center - it'll be covered  by Scribble Rose diecuts.  Dry the inks.

Trim it with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  

Stamp the greeting - also from the Rose Bouquet set - onto the smoother side of Snapdragon cardstock with Nocturne. 

Cut the large Scribble Rose Background from periwinkle cardstock.  Cut the large Scribble Rose Outline from black cardstock.


Several of the new flower dies from the Garden Bouquet Collection have tiny arrows (which remain on the offcut after cutting) to help align the coordinating dies.  

Cut a 4-¾" x ¾" strip of Sour Apple cardstock.

Assemble the card and add pale aqua gemstickers.

Christmas will arrive sooner than you think...why not get the Scribble Roses Background set now and be ready to diecut a wonky snowman in a few months!  Use the background dies with the Scribble Roses Outline for floral and garden cards this summer - then build a snowman for the holidays.


Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's ASIA NOW class at Impress!  We keep discovering that so many products from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs are perfect for Asian-themed cards.  Thanks too - Shari and LaVonne - for helping everyone shop and fill those baskets!  And thank you for the beautiful spring  flowers Elaine!

No classes for me this weekend - I'm prepping for the SEATTLE STYLE class on Monday, May 27th.  Join us if you have a holiday that day!

Thanks for visiting...






Sun 12

Creating Metallic Marbled Backgrounds
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I don't usually start with the close up shot of my card, but trying to get metallic paint to show up in a picture is really hard, and this picture showed the technique I want to discuss today the best.

Here is what the full card looks like.  You can't really see the metallic colors in the front shot:


I find making watercolor backgrounds to be very relaxing and a great way to show off my die cut images.  In particular, I like to pair them with solid dies so that the pattern of the die and the pattern of the paper don't interfere with each other.  Adding some metallic watercolor paint to the mix adds a bit of glitz and glamor to the finished project.

To make my background, I started with heavy 140lb watercolor paper and taped it to a heavy piece of cardboard using painter's tape:


Taping the paper down is a good idea because it won't curl as you add more and more paint to it.  I let the paper dry completely before removing the tape.

I used two kinds of paint to make my background:


The paint on the left is a 12 pack of Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor paint.  You can absolutely use any watercolor you like.  I particularly like this paint for this project because it is a thicker, more opaque watercolor that reminds me a bit of acrylic paint.  I used this paint set for the base of color.


I started by scribbling blue and black paints.  The first layer was quite unimpressive.  Don't worry, just keep adding goopy, wet paint on top:


Notice how it keeps getting darker and darker and darker and more blended.  I forgot to take a picture of this step, but I also added a few splotches of white watercolor paint that softened some of the black areas into lighter grey areas.  When you get the color that you want, and while the paint is still wet, switch to the other palette of watercolor paint.

I used the Fine Tec Metallic paints for the second part of the project. I absolutely love how shiny these paints are.  I bought them from Birch Press design, and you can find them here.  Birch Pres is having a weekend sale and if you use the code "CRAFT20 " by the end of Sunday, May 12th, you get 20% off your entire order.


Make the paint really wet and add splotches of color to your first layer of paint.  Also, drag the brush through the various colors so that it adds some metallic veining to your paper.  It is hard to see the metallic colors when the paper is when, but as it dries, you will see the metallic paint pop.  I used two different golds and some of the silver so that I had a variety of shimmery colors.  Here is a close up once again:


And when you add the white flowers:


Notice I added a layer of gold paper behind my watercolor paper to really make the metallic colors pop. 

My last piece of advice is to make a lot of backgrounds at once. I probably made about 15 backgrounds during my painting session.  If you take the time to get out water, brushes, and paint, you might as well make extras to have on hand.  Also, remember that if you have a background that you don't like, save it for diecutting later.  I promise that using pieces of your painted backgrounds will look incredible.

Would you like a chance to win the Daisy Silhouette dies? Just add a comment to this post by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, May 12th. One winner will be selected at random to win the new pair of floral dies. All winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, May 13th at 6pm EST. Good luck.  Don't forget today is the last day to enter all of the other contests as well.