Making Watercolor Cards
Fashioning your own greeting cards makes them special and unique. This guide is about making watercolor cards
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July 9, 20081 found this helpful
I create hand-cut and assembled watercolor notecards with matching envelopes. Each design is one of a kind and can be adapted to any color scheme or theme.
I use LuminArte Shimmers watercolor pots, a water pen, and fine point artist pens to create these cards. The best part is once the card has been sent, the recipient can frame the front of the card and have a personalized piece of artwork!
Approximate Time: 30min.
- heavy cardstock
- envelope template
- envelope glue
- LuminaArte Shimmers watercolor
- water pen
- Prisma Point pens
- opaque watercolors
- Determine how large of a card and envelope you wish to create. Utilize the many available online templates or templates available at local craft stores to make the cards and envelopes
- Sketch out and paint the design on the front of the card, the lower left hand corner of the envelope, and on the flap side of the envelope.
- Gift or send these special cards to a friend or loved one!
By Samantha from Atlanta, GA
Make a card using the naive art style. Use watercolor paint as the medium of choice and draw a simple cottage as the focal point. The beauty of naive art is that there is no right or wrong, the cottage can be anything that you fancy. The technique described here will help you make a card that will wow your friends with your artistic flair, and the recipient will surely cherish this card for many years.
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: one card
- 10.2 x 7.6 in light pink marbled cardstock
- 7.3 x 4.6 in pink embossed foil paper
- 7.6 x 5.1 in watercolor paper
- three one-inch wide cerise pink fabric flowers
- three self-adhesive 3mm pearl stickers
- Staedtler 12-color watercolor set
- Artline 750 laundry marker
- a 10/32" paint brush
- clear-drying gel glue (such as Bostik Clear Gel)
- box of matches
- Make a pencil drawing of the cottage on the watercolor paper.
- Add a horizon line.
- Use brown, light pink, and dark pink for the ground. Add salt to the painted areas while the paint is still wet, and drip spots of green watercolor paint over the salt.
- Use dark blue and light blue for the sky. Add salt to the painted areas while the paint is still wet, and drip spots of dark pink watercolor paint over the salt.
- Allow the paint and salt to dry thoroughly.
- Remove the salt by rubbing lightly over the paint with your finger.
- Use brown for the cottage's roof and yellow ochre for the walls.
- Use the laundry marker to draw the outlines of the cottage, as well as the horizon line, and add some detail to the roof. Tip: Broken lines create a more interesting end result.
- Use the laundry marker to color the door and window.
- Use brown to add shadows to the walls of the cottage, and blue for the roof.
- Draw the outline of a tree and birds in the sky, again using the laundry marker.
- Use green watercolor paint to add leaves to the tree.
- Use dark blue and brown to add shadows to the tree.
- Cut the completed picture into an uneven shape, and burn the edges of the paper with the matches.
- Score the light pink marbled cardstock in half to create a card sized 7.2" x 5.1".
- With the fold at the top, center and glue the pink embossed foil paper to the front of the card.
- Glue the watercolor picture in place.
- Add the three fabric flowers to the bottom right corner.
- Finish it off by adding a pearl sticker to the center of each flower.
Christine Weber0 found this helpful
December 21, 2005
These striking cards are surprisingly easy to make when you choose simple, bold images such as flowers to paint. Pasted onto card stock, they make an enchanting gift for a mother or beloved friend.