Watercolor Roses Birthday Card

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July 18, 2018

Watercolor Roses Birthday Card - finished card with pink glitter foam frameBring out the artist in you when you make this beautiful watercolor birthday card!


Total Time: 15 minutes, drying time excluded

Yield: one birthday card


  • A4 sheet of ordinary white printer paper
  • 8.2 x 5.4 in pink cardstock
  • 5.1 x 3.7 in cut from a pink glitter foam sheet
  • a few glass pebbles of different shapes and sizes
  • Staedtler 12-color watercolor set
  • broken white acrylic paint
  • uni-ball eye fine black pen
  • neon green felt-tip pen
  • Giotto décor opaque metal pens: blue and bronze
  • glue stick
  • quick-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)
  • thin paintbrush
  • standard scissors
  • pencil
  • ruler


  1. Score the 8.2" x 5.4" pink cardstock to create a card sized 5.4" x 4.1".
  2. Draw a 5" x 3.6" pencil frame on the paper. Use the paintbrush and the watercolor set to color the paper inside the frame. Use the two blue and the purple paints from the paint set, allowing the colors to interflow. While the paint is still wet, put the pebbles on the painted area and allow to dry.
  3. Watercolor Roses Birthday Card - paint with interflowing watercolors and place pebbles on the wet paper

  4. Once the paint has dried, remove the pebbles.
  5. Watercolor Roses Birthday Card - once the paper has dried remove the pebbles
  6. Dip your brush in water, and paint a round puddle of water on the colored background. Add pink, purple and orange paint to the puddle, allowing the colors to overflow. This will be the main rose. Add two oval shapes in the same way ~ these will be the rose buds. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  7. Watercolor Roses Birthday Card - make a large puddle of water on the paper and add colors
    Watercolor Roses Birthday Card - repeat process to create two smaller ovals for the buds, allow to dry thoroughly
  8. Use the black pen and draw wiggly lines on the round circle to add a rose. Draw the rose petals, and add a stem and leaves.
  9. Watercolor Roses Birthday Card - with the black pen draw the petals on the large rose
    Watercolor Roses Birthday Card - repeat on buds and add stem and leaves

  10. Use the neon green felt-tip pen to color the leaves.
  11. Watercolor Roses Birthday Card - color leaves with the felt tip pen
  12. Use the black pen to add some additional detail to the roses.
  13. Watercolor Roses Birthday Card - use the black pen to add dimensional detail to the roses
  14. Use the metal pens to add some detail to the background around the roses.
  15. Watercolor Roses Birthday Card - use the metal pens to add detail to the background
  16. Use the thin paintbrush and the broken white acrylic paint, and add some detail to the roses, as well as the last bit of detail to the background.
  17. Watercolor Roses Birthday Card - with thin paintbrush and white paint add more detail to the roses and background

  18. Cut out the completed design. Use the glue stick, and with the fold at the left, centre and glue the design to the front of the card. Tip: Add glue to all areas of the paper to glue it down completely, and to help stretch the paper again.
  19. Watercolor Roses Birthday Card - cut to fit the card and glue down securely to help stretch the paper
  20. Take the piece of pink glitter foam sheet and cut out the inside, leaving a space of 0.2" from the outer edges of this piece to make a "frame." Glue the frame to the card to complete.
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