Watercolors to Create Stunning Cards

Using Watercolors to Create Stunning Cards

You’re mistaken if you thought you could only use stamps, dies, and embossing folders to make beautiful cards! Have you ever thought of making a card with watercolors? They’re easy to use, even when you don’t usually paint! As a medium, they are very versatile and forgiving, so even if you’re a beginner, you can use them to make stunning designs for your card fronts. 

Are you ready to explore the wonderful world of watercolor? Whether you’re a new or an experienced crafter looking for unique techniques, these must-try watercolor techniques will give your next project a great personal touch. 

Today, we will discuss how to create stunning masterpieces with carefully shaded tones, rich contrasts, and vivid colors that you can use in cardmaking projects. With just a brush and the right supplies, you unleash your inner painter – even as a crafter! So grab your tools, and let’s dive into these incredible watercolor techniques!

What Are Watercolors and How Do You Make a Watercolor Card?

Watercolors are water-soluble pigments bound together by binders, such as gum Arabic. They come in a range of beautifully vibrant colors, which you can dilute and strengthen by simply adding less or more water. In other words, you use watercolors like any other paint medium, like acrylic or oil paint. However, with watercolors, you need water to activate the pigment and to be able to spread and blend easily. 

You can apply watercolors on paper, canvas, or other surfaces with paint brushes, sponges, or other tools. You can use them to create various effects, from delicate washes of color to bold, expressive brushstrokes. Some of the benefits of watercolors include their portability, as they are easy to clean up and come in various forms, such as tubes, pans, and liquid watercolors.

In cardmaking, you can use watercolors to add colors to your stamped images, die-cuts, and embossed designs. You could also use watercolors to paint a design on your card front itself. Regardless, to be able to do watercolor card techniques, you would need additional materials besides your regular cardstock for cardmaking. 

What Paper Is Used for Watercolor Cards?

Because of the weight of the water, you cannot use regular paper for watercolor techniques. Standard paper may tear, buckle, pill, and cause your watercolor artwork to look less desirable. This is why you must use watercolor paper when you want to learn how to paint with watercolors. Even when you want to make a watercolor card, you must use watercolor paper before attaching the design to your cardstock. 

Watercolor paper is a specially-designed paper for watercolor painting. Depending on the type of watercolor painting desired, most watercolor papers can be pretty thick and textured or super smooth, with surfaces ranging from hot press and cold press. The best type of watercolor paper for painting is usually 100% cotton, so make sure to look for that label to ensure beautiful results for your work. 

Moreover, watercolor paper also plays an essential role in preserving watercolor art. Its acid-free formulation helps prolong vibrancy and prevents your watercolor pigments from staining or fading. So if you are considering making a watercolor card, high-quality watercolor paper should be at the top of your list! 

Fun and Easy Watercolor Card Techniques for Your Projects

If you’re looking for a different cardmaking project to take on, watercolor cards may be just the thing! Whether you’re a watercolor artist or just starting, these simple and creative techniques are a great way to explore making watercolor cards with minimal effort. With just a few items, such as watercolor paint, paper, paintbrushes, and water, you can create beautiful canvases of cards. 

Use Watercolor to Color Your Stamped Images

You can use your watercolors to color your stamped images easily. Remember that you need to stamp your images with pigment ink when working with water-based mediums. Pigment-based ink will not run and bleed, unlike dye-based inks, so they are perfect for watercolor techniques.

To use watercolors with stamped images, you must learn simple watercoloring techniques, like wet on wet, blending, and glazing. These techniques would make coloring florals, patterns, backgrounds, and other designs fun and easy! 

If you want to get started on a simple watercolor card right now, using images with large coloring areas is best, like a flower with giant petals.

  1. First, make a card base with regular cardstock.
  2. Set your card base aside. Stamp your image with pigment ink on some watercolor paper.
  3. Next, start adding a light wash of water to color your stamped image. Start this with petals. 
  4. Then, do loose floral watercoloring by adding light pigments to the flower’s petals. Always remember to start with light colors because it would be harder for light colors to be seen when you add dark colors first. To get light pigments, use more water.
  5. You can play with highlights and shadows when coloring flowers by making the parts closest to the flower’s center darker.
  6. Layer colors by blending complementary colors and using darker shades to build depth. You can blend them using another clean brush loaded with water.
  7. Once the watercolor has dried, cut the watercolor paper and adhere it with foam tape to your card panel.

You can see this technique in Erum’s coloring video, so you can better grasp how watercolors work. Remember that this technique can also be applied to other designs as well, not just flowers!

Do Heat-Embossing to Level up Your Watercolor Cards

Another technique that will make your watercoloring easier is if you heat-emboss your stamped images before using watercolors. This way, the heat-embossed lines will act as a guide and prevent you from coloring outside the lines since they contain the pigment. Heat-embossing will resist your watercolors, creating a shiny, beautiful, and vibrant image. 

Use Salt to Create Textured Watercolor Backgrounds

Did you know you can make wow-worthy, textured background effects with watercolor and salt? All you have to do is make a color-wash background with watercolors and use salt readily available in your house. 

Whether it’s rock salt, sea salt, or table salt, adding salt to your watercolor image will cause the paint to bead up and form interesting patterns. The salt absorbs the water from the paint, which causes the pigments to clump together. This technique creates an effect similar to spattering or splattering with a brush but can also create unique and unpredictable patterns. 

To do this technique, simply follow these steps:

  1. On some watercolor paper, make a background using dark watercolors. You can blend different colors or create a solid one-color background.
  2. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle salt on the background in any pattern or way you like.
  3. Once the paint dries, you can gently scrape off any solid salt particles with a clean brush, and voila! You now have a beautiful watercolor background. Just add embellishments, sentiments, stickers, and other tools to finish off your design. 

Craft Exciting Designs With These Watercolor Ideas!

Now that you’ve learned some easy watercolor cardmaking techniques, why don’t you give it a try? Watercolors are a beautiful medium to work with and can really make your cards pop. If you want to explore more cardmaking tips and ideas, be sure to check out our other blog posts. We cover everything from simple cardmaking tools for beginners to more advanced cardmaking techniques. So dive in and get creative!

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