Combining Acrylic & Watercolor Painting

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Hi readers! Happy Monday! I’m so happy to welcome back blog guest Jocelyn Olson to the blog today! If you haven’t perused her blog at Red Balloon Cards, be sure to stop by! Are you loving these stylish bright cards? Be sure to read on to learn how to recreate them for yourself! Enjoy!

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Hi everyone! I’m super happy to be on the Simon Says Stamp blog sharing a Paper Smooches project! We have snow on the ground where I live, but in hopes of Spring starting soon, I made a couple of cheery spring cards with a mix of Paper Smooches products.To start, I used a few techniques to make several backgrounds. I saw a post by Wilna Furstenburg using acrylic paints and watercolors together, and I thought I would try it.

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1. Using a flat brush, I painted the backgrounds with acrylic paint. I used acrylic paint to create a resist for the watercolor and to create texture.

2. After allowing the paint to dry, I did a watercolor wash in a contrasting color in the opposite corner.

3. Next, I watercolored around the acrylic paint with a similar color. I blotted the acrylic paint to wipe up the extra water.

4. Once the backgrounds were fully dry, I finished the backgrounds by splattering yellow spray mist.

Here are the results:

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I heat embossed the beautiful sentiment from the Paper Smooches Fun and Flirty set in Ranger Gold embossing powder. Next, I stamped and die-cut leaves and a flower from the Botanicals 3 stamps and dies. This set has a great variety of leaves! I finished the card with a Butterfly Duet die-cut. To adhere the vellum butterfly, I used vellum adhesive (a must have!). Here’s a close-up:

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For my next card, I went with the same stamps but a little different look:

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On this card, I scribbled a Lemon Gelato over the paint (under the sentiment). I used the same Fun and Flirty sentiment, but I die-cut the background using the Paper Smooches Bookplates die. I die-cut three more Bookplates to pop up the frame. In addition to the Botanicals 3 flowers, I added a smaller Roses vellum die-cut. I finished the card with the smaller butterfly from the Butterfly Duet.


Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Jocelyn for being our guest!


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  1. Very beautiful spring cards. I shall try this technique. I’ve had these left over acrylic paints and I have no idea what to use them for. Thank you for the inspiration.

  2. Oh these are gorgeous!
    Love the simple but
    beautiful way to use
    the watercoloring.
    Carla from Utah

  3. I’m always looking for new techniques with vellum. This is awesome. Also love how you went right over the bookplate with your design

  4. These colors definitely say Spring to me. Beautifully done and I am going to give this technique a try. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Beautiful backgrounds – would never have thought of putting acrylics and watercolor together !
    Love your colorful, springy cards !

  6. DELIGHTFUL cards Jocelyn!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing this EXCITING & BEAUTIFUL technique!!!
    I’m INSPIRED and added it to my techniques-to-try list, hoping to make some GORGEOUS backgrounds just like yours real soon :)

  7. These backgrounds look gorgeous and I’d love to try them out myself, unfortunately I will have to do an archeological type dig to find my table top under all of my craft stuff!! lol! Thanks for sharing these tips and techniques!

  8. I always wanted to try watercolor and acrylic together.
    Your cards look beautiful. Thank you for the inspiration.

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