DIY Watercolored Post Cards!


Hi friends! Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is going well! Please join me in welcoming back the always awesome Kelly Rasmussen to our blog as a guest today! I’m excited to share this fun postcard idea Kelly had with you! Doesn’t everyone love happy mail? Kelly provides some fun and trendy ideas on how to make your own postcard(s)! Precision pens are awesome for addressing your postcard when you’re all done! Read on and enjoy!


Hello! I’m mixing things up a bit today and instead of a standard card, I’ve created a postcard! With a little planning you can create a completely flat card that requires no envelope and less postage. And think of all the people that will get to see it on the way to the recipient — it might unexpectedly brighten someones day!


I started out by taping a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of watercolor paper to a hard surface. Then I stamped the “hello” message from the Hero Arts Hello Spring by Lia set with black ink and clear heat embossed the image. Heat embossing is a great way to add some dimension and interest to a postcard without adding any bulk!


Next, I used Antique Linen Distress Ink to randomly stamp the hexagons and triangles from the Simon Says Stamp Perfect Shapes clear stamp set. This is my favorite ink for this technique because it is a very light shade of ink and it also reacts with water, so in the end you can hardly even see any lines left from the ink.

Then I added color to each shape using various colors of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush. I put a little color in each shape and then used the water brush to blend it out. I love these markers more and more each time I use them!


I searched online about the specifications for mailing a postcard to make sure I wasn’t putting text in areas where I shouldn’t be. And I even took it to my local post office and they said it would go through the mail just fine! You don’t have much room to write a message on a postcard, but when you just want to send a quick “hello” or “thinking of you” I think it’s a great option!


Thanks for reading today, and thanks again to Kelly for this fun postcard idea!


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  1. Kelly these are so fun. I always send postcards to my family when we are on vacations. These are not only beautiful but functional too! Love it and thanks

  2. What a great idea!! Postage is the same for postcards as it is for regular envelopes here in Canada, but I still LOVE the idea of creating a postcard. I had never thought of that!

    Your cards look super with their bright colours and cheery “Hello”. Well done!

    Small Bits of Paper

  3. This is such a cute and interesting idea! Although I’d be worried the artwork/card would get damaged, especially with the way some of the posties etc handle the mail!

  4. FABULOUS postcards and GREAT idea Kelly!!!
    LOVE your inky shapes … these markers are on my wishlist, feeling INSPIRED, so I think I will try your technique using goodies from my stash – THANK YOU for sharing :)

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