Doodling with Debby – Watercolored Spring Plaid

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Hi friends! Thanks for tuning into the latest edition of Doodling with Debby with Debby Hughes! Today she has made this adorable sheep card with a gorgeous handmade watercolored background with Gansai Tambi Kuretake watercolors. Be sure to watch the video and enjoy!

Doodling with Debby Watercolor Plaid

Hi it’s Debby here today with this month’s Doodling With Debby feature. After my recent blog post for the Hey Love Blog Hop where I watercolored a red and grey plaid I got a lot of requests to see a video. Credit must go to the fabulous Kristina Werner who kick started my love of watercolor plaid/tartan. As my previous plaid had been rich dark colors I thought I’d switch things up today with a pastel spring plaid.

Using the Gansai Tambi set I mixed up a dilute coral/pink and rich yellow. On a piece of watercolor card I started with a wide flat ended brush and painted a broad pastel pink stripe diagonally. Before starting the next stripe you either need to let the paint dry or dry it with a heat tool. If you don’t then one color will bleed in to the next. I followed up the with a narrower second stripe of the yellow. A good brush set with a couple of flat ended ones included is this Ranger set and at a really reasonable price for 7 brushes. I continued painting the stripes diagonally across the card and leaving the odd gap between stripes too. I then turned the card and painted stripes in the other direction, again drying between touching stripes. For a final accent I use the Moon Gold color in the Finetec set to add a few narrow champagne gold stripes.

I cut the completed watercolored plaid with a Stitched Rectangle and wrapped it with Lawn Fawn twine. I thought the plaid would make a great background when combined with the lamb from Melody’s Easter for a spring or new baby card. I stamped the lamb in Versafine Onyx Black ink and lightly watercolored with the Gansai Tambi paints before cutting out with the matching die. I also cut a Stitched Circle from watercolor card to mount the lamb on and prevent it getting lost in the busy background.
For the sentiment I used the I See You set and stamped the speech bubble outline in Versafine Onyx Black. I then stamped the ‘baaah’ word from Melody’s Easter three times using Rosie Cheeks and Melon inks which toned well with the plaid before die cutting the speech bubble with the matching die. All the elements are foam mounted on an Ivory card base and then accented with sequins from Little Things From Lucy’s Cards.

Watch the video:

Doodling with Debby Watercolor Plaid

Thanks so much for reading today, and thanks to Debby for being our guest!


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  1. This is a really, really pretty card Debby, it was awesome to watch you create the plaid. A wonderful video! Thanks so much for doing this!

  2. O wow, what a great card! That little lamb is so cute and your plaid background is just beautiful with the soft colours. Love it and the video is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This card is just adorable! I love the pastel plaid look and will have to try this myself. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Beautiful card Debbie, I love the background you created and the little sheep is so adorable! Thank you for the excellent video tutorial, I really enjoyed learning how you painted your plaid background, so now I am going to give it a try.

  5. An adorable card. I love the beautiful water colored background. You did a great job on it, I thought it was patterned paper. TFS.

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