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. I truly enjoyed your demonstration of meeting this lamb card. What is the name of the thing that you use to line up things on your card I’d like to purchase that .

  2. I’m not usually a fan of plaids, but this background is so soft and pretty, how can I resist – I’m off to buy a wide brush! Thanks, Debbie, for another great card.

  3. I have gotten into loving plaids lately. So many possibilities with them. I love your sweet card. Really just so sweet. Thanks for the very informative video. I really have to try this.

  4. I really liked what you did with the watercolors, it’s facinating. I haven’t tried watercoloring yet.. I hope I’ll get to it someday. Great card :)

  5. I love the plaid papers so I’m happy to have
    instructions for making my own plaids.
    Your colors are so soft and pretty.
    The gold really pops.
    Fantastic card.
    thanks for sharing.

  6. Thank you for showing your technique! I loved your red and grey plaid and it took me three times to make my own plaid. I ended up using a ruler (and a tiny cutting paintbrush to smooth the edge if needed) to keep my shaky hand straight. This is a beautiful card and I can’t wait exploring more plaid colour palettes :)

  7. super cute card!! love the pastel soft colors used and that sheep is adorable! thanks for sharing the video tutorial, loved it!

  8. I was thinking about trying to make my own plaid water color. Thanks for the inspiration. I’m going to watch your video later to help guide me. Your card is too cute.

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