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. Love this card! The watercolor techniques are much appreciated–I love the painted plaid. The little lamb you painted was adorable! This card would be appropriated for many occasions. Thanks so much for sharing the techniques and inspiration!

  2. This is a very sweet card and stunning coloring ! And the advantage of such a card is that you can send it for plenty different occasions !!!!!

  3. It’s a dreary, rainy (at least not snowy) day here and this adorable card is a perfect reminder of spring! Love the plaid background and I always love to watch your techniques for painting! Thanks for the video!

  4. Love this! Seeing the spring colors is inspiring me to make some brighter cards. Maybe it’s time to pack up the winter stamps.

  5. DELIGHTFUL card Debby!
    THANK YOU for sharing your video, it was WONDERFUL to see you create it and learn all the clever tips along the way :)

  6. Oh Debby, I love your card, it’s adorable! Thank you so much for the great tutorial, the background is fabulous!

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