Summer Fun In the Sun DIY Watercolor Single Layer Scene

Hi friends! Happy Sunday! If you’re in the USA, Happy Father’s Day to all you Dad’s out there! Be sure to give your Dad a hug or at least a call and tell him he’s loved! Please welcome back special guest Debby Hughes with her monthly Creative Uses post. I always love to see what she cooks up! Be sure to watch the video for the full tutorial, and enjoy!

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Hello, Debby here. I was inspired by one of Suzy Plantamura’s watercolor card fronts for today’s post.

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The fun ‘I want to hang out with you’ clothes line design on the bottom row just got me thinking about all the stamp sets I have with clothes, such as the new Summertime Animals set with the cute bear in his swim trunks. Well that got me thinking to how when we come back from the beach we wash and rinse everything down and hang them to dry ready for the next day. In the video below you can see how I stripped the bear of his trunks with a little partial stamping and turned a sentiment from the Summertime Animals set into a beach towel!

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As I wanted to create a true one-layer card I found it helpful to plan the layout using printer paper first. I wanted to block out a couple of areas for clouds and a sun and so started the card by masking these areas with a Molotow masking pen. This protected those areas from the paints and allowed me come in later to paint the sun without having to worry about the sky background. While the masking fluid was drying I could then start on the rest of the design. I masked off an area for the towel before stamping the palm trees from Warm Christmas Wishes then used a waterproof pen and the A2 Card Curved Edge die to draw a washing line.

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The flip-flops from Flip Flop Season were an easy addition to add, as was the beach ball from the Warm Christmas Wishes set. The only slightly tricky bit really was partially stamping the bears trunks and I used washi tape to cover up the areas I didn’t want ink; it is probably better if you watch the video to see how that is done. As for the towel, I drew the outline with the waterproof pen and then stamped a sentiment from Summertime Animals with Teeny Bikini ink. For once I liked the texture that stamping on watercolor card gave the letters as to me they have more of a look of a fluffy towel :D Once I’d got the design sorted it was simply a case of adding a little color and for this I used Gansai Tambi watercolors and then came in afterwards with some Prismacolor Pencils for extra depth and contrast.

Thanks for joining me today and I hope you give this washing line design a try; I’m sure most of us have stamp sets that would work :D

Watch the video:


Thanks for reading today, and a BIG thanks to Debby for being our guest!


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  1. Debby makes such great videos – really good instruction and it is a joy to watch her create a card, whatever she is using, watercolour or copics, or pencils. I love her work :)

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