Watercolor Wonderland!


Hi readers! Happy Tuesday to you! I’m pleased to welcome first time guest designer Justine Hovey to our blog today with some fabulous tips and tricks for gorgeous watercoloring! Read on!


Using a Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper on the smooth side, I stamped the Lattice Background stamp in Versamark ink and embossed it using Ranger White Fine embossing powder. I saturated the paper with clean water and added watercolor in diagonal stripes. I pulled the colours into each other to blend with each new colour added. I heat embossed the Thank You Sentiment from the Many Thanks Stamp from Simon Says Stamp in white on vellum and cut out a banner. I added a piece of yellow cardstock on the back so the sentiment didn’t get lost. I added yellow thread and glued it down using the 3D tape I used to attach the sentiment. I coloured some sequins using Copic Markers and attached them to the card. I mounted the watercolor cardstock using a strong liquid adhesive onto White Cardstock.


card 3 copy
I used the rough side of the Tim Holtz distress watercolor paper this time around. I began by using black embossing powder to heat emboss the thank you from the many Thanks Stamp from Simon Says Stamp. I then took water and saturated the paper around the sentiment. I then took my brush with lots of water on it and flicked out from the centre of the card. I picked up my watercolours and went over the water I previously spread out. They spread on their own and blended quite well. I went back in and added more final touches with water and color. I mounted this card also on a white base.


Card 4
This time I created a card that looks watercolored but it isn’t! I used Intense pencils to create this intense look on Kraft Cardstock. I white heat embossed this stamp from Clearly Besotted and coloured in the stamp using Inktense. Using the Tim Holtz Waterbrush, I went over the color to make it blend creating a more intense watercolour look!


For this card I taped down the Mini layered Butterflies Stencil from the Crafters Workshop using Washi tape. I dunked my brush in water and picked up the watercolor from my palette. I painted the stencil using red, yellow and orange watercolour paint. I removed the stencil and some spread underneath to create that extra special watercolour look. I finished off the card with the Thank you sentiment from the Many Thanks Set from Simon Says Stamp and a black card base.


Thanks for reading today and thanks so much to Justine for these watercolored beauties to inspire us!

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  1. These cards are magnificent! Each one Absolutely beautiful!! Gonna try out these techniques. TY for sharing!!

  2. Gorgeous cards! Each one is a bit different & each one is a beautiful look – thanks so much for sharing these with us!!

  3. GREAT cards! Love them all – especially the first one. I have GOT to get out my watercolors and just play! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. All these watercolor techniques in one post, love that! Your cards are so beautiful but different thanks so much for sharing. I’m looking for my paint brushes now.

  5. Fabulous tips and beautifully made cards. You make it very clear and not scary at all. I may have a go at trying these techniques. Thank you for sharing with us.

  6. Simple, clean and yet so absolutely beautiful! I love the techniques you have used on each card. Lots of white space bringing the eye right to the beautiful design on the card; not too busy, but yet absolutely stunning! Love it!

  7. These cards are just beautiful! Thanks so much for the clear instructions…I can hardly wait to go home and play with my watercolors…

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