A Wash Of Watercolours Refreshing Card

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Once upon a time I used to paint pictures, in acrylic and watercolour, before scrapbooking took over my crafting life! Luckily I can still use the paints on my papercrafting projects. There’s something magical about mixing paint and water, ‘washing’ it over a piece of paper, and seeing it come to life…

A Wash of Watercolours Card:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

There are all kinds of different arty inks and paints you could use to make a background like this, but I just used my trusty watercolours – this palette is small enough that it tucks into my bureau so it’s always on hand:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

I used blue, green, and yellow to paint stripes across my white cardstock (American Crafts textured cardstock), making sure the paint was wet enough for the colours to mix into each other:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

Because it was normal cardstock, not watercolour paper, it dried very warped:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

But leaving it overnight pressed between some heavy books fixed that problem:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

I stamped the sentiment (from the Jillibean Soup Cold Avocado collection) using black ink, and then also added a kite (Pink Paislee Prairie Hill) using clear ink and Aqua American Crafts embossing powder. Then I pulled out these Prima Resist Canvas Stickers (Hello Pastel), which had been sitting unloved in my stash:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

I used the watercolours again to paint a few shapes:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

Then I added them to my card with a few gems:

A Wash Of Watercolour card by Jennifer Grace

I’m going to save this for when I think someone needs a breath of fresh air mailed to them!

Be Inspired:

Use watercolours, inks, or mists to create a watercolour wash background

Paint some embellishments

Make a project with a light and airy feel to it

Do you ever make backgrounds with a wash of paint like this? Does it seem magical to you too?!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!  {NOW CLOSED}

See you again at 1pm!

Jennifer x

  • Really like this technique, makes a beautiful card.

    June 7, 2014 at 12:33 pm
  • I’ve been trying out watercolours….I seem to really struggle with them and never get the effect i’m after. Your’s is an example of how it should look. A wonderful happy card…lovign the kite x

    June 7, 2014 at 1:26 pm
  • Annie

    This looks beautiful Jennifer – the embossed kite against the watery background and I love those canvas stickers, must see if I can get hold of some of them. Yes I do think it’s magical when you use paints and so on to create backgrounds – you never know quite what is going to happen and I just keep my fingers crossed for a happy accident! :o)

    June 7, 2014 at 2:44 pm
  • Patricia

    So pretty! Great choice of colors!

    June 7, 2014 at 3:23 pm
  • mandysea

    oh yes… watercolours are my favourite! love love what you have created…. what a wonderful seaside card!

    June 7, 2014 at 3:57 pm
  • Love how all the colours just melt in together.

    June 7, 2014 at 4:02 pm
  • Frances

    Yes I made a wash of colour with a glossy piece of paper the other day my Tim Holtz sponge tool and some ink. It turned out great. I will try using water colours too. Lovely card. I love the use of black.

    June 7, 2014 at 5:22 pm
  • I haven’t done a background with a wash of paint – it looks beautiful!

    June 7, 2014 at 5:45 pm
  • Lovely card and beautiful sentiment!

    June 7, 2014 at 6:48 pm
  • Sarah

    This is a lovely card Jennifer. Love the embossed blue kite on the watercoloured background! I must try this …. if i can remember where my watercolours are!

    June 7, 2014 at 7:58 pm
  • beautiful card. I too love to use watercolours in my projects

    June 7, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I love watercoloring! It is like solving a treasure hunt and finding the gold! Your card is gorgeous! TFS!

    June 7, 2014 at 8:20 pm
  • great card and a fab sentiment….those resist canvas stickers look great once painted

    June 7, 2014 at 8:38 pm
  • Beautiful card. I don’t use paints although I have some in my stash!

    June 7, 2014 at 8:49 pm
  • Your card will certainly brighten someone’s day, love how those canvas resist stickers turned out!

    June 7, 2014 at 10:13 pm
  • Jen

    Lovely! I’ve been wanting to break my watercolors out more and I really like what you did with your canvas embellishments.

    June 7, 2014 at 10:46 pm
  • Gemma Steele

    Very pretty card, love those stickers!

    June 7, 2014 at 10:48 pm
  • Soooo pretty! I love the colors!

    June 8, 2014 at 2:14 am
  • Love how simple but artsy this is.

    June 8, 2014 at 4:17 am
  • Lindsay

    I absolutely LOVE those resist stickers. They came out beautifully.

    June 8, 2014 at 8:41 am
  • Pretty, pretty, pretty

    June 8, 2014 at 2:11 pm
  • Sweet card very colorful

    June 8, 2014 at 2:21 pm
  • I really should try this watercolour thing that’s going on – you make it look so simple 🙂

    June 8, 2014 at 4:58 pm
  • Karen Schroeder

    I’ve never made a background like yours. Such a cool idea!

    June 8, 2014 at 7:41 pm
  • Watercolour backgrounds are so simple and effective….but you can’t be too impatient.

    June 8, 2014 at 8:58 pm
  • Very pretty – a delicate effect!

    June 9, 2014 at 10:42 am
  • This turned out brilliantly

    June 9, 2014 at 11:23 am
  • Janet

    I used to love water colors as a kid! I am now inspired to get some and try this! Thank you. Your card is beautiful ,

    June 9, 2014 at 1:14 pm
  • Heather Pham (Kimmeh)

    Everyone have been using watercolors in their projects now. It’s starting to make me wanna try too.

    June 9, 2014 at 10:46 pm

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