Using Watercolours On A Card

One of the trends right now for digital and paper crafting is the soft, artsy look of watercolours.  I have been experimenting with my own watercolour designs and developing them into digital brushes for Photoshop.  When working with digital watercolour brushes there is so much versatility in colour, size, and blending of each brush.  And my favourite advantage is the ability to undo (CTRL/CMD + Z)!

Me & You - Birdwing Paper Designs

As much as I love creating in the digital land, there is nothing more restorative than painting on real paper with a brush.  So when I was thinking about what kind of card to make this month, I had to incorporate watercolours.

A few weeks ago I bought the Aqua Painters from Stampin’ Up and have been playing around with the brushes to see how they compared to a regular watercolour brush.  I usually use my kids’ paint brushes, so compared to those the Aqua Painters were awesome!  I was even able to create some word art which then became the inspiration for the card.

Using Watercolours on a Card - Birdwing Paper Designs

Here are all the supplies used to make the card:

Using Watercolours on a Card - Birdwing Paper Designs

I wanted to be able to use this card for multiple occasions, so a stamp was added to the painted word to form “celebrate the love”.  Now it can be used for an anniversary, wedding, or Valentine’s Day card.

The sentiment was then cut out and adhered to a chipboard speech bubble.

Using Watercolours on a Card - Birdwing Paper Designs

The Aqua Painters came in a pack of two with a medium brush (used above to create the word “love”) and a larger brush that was used to wash colour over a textured background.  (The background texture was made by passing watercolour paper through the Big Shot with an embossing folder.)

Using Watercolours on a Card - Birdwing Paper Designs

The textured background was popped on white card stock, a few embellishments and sentiment were added…

Using Watercolours on a Card - Birdwing Paper Designs

…and the the end result is a one of a kind watercolour painted card.

How do you incorporate watercolours into your projects?





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