Cardmaking, Essentials By Ellen

Create a Fabulously Fun Watercolor Card with Guest Artist Debby van Diepen

Today we’re thrilled to welcome guest artist, Debby van Diepen to the blog. Debby’s fabulous designs caught our eye on Instagram, and we think you’ll love her style as much as we do.

Debby created this gorgeous card – using the brand new Just Squidding stamps and coordinating dies – by watercoloring both the background and focal image. Using watercolor paper, she added layers of blues and greens, drying each layer in between applications. When she was happy with the result, she finished it off with dark blue splatter for added texture.

Tip from Debby:
When you plan to add a lot of water and layers of paint, use a panel of watercolor paper instead of painting directly on your card front. When your painted panel is completely dry, cover the back in foam tape for mounting. If your panel has warped as it’s dried, adhering it to your card front with foam tape will help flatten it.

Debby stamped the octopus and heart with a watercolor friendly ink – Versafine Onyx Black – adding a little pink to the blues to make them stand out from the background.

The final touch is a bold, black and white sentiment piece that really pops!

From Debby:
“Hope you enjoyed my card and hope it might have got you inspired to use this easy watercolor technique for your backgrounds. I find it very relaxing to play with watercolors this way.”

More eye candy from Debby using new Essentials by Ellen stamps and dies …

To see more of Debby’s wonderful designs, you can find her on instagram at @handmadebby


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