Cardmaking, Die Cutting, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen, Stamping

6 Modern Watercolor Cards

Build your card stash with Lisa as she shares her tips and techniques for creating 6 modern watercolor cards that are easy to make in multiples and can be done in a flash!

Oh hey, buttercups! It’s Lisa here and I’ve got SIX cards to share with ya today! Yep, you read that right — SIX cards!

Here’s the story: it was pouring rain — a super rare event here where I live! — and I just had to sit down and play with some of the new goodies in the EH April release. There’s nothing better than listening to the rain and coloring away. So cozy! Who’s with me?

I started off by choosing a color palette — here are the colors that I used, with just 3 pigments:

  • Hansa yellow light — I call it HYL for short 🙂
  • Quinacridone rose, both full strength and with lotsa water to fade it down to a light pink. Note: HYL and quinacridone rose are both in the Daniel Smith Essentials set, but I’ve listed ’em separately for ya too.
  • Phthalo green (blue shade) again with lotsa water to make MINT, and then with some hansa yellow light mixed in to make a lime green. Note that a little bit of phthalo green goes a looooooong way!
  • HYL mixed with quin rose to make orange.

That’s it for the palette!

Then I trimmed some watercolor paper to 4.25 x 5.5″ and splashed on the color, working on multiple panels at the same time. Love doing this, it’s so relaxing.

Pro tip: use a BIG brush so you’re not tempted to fuss over the details.

Then I challenged myself to use up allllllll that paper and make cards — here’s what I came up with, so far! I still have some scraps left 🙂

I kept these cards on the clean and simple side to really let the watercoloring shine. They’re pretty easy to figure out, but I thought I’d walk ya through some of the little details that help make them special.

#1: A Paper Hug

I just love how this first card turned out! I made a window with one of the new Essential Hexagons and and then saved the frame — more on that later…

Next I die cut the “hello” from the new Mondo Hello set 3 times for some added dimension, then just adhered them together.

I think that lil paper airplane from Love Notes just makes the card! OH and those clay sprinkles — can’t get enough of ’em! I sprinkled some on all of these cards — so fun!

Sharp eyed readers may notice that I took my trusty craft knife to that washi tape to make it a little narrower — it’s a great way to get more from your supplies.

#2: Hey, Buttercups!

This next card is super simple! I just cut a frame using the largest Essential Rectangle frame and the “hey” from some of the painted backgrounds, then popped ’em on a gray card base.

What is it about gray that makes things look so fresh and modern?

I left the buttercup uncolored to really keep it clean and simple and keep the focus on the watercolored bits.

And there’s those clay sprinkles again!

#3: Just a Note to Say HI!

Those saved hexagon frames came out to play in this next card!

Told ya, don’t throw ’em away!

And how about the Mondo “hi” cut out of gold glitter paper? LOVE!

The Essential Rectangles added that perfect frame, too.

#4: It’s All About the Sprinkles!

Full disclosure — I didn’t like how the watercoloring on this piece of paper turned out:

The orange got a little weak and the rose was kinda blobby. So I just chopped it up with the hexagon die and covered it up with stamped images and hey presto!

Love how the clay sprinkles go with that sentiment, and how the sentiment fits perfectly along the hexagon! YES!

I trimmed the washi tape again for this one too. BTW, the easiest way I’ve found to do this is to stick the tape to my cutting mat and then use a craft knife and a ruler to cut it. The tape will peel right off the mat and I can add it to my card.

#5: Hey, Love You!

It’s been a while since I made a shaped card, but I couldn’t resist making one with a hexagon!

I gave this card to the husband — he loved it!

And I love how the “i heart you” from Love Notes fits perfectly under the “hey” — it’s like it was meant to be!

#6: Thanks for Making My Day

Last but not least, I had an idea to make a splashy card with the new Mondo Tulip set and had to give it a try.

I heat embossed the tulips with brass powder, then splashed on the watercolor. While things were still wet I splattered my paper with more color so that they’d blend together.

Then I added a decorative detail to the card base with the Essential Rectangles for Stitching — and that was that!

Which is your favorite? I’d love to hear!


Thanks so much for joining me today! Hope I’ve inspired you to get out your paints and splash on color! xo — Lisa

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  • Reply maria f. May 19, 2021 at 10:06 am

    HEY! Love ’em.

  • Reply Vikki H May 19, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Like ’em a lot! especially the scrappy hexagon frames and that tulip card!

  • Reply Barbara-Jean Kubik May 19, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    Wonderful cards!

  • Reply barbara lassiter June 1, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Hey! They’re all pretty neat. Love the hexagon shaped card the best. There’s just something about it!

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