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4 Tips to Add Elegance with Watercoloring!

Today Therese shares a beautiful card with tips and tricks to create Elegance in a watercolor card design!

Welcome back! It’s Therese here and ssh, don’t tell anyone, but I am sharing some of my secrets with you. It’s all about creating the look of elegance in a card and together we’ll get you there. Starting with

Tip #1
Choose a beautiful floral stamp and the Mondo Rhododendron Stamp Set is perfect, I’m sure you will agree.

Tip #2
Add elegance by White Heat Embossing the image.

BONUS TIP: Use Gold Embossing Powder instead to add some gorgeous metallic shine. Or why not create the ‘no-line’ look using Contour Ink?

Tip #3
Use a muted color palette. Think of all those beautiful tapestries and rugs in Europe… you can always search the internet to find inspiration for color combinations. Today I used Gansai Tambi Watercolors to color my image.

And Bristol Smooth Cardstock was a good choice as I knew that I would need cardstock that could tolerate water. But the great thing, it’s still a nice bright white and it’s smooth enough to stamp an image on.

PRO TIP: Heat embossing an image makes it easy to keep the color where I want it, but I do let the paint dry naturally as I don’t want to ‘re-heat’ the embossed image.

Tip #4
Keep the design simple. Today I have re-created a ‘Botanicals’ design, these beautiful old-fashioned sketched drawings have such an elegance to them.

PRO TIP: Watercolors can warp cardstock. Passing them through your die-cutting machine, after they are dry will help to flatten them out. I used the A2 Layers Die to cut this panel to fit my card.

Now, are ready for the elegance?

Therese Calvird - Ellen Hutson - Mondo Rhododendron - Elegant Watercolor (card) 1
Therese Calvird - Ellen Hutson - Mondo Rhododendron - Elegant Watercolor (card) 1
Therese Calvird - Ellen Hutson - Mondo Rhododendron - Elegant Watercolor (card) 1

I hope that you have been inspired to create an elegant watercolor card. And if you do, I’d love you to share them with me @lostinpaper and @ellenhutsonllc. We can’t wait to see what you make!

Supplies: Mondo Rhododendron Stamp Set / Gansai Tambi – No 10 White / No 31 Scarlett Red / N0 42 Bright Yellow / No 44 Light Brown / No 47 Dark Brown / No 57 Turquoise Green / No 54 Olive Green / No 53 Mid Green.

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  • Reply Linda BL August 29, 2022 at 6:39 am

    Absolutely beautiful Therese! Thanks for the step by step directions.

  • Reply June from Minnesota August 29, 2022 at 9:05 am

    LOVE the muted colors- and yes, it does remind me of “old” botanical sketches 🙂 Cannot wait until my Mondo Rhodo arrives and I can try my hand at water coloring on Bristol paper!

  • Reply Greta H August 29, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    Absolutely stunning card, Therese! You’ve inspired me to try again with a Mondo stamp I have. Think I may tend to use too much water as I don’t get the gorgeous color variation like your leaves show perfectly! The look of the bloom you got is amazing!

    • Reply lostinpaper September 4, 2022 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks so much Greta, I hope you have fun with it!

  • Reply loulouvt August 30, 2022 at 5:53 am

    Really lovely card!

    • Reply lostinpaper September 4, 2022 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks so very much!

  • Reply Michelle September 4, 2022 at 12:32 am

    Like everything you create…just gorgeous! Therese, can you tell me where to get the full range of Ellen Hutsen stamps in Australia, please?

    • Reply Ellen Hutson LLC September 12, 2022 at 2:39 pm

      Hi Michelle, we’re so glad you’re loving our Essentials by Ellen stamps! The full line of Essentials by Ellen clear stamps, dies, and hot foil stamps is available exclusively at, and we ship to Australia!

  • Reply Faraz Hussain September 6, 2022 at 12:34 am

    I really appreciate the kind of topics you post here. Thanks for sharing a piece of great information that is actually helpful. Taweez

  • Reply Lee September 11, 2022 at 3:59 pm

    Stunning Therese!

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