World Card Making Day | Watercolor Thank You Card

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For many, today is about getting started on their Christmas greetings for the year. But it can also be a great chance to restock our stash of the cards we need throughout the year. Perhaps one of the most useful cards to have on hand is a thank you card!

Wondering where to start as you sit down to make cards today? This card was inspired by this pin by Jennifer McGuire. The concept is the same but I changed the design and used a totally different technique to achieve it. Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration for cards – I have boards for Cards, Christmas Cards, and Single Layer Cards.

Watercolor Thank You CardSupplies:

When looking at designs for inspiration, don’t get caught up in whether you have the exact tools or products. Instead, try to consider the overall look and what you might have in your tool box (and skill set) that produces the same effect. Jennifer used a die cut on her card but I did my card using a watercolor resist technique.

I heat embossed the flower image with white embossing powder and then colored around it with the watercolor crayons. After I painted the card with water to dilute the crayon medium and soften it, I wiped the color any stray color off of the white image. Watercolor resist is simple, a lot of fun, and provides beautiful results that are slightly different every time. This gives a custom handmade look to each piece if you are making repeats of a design.

Watercolor Thank You CardThe white image looks just like a ghost – except when the card is tilted just right in the light. Then, as you can see above, the white image is reflective.

This design would also be excellent for a sympathy card with a different sentiment stamp and perhaps a slightly different tone of watercolors.

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12 Responses to World Card Making Day | Watercolor Thank You Card

  1. gabmcann October 4, 2014 at 5:50 am #

    So so pretty

  2. kathyinmnKathyinMN October 4, 2014 at 7:20 am #

    I gasped when I saw the card. Then I gasped again because I have that darn thank you stamp set. LOL Great card and technique….time to bust out those watercolor pencils I bought a while back.

  3. Marilyln October 4, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    Thank you Nancy, I am now following you on Pinterest!

  4. michelle October 4, 2014 at 9:14 am #

    Beautiful card. You’re so talented. Michelle t

    • Nancy Nally October 4, 2014 at 11:03 am #

      This is surprisingly easy with the right tools! Give it a try, Michelle! 🙂

  5. mjmarmo October 4, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    So pretty! Simple and elegant!!

  6. mobrien207 October 4, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    I can think of multiple uses for this technique, but I have one question. Did you color first and then blend with water or wet the paper before coloring? I’ll be using pencils, distress inks or regular water colors to try this out, so it’s be helpful to know. Thanks.

    • Nancy Nally October 4, 2014 at 11:02 am #

      Great question! I colored on dry paper, scribbling like a 3 year old with Crayolas. 🙂 The goal is to just get pigment on the paper. Then I used a small wet paintbrush to liquify the color and spread it around to where I wanted – like doing paint by numbers when you were a kid.

      You can wet the paper before you color with the crayons but you’ll get a much darker, heavier effect if you do that with the crayons. With the other mediums you mentioned, the wet paper can help lighten it though, by diluting the color as it is put down.

  7. Ruth G October 4, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    A very soft and lovely card! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Marianne B in AZ October 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    Beautiful card! I love watercolor and you do it very well!

  9. Mary in IL October 4, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    Thanks for this great idea Nancy.

  10. Julie Pike October 5, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    I love the soft watercolours in this card….. beautiful!

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