I’m obsessed with the watercolor trend that we’re seeing everywhere right now. It’s so soft and feminine and pretty. I have been dying to learn how to watercolor myself, but I’m pretty intimidated. I finally decided to just jump in head first, with a little bitty project. And guess what? It really wasn’t that scary or difficult.
Make these note cards to add to last minute gifts or as impromptu thank you cards. I made a bunch to keep on hand and in my desk drawer at work.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
1. Get Your Brush Wet
Dip in to some water with your brush and get it nice and wet. Then dive into your color cake of choice. I found that loading my brush up with lots of intense color was always a good starting point. Don’t be afraid of color! Add a little pool of water to your pan lid so you can dip in and dilute if necessary.
2. Get Your Paint On
I kept it simple and went for an ombré effect. Let’s not get too crazy, I’m still a beginner here! I faded from a kelly green into a bright yellow. On another note, see those messy edges? I love them. They’re art. Embrace the messiness people. This all dried within minutes… my kind of DIY! I did a few different color schemes.
3. Just Stamp It
Michaels has been killing it in the mini stamp game lately. They have all of the cutest mini stamps in the Perfect Pickups section at the front of the store by the registers. I decided to stamp with white ink because I wanted to create a faux resist look. Masking fluid would be the real way to achieve a nice resist with watercolor, but I’m just not quite ready to climb that mountain yet.
I think they came out pretty cute. I particularly love my little cactus friend and kitty cat card. Perfect for notes of encouragement or just to say hi!
Are you a watercolor novice? Any tips or tricks you’d like to share?
In just a few short days we will be making the trip to Re:Make, Brit + Co’s annual creativity festival in San Francisco! We are excited to meet thousands of DIYer’s and creative enthusiasts at the event. If you’re in the San Francisco area we would LOVE to meet YOU!
On Saturday, September 12, come by our Make Station to craft a hand-stamped tote bag, for free! We’ll have everything you need to create your own custom stamp to design your bag. Our friends at Brit+Co whipped up these fun totes to show you how it’s done!
If you can’t make it to the Re:Make Festival, you can pick up the supplies to make these totes at your local Michaels or order them online. Here’s what you’ll need:
For full instructions on how to create these designs, check out Brit + Co’s tutorial.
Don’t forget to RSVP for the festival day on 9/12. We’re looking forward to getting crafty with you!
Who doesn’t love to receive a handmade card in the mail. These quick and easy cards are sure to impress your friends and family. Gather your favorite supplies, Stamps, Distress Markers and Ink, Mirrored Stars, Word Keys, Linen Ribbon, Rub ons and sit down to create some beautiful but simple cards.
Stamp Blueprint images onto watercolor paper with Jet Black Archival Ink. Color the images with your favorite colors of Distress Markers.
Using a Detail Water Brush blend the colors out to create a watercolor effect. Trim the images to size. Ink the edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. Use a circular motion with light pressure and create a darkened edge around the images.
Cut a card base from Kraft-core cardstock. Score and fold in half. Cut a mat a little larger then the colored images. Cut a piece of Crowded Attic Paper Stash for the background of the card. Ink the edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool to create a darkened edge.
Adhere pieces to base card. Use foam tape to adhere images to card. Foam tape is a great way to add interest to your card.
Add Remnant Rubs “Life Quotes” as desired. Tie Linen Ribbon around card attaching the Word Key with a bow.
Easy as 1..2..3… and just think how happy someone will be to receive a beautiful handmade card. I call that happy mail!
- Tim Holtz