Cards, Father's Day, Holidays 2021, Masculine, Watercolor

Watercolor Father’s Day Shape Card

Hi friends. I’m back with a very easy watercolor card for Father’s Day, using the Honey Bee Stamps Big Pickup Tailgate Stampset. If you are not a great watercolorist and have trouble coloring within the lines (like me), this technique will save you tons of aggravation. It also uses minimal supplies.

I started by stamping the truck image from Honey Bee Stamps Big Pickup Tailgate Stampset with Versamark Ink onto Canson XL Series Watercolor Pad. Then added Gold Embossing Powder over it and heat set it. I also stamped the sentiment on the license plate and “Happy Father’s Day” from the Lawn Fawn HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Stampset and heat set them with the same embossing powder.

I used my Kuretake GANSAI TAMBI Watercolor Set to color the image. I love these watercolors. theya re very pigmented and produce beautiful colors. But you can easily use dye inks to watercolor as well. Once dry, I diecut the truck with the coordinating dies. I also cut another truck from the Canson XL Series Watercolor Pad for the back of the car as well as a strip measuring 1″ wide x 3/4″ long and scored it at 1/2″. I adhered the strip to the back and front panels of the card to create the card base.

I left the inside of the card blank.


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Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to give this easy watercolor card a try for yourself. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Cards, Easter, Easter, Spring, Spring, Watercolor

3 Watercolor Easter Cards Featuring Simon Says Stamp’s Suzy’s Easter Pals Watercolor Prints

Hi friends. Here are a few more cute Easter cards using the Simon Says Stamp’s Suzy’s Easter Pals Watercolor Prints and Simon Says Stamp EASTER WISHES Sentiment Strips.

For all these cards, I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create the card bases. I colored the watercolor panels with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor and Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors.

For the first card, I cut down the watercolor panel to 4 x 5-1/4″ and adhered it to the card base. I cut down a sentiment strip from the Simon Says Stamp EASTER WISHES Sentiment Strips and added it to a piece of Simon Says Stamp 8.5 x 11″ Black Cardstock, measuring 5/8 x 4″.

I finished it off by adding Nuvo Drops in Dandelion Yellow and some highlights with a White Gel Pen.

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For the second card, I cut down the watercolor panel to 4 x 5-1/4″ and a piece of Lawn Fawn 6 x 6 Perfectly Plaid Paper (no longer available) to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″and adhered them to the card base. I cut down a sentiment strip from the Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips Reverse Easter Wishes and added using 3M Foam Tape.

I finished it off by adding Nuvo Drops in Dandelion Yellow and Ebony Black as well as some highlights with a White Gel Pen.

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For the third card, I fussycut image and a piece of Lawn Fawn 6 x 6 Perfectly Plaid Paper (no longer available) toto 4 x 5-1/4″ and adhered them to the card base. I cut down a sentiment strip from the Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips Reverse Easter Wishes and added using 3M Foam Tape.

I finished it off by adding Nuvo Drops in Dandelion Yellow and some highlights with a White Gel Pen.

I left the inside of the cards blank.

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Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to make some watercolor Easter cards yourself! If you want to share you creations with me tag me on instagram @kittieslovecrafting. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Cards, Easter, Easter, Slimline, Spring, Watercolor

Slimline Watercolor Easter Card Using Simon Says Stamp’s Suzy’s Easter Pals Watercolor Prints

Hi friends. The Easter bunny arrives soon and so it’s time for some cute Easter cards! I used the Simon Says Stamp’s Suzy’s Easter Pals Watercolor Prints and Simon Says Stamp EASTER WISHES Sentiment Strips to create this slimline card. These pre-printed cards are fun to watercolor and make quick cards — just add some pattern paper and embellishments and you’re done!

For this card, I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock to 7 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 3-1/2″ to create the card base. I also cut a piece of Lawn Fawn 6 x 6 Perfectly Plaid Paper (no longer available) to 3-1/4 x 8-1/4″ and a piece of Simon Says Stamp GREEN APPLE 8-1/2 x 11″ Card Stock to 1-3/4 x 8-1/4″ which I diecut with Lawn Fawn Grassy Border Lawn Cuts Dies for the grass and adhered them to the card. I used 3M Foam Tape to adhere the grass border.

I colored the Easter Egg Watercolor panel with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor and Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors and fussycut out all the images and adhered them to the card, using 3M Foam Tape for some. I added a sentiment strip from the Simon Says Stamp EASTER WISHES Sentiment Strips.

I finished it off by adding Nuvo Drops in Dandelion Yellow, Bottle Green and Violet Galaxy and some highlights with a White Gel Pen.

On the inside of the card I kept it simple and added a piece of Lawn Fawn 6 x 6 Perfectly Plaid Paper, cut to 10/16 x 8-1/4″ and added a sentiment strip from the Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips Reverse Easter Wishes.

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Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to make some watercolor Easter cards yourself! If you want to share you creations with me tag me on instagram @kittieslovecrafting. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Birthdays, Cards, Celebrations, Masculine, Watercolor

Creating Feminine and Masculine Watercolor Cards Using One Stampset

Hi friends. I’m back with some more cute cards using the Honey Bee Stamps Big Pickup Cab Stampset. Do you have stampsets that you think won’t work for both feminine and masculine cards?!? Try changing the color. It worked great for these birthday cards.

I started by stamping the truck image from Honey Bee Stamps Big Pickup Cab Stampset with Catherine Pooler Designs Midnight Ink onto Canson XL Series Watercolor Pad. Then added Clear Embossing Powder over it and heat set it. Next I used Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Ink and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink for the truck, Mustard Seed Distress Ink for the headlights, Pumice Stone and Black Soot Distress Inks for the tires and metal items, and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink for the windshield.

Once dry, I stamped the sentiment on the hood with Catherine Pooler Designs Midnight Ink and diecut the truck with the coordinating dies. I also cut another truck from the Canson XL Series Watercolor Pad for the back of the car as well as a strip measuring 1″ wide x 3/4″ long and scored it at 1/2″. I adhered the strip to the back and front panels of the card to create the card base.


For the second card, I followed the same procedure except I used Catherine Pooler Designs Suede Shoes and Eucalyptus Inks for the truck, Catherine Pooler Designs Chiffon Ink for the headlights, Stampin’ Up! Smoky Slate and Catherine Pooler Designs Black Jack Ink for the tires and metal items, and Catherine Pooler Designs Hot Tub Ink for the windshield.

And that completes these cards. They are pretty easy to make. The watercoloring is a little time consuming but I find it cathartic. If it’s not your thing, use your favorite coloring tools instead.

I left the inside of the cards blank.


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Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to give these watercolor cards a try for yourself. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Cards, Christmas, Watercolor

Watercolor Elf Sentiment Christmas Card featuring the Catherine Pooler’s Nice List Stamp Set

Hello friends. This cute little elf card was created using Catherine Pooler’s Nice List Stamp Set. It features cute elf hats and legs and feet. The sentiments were meant to be the body of the elf as in this card. I used a quick watercolored background with a heat embossed sentiment.

For this card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base and another to 4 x 5-1/4” for the top panel. I stamped the images from Catherine Pooler’s Nice List Stamp Set onto a piece of Montval Acid-Free Cold Press Watercolor Paper with Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink. I used my Kuretake GANSAI TAMBI watercolor. I love these watercolors because they are very pigmented so you get very bright rich color. I also used my Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi STARRY COLORS fo the bells on the shoes and hat. It gives it some sparkle.

While that dried, I watercolored the background onto the card panel and also added some splatters wih the same color. I made sure not to add too much water to my watercolors since I was working on Neenah Cardstock and not watercolor paper. While that dried, I diecut the elf parts with the coordinating Nice List Dies. Once the background was dry, I stamped the sentiment from Catherine Pooler’s Nice List Stamp Set with Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. I adhered the panel to the card base and the hat and shoes with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished it off by adding some clear sequins.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn Merry Messages and a hat from the Catherine Pooler’s Nice List Stamp Set with Catherine Pooler Designs Rockin Red Ink.

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Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to give this cute and easy card a try for yourself. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.

Cards, Easter, Watercolor

Easy Watercolor Backgrounds Using Distress Inks

Today’s topic is watercolor backgrounds. Whenever I want a quick and easy background for a card, I go with a watercolor background. You don’t need to know how to watercolor like a pro, you just need some good watercolor paper. The paper makes the difference in the results you get. I used Canson XL Series Watercolor Paper Pad (140 Pound, 9 x 12 Inch). The great thing is, that this technique can be achieved with dye inks, stains, sprays, or watercolors (high end or inexpensive). I used Distress Ink Stains for my backgrounds. I originally pulled out my Distress Ink Pads but then decided that my Distress Ink Stains haven’t been getting enough love so I decided to use those instead. These can be dabbed on or sprayed. These now are sold in spray bottles but if you’re like me and have the original bottles, Ranger sells a spray bottle lid. I used mine straight out of the bottle like watercolor though.

Watercolor Background Supplies

Ok, so let’s get started. First, I taped down my watercolor paper piece (4 1/4 x 5 1/2″) with some ScotchBlue Painters Tape to a hard surface. Protect your surface before you begin because this will be messy. With a clean brush, add some water to your surface, covering the whole area. Then dispense some of ink onto a clear block, craft mat, etc. (I used my glass mat) and then dab/pounce it your paper. If the surface is too dry, add some more water. You can add more ink to certain areas to get darker areas. Alternatively, you can add more water and blot certain areas to subtract color. Stick to one color if you are not comfortable mixing multiple colors together. Keep playing with adding color until you are satisfied.

Let your piece dry in between layers. This will yield a better result, in the end. You can let it air dry or use a heat tool (if you are not patient like me. :)) Once the piece was almost dry I added some splashes using the same ink color for each. I usually do this inside a box since I don’t want my desk and surrounding areas to stained. Let it dry completely before moving onto the next step. And if you want to stop here, you totally can; they look great as is. I wanted to enhance mine by adding another level of texture.

Watercolor Panels

I added texture to only two of the panels by embossing them. On the first panel (blue one), I stamped the Easter eggs from the Newton’s Nook Designs Newton’s Easter Basket Stamp (no longer available) with Versamark clear embossing ink and added Wow white embossing powder. On the third panel (yellow one), I used a the Tim Holtz MINI STENCIL SET 27 MST027 with Ranger Texture Paste Transparent Gloss to add texture. I used only portions of the stencil around the page. Then before it dried, I sprinkled on some Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter. Any white glitter will do however. These are now ready to become cards!

Watercolor Panels With Embossing

I made Easter cards with these backgrounds. I used Newton’s Nook Designs Newton’s Easter Basket Stamp on all 3 cards for the images.

I used Simon Says Stamp Some Bunny for the sentiment on the first card and the Lawn Fawn Straight Flower Border Die Cut to build the scene. And finished it with Nuvo drops in different colors. The second card features the Pretty Pink Posh Happy Easter Script Die cut out of 4 layers of cardstock (3 black and one white), stacked up to create the sentiment. The third card showcases the Easter egg kitty by putting him in ovals diecut using Stampin’ Up! Layering Ovals Framelits Dies. I added a sentiment from Newton’s Nook Designs Newton’s Easter Basket Stamp. I created card bases from Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise (retired), Stampin’ Up! Elegant Eggplant (retired), and Stampin’ Up! Crushed Curry 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock, respectively. And finally, on the inside I added a piece of white 80lb cardstock so I can later write a message inside my cards.

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Thanks for stopping by. I hope this was helpful and I’ve inspired you to create some fun watercolor backgrounds of your own. Feel free to email me with questions or leave a comments below.