Happy happy Friday, lovely people! Are you ready for weekend fun? It’s the time of year where art and gardening are going to be playing tug-of-war with my time… but nature also provides wonderful inspiration, ideas, and reference for beautiful artwork. If you need a creative boost, spend some time at your local park, botanical garden, or your own backyard and see what happens!
Today I am sharing an easy watercolor greeting card that resembles a hand/brush lettering technique, but actually requires no lettering skill at all! Woohoo! Do you need watercolor skill, though? Nope! Yippee!
- Strathmore Watercolor Card
- Ranger Inkssentials Embossing Pen
- Embossing Powder – Any color will work – I used clear here, though white would have looked brighter. Or, you can use a Masking Pen or fluid and skip all of the embossing supplies and steps
- Crafting Heat Tool
- Holbein Watercolor Paints (any watercolors will be fine)
- Light box or pad such as Huion LED Light Pad – but a bright screen or tablet will work!
- PC with a printer and a font you like
- Optional: materials to add more detail such as Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencil or Posca Paint Pens (White & Black)
Step 1: Print out your word in a font you like
Select a font and size it for your piece. You can print this on plain printer paper – the paper itself will not be used on the card.
Step 2: Trace and fill in the word on your watercolor card with embossing pen
Lay the printout and your watercolor paper on top of your light pad or bright screen. Use a clear embossing pen to trace and fill in the letters. I worked on embossing a few letters at a time, since my word was fairly large and I didn’t want the embossing ink to dry out before I could adhere the powder.
This would also work well with masking fluid or a masking pen instead of embossing. This embossed technique will create a raised surface, while masking fluid will reveal the bare watercolor paper at the end.
Remember that the printout can just be a guideline – you can deviate from it and make it your own! Change the letter shapes, add swooshes, play with it!
Step 3: Cover in embossing powder and set with a craft heat tool
Cover your word with the powder. Just like glitter, you can dump the excess powder onto a sheet of paper and fold it to pour back in the jar. Use a crafting heat tool to melt the powder. Repeat steps 2-3 if you are doing your word in sections.
Step 4: Time to watercolor!
Wet the paper around the word, and dab in some color. The paint will spread throughout the wet sections of paper. The design of the background and the color palette are up to you. Go with whatever makes you smile!
Step 5: Add additional details (optional!)
If you’d like, you can add some watercolor splashes by tapping a loaded paintbrush over the card. Here I also added some shading with colored pencil and graphite, and some white dots with a Posca paint pen. This is also the step when you would remove your masking fluid if you opted for that over the embossing.
Design or write the interior card however you like, and you are done!
Have a joyous weekend everyone! 🙂