How to Create a Watercolor Birthday Card

How to create watercolor birthday cards without watercoloring

Watercolor Birthday Cards Without Watercolor Tools

Watercoloring is a very popular style and technique right now! I thought I’d use this trend in this month’s Craft Challenge stash busting post to show you a couple of different ways to achieve a watercolor look without having to use watercolor paints, pencils and brushes. Now, you’re probably thinking that’s not possible, but it is!

With watercoloring being a popular trend there are a lot of different ways you can achieve a watercolored look.There are a lot of stamps that provide the watercolor look, like the one I used. For the birthday card I created I used a stamp set by Stampin’ Up! called Reverse Words. This set has a watercolor texture that provides a subtle texture similar to watercoloring, which was perfect for creating this watercolour birthday card.

watercolor birthday card

How to Make a Watercolor Birthday Card

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Step 1

I used a letter sized piece of card stock paper (8.5″ x 11″) in Flirty Flamingo. First, I cut it in half to create two 8.5″ x 5.5″ strips of paper. That gave me two card bases.

Step 2

I then scored each strip at the 4.25″ mark to create a fold line. Using a scoring tool, like Stampin’ Up! Simply Scored, helps to get score lines straight and at the right measurements.

Step 3

Next, I cut the paper layers for the inside of the card and the front of the card. The I used a sheet of whisper white and a sheet of watermelon wonder coloured card stock paper. I cut each piece of paper down using the Stampin’ Trimmer. These are the dimensions I used for each layer:

  • Front: Watermelon wonder: 4″ x 5.25″
  • Front: Whisper white: 3.75″ x 5″
  • Inside: Whisper white: 4″ x 5.25″

Then I adhered the watermelon wonder piece to the front of the card using Snail adhesive.

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Step 4

I stamped on the white pieces of paper before I adhered them to the card. That way, if I messed up, I could redo one piece of paper instead of the whole creation. I inked the hooray stamp using flirty flamingo ink, then lightly stamped it onto scrap paper. This removes some of the ink, but not all of it.

Next, I took a sponge and inked it up with watermelon wonder before dabbing it on top of the lightly inked up stamp. This layers one shade of ink on top of the other, which gives the stamp more dimension, like the way water pools when you watercolor paint. With both colors added to the stamp, I then stamped the image onto the card where I wanted it.

I let the ink dry, then I applied the birthday stamp in black ink.

Tips and Tricks for inking watercolor birthday cards

Step 5

With the main image stamped onto the card front you can apply the spatters. There are a few ways you can do this – I chose to use a marker in flirty flamingo and flick the tip inside the lid so that it splattered onto the page lightly. This gave tiny flecks of pink.

Step 6

I took a wink of stella in gold and tapped it onto a scrap paper so it made a splatter effect. I start splattering onto a scrap paper first, just in case it globs out. When I’m happy with the way it’s splattering I then do it on the piece of paper I want to ink. Wink of stella takes a bit to dry, so it’s good to leave it to dry for awhile before you glue the white piece to the card front.

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Step 7

While you’re waiting for the splatters to dry, you can stamp the inside of the card with your stamp of choice.

Step 8

Once dried, you can affix the white pieces to the front and inside of the card using snail adhesive.

Step 9

Last but not least, you can add a few embellishments to finish the watercolor birthday card off. I used pearls and silver dimensional stars to give the design a bit of a pop.

Watercolor birthday cards

Close up of the splatters, layered ink and embellishments on the watercolor birthday card

And voila! You’re done making your watercolor birthday card!

Now you can go check out the other craft challenge tutorials for April brought to you by some very crafty and creative individuals:

2017 Craft Challenge Blog Hop

Check out this month’s blog posts from the other Craft Challenge participants to get your DIY fix. Get inspired with a variety of other ideas and play along to bust your craft stash too!

Emily from A Pop of Red: Wire Seashell Rings
Martha from The Art in Martha: Alien Stuffy
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Up-cycled Journal
Vanessa from Social Stampers: How to Make a Watercolor Birthday Card
Megan from Make Something Mondays: Beach-Inspired Candle Centrepiece
Heather from Shiftmama: Retro 80s Glitter Bracelets
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: Felt Flower Hessian Bags
Deborah Jenkins from Lumina Spirit Adventures: Planner Clip Holder Flip Book
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox: Spring Ribbon Wreath



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  1. Martha

    April 25th, 2017 at 7:08 am

    You’ve convinced me that it was a watercolour painting. Very Pretty!

  2. Vanessa

    May 10th, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Yay! Mission accomplished! 😉

  3. Mary

    April 25th, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Your cards are always sooo pretty. 🙂

  4. Vanessa

    May 10th, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Thank you so much, Mary! 🙂

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