Make a handmade birthday card for a friend using water brushes. Below is the step-by-step tutorial on how to create a fun watercolor look.
Do you like to make handmade birthday cards for all of your favorite people? In my opinion, there is something so special about receiving a handmade card, so I try to give them whenever I can.
Cardmaking really is so much fun, and it lets you become an artist. You can make whatever is pleasing to your eye, and you don't have to follow any rules.
More Handmade Card Tutorials:
Since we love to give handmade cards, that means we have lots of card tutorials we want to share with you. Like this Snowflake Christmas Card, this Handmade Card with an Embossed Butterfly, and Simple Any Occasion Card.
Be sure to look around the blog for more fun craft tutorials!
Supplies You'll Need to Create this Project:
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- Big Shot
- Colored Cardstock
- Hexagon Embossing Folder
- Ink Pads
- Water Brush
- Brackets Die
- 1 ¾ Square Punch
- Happy Birthday stamp set
- Double-Sided Adhesive
Cut Cardstock to Size:
For the card base, cut an 8 ½ x 11 piece of hunter green cardstock in half so you have two pieces that measure 8 ½ x 5 ½.
Fold that piece in half and you will have your card base that measures 4 ¼ x 5 ½.
Next comes the fun part of decorating the card!
Take a rectangle of white cardstock that measures 4 x 5 ¼ and run it through the big shot using the honeycomb embossing folder.
Watercolor with Water Brushes:
To color the embossed cardstock, use water brushes and ink pads.
For the Ombre look, choose 3 blue ink pads and 3 orange that go from light to dark.
The water brush is like a paintbrush, but it has a reservoir inside that holds water. So if you dip the brush in some ink and give the brush a light squeeze it lets you paint with the ink and gives you an easy way to watercolor.
The easiest way to pick up the ink onto the water brushes is to squeeze the ink pad while the lid is still on. This will get ink on the inside lid.
Open the ink pad, and pick up the ink with your water brush off of the lid of the ink pad. Then paint.
For this honeycomb pattern, I did one color per row of hexagons. Picking a corner of each shape to be colored darker than the other corner. That is how you get the fade into each color look.
Additional Paper to Cut:
Do not assemble until the watercolor honeycomb rectangle is completely dry.
Choose 2 coordinating papers and cut, one piece into a 1 x 4 inch strip, and another color into a 1 ¼ x 4 inch strip.
At the bottom of the 1 ¼ x 4 inch strip, use a square paper punch to cut out the end to give it a dovetail.
Brackets are a great way to make the eye focus on specific points of a card. Cut a bracket out of a coordinating color that is about 2 inches tall.
For the stamped greeting on the front of the card, use the darkest blue ink from the watercolor background and a birthday stamp on the same white card stock.
My greeting was punched out using the 1 ¾ square punch.
Assembling the Card:
To assemble the card, center the watercolor honeycomb piece onto the front of the card.
Layer the paper strips and sentiment as shown below.
This card turned out even better than I had imagined. I love it when that happens!
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