I love sending handwritten notes through the mail. Such a simple gesture can really brighten someone’s day! In the first class in my Postmarked series, I share several techniques using watercolors to create a variety of handmade cards. Today I wanted to share another fun way to incorporate watercoloring on your projects.
For this tutorial, I’m using basic white cardstock. When I’m not using watercolor paper & I know that I’m going to be saturating the paper with a lot of paint, I like to coat my paper with gesso before I begin. This allows the watercolors to float over the surface of my paper instead of immediately soaking into the paper fibers. Apply the gesso with a brush and then allow the paper to completely dry.
Now comes the fun part! Apply watercolor paint to the middle of your cardstock. You’ll want to use a lot of water to give the paint movement on your paper.
Now add a second color to your cardstock and allow the colors to blend together. You can flick your paintbrush over your paper to create additional paint splatters. Allow the paint to dry & you’ve created a beautiful background to use as a card front!
I like to create several backgrounds at a time using various colors of paint to keep on hand for when I need to create a last minute card. Add a stamped sentiment and a few embellishments & adhere your card front onto a folded card base.
Don’t forget to dress up your envelope! You’ll learn how to make your own in class & they are a great way to tell your recipient that something special is inside.
I hope you give this watercoloring technique a try! For more cardmaking inspiration, please join me in Postmarked.