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How to Use Watercolor Pencils on Your DIY Cards

Posted by Chrissie Tobas

Watercolors don't always have to be soft - they can be vibrant, too! Use watercolor pencils to make your stamped images really stand out!

Watercolors don't always have to be soft - they can be vibrant, too! Use watercolor pencils to make your stamped images really stand out!

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  • Ranger Watercolor Paper
  • Spectrum Noir White cardstock
  • Ranger Black cardstock
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen
  • Washi Tape
  • Spectrum Aqua Primary Set: Aquamarine Marker
  • Thermoweb iCraft Purple Foil
  • Avery Elle Geek Love Elle-Ments Die Cuts (hearts)
  • Paper Smooches Chit Chat Clear Stamp Set
  • Paper Smooches Spookalicious Clear Stamp Set
  • Die Cutting Machine (Big Shot Plus used)
  • Therm-o-web Foam Adhesive Squares
  • Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Water Brush
  • The Best Ever Craft Mat
  • Prismacolor Watercolor Colored Pencils
  • Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer

Trim a piece of watercolor stock to 4 x 5.25. Stamp the 'thanks' sentiment and the "so much" underneath it in VersaFine ink. Cover with clear embossing powder and activate with a heat gun. This will make the stamped sentiments raised and shiny. Then stamp the owl image above the sentiment, making it to look as if it is standing on it. Add clear embossing powder and use the heat gun to activate it again.

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Color in the lower part of the sentiment with watercolor pencils. Only color about halfway up the image. We will blend the color into the paper in the next step. You don't want to add too much color. But, by using a watercolor pencil, the colors are brighter and more vibrant than most (not all) paints! Plus, this is an easy way to control where you want the color since you are using a pencil and not a brush. :)

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Using a clear sparkle pen, grab the color and push it up, as you would with a waterbrush. You can use a waterbrush or paintbrush instead, but it will not have the sparkle to it. We are going to create a soft ombre effect. Use a paper towel to wipe the color off of the brush, as needed. If you color outside of the lines, you can add a little water and wipe the excess color away with a paper towel.

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Color in the owl, too, using the same technique. The light source will be coming from the top, so keep the owl dark at the bottom and blend the color up. Once everything is colored in, grab the Aquamarine Spectrum Aqua pen. Scribble it on an acrylic block or non stick craft mat. Using a waterbrush or a brush, add water and then flick the color onto your card panel.

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Next, place the small hearts dies on the front panel of the card, near the owl. I suggest using 3 instead of 2. Odd numbers always seem to please the eye more when it comes to embellishments! Secure them down with washi tape and run them through your die cutting machine.

Trim out a piece of foil. Flip the card panel over (that was just die cut) and adhere the foil to it. This way, the foil will show through the negative areas of the die cut. This is more of a unique way to use foil, but you can use patterened paper, colored vellum or anything else to show through that area. Use what you have!

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To finish off the card, Trim a piece of black cardstock down to 4.25 x 5.5 and adhere to the card base (this base is 4.25 x 11, scored at 5.5). Then adhere the panel we just worked on using foam adhesive squares to give it some dimension.

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