Jen’s CardMaker Tip
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Hi everyone! Jen here with a quick watercoloring tip for you that is super simple but it makes a huge difference in how well watercolor designs turn out.

So what?s the tip? Here it is: Tape down your watercolor paper before painting! This keeps the paper from curling and buckling as you paint and it helps the paper dry flat.

I learned this tip in my high school watercoloring class and it made a huge difference in the results of my painting. In high school, we would glue our giant watercolor sheets down to a piece of plywood; for card making, a cheap clipboard and painter?s tape work well. When you tape down your paper you only need to overlap the paper about an 1/8 of an inch but you want to tape it down along all four edges and make sure it?s firmly attached. If you want your watercolor to cover an entire A2 card base (4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch), cut your paper a bit bigger than A2 size.

Once your paper is taped down the options are limitless. You could stamp an image and paint or you can create a loose watercolor background?the sky is the limit. For my sample, I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color a quick and loose rainbow swirl. After quickly (and I do mean quickly) coloring the paper, I spritzed it with quite a bit of water and then I set it aside to dry. I did not use a heat gun as I wanted the water to dry naturally and allow the paint to spread on its own. This took about an hour and a half. You could use a heat gun to speed up the process but it will change the results.

When the paint was dry, I had a perfectly flat gorgeous tie-dyed background!

To assemble my card, I trimmed the background down to 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches and die-cut the word ?FRIEND? from the bottom third. I saved all the pieces of the die cut so I could inlay the word back in with craft foam. I stamped the word ?Hello? above the ?D? in ?FRIEND? in watermark ink and heat-embossed in black. I added a sprinkling of clear sequins and attached the card panel to a white card base.

I hope you?ll give this a try and see what a difference it makes in creating amazing watercolor projects!


Supplies: Sugar cube cardstock and Snow Flurries sequins from Taylored Expressions; BB Hog Heaven stamp set and Friend die from My Favorite Things; VersaMark watermark ink pad from Imagine; Clean Color Real Brush Markers from Kuretake Zig; adhesive-backed craft foam from Michaels Stores Inc.; Multi Medium Matte adhesive from Ranger Industries Inc.

2 Responses to Jen’s CardMaker Tip

  1. Debbie says:

    Looks fun! What can you use to color with other than water based markers? Thankyou

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