Hi all! It's Alexis from the Art Room. Today I wanted to share a beautiful card that uses watercolors and some of our Chapter 3 Thinlits dies. I love using watercolors as an alternative way to color die-cuts. Aside from inks and markers, watercolors provide a great way to achieve a light, airy effect in your card making. One of the easiest ways to use them is to create your own washes on watercolor paper and then die-cut shapes from the wash. By die-cutting from one wash, all of your pieces blend together tonally, but each shape will have its own unique color meld. Keep reading to see how I created this colorful watercolor background!
- Sizzix® Big Shot® Machine (#662200)
- Sizzix® Thinlits™ Die Set – Doodle Alphabet & Numbers (#663408)
- Sizzix® Thinlits™ Die Set – Funky Floral #3 (#662702)
- Sizzix® Thinlits™ Die Set – Winter Leaves (#663425)
- Sizzix® Making Essential – Adhesive Sheets, 6" x 6", Permanent, 10 Sheets (#656802)
- Sizzix® Making Essential – Cardstock, 8 1/4" x 11 5/8", 20 Assorted Colors, 80 Sheets (#663007)
- Sizzix® Making Essential – Foam Tape (#663709)
- Sizzix® Making Essential – Permanent Adhesive Roller (#663474)
- Cardstock (White)
- Liquid Adhesive
- Paint Brush
- Paint Pen (Silver)
- Paper Trimmer
- Watercolor Palette
- Watercolor Paper
Step 1: On a piece of watercolor paper, paint a watercolor wash in desired colors. Set the paper aside to dry.
Step 2: Die-cut out of the watercolor paper a variety of leaves and flowers from the Winter Leaves and Funky Floral Thinlits die sets.
Step 3: Edge each die-cut shape with a silver paint pen.
Step 4: Cut out of white cardstock a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" panel. Adhere the die-cut shapes to the top of the white panel as desired. With a pair of scissors, trim the excess parts of the die cuts that hang over the edges of the panel. Edge the white panel with silver paint pen.
Step 5: Cut out of blue cardstock a 5 3/4" x 9" panel. Fold the cardstock in half to form the card base. Adhere the white panel to the front of the card base with double-sided tape.
Step 6: Adhere an adhesive sheet to the back of a piece of gray cardstock. Die-cut a sentiment of your choosing from the Doodle Alphabet & Numbers die set. Cut out of light blue cardstock a 1 x 4 1/4" panel. Center and adhere the sentiment to the light blue panel. Cut out of vellum a 1 1/2" x 4 1/4" panel. Adhere the sentiment panel to the center of the vellum panel with foam tape. Adhere both panels, with double-sided tape, to the center of the white panel with the watercolor die-cuts.
Step 7: Apply sequins as desired to the card front with liquid adhesive.
The wonderful part of this concept is that you can create any unique background with the dies you have in your stash. Even dies that have a seasonal flair, like the ones I used to make this card, can be used year round with the right color palette. What fun shapes would you want to see in a background like this?
Until next time, happy making!