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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

5 x 7 Valentine Card with Watercolor Painting Tips

I love how soft and sweet this 7" x 5" Valentine turned out. I used the January Stamp of the Month for the heart, flowers and sentiment, and the rest of the card is just patterned papers, glitter cardstock, and a few embellishments (see product list at the end of this post).

January Stamp of the Month - Adore You

I stamped the heart and flowers in our Tuxedo Black Memento Pad, then embossed the "Be mine, Valentine" sentiment in gold.  I then used my watercolor paints to softly paint the large heart, flowers and leaves. I thought the "love" paper from the Whimsy Fundamentals Paper Collection was the perfect patterned paper for this card. It's soft and water-color-ey feeling, don't you think?  I've included a list of the products I used on this card at the very end of this post, complete with photos and links.  I'll also share some watercoloring tips in a second, but first let me remind you how you can get this stamp set:  this set is yours for only $5 with every $50 you order (before shipping and tax).  When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your $5 set(s) before checking out. Easy, peasy, mac and cheesy!

This close up of the stamped and watercolored image can help you see the sublety of the paints a little better. Here are a few watercolor painting tips:
  • Less is more! It's so tempting to add a ton of color, but when it dries it's even brighter than you thought it would be.  It's easy to go back and add more color if you want to, but much harder to take it away. If, by chance you get too much, dip your brush back in water and carefully lift some of the color off.
  • Use plenty of water mixed with your paint.  Use your paint lid to mix the colors with water (in our paints, there is a little circle for each color to color mix/water mix in the lid!), and even mix some colors together with the water to get the custom color you are looking for.
  • Do your best not to go over the stamped lines with your paints, it can sometimes make your stamped lines look a little chalk-y.  All of that practice staying in the lines in kindergarten will pay off!
  • Use the appropriate sized paintbrush for each area you are painting.  I used the very smallest tipped brush on the flowers and leaves, and the one a bit larger on the heart.

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