Some FUN with Spring colors and card ideas!
Hi everyone happy Spring! I hope my friends in the North are ready to thaw out and start thinking of warmer days. Today I want to share with you another idea for busting up that scrap pile, and creating a few wonderful cards in the process.
I stumbled upon this wonderful watercolor artist on YouTube Jay Lee and followed a beginner tutorial for creating tulips. Here is the tutorial.
Reaching into my scrap bin, I pulled out a few scraps of watercolor paper that are left over when I trim down my large pad to create card panels. These smaller pieces are great to practice techniques such as brush strokes. I followed Jay Lee's tutorial and created some of my own tulips. I have to admit that mine are not as wonderful as Jay Lee's, but I will keep practicing. The practice panels that I decided to keep, I wanted to create cards to showcase them.
I used the Card Sentiment stamp set by Yvonne Blair and Impression Obsession. As always I have linked it to the IO store, but check with your local retailers first.
After these beauties had a chance to dry, I reached into my stash and found an old paper collection from Webster's Pages. This was a set of 6x6 papers from 2004 called Perfect Motifs. I recommend going through your own collection of papers and finding something similar. I chose a floral pattern, and coordinating solid that matched one of the colors in my flowers. Then paired it with a soft blue cardstock that has been in my stash for a long time.
Since each floral pattern has a different look, switching up the sentiment and patterned papers helps make the cards look unique while maintaining consistency as a group.
To keep the card making part simple and fast, I chose one card layout for all my cards. I wanted my cards to stay somewhat simple and flat so that they could easily be mailed. I spent all that time watercoloring so my flowers needed to be the main focus of the card.
Here is a process video of me walking you through the process of me painting the panels and making one of the cards.
These would make a great gift set, or awesome cards for the spring. You could also substitute out the sentiment for a Mother's Day sentiment if you would like to get a jump start on Mother's Day.
Thanks for hanging out with me today, I hope I have inspired you to pull out your watercolors and practice a few brush strokes. Jay Lee has inspired me, and I encourage you to check out this awesome channel for great watercolor tutorials. Then burn through a stash of scrapbook paper, and make a few cards to share with your friends and family. Share what you make with me in social me using the #YBArtGirlFun so that we can see what you have made.