How To: Watercoloring on Cardstock and Foiling Acetate Words

Sharing three card ideas for watercoloring on cardstock with a tutorial & quick video. The images are from the Love You Dearly Unity Stamp Company stamp set. More inspiration on dahlhouse-designs.com. #unitystampco #cardmaker #cardmakingideas #cardideas #watercolor #karin #folling #decofoil #thermoweb #cardinspiration #simplecards #stamping #dahlhousedesigns #handmadecards #carddesign #craftersgonnacraft #papercrafting #papercrafts #cardsofinstagram

Let’s Watercolor and Foil!

Happy Sentiment Saturday! The brand new Unity Stamp Company sentiment kit is out and it is a beauty. The trio of flowers is so pretty, I thought they would look so lovely watercolored. Get ready, I’m using regular cardstock. I know, it is shocking but it is one of my favorite things to do. I also have some leftovers from my previous Deco Foil Adhesive Transfers and have a great way to use up the leftover acetate words.

Featured Stamp Set

Love You Dearly

Deco Foil Adhesive Transfers USC | SB

Just look at those flowers! They are great on their own or stamped all over for a background. There is a great mix of encouraging and general sentiments in this kit. The fonts are lovely and are going to be a staple to have in your craft room.

Card no. 1

Sharing three card ideas for watercoloring on cardstock with a tutorial & quick video. The images are from the Love You Dearly Unity Stamp Company stamp set. More inspiration on dahlhouse-designs.com. #unitystampco #cardmaker #cardmakingideas #cardideas #watercolor #karin #folling #decofoil #thermoweb #cardinspiration #simplecards #stamping #dahlhousedesigns #handmadecards #carddesign #craftersgonnacraft #papercrafting #papercrafts #cardsofinstagram

The Details

Boom! Just look at that color. My favorite thing about a single stamp is that you can quickly create your own background just by stamping it a few times and then die cutting it out. I stamped these flowers a few times on Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock. I find this is the perfect weight for me. You could go with 100lb but the paper soaks in the water faster and the paint doesn’t have as much freedom to move. You definitely don’t want anything lighter than 80lb or the water will fray and peel the paper.

Make sure you use watercolor-friendly ink and then pick your paint medium. I prefer highly pigmented inks or paints like Distress Inks or Karin markers. Today, I used my Karin Brushmaker Pros but I’m fond of both. You can use regular watercolors as well.

The most important thing to remember, keep your water to a minimum. Do one layer at a time and you can slowly layer and build up your color. Do not saturate the paper with ink, it just can’t handle that. But if you limit your water you are good to go. Make sure you check out my video below for my process and tips for how I like to watercolor on paper.

Sharing three card ideas for watercoloring on cardstock with a tutorial & quick video. The images are from the Love You Dearly Unity Stamp Company stamp set. More inspiration on dahlhouse-designs.com. #unitystampco #cardmaker #cardmakingideas #cardideas #watercolor #karin #folling #decofoil #thermoweb #cardinspiration #simplecards #stamping #dahlhousedesigns #handmadecards #carddesign #craftersgonnacraft #papercrafting #papercrafts #cardsofinstagram

Check out that beautifully foiled sentiment. Once I used the transfer portion (check out THIS POST for those cards), I wanted to see if the leftover label on the acetate would react to foil. I’m happy to say it did!!! Now I can get double the foiled sentiments from one packet. You do need to add heat (from a laminator or Minc) to use the leftovers. Check out the video on how I accomplished that with the Glimmer Hot Foil System.

Assemble This! Video

Watch along as I assemble this card sharing my process and tips on how this card was created. Watch here or in HD on Youtube.

Card no. 2

Sharing three card ideas for watercoloring on cardstock with a tutorial & quick video. The images are from the Love You Dearly Unity Stamp Company stamp set. More inspiration on dahlhouse-designs.com. #unitystampco #cardmaker #cardmakingideas #cardideas #watercolor #karin #cardinspiration #simplecards #stamping #dahlhousedesigns #handmadecards #carddesign #craftersgonnacraft #papercrafting #papercrafts

The Details

I thought these flowers were so pretty, I needed another card. This time I watercolored with blue and yellow in support of Ukraine.

Sharing three card ideas for watercoloring on cardstock with a tutorial & quick video. The images are from the Love You Dearly Unity Stamp Company stamp set. More inspiration on dahlhouse-designs.com. #unitystampco #cardmaker #cardmakingideas #cardideas #watercolor #karin #cardinspiration #simplecards #stamping #dahlhousedesigns #handmadecards #carddesign #craftersgonnacraft #papercrafting #papercrafts

I thought the sentiment “Hope will see you through” was so lovely. Keeping hope and peace in my heart for those in the Ukraine.

Card no. 3

Sharing three card ideas for watercoloring on cardstock with a tutorial & quick video. The images are from the Love You Dearly Unity Stamp Company stamp set. More inspiration on dahlhouse-designs.com. #unitystampco #cardmaker #cardmakingideas #cardideas #watercolor #karin #cardinspiration #simplecards #stamping #dahlhousedesigns #handmadecards #carddesign #craftersgonnacraft #papercrafting #papercrafts

The Details

For my third card, I did something similar but popped the sentiment up over the center.

Sharing three card ideas for watercoloring on cardstock with a tutorial & quick video. The images are from the Love You Dearly Unity Stamp Company stamp set. More inspiration on dahlhouse-designs.com. #unitystampco #cardmaker #cardmakingideas #cardideas #watercolor #karin #cardinspiration #simplecards #stamping #dahlhousedesigns #handmadecards #carddesign #craftersgonnacraft #papercrafting #papercrafts

I kept the background pattern paper subtle but the colors were a great match. Plus a few little droplets were a nice addition.

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you are inspired by today’s project. If you create something, I’d love to see it. Join us in the Unity Show & Tell Facebook group to share your card and tag me.

Supplies

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Love You Dearly
Love You Dearly

USC
Scallops & Rectangles dies
Scallops & Rectangles dies

USC
DecoFoil Unity Gold Glitter
DecoFoil Unity Gold Glitter

SB
Adhesive Transfers Sentiments 1
Adhesive Transfers Sentiments 1

USC | SB
Neenah 80lb Solar White
Neenah 80lb Solar White

SB
VersaFine Onyx Black
VersaFine Onyx Black

SB
Watercolor Brushes
Watercolor Brushes

AMZ
Karin Markers
Karin Markers

OTH | AMZ
Metal Shim 5.5 x 7.75
Metal Shim 5.5 x 7.75

AMZ | EH
Solid Hot Plate 4.5 x 5.75 option
Solid Hot Plate 4.5 x 5.75 option

SB | AMZ | EH
Solid Hot Plate 5x7 option
Solid Hot Plate 5×7 option

SB | EH
Glimmer System
Glimmer System

SB | OTH
Cutter Bee Scissors
Cutter Bee Scissors

SB
MISTI - Mini
MISTI – Mini

SB
MISTI - Original
MISTI – Original

SB
Foam Roll - 2 Inch
Foam Roll – 2 Inch

SB
Foam Roll Combo Pack
Foam Roll Combo Pack

SB
Big Shot
Big Shot

SB
Stamping Tool
Stamping Tool

SB
Media Mat Mini
Media Mat Mini

SB
Laminator
Laminator

AMZ
clear droplets
clear droplets

SB

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Sharing three card ideas for watercoloring on cardstock with a tutorial & quick video. The images are from the Love You Dearly Unity Stamp Company stamp set. More inspiration on dahlhouse-designs.com. #unitystampco #cardmaker #cardmakingideas #cardideas #watercolor #karin #folling #decofoil #thermoweb #cardinspiration #simplecards #stamping #dahlhousedesigns #handmadecards #carddesign #craftersgonnacraft #papercrafting #papercrafts #cardsofinstagram

7 Comments

  1. lostinpaper

    WOW! These are all show stoppers Lisa!!

    1. Lisa Arana

      Thank you, my very talented friend.

  2. Liese

    This was so informative! Thank you for showing us how to achieve such gorgeous cards.

    1. Lisa Arana

      I’m so glad you enjoyed Liese! Thank you.

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