Simple Sunday: Basic Water Coloring


It’s Sunday again!  The card I have for you is very simple this week.  I’m pretty new to water coloring, so we’ll learn together.

Watercolor OnlyIf you don’t have scalloped frame die cuts, you could cut your backgrounds with scalloped scissors if you have them.  Some of you have Cricut machines with cartridges that have selections of elegant edges.  There are probably other ways of getting scalloped edges with tools that I don’t own, so check what you have.  Sometimes we are surprised by the stuff we already have because we haven’t seen it for so long.

If you don’t want to heat emboss the stamped flower, it can be stamped with an ink pad such as Archival Ink that can take water and not smear.  Let the ink dry before applying water.  However, the raised edge of the heat embossed image greatly controls the watercolor that is laid down inside the image and holds it in place.

Here I will list what I used to make this card without much more needed to be said.  Thanks for stopping by and having a peek.  If you like this card, please click on the LIKE button at the bottom of the page.  If you have any questions, let me know.  Please come back and visit me again.


Tricia Ann


  • Creative Memories 12-inch Straight Trimmer
  • 110# Neenah Solar White Cardstock, cut to 8.5 X 5.5 inches and folded in half
  • Martha Stewart Scoring Board, make a fold line at 4.25 inches.
  • Bone Folder to sharpen the fold line


  • 90# Canson Watercolor Paper, trimmed to 5.25 x 4 inches
  • Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Unlimited Art SCS 138 Flower Stamp
  • Embossing Buddy Powder Tool – I patted the paper with this powder so the excess embossing sprinkles wouldn’t stick to the card where it shouldn’t. 
  • VersaMark Ink Pad – Stamp flower in bottom left corner, leaving room to later die cut the paper with the scalloped edge.
  • Adirondack Embossing Powder, Lettuce
  • Dry Brush – Brush away loose embossing powder.
  • Heat Tool – Melt embossing powder.


  • Hardboard – Lay stamped watercolor paper on this.  Tape edges of paper on board all the way around.  This will help your watercolor paper to warp less.
  • Scotch Painter’s Tape
  • Cup of Water for Washing Brush between colors
  • Cup of Water to use to wet a clean brush
  • Rag for cleanup
  • 6″ Round Brush
  • Tsukineko Fantastix for cleaning up excess water on painting or to erase smidges of watercolor that have run over the line
  • Craft Mat – Blend your watercolors on this.
  • Low Cost Small Box of Kid’s Watercolors from Walmart – On Craft Mat mix Aqua Blue and Off White for flower; Mix Light Green, Yellow and a hint of Brown for the leaves – add more brown to do the bottom of the leaves where the shadows are; Mix Light Orange and Pink for the color that surrounds the flower.  Let this dry naturally or use a heat tool to dry it.
  • Cricut Cuttlebug Die Cutting Tool
  • 5 x 3.75 inch Lawn Fawn Scalloped Retangle Die – Die cut water colored paper.


  • Hot Off the Press Deepest Sympathy Sentiment 
  • Embossing Buddy Powder Tool
  • VersaMark Ink Pad – Stamp sentiment.
  • Adirondack Embossing Powder, Lettuce
  • Dry Brush – Brush away loose embossing powder.
  • Heat Tool


  • 90# Canson Watercolor Paper, trimmed to 5.5 x 4.5 inches
  • Cricut Cuttlebug Die Cutting Tool
  • 5.25 x 4.25 inch Lawn Fawn Scalloped Retangle Die – Trim out watercolor paper.
  • Kid’s Watercolors – Using the same mix of blue and the same mix of green, paint around the scalloped edges of the paper.  I painted the corners blue, and then on the long side of the paper, I put 2 blue marks in equal distance apart.  On the short side of the paper, I put one blue mark in the middle between the corners.  I then blended in the green, daubing here and there to get a blotchy, mingled color look.  Let this dry.


  • Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner Tape – Adhere card together.
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium – Use to glue on sequins.
  • Pretty Pink Posh Springtime Mix Sequins 6mm



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