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Watercolouring and Die Cutting made easy
A clean and simple thank you card using watercolouring and die cutting. It's easier than you think - only about 30 minuntes (excluding drying time for the water colouring).

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  • How to paint a watercolor card. Layered Letters Watercolour Card - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start by stamping your image with an archival ink onto watercolour paper. You need a waterproof ink that won't run when you add water and/or water based inks. Then mask the image with masking fluid.

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Layered Letters Watercolour Card - Step 2
    Step 2

    Once your masking fluid is dry, watercolour using whatever watercolour medium you like. Here I've used ink from refill bottles in 3 different shades of blue, but you could easily use watercolour paints or even ink taken directly from the lid of a water-based ink pad.

    The key here is to not be so precise with the watercolouring - basically I just slapped it on with plenty of water and then lifted the watercolour paper up and moved it around to mix all the colours up!

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Layered Letters Watercolour Card - Step 3
    Step 3

    Allow your water colouring to dry (either naturally or speed up with a heat gun), then die cut your word/letters out from the image.

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Layered Letters Watercolour Card - Step 4
    Step 4

    Add some glue to the back of the middles of the letters e.g. the loop of the Y, the middle of the O and replace the whole word letter back into the cut out. Apply pressure to the glued areas and then lift out the word/letters to leave the middle bits stuck down.

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Layered Letters Watercolour Card - Step 5
    Step 5

    If necessary stamp the other part of your sentiment. Here I've used a sentiment stamp that had more than I needed, so I simply inked up the one word I needed and stamped that. You can use a Stamp-a-majig or see through (photopolymer) stamps for this stage too!

    At this stage stick your card front onto a co-ordinating card base.

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Layered Letters Watercolour Card - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut out additional words/letters in plain, coordinating card stock to stick together to build up depth underneath your cut out word. Here I've used 4 additional word layers to create the depth. I found it easier to put the glue on the word that was being stuck underneath. Stick all the layers together

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Layered Letters Watercolour Card - Step 7
    Step 7

    Finally glue the layered word/letters into place over the original cut out and finish off with any other decoration/embellishments you like!

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