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Great for home-made burthday, invatation, aniversary and thank you cards!
Use beautiful watercolours to create this unique 'gift'. All you need is materials you will fnd at home, but you may need to go out and buy sme card. You can create a 'pop out' cad, where the image s lifted from the paper using little squares of thick card, sponge or tape. You may need some experience with watercolours but otherwise, if you've just started out, the instructions are easy to follow.

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  • How to paint a watercolor card. Water Colour Event Card - Step 1
    Step 1

    First of all, we need to create a neat fold in the middle of our cartridge paper. To do this, we will mark out the middle using a ruler and pencil, then, scored with a pair of scissors, we will fold it directly in half.

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Water Colour Event Card - Step 2
    Step 2

    We should have a nice and precise fold allong the middle and if we turn it to face the right way, we can begin. This card is made to be portrait in orientation but you can turn it another 90 degrees to make it landscape.

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Water Colour Event Card - Step 3
    Step 3

    Carefully sketch out the shape of your design. I'm using a subject to work from such as a jewellry/ trinket box. You can use anything that you might think will please the reiever. This can also be done by imagination if you don't think there isn't anything interesting enough lying around the house. Do this lightly so you can alter it later. You may need a rubber.

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Water Colour Event Card - Step 4
    Step 4

    Add detail such as jewellry and hinges. Think about any patterns or make up your own. Also, think about using a ruler to add straight edges etc. Make sure that this is done lightly too as this will be seen through the watercolour paint later.

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Water Colour Event Card - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now, we need to add the text. Use fancy to bold letterng. If you need any ideas, try searching some fonts on Google.

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Water Colour Event Card - Step 6
    Step 6

    To the watecolours! Study your subjects colours. You can even brain storm ideas to mix the right colour. Remember, if this is going to be yor final piece, you can't ruin it. Also, make sure you know that the watercolours are easily blendable and can make a lovely, calm hue. Start with the lightest colour first and blend on a scrap piece of paper or pallet.

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Water Colour Event Card - Step 7
    Step 7

    On your drawing, fill in the design with one layer of solid colour, make sure you are aware of the water content which determines the lightness of the colour.

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Water Colour Event Card - Step 8
    Step 8

    Using less water, add the grainlines while it's still wet. Don't worry if hte colour looks like it's too strong or contrasting. We can blend this in later with some water or close colours.

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Water Colour Event Card - Step 9
    Step 9

    Blend th colours in with water. Make sure that everything is still wet. This bit took me at least 2 tries as sometimes, you can get too much or too little water on yor brush.

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Water Colour Event Card - Step 10
    Step 10

    Finally, we can add the grainlines with less or more water dependin on what you think looks best on your design. Thankfully, watercolours are forgiving if you use them the right way!

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Water Colour Event Card - Step 11
    Step 11

    For the next colour, we will look at shadow. Have a look at your subject once more and we can add a shade darker such as brown to perfect the hue.

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Water Colour Event Card - Step 12
    Step 12

    Again, we need to add a single layer to the part we're colouring in.

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Water Colour Event Card - Step 13
    Step 13

    Darker still, with more brown.

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Water Colour Event Card - Step 14
    Step 14

    Add shadow to the bottom and corners of the shape. You can use layers of colours to help you get an even spread of colour.

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Water Colour Event Card - Step 15
    Step 15

    When you completely coloured the picture in using the same technique, this is somewhat what it should look like.

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Water Colour Event Card - Step 16
    Step 16

    For the text, you can use any colour. I got this affect by letting the brush go where it wanted as in angles to get this calliagraphy affect.

  • How to paint a watercolor card. Water Colour Event Card - Step 17
    Step 17

    If you cut the design out, you can stck it on a piece of card, you can decorate the outside differently and make the image 'pop out' using tape squares.

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