greeting cards

Hello card: Spattered watercolour

Watercolour hello card


I always have terrible problems with watercolour paper curling up so I bought a couple of pads of different weights to experiment with.


This is a relatively lightweight paper — 190gsm/90lb — so I stretched it on a board first. I started off with plenty of water, a couple of colours of watercolour paint, and then a bit more water to get a blend I was happy with. I dried that and added some spatters of the darker colour over the top. Once it was (mostly) dry I trimmed it down to size and mounted it on black. I backed a piece of grey metallic paper with Stick-It and die-cut the sentiment, butterfly and hearts. Stick It is a wonderful product for attaching delicate die-cuts; no messy glues and it can even be repositioned.

Lessons Learned:

Just because you’ve used a heat tool to dry the watercolour doesn’t mean it’s completely dry. Don’t be impatient or the paper will still curl when you take it off the board.


  • dies:
    Clearly Besotted – butterfly duo die collection
    Mama Elephant – hello script
    Lawn Fawn – stitched journalling card (hearts)
  • colour:
    Gansai Tambi – watercolour paints – #50, #62
  • paper and card:
    Daler Rowney – watercolour paper – medium grain 190gsm
    Paperchase – cropping block – metallic A6
  • miscellaneous:
    Stick It – adhesive sheet

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