Hello.  For today’s tutorial, I have a soft watercolor sympathy card to share featuring the Blossoming stamp set from the NEW Simon Says Stamp Fresh Bloom Release plus 5 tips for watercoloring.  The image and sentiments were stamped on a cold press finish watercolor paper.  Finished with the Altenew Spring Garden watercolor brush marker set.

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    5 Tips For Watercoloring

    TIP #1:  It’s easier to add than remove color.  So always start with a light color wash.  Then gradually building on more layer of color until you reach the look you’re going for.

    TIP #2:  Always clean brush before picking up a new color. 

    TIP #3:  Allow an area to dry before adding another layer of color on. 

    TIP #4:  Use a heat gun to speed up drying time.

    TIP #5:  For Altenew watercolor brush markers, here are two options to working with them:  

    Option 1: Brush a stroke (or dab of) color directly onto the image with the brush marker first.  Then, use a wet clean brush to spread out the color.  OR…

    Option 2: Brush the marker onto a palette first.  Then, use a clean wet brush to pick up the color from the palette and apply to the image.  I used this option 2 on this card.

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    Tutorial – Blossoming Watercolor Sympathy Card

    Supplies: (stamp set) Simon Says Stamp Blossoming set  (watercolor set) Altenew’s Spring Garden Watercolor Brush Markers (ink pad) black ink pad (cardstock) Bazzill Spearmint Stick (green); Watercolor pad (tools) MISTI; watercolor palette; watercolor brush; paper trimmer; Scor-Pal scoring board; bone folder; double-sided adhesive tape


    1.  Start by creating a side-folded 4″ x 6-1/2″ size card base from a 6-1/2″ x 8″ size spearmint cardstock.  Score at the 4″ mark.  Set aside.

    2.  Stamp the tree and sentiment onto a piece of 4″x6″ size watercolor paper using the MISTI.

    3. Following one of 2 options from TIP #5 above, watercolor the image using the following colors: Rubelite (flowers); Limeade & Moss (leaves); and Evening Gray (branches/trunk).

    4.  Adhere the finished watercolor panel to card front.

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