Watercoloring for Card Makers |Top Tips

Any occasion, Cards

Welcome! It’s time for another TAWS video. This week I’m sharing my top tips for watercolouring for card makers. You can watch the video below, or on my YouTube Chanel.

Using watercolours on cards is really on trend these days. I think it’s because you can achieve so many different looks with minimal supplies, and also because watercolouring is very forgiving. If all you do is drop on some colour onto your page, you’ll still get an interesting result. So here we go, my top tips for watercolouring for cardmakers–

Paper Matters: Try to use watercolour paper. Even an inexpensive option, is better than plain cardstock as it will hold the water better and help the colours move. While we’re talking paper, if you plan to stamp, I recommend using a smooth paper for best stamping results.

Use a Waterproof Ink: I like VersaFine Onyx Black Ink because it stamps well onto watercolour paper, and it leaves crisp bright lines. Other people prefer an archival ink, but this is entirely up to your personal preference and what you have on hand.

Use What You Have: Watercolours come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. If you don’t have a “traditional watercolour pallet”, you can always use any water-based ink (such as Distress Ink) you have by smooshing out some ink onto a non-porous surface and mixing in some water. You can even use your dye inks the same way if you just want to experiment.

Use Layers: Traditional watercolours are transparent. Add layers of colour (allowing each one to dry in between) for a real watercolour look. If you prefer a more opaque look, try finding gouache paints instead.

Let the Water do the Work: Watercolouring is easy because you can let the water do all the work. Laying down a thin layer of water onto your project before adding the colour will help the paint move and create an interesting and dimensional look, even if you do nothing else.

Get More by Mixing Colours: You can mix colours no matter what type of paint you’re using. If you aren’t sure how or what to mix, you can always Google (e.g. how to mix grey) for some help. If all else fails, just experiment and see what happens.

Emboss: Heat embossing an image before applying the colour will help keep the paint contained. This is especially helpful when you’re colouring detailed images.


Ok, so that’s it for my tips today. I hope that you find them helpful, but most of all, I hope that you just experiment and play. There is no wrong or right way. Just do what makes your heart sing.

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Thanks for dropping by. Until next time,