How to | Watercolor Guy Card

I had mentioned a couple of days ago that I was weekend guesting on Els Brigé's blog (along with some fabulous crafty ladies). For my guest post, I created a watercolor card that I think even the guys in your life can enjoy. My idea was to keep the design clean yet detailed, with colors that fall on the cooler side of the spectrum. 

If you want to, the major steps are all documented for you to follow along. Supply wise, I had been working with stamps and embellishments from Studio Calico's July card kit Penny Arcade and card add-on kit Pinball

First, cut a piece of watercolor paper to the size of 3,75 x 5,00 inches and tape it down on a piece of scratch paper with washi. The washi tape serves as a mask here so make sure the frame you create is even.

Gather your favorite watercolor supplies and paint even layers of yellow, lime green, and turquoise (or other colors of your choice) from top to bottom. Make sure to blend them well for a nice gradient/ombré look and let the paper dry. 

Next, remove the washi tape and reveal the masked-off frame. If necessary, you can use a white watercolor pencil to correct bleeds. 

Stamp your sentiment in a color that falls within your ombré spectrum.

Create your focal point. For "masculine" cards natural shapes like leaves are great, and you can never go wrong with stars, I'd say. Cut a few of the same shapes in different sizes with a die-cutting machine or punch. I had used a book page and vellum for my die-cuts. Layer and machine-stitch the die-cuts onto a label. You can secure the loose ends with washi tape on the back. 

Embellish your card with a wood veneer star, sewing thread, and Mister Huey's spray mist sprinkles. If desired, you can also go ahead and dry emboss the watercolor background for more texture.

Adhere the focal point on the watercolored paper with dimensional foam. Glue the watercolor paper down on a standard (US) A2 card (4,25 x 5,5 inches)… and there you have the finished card!

If you want to follow an interview about scrapbooking in my country and where I find inspiration, as well as some tips to make a girly version of this card - it's all on Els's blog, folks!

See you soon :)