June Challenge Intro | Watercolored Handmade Cards | Photo Tutorial

Hello friends,

Shruti here once again and welcome to the brand new challenge for the month of June. Water-coloring techniques and brush lettering are very on trend right now. So keeping the trend in mind our challenge for this month is: Watercolor/Brush Lettering/Stamping. You must include atleast one of the techniques mentioned in your project to enter the challenge.

I chose to play with watercolors for my project today.  I have made three different cards that show you three different ways to achieve the watercolor look using three different mediums.

Card 1: Watercolor effect using Watercolor powder


Watercolor card11I used the Strathmore watercolor paper, Ken Oliver’s Craft burst in Pthalo Green and Lemon Yellow, Rangers Distress sprayer and this beautiful butterfly stamp set from Penny Black for this card.

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I randomly sprinkled both the colors on to my dry watercolor paper.

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When I sprayed some water on to the paper the pigmentation of the Color Burst powders left me amazed! It seemed like magic seeing how these colors appear. I am definitely going to buy all the other colors available in the store. It surely is a MUST HAVE for me!!

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I went ahead and dried it using a heat tool.


This beautiful stamped butterfly just stood out over the stunning background.


I bleached the insides of the butterfly using a nylon brush to give this beautiful effect. While working with bleach make sure you always use a nylon brush to avoid ruining your expensive brushes.


I wanted my butterfly to have a raised embossed effect so I partly cut the butterfly at the edges and raised it using some double sided foam.


I am loving the bleached raised look of this gorgeous butterfly.



The sentiment was die cut using Silhouette Cameo

Card 2: Bokeh effect on watercolored background



For this next card I used the Gansai Tambi watercolor palette.


I love how pigmented these colors are.


Once the watercolor paper fully dry I ran it through my Silhouette Cameo to cut out this beautiful shape. I even cut out a stencil, with the machine, having different sizes of circles on an acetate sheet. This will help me achieve the bokeh look. Basically you dab white ink through these circles randomly all over the paper. They can ever overlap.


I topped it with this beautiful die cut that my Cameo cut out.


Card 3:

Watercoloring using distress stain


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I cut out a tag using Silhouette Cameo.

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Inked this floral stamps using distress stains.

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You can pull the color from the stamped image to fill in the leaves and flowers. You can also pick up more colors using a water-brush from the palette to give the image a deeper color tone.

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I enjoyed doing this so much that I ended up making another one too.


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To enter this month’s challenge, here are the guidelines:

  1. Create a project with any one (or more) of the following three techniques:
    Brush Lettering
  2. Upload your entry at our Member Gallery and link us up in this thread in the forum “ June 2016 Challenge – ‘Watercolor/Brush Lettering/Stamping’.
  3. All entries are due by June 30, 2016.
  4. Challenge winner will receive a prize pack worth AED50.


  1. A winner will be announced only if we have THREE new submissions.
  2. All projects submitted for the challenge must be NEW and created AFTER the challenge went live.

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