Watercolor on Photo Paper

We use watercolor on photo paper to create the background of the card in this post. I think this is the easiest watercolor technique to teach. Simply, brush water across the photo paper, and pick up ink from an acrylic block and brush across the paper. The photo paper is very forgiving and takes the color very well.

Birthday card with watercolor photo paper background and punched flowers
Ink colors are Polished Pink, Peek-a-boo Peach, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Pool Party.

The flower/leaf clusters are punched from the Petal Park punch. The white frame is die cut from a wonky rectangle die and popped up with foam tape on the background panel.

Removing only part of the foam’s release paper allows you to position the frame before completely adhering it. In the other photo, you can see that the ribbon is loosely attached with glue dots in three places. I show how interspersing the dimensionals between the ribbon loops pops up the sentiment banner to the same height as the frame.

Paper punched flowers are given dimension with the bone folder and the edges are sponged with the corresponding ink color.

The individual flowers are sponged with the corresponding ink colors and then curled using a bone folder. Lastly, they are glued together. An embellishment is later added.

I actually CASE’d this from a facebook post, but didn’t capture the poster’s name.

I suggest you try this watercolor on photo paper technique. You can find this paper in the stationery or office section of any big box store. You may have even been given some to try with the purchase of an office printer. To see other samples of watercoloring on cards, click here.

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