How to Stamp and Watercolor a Butterfly Greeting Card

11 Materials
20 Minutes
There is nothing better than giving someone a greeting card that you made yourself, especially for your recipient. They will know you put your heart into a card just for them and will cherish it. With these watercoloring tips and some basic card-making supplies, you can whip together a year's worth of cards for your loved ones in just one afternoon.

The supplies you will need for my card include 110-lb. white paper for card base, an envelope and patterned paper; rubber stamps, stamping block and waterproof black ink; alcohol markers, watercolor paint and brush for coloring; glimmer paint for spritzing image; washi tape; glue or tape; die cuts, and die-cutting machine (not shown). You can easily find most of these supplies at dollar or thrift stores or at rummage sales.

Remember to always use waterproof ink for stamping images when coloring with paint or markers. Using watercolor paper for the image is optional, if you use little water, the 110-lb. paper works fine.
Adhere stamp to stamping block and ink up image by tapping with ink pad.
Stamp image and sentiment on white paper; let dry.
Prepare paint colors by spritzing with water; let sit a few minutes before use.  Fill your brush with water and dab a scant amount onto stamped image where you want to lay the first color.
Now fill your brush with paint color and dab onto wet area. Allow drying time between laying colors unless they are complimentary and you want them to bleed. Repeat process until image is painted. 
If some color bleeds outside the lines don’t worry, it gives movement and a handmade quality to your image. If desired, sprinkle glimmer paint on top of image.  Die cut or use scissors to cut out image leaving a white border.
Assemble card by cutting white paper to 4-1/4 x 11 inches, folding at 5-1/2 inches for card base. Cut patterned paper to 4 x 5-1/4 and adhere to base leaving a white border. Decorate with washi tape or other embellishments and glue image and sentiment to front of card base. 

I hope you give watercolor card making a try, it’s a great way to show your friends and family that you love them and think of them often.

Suggested materials:
  • 110-lb. white paper and envelope   (Office Max)
  • Patterned paper   (Dollar Tree)
  • Rubber Stamps   (Unity Stamp Company)
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