Project Description: Create a wonderfully colorful watercolor card using Grafix Opaque White Craft Plastic and Artist-tac.
Designed by: Nicole Head – Cut n’ Edge Crafts
Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
- Grafix Opaque White Craft Plastic Film
- Grafix Artist-tac
- Doodled Floral Card Front SVG File available from Cut n’ Edge crafts on Etsy (alternatively, you can use a stamp and die combination of your choice)
- SVG compatible Electronic Craft Cutting Machine (Cricut or similar)
- Black pen compatible with your Craft Cutting Machine
- 5”x7” White Card Base
- 110# White Cardstock
Steps to Make This:
- Liberally apply analogous watercolors (colors that sit next to each other on a color wheel) to a sheet of Grafix Opaque White Craft Plastic.
- Then blend the colors together where they meet. For the best results, make sure your brush strokes are all in the same direction. Don’t worry if the colors appear streaky when they are wet. They will smooth as they dry.
- Saturate your brush with a complimentary color of watercolor and tap your brush over the dry panel to create additional dimension and add to the galaxy effect.
- Saturate your brush with plain water and repeat step 3 to create lighter color speckles on your panel.
- While still wet, sprinkle salt over some areas of the watercolor. The salt will draw some the watercolor towards it and leave add an interesting texture to your final piece.
- Allow the watercolor to dry completely (to avoid smudging and scratching, it is very important that the watercolor is completely dry before moving on to the next step).
- Lightly brush the salt off the watercolor panel.
- Trim your water-color panel to 5”x7”.
- Using an Electronic Craft Cutting machine, draw and cut out the card front from white cardstock. (Alternatively, you could use a paper trimmer to cut rectangular openings in your card front and pair it with floral stamps/dies of your choosing).
- Stamp or write a sentiment on the card front to match the occasion. (You can have your craft machine write the sentiment as part of step 8 if desired).
- Use a sheet of Grafix Artist-tac to add adhesive to the back of your card front.
- Adhere the card front to the 5”x7” watercolor panel.
- Finish the card by using another sheet of Artist-tac to adhere the finished card-front to your card base.