DIY Watercolor Background Card

With the latest technology making it simple to send a single “hey” text to five different friends at once, card crafting is now a lost art. Spring is just around the corner and with it a fresh start. Now is the time to break out those creative skills and create this beautiful watercolor background card.


  • Dye inks or watercolors
  • Large, soft paint brushes
  • Sentiment Stamp
  • Acrylic block
  • Watercolor paper
  • Plastic bag
  • Glass with water


  1. Tape down your plastic bag to your work surface. This step is not required but helps with the cleanup process.
  2. Decide on the color of your background. Using your brush, mix a large amount of water into the color you decided on.
  3. Trim down your watercolor paper to the size of the card. A typical card is 4 1/4” by 5 1/2”.
  4. Clean off your brush then using plain water, make wide strokes across your paper to dampen the surface. This will make the color dry smoother.
  5. Pick up the watercolor using the brush and using the same strokes as before, begin painting the background on your card.
  6. When you are done, allow the paper to dry completely before stamping on your sentiment.
  7. Attach you sentiment to your acrylic block and using a dye, pigment, hybrid, or distress ink stamp the sentiment onto your card.
  8. Add embellishments to your desire or leave the card simple.


  • Choose any sentiment to match the occasion of the card.
  • Do not be afraid to make mistakes. A handmade item rarely does not have a mistake on it.
  • For an ombre effect, layer the watercolor heavily at the bottom and less at the top or use colors in the same color group.

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