Have you ever tried making watercolour backgrounds for handmade cards? This beautiful card made with the Butterfly Brilliance bundle will have you reaching for your watercolour paper and ink refills!

I’ve got the steps plus a link to a photo tutorial to make a cool background like you see on my butterfly.

Amazing Watercolour Backgrounds for Handmade Cards
A stunning butterfly made from a watercolour background

If you make a card like this and give it away, just think how long it will sit on your friend’s mantle for visitors to ogle!

The Butterfly Brilliance bundle I used for this card is on the Last Chance List I shared yesterday.

But that doesn’t mean it’s leaving us. It only means the 10% savings you can get for a bundle will disappear. Thankfully both the stamps and dies will still be available to purchase come May 3rd.

So if you want to save a bit of cool cash, NOW is the time to get the bundle!

Colour Choices Make a Difference

Blushing Bride isn’t a colour I reach for all the time. In my mind, it requires JUST the right colours to coordinate with it.

But don’t you think it pairs beautifully with the Smoky Slate and Basic Gray here for a spectacular card for a friend?

It’s because the Smoky and Blushing have the same intensity of colour I think. Soft and subtle. And I only used the slightest touch of the darker Basic Gray.

Amazing Watercolour Backgrounds for Handmade Cards
My colour palette to try at home

While there are many techniques on my design that take it over-the-top, creating the watercolour background is the one I’m going to talk you through today.

Watercolour Backgrounds for Handmade Cards

Before I share the steps to make the background, take a close up look!

Stunning Watercolour Backgrounds for Handmade Cards
Watercolour, stamps, dies and embossing make a stunning card

You can see in detail the lovely transition of colour from pink to light grey to dark grey on the butterfly. Then everything else just emphasizes the delicate feel. The light Blushing Bride DSP, the hatch marks in the Smoky Slate layer (also in the Brilliant Wings dies), the stitching lines on the rectangles, the glossy and subtle pearls.

What Do You Need?

Here are the basic supplies:

  • Fluid 100 Watercolour paper
  • Water Painters, filled with plain water
  • Ink refills (3 colours)
  • an acrylic block
  • paper towel

The Steps to Make a Watercolour Background

Try your hand at making a watercolour background using these steps:

  1. First add one drop of each colour of ink refill to the corner of your acrylic block.
  2. Then pick up your flat Water Painter and squeeze a generous amount of water onto the paper, then sweep it around so the paper looks shiny. TIP: It’s better to add more water here than too little.
  3. Now use the large brush tip Water Painter to tap into the lightest colour of ink on the block and just kiss the surface of the water in a couple spots. You will immediately see it start to run in all directions.
  4. Clean off your brush tip Water Painter by lightly running it to and fro on your paper towel. Then pick up the next lightest colour and tap it onto different places on the paper.
  5. Repeat with the last colour. TIP: Try to not move the colour around with your brush. Let the paper itself take it where it wants to go. TIP: If you feel the paper has too much water, you can dab the edge of your paper towel into the wettest parts to pick up some water.
  6. And here’s the hardest step. LET IT DRY! 😋

Note: These are the basic steps to make a background. If you wish to heat emboss your image like I did, stamp and emboss it first, then complete the steps above. You’ll see the colours seep into the corners and crevices delightfully! TIP: A Stamparatus makes it much easier to stamp onto watercolour paper.

Give It a Try!

All the supplies I used can be seen with a simple click here. If you live in Canada, you can also order your supplies to try this technique yourself.

See a photo tutorial to help you through these steps by clicking here.

There are so many lovely butterflies in this stamp set. So why not cut out another one to use for the inside?

Spectacular Watercolour Backgrounds for Handmade Cards
Lovely gold accents instantly add polish and pizzazz!

I hope you give watercolour backgrounds for handmade cards a try – you’ll be amazed how every one looks just a little bit different than the next – then get ready to be ogled!

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