Monday, January 7, 2019

Square Watercolor Block Cards

Hi, there! I have a set of two square cards to share with you today! These cards are quite simple to make and are perfect for kids! I'm using the Wild Thing stamp set from Pink & Main - one of my favorite stamp sets from 2018!

Aren't they just so cute!? I cut down two pieces of watercolor cardstock to 5 inches square - one for each card front. I used a pencil and a T-square ruler to pencil in four squares on each card that are 2 inches square. Then I grabbed my Gansai Tambi watercolors and went to town!

I started with this card and doing simple washes of single colors. I tried to choose colors that would be good for girls or boys. I painted straight colors inside of my pencil squares. You do want to be careful not to get paint over the pencil. That will seal in the pencil and you won't be able to erase it. I watercolored just inside of the pencil lines, so the watercolor squares are technically a tad bit smaller than 2 inches.

For my second card I tried something a little different and tried to blend some watercolors together. I couldn't NOT do a rainbow! Hahaha!! I added some black watercolor spatters to both backgrounds for some added texture - and because I love spatters!

My idea for these cards were to make some silhouette animals. I love silhouette stamps! I think they're so amazing with black ink! I planned to just die cut the Wild Thing dies from Pink & Main and adhere them to the squares, but I thought it was hard to tell what the zebra and lion were without the stamped details. You could pretty clearly tell what the crocodile and giraffe were, but I didn't want to repeat the animals. I decided to white heat emboss the stamped images from the Wild Thing stamp set on top of the black die cuts and it was like magic! I LOVE it! The white and black together are so amazing against the bright colored squares! I popped each critter up with foam tape for dimension and added a coordinating sentiment on black cardstock from the Wild Thing stamp set.

I plan on making more of these! I love the way they turned out and they were so quick to make because I didn't do any coloring on the little critter images! Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to check out the Pink & Main store to purchase the stamps and dies I used in my projects today!

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