How to Make Watercolor Greeting Cards

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How to Make Watercolor Greeting Cards
Freestyle watercolour cards (Watercolour cards by Natasha Lawrence)

An original watercolour greeting card sent from one friend to another is a joy because it was done by hand by someone who cares and expresses friendship. Artistic ability is not required to make a watercolour card---many people make "spirit" watercolour cards that are a blend of colours, strokes and impressions. It's the thought that counts. On the other hand, the original work of art may be sincerely admired, framed and hung on a wall.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Heavy watercolour paper
  • White or coloured card stock
  • Water-based paints
  • Assorted brushes
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Double-sided tape
  • Envelopes (to fit 5-inch x 7-inch cards)

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  1. 1

    Cut the heavy watercolour paper to 4-by-6 inches. Unless your are an experienced artist in watercolour, try a free form or impressionistic style to create an attractive art piece. Apply several contrasting colours, light and dark, in separate applications, of watercolour with a medium-wide brush, covering the 4-by-6 inch space. Let dry, then if desired, use other brushes to add contrasting detail such as shapes or accents.

  2. 2

    Cut the card stock paper to 7-by-10 inches. Fold it in half and make a crease. This makes the card on which you'll mount your 4-by-6 inch art piece. Use white card stock, or a coloured card stock for an attractive presentation.

  3. 3

    Put double-sided tape on the back of the 4-by-6 inch watercolour art piece close to the edges. Flip it over and attach it to the larger blank card in the centre, pressing down to secure it. If you're using coloured card stock, attach the watercolour pieces onto cards to compliment each other.

  4. 4

    Sign your name in small writing at the bottom of the art work on the right or the left. Write a greeting or message inside the card. Insert it in an envelope, address and mail it.

Tips and warnings

  • Refer to art books to study artistic styles, colours, inspiration and guidance.

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