Easy Watercolor Idea – Tie Dye Cards

by onepaperstreet

learning how to use gravity was one of the first watercolor tricks I learned when I was beginning the craft, and it is one of the easiest watercolor techniques to learn. Not only did this easy watercolor idea get my creative juices flowing, but it was a lot of fun. Keep reading to learn how to make these cards with the same technique I did.

Easy Watercolor Greeting Cards - Cool Tones

Easy Watercolor Greeting Cards – Cool Tones

View the exact specifications of this easy watercolor project in the Cricut Design Space.

 

Easy Watercolor Thank You Card - Warm Tones

Easy Watercolor Thank You Card – Warm Tones

Materials Used for Warm Toned Cards: Makes 2 Cards

Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine
Cricut Basic Tool Set
Cricut Scoring Stylus
Cricut Adhesive Cutting Mat, Strong Grip
Midnight Cricut Fine Point Marker –From: Cricut Antiquity Color Pen Set
XL Mix Media Pad, 7″X10″ Side Wire – exterior (6’x5′)
3 colors  (Lemon Yellow #052, Permanent Orange # 024, Quinacidone Rose #032) From: Sakura Koi Watercolor Field 48 Color Sketch Set
ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape, Multi-Use, 1.88-Inch by 60-Yard, 1 Roll
Flat Paint Brush #1
White Cardstock 12’x12′ (card bases)
Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 8.5’x11′ (2 sheets – 1 envelope per sheet)
Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 3.5’x3.5′ (optional interior insert)
Trim Slant Tip Tweezers
Forever In Time 3D Pop Dots Square Dual-Adhesive Foam Mount, 1/2-Inch
Scrapbook Adhesives Initially Repositionable Mounting Squares
Feather No.55 Switch-Blade Shear, 5.5 Inch

Cricut Images Used:

Thank You Card (Maker-Party & Events cartridge)
Miss You Card (Maker-Party & Events cartridge)
Envelope (Tags, Bags Boxes & More 2 cartridge)

 

Easy Watercolor Thank You Card - Cool Tones

Easy Watercolor Thank You Card – Cool Tones

 

Materials Used for Cool Toned Cards: Makes 2 Cards

Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine
Cricut Basic Tool Set
Cricut Scoring Stylus
Cricut Adhesive Cutting Mat, Strong Grip
Midnight Cricut Fine Point Marker –From: Cricut Antiquity Color Pen Set
XL Mix Media Pad, 7″X10″ Side Wire – exterior (6’x5′)
3 colors  (Cerulean Blue #145, Purple #176, Viridian Hue #092) From: Sakura Koi Watercolor Field 48 Color Sketch Set
ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape, Multi-Use, 1.88-Inch by 60-Yard, 1 Roll
Flat Paint Brush #1
White Cardstock 12’x12′ (card bases)
Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 8.5’x11′ (2 sheets – 1 envelope per sheet)
Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 3.5’x3.5′ (optional interior insert)
Trim Slant Tip Tweezers
Forever In Time 3D Pop Dots Square Dual-Adhesive Foam Mount, 1/2-Inch
Scrapbook Adhesives Initially Repositionable Mounting Squares
Feather No.55 Switch-Blade Shear, 5.5 Inch

Cricut Images Used:

Thank You Card (Maker-Party & Events cartridge)
Miss You Card (Maker-Party & Events cartridge)
Envelope (Tags, Bags Boxes & More 2 cartridge)

 

Easy Watercolor Greeting Cards - Warm Tones

Easy Watercolor Greeting Cards – Warm Tones

Easy Watercolor Walk Through:

Step 1.

This easy watercolor design will make 2 greeting cards, so tape a  7″X10″ sheet of watercolor paper onto a smooth, hard, flat surface that you can tip up or move to the side. I used an old shelf from a piece of IKEA furniture.  Use some tape that will easily peel off without ripping the paper. I use ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape, mostly because I just had it lying around my house. The key is to make sure that your paper is secure so that it wont move during the paining process.

Tip: Make sure the paper is pulled taut under the tape. This will help it stay flat as it dries.

Step 2.

Choose your three paint colors. Since you’ll be allowing the colors to bleed into each other try to pick colors that won’t look muddy when they run together. A simple way to think about color blending is to picture the rainbow. the colors that easily blend will be next to each other, and the colors that don’t will sit further apart. Test your colors out if you’d like to. Once you’re ready to begin, add your paint to your mixing palette. if you don t have a palette, use an old or disposable plate. Once you’ve done that. you’re ready to start your easy watercolor project!

Step 3.

Use a generous amount of paint on your brush and swipe the darkest color across bottom of your page. It should be about 10 inches long about 2 inches wide.  You can move your brush back and forth as many times as you need to, it’ll adds some cool texture into the design.  Before the first color dries, move about 1.5-2 inches above the last color and start painting the next layer in the same way. As you get closer, allow your brush to blend the two colors together, then tip your painting surface up and let gravity pull the top color down creating a vein like effect on the page.

Repeat that same process on the very top layer. Make the last layer about 2 inches. Once your finished paining, set your watercolor art work aside and let it fully dry.

Tip: wait until the paint is completely dry to pull the tape off.
Easy Watercolor Miss You Card - Cool Tones

Easy Watercolor Miss You Card – Cool Tones

Step 4.

Once the paint has fully dried, and the paper has been removed from the painting surface, you are welcome to trim down the paper as needed. Make sure your painted design is near the top edge, and left edge of the mat about 4-5 inches in width. It might take some practice if you’re new to your machine, but that will help make sure that no white slips into your greeting card design.

Adhere your watercolor paper on a strong grip Cricut mat and make sure it is very secure. Be careful, because your paper will have warped slightly from the paint. Feed it through the machine following its instructions. Once it’s been drawn and cut, eject it from the machine.

 

Step 5.

Follow all the Cricut Design Space steps to cut the rest of the project out. Unless you are very familiar with your Cricut machine, I recommend using a 12’x12′ sheet of cardstock (instead of 8.5’x11′) for the card bases. When you get to the card and the envelopes, place the Cricut scoring tool in slot A of the machine to mark the points you will need to fold. If you don’t have a Cricut scoring tool, leave slot A empty and score it by hand afterwards. There is an optional interior insert in this design. If your card bases uses paper that isn’t very thick, the insert will give it a little stability.

Step 6.

Once you’ve cut all the pieces of your project cut out, you cans start assembling them into a beautiful easy to assemble card. Use some dimensional adhesive to pop the watercolor design off the front of the card a bit.  Make sure to line up the sentiment on the card base with the circular border of the watercolor design.  If you chose to cut out the optional insert, place some double-sided mounting tape on it and line it up in the middle of the page.

Easy Watercolor Greeting Cards - Warm Tones

Easy Watercolor Greeting Cards – Warm Tones

I hope you enjoyed this easy watercolor tutorial! let me know what you think by leaving a comment below, or by following me on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube or Twitch. I’d also love to see some of your projects as well, so feel free to shoot me a link!

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