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“I’ve just started to paint in my spare time so I can’t wait to try the wa­ter­colour roses tu­to­rial this month”

Wflo­ral ater­colour paints are so on-trend right now, es­pe­cially when com­bined with

de­signs. Some card­mak­ers may feel a lit­tle in­tim­i­dated by the tech­nique, but it’s much eas­ier than you might think, and once you’ve mas­tered this sim­ple skill you’ll be mak­ing beau­ti­ful cards in no time at all!

The method we use here is a lit­tle more for­giv­ing than most be­cause of the die-cut out­line over the wa­ter­colour de­sign. By us­ing the dies as a ba­sic tem­plate and draw­ing around them in pen­cil you’re cre­at­ing an out­line and mak­ing it eas­ier to colour in the painted ar­eas. So this el­e­gant roses card is a great place to start if you’re new to wa­ter­colour.

When work­ing with wa­ter­colours, al­ways start with the light­est colours, then layer the darker tones on top. When paint­ing flow­ers, it’s best to add the dark­est shades in the very cen­tre of each flower to cre­ate depth. Be pa­tient when adding lay­ers and leave enough time for each one to dry com­pletely – es­pe­cially be­tween dif­fer­ent colours like pink and green – as the colours will spread into each other if still wet.

You don’t have to use ex­pen­sive wa­ter­colour pa­per straight away – try us­ing smooth white card es­pe­cially if you’re a begin­ner get­ting a feel for the medium. You will achieve a va­ri­ety of re­sults on dif­fer­ent sur­faces but, if you want to avoid any buck­ling (where the pa­per curls when wa­ter is added), use wa­ter­colour pa­per.

Trim a piece of smooth card or wa­ter­colour pa­per to 90x133mm. Next, us­ing each of your flower and leaf dies as a tem­plate, lightly draw around each die with a pen­cil to cre­ate the lay­out of the wa­ter­colour. Re­fer to the main im­age as a po­si­tional guide and leave a space in the bot­tom left cor­ner for the sen­ti­ment.

Mix your wa­ter­colour paint on an old plate or pal­ette and add wa­ter so the paint has a loose con­sis­tency. Add more wa­ter to make the colour paler. Start­ing with the light­est shade, colour in the top rose in pink paint. Re­peat for sec­ond rose. While still wet, add some less di­luted pink paint to the cen­tre of each and leave to dry.

Mix some green wa­ter­colour paint on a plate and add a touch of yel­low to cre­ate a brighter colour green. Us­ing the pen­cil out­lines as a guide, colour in the leaves with green paint, re­mem­ber­ing to keep your brush­strokes loose. Add a slightly darker green to the edges clos­est to the rose while still wet. Leave to dry.

Mix a darker shade of pink on your plate, start­ing at the cen­tre of the rose and ap­ply­ing paint in large brush­strokes, leave some gaps, as shown. Don’t colour all the way to the edge, leave the lighter shade of pink on the outer edges. Re­peat for the sec­ond rose. Leave to dry.

Mix a darker shade of green, adding blue or brown to darken slightly. Start­ing at the leaf base, ap­ply paint in di­rec­tion of the tip. Don’t paint all the way to the edge, leave the lighter shade of green on the outer edges. Re­peat for the re­main­ing leaves. Leave to dry. Re­move pen­cil lines.

Die-cut a large and medium-sized rose us­ing a die-cut­ting ma­chine. Die-cut three leaves. Trim near the base of the leaves to shorten them slightly. Use a glue pen to ad­here the die-cuts di­rectly over the wa­ter­colour roses. Take care not to ap­ply too much glue as it may lift the paint.

Us­ing a sen­ti­ment stamp of your choice, care­fully stamp the sen­ti­ment in the bot­tom left-hand cor­ner of the wa­ter­colour pa­per us­ing grey ink for a sub­tle touch. You can use any style of let­ter­ing and any mes­sage you like.

Trim a 96x140mm piece of green card. When the wa­ter­colour panel is com­pletely dry, layer it onto the cen­tre of the green panel, as shown. Fi­nally, at­tach the lay­ered wa­ter­colour panel to a 105x148mm white base card, to fin­ish.

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