Clare’s top hints &tips
To prevent the paper from buckling, try using watercolour paper. I also like the bright white and smooth finish of the Neenah Classic Crest Card. Once you apply double-sided tape and layer it onto the base it will smooth out anyway.
Use the dies as a template to draw around and to help create a layout. It is much easier to block in the colour when you have an outline.
Allow watercolour paint to completely dry between colours or they will bleed – use a hairdryer if you don’t want to wait. Dab excess water from your brush onto kitchen towel. Don’t worry about the paint going outside of the pencil lines you’ve drawn – the whole look and feel of this technique is pretty loose. Painting over the lines will add interest, especially once you layer the die-cuts on top.
Don’t be afraid to go back and add more colour to the watercolour if it’s too light. The more water you add to the paint the lighter the colour will be. Try experimenting: yellow mixed with pink will add peachy tones and a little blue added to pink creates a lavender hue.
Once you attach the die-cuts to the watercolour, place a piece of clean scrap paper over it and press to blot away any excess glue. Test colours on scrap paper before using. Watercolours will always appear lighter once dry.