How-to Video: Easy Watercolor Card with May Park (feat. Handpicked Bouquet Stamp Set)

by May Sukyong Park

Hi, Altenew fans! It’s May Sukyong Park here from Mayholic Design. Today I have an easy floral watercolor card to share with you all featuring the Handpicked Bouquet Stamp Stamp & Die Bundle and Watercolor 36 Pan Set from Altenew.

Do you remember a set of my floral-themed cards with the ink blended background that I created for November 2018 release blog hop? I really loved the rose bouquet image from the Handpicked Bouquet Stamp Set with multiple coloring layers. (To learn more about my cards, check out my blog post HERE or watch the video tutorial HERE.)

So I decided to use the Handpicked Bouquet Stamp Set again for today’s project, but this time I tried watercoloring instead of color layering.

Video Tutorial

I made a video tutorial to show you how to create my card from start to finish. You can watch it above or in HD on YouTube.

This video includes:

  • Techniques: watercoloring, heat embossing, watercolor wash background, splattering
  • Watercolor paintbrush size recommendation for an A2 card project
  • How I choose colors for my coloring project
  • An easy way to watercolor a floral image
  • A trick on how to stamp an outline image that aligns with its die perfectly
  • How to fix your coloring mistake
  • What message to add inside the card and on the back of the card
  • My craft desk after my project is done – I hope you can relate to my messy desk.
  • And more!

I started by die-cutting my image first from the Handpicked Bouquet Die Set out of 140LB Cold Pressed watercolor paper. I placed the negative side of my die-cut panel and inlay my die-cut inside the opening.

That way I was able to stamp my image to fit in my die-cut perfectly so my stamped image has an even white area around the edges.

Next, I stamped the image from the Handpicked Bouquet Stamp Set with Altenew Embossing Ink and heat embossed it with Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder. Heat embossing an image in white will help my colors stay inside the outlines – it’s also good for watercolor beginner or someone who doesn’t like outlines stamped in black.

I watercolored my images using the Watercolor 36 Pan Set and round watercolor paintbrush #3. FYI, here are the paint colors I used for watercoloring:

  • Flowers: Rouge, Mountain Mist, Lagoon, Emerald
  • Leaves: Industrial Diamond, Moon Rock, Jet Black

I lightly coated the first layer with Rose and Mountain Mist after diluting paints with water. Then I added the second layer with darker colors, Lagoon and Emerald, toward the bottom of each petal. Please note that I applied the colors after mixing a couple of paints together to achieve unexpected colors.

After my coloring is done, I created a watercolor wash background on the A2 size watercolor paper leaving some white areas intentionally. Then I mounted it on the A2 size white top folding card base using double-sided tape. Next, I splattered the background with the paint colors I used for my flowers and leaves.

I stamped the sentiment from the Build-A-Flower Coral Charm using my new favorite black ink, Obsidian Pigment Ink. After that, I mounted my watercolored die-cut on the card front using 3M foam tape.

I didn’t like how my watercolor wash background turned out. It looked too intense compared to my soft watercolor image. So I decided to cover them with some Iridescent Bubbles while I embellish my background as well.

That is it for today. Don’t forget to watch my video tutorial to learn how to create a watercolor card. You’ll also see a peek at my craft room at the end of the video. 🙂

I hope today’s post was inspiring or informative for you guys. If you have any questions, just write them below and I would be happy to answer them for you. Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy crafting!

~SUPPLY LIST~

Handpicked Bouquet Stamp Set
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Handpicked Bouquet Die Set
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Watercolor 36 Pan Set
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Embossing Ink
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Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder
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Build-A-Flower: Coral Charm
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Obsidian Pigment Ink
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Tracy June 26, 2019 - 09:52

Gorgeous card!! I guess we are always more critical of our own work, as I LOVE the background you made.

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May Sukyong Park July 6, 2019 - 02:17

Yes, we are our own worst critic! ;)

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Dee Earnshaw June 26, 2019 - 10:11

stunning card, May

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May Sukyong Park July 6, 2019 - 02:17

Thank you, Dee!

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Karen F. June 26, 2019 - 10:29

Thank you for the lesson on water coloring for beginners! Your card is beautiful.

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May Sukyong Park July 6, 2019 - 02:17

Hope you found it helpful! :)

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memalagene June 26, 2019 - 10:33

Gorgeous card, thank you so much for the video!

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May Sukyong Park July 6, 2019 - 02:18

Thank you for watching! :)

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memalagene June 26, 2019 - 11:03

Awesome creation!

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Cindy C. June 26, 2019 - 11:21

Beautiful cards, and I love how organized your craft area looks!!

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Cookie Padilla June 26, 2019 - 12:01

It’s amazing to watch you paint – even at an accelerated speed. Beautiful card.

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May Sukyong Park July 6, 2019 - 02:18

Thank you, Cindy! :)

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susanbcards June 26, 2019 - 12:28

So beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration!

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May Sukyong Park July 6, 2019 - 02:18

Thank you, lovely!

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Patricia Wilson June 26, 2019 - 12:51

So lovely and you make the water coloring look so easy. When I try it sure doesn’t come out like yours. Practice makes perfect???????

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May Sukyong Park July 6, 2019 - 02:19

Oh, I totally feel your pain. I’ve been there. Just don’t stop trying and practicing. Always remember it’s okay not to be perfect!

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Carol Krup June 26, 2019 - 15:52

You made this beautiful watercoloring look sooo easy that I think I can do it. I have not water colored this way before. Thanks so much, May!

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May Sukyong Park July 6, 2019 - 02:20

Hope my video made you try watercoloring! :)

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Helen June 26, 2019 - 18:31

Such a lovely card, May. I enjoyed watching you watercolor it…I learn so much seeing it done from beginning to end. tfs

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May Sukyong Park July 6, 2019 - 02:21

Oh I’m glad to hear that. Thank you for your sweet words, Helen!

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Terri W June 26, 2019 - 19:44

I absolutely love your card thank you for sharing!

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May Sukyong Park July 6, 2019 - 02:21

Thank you, Terri!

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Carmela Hubler June 26, 2019 - 20:34

Gorgeous card, May! Thanks for the tips on watercoloring!

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May Sukyong Park July 6, 2019 - 02:21

Thank you for watching! Happy coloring!

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vera feldman June 27, 2019 - 10:35

Those are so beautiful – thanks for making watercoloring look so easy and fun!

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May Sukyong Park July 6, 2019 - 02:22

Thank YOU for watching! :)

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Pauline Martin June 28, 2019 - 07:21

Absolutely beautiful. I’ll have to give it a try. Your very inspiring. TY

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May Sukyong Park July 6, 2019 - 02:22

Thank you for your kind words!

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Pam Buck June 28, 2019 - 14:42

Beautiful card and great techniques. However, the voice over is very difficult to understand and I missed a lot of the vocal direction. Perhaps the audio part of this video could be edited, using the same script but a narrator who can speak English clearly. No offense intended – I am just wanting to learn.

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May Sukyong Park June 30, 2019 - 12:23

Thank you for your feedback, Pam. There are subtitles added on my video, so just open captions to see the video scripts. Hope this helps.

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