Celebrate You: A Happy, Pastel Watercolor Card

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Hello, friends! On my quest to use up backgrounds I had previously made, I came across this lovely pastel watercolor panel. There are still quite a few in my stash to choose from. The colors on this one, though, really spoke to me today. The stripes are so pretty, don’t you think?

Celebrate You: A Happy, Pastel Watercolor Card

Sadly, I don’t have photos of how I painted this. But, I used Gansai Tambi Watercolors in Pearl to add stripes of color on an already-wet piece of watercolor paper. That way, the paint blended beautifully all on its own without getting muddy. Did I mention that it has sparkles in it, too? It’s hard to get with a photo, but look closely – it’s SO pretty!

Prepping the Pieces

To start this card, I trimmed down the pastel watercolor panel to 5 1/4″ x 4″. I had an A2 sized piece of Bazzill cardstock in Date Swirl that matched quite nicely, so I matted the painted piece with it.

For the white angled overlay (Neenah Solar White), I marked the sides at 1 3/4″ on the left and 4 1/4″ on the right and used my little guillotine trimmer to cut the angle.

Then, to make it fit over the pastel watercolor piece and make room for flowers, I trimmed 1/8″ off the left and right sides and about 3/4″ off the bottom. At this point, I also decided to flip the orientation of this piece to make room for the sentiment as well. Check out the photos below to see what I mean.

Now for the fun stuff – hot foiling! The sentiment I chose to use on this card is part of the For You Glimmer Hot Foil Plate Set from the Stylish Script Collection at Spellbinders. I foiled it on the top right-hand corner in Gold using my Glimmer Hot Foil System and a Platinum 6 machine. It always comes out amazing!

Celebrate You: A Happy, Pastel Watercolor Card

Protip: If you have some foil transfer to a place you weren’t expecting, a white pencil eraser will clean it up in a jiffy. 😉

Putting It All Together

Next up, the flowers. These hot foil plates are from the Glimmering Layered Flowers plate and die set. I had several of these foiled in Gold on Neenah Solar White cardstock, just waiting for the perfect project. I adhered the white angled panel and arranged the flowers to try and hide the seam.

To keep them in place, I used a mix of small Foam Squares and my favorite Tombow X-treme tape. That added a bit of dimension to the design, too.

Celebrate You: A Happy, Pastel Watercolor Card

Then, it was just a matter of adding a little more sparkle and shine. I found a container of Spring Chick sequins from Simon Says Stamp, and they were perfect for flower centers! I used Multi Medium Matte to stick them in place.

Once everything was dry, it was time to adhere the finished panel to an A2 card base.

Celebrate You: A Happy, Pastel Watercolor Card
Celebrate You: A Happy, Pastel Watercolor Card

Thanks so much for reading today! Pop a comment below and don’t forget to pin this idea to your inspiration board on Pinterest!

Here’s another watercolor card I think you will love!

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