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Watercolour Flower Card

“Distress inks are extremely versatile and as they are water based they are great to use as a watercolour. In this tutorial I have shown how easy it is to watercolour an image and background to make a gorgeous spring card.” – Shabneez Khan-Muztar

  • Knitting and Crochet
  • < 1 hour
  • Intermediate

You will need:

  • Elizabeth Craft Design Garden Notes Oval Dies
  • Tumbled Glass Distress Ink Mini Pad
  • Mowed Lawn Distress Ink
  • Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink
  • Mustard Seed Distress Ink
  • Scattered Straw Distress Ink
  • Twisted Citron Distress Ink
  • Ranger Paint Brushes
  • Versafine Ink Pad
  • Watercolour Card
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Ranger Birthday Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden Stamp Set


  • 1

    Cut out a frame set from the oval dies as shown.

  • 2

    Stamp the image on to watercolour card using an appropriate waterproof ink pad as this will ensure your stamped image doesn’t bleed. Leave it to dry or use a heat gun to ensure it is dry. Then with a flat paintbrush go over the entire image with water to wet the cardstock, this ensures you have a porous surface to paint on.

  • 3

    With the same flat paintbrush dab some tumbled glass distress ink onto your glass mat and dilute it with water before adding it to your image so you create a blue background.

  • 4

    Switch to a finer paintbrush and do the same as above with brushed corduroy distress ink for the flower centre.

  • 5

    Use a combination of scattered straw and mustard seed inks to paint the flower petals. You can add more ink until you are happy.

  • 6

    For the stem and leaves use Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn distress inks, making the veins darker.

  • 7

    Stamp out Birthday Wishes for the sentiment and back onto black card.

  • 8

    To assemble the card stick the image onto a blue 5”x7” card blank and with foam pads add the next frame finishing with the aperture. Stick the sentiment along the bottom.