These stencil and spray-on watercolour cards are way easier to make than a Monet and can be customized to say whatever you want. A handful tied with a pretty bow make a great gift too.
- heavy white card stock
- liquid watercolour paints
- paint brush/sponge/cotton pads
- stencils (we used the Heidi Swapp because they are so adorable) – peelable stickers are great also
- spray bottles
- painter’s tape
How to make it
Step 1: In each spray bottle, mix about 1 teaspoon of liquid watercolour paint with about 1 ounce of warm water (adjust amount of watercolour paint depending on the desired shade). Do a few test sprays on a sheet of old paper to prime the spray bottle and practice technique.
When you’ve got it down, spray the first colour on your card stock (a little at a time). You can spray the next colour right away (or let it dry before adding the next colour for a less blurry effect). Experiment with the paint – you can’t go wrong. It’s art after all. We went for a soft, watery mood.
Step 2: Lay your card on a flat surface to dry completely. The paper will likely buckle from the moisture. Iron on low heat on both sides of the paper. When you iron the paint-side, it sets and smooths out beautifully.
Step 3: Stencil away.
Use a brush/sponge/cotton pad to stipple with full-strength watercolour paint. Be sure to start with just a little bit of paint to avoid blobs. Dry in between adding layers of paint to get the colour intensity you want.
Step 4: Dry. Iron. Fold. Iron the crease.