Watercolor from Recreational Decorator

Watercolor Cards

Recreational Decorator

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
  • iron

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.


Cynthia Zamaria

WHAT I MAKE...DIY DECOR . Simple but impactful home furnishings/accessories food and florals. Like a pro, even if it's just for fun. ABOUT ME...Blogger, boss lady, mum of 3, wife of 1. Maker. Recreational Decorator. Profiled in mags, ezines, TV shows and consumer events like One of a Kind
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