Unique Watercolor Tie-Dye Effect For Your Cards!

We'll never run out of watercolor ideas for cardmaking! It's just so versatile and accessible, which makes it a perfect medium for creating cards!

For this tip, I'll show you how to create a cool tie dye-effect with watercolors and add a shiny embossed highlight to make your cards stand out!

Watch the Video Tutorial:

The materials that you'll need are the following: watercolors, brush, water, watercolor paper, embossing powder, Versamark watermark, heat tool, card stock, and paper trimmer.

Read the Step-by-Step Guide Below:

Step 1

Let's start off with a plain white watercolor paper. Using a brush, wet the surface with some water.
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Step 2

Now, get your watercolor set and let's start adding the colors into the paper. We're doing a wet-on-wet painting technique so make sure you add water to your brush every time you pick up the watercolors.
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Just keep adding various colors until the paper is almost full. I suggest using lighter colors for this so the outcome won't come as muddy.
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Step 3

When you're satisfied with the mix of colors you have, spray some more water and try to move the colors around.

Step 4

Now, carefully crumple the paper into a ball, make sure the colors won't spill.
Open it up again and it'll reveal a beautiful tie dye design with a beautiful creased effect!

Step 5

Dry it with a heat tool.
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Step 6

Once completely dry, we can start cutting it up to several card sizes. Just choose areas you like best and trim it down with a paper trimmer.
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Step 7

So I've got all these cutouts from that one sheet of watercolor tie-dye! I'll be able to make lots of cards with these, isn't that amazing?
Now let's add more style to it with some gold embossing! First, apply some Versamark watermark on the raised creases of the card. Add your embossing powder, then dry it off with a heat tool.
That added sparkle just completes the design!

Step 8

To finish it off, mount it on another card stock, then you can finally add your sentiment.
I'm sure this trick will help you create lovely cards that will catch everyone's eye!

Happy cardmaking!

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