Even if you don’t classify yourself as “artistic”, you’ll find that you can make this watercolor birthday card. Not only can you make it, but you’ll thoroughly enjoy putting it together! Every step of the creation process is relaxing and creative — and I know you’ll especially like making the little watercolor dots.
Here’s what you need to get started:
- 2 pieces of cardstock in contrasting colors (I chose a shimmery orange and royal blue)
- Watercolor paper
- Watercolor paints
- A glue stick, glue, or double-sided tape
- Scissors or a paper cutter
1. Cut the Paper
Cutting everything to its proper size is the first step in making your watercolor birthday card. First, you’ll want to cut one of the pieces of cardstock to 10″ wide by 7″ tall. Then, cut out three 2″ x 2″ squares in that same color. You can use scissors to do this, but a guillotine-style paper cutter will make quick work of projects like this! I use my paper cutter almost every day, even for little things like cutting out shipping labels.
While you’ve got this color of cardstock out, fold the big piece in half to create a 5″ x 7″ card. You can use a bone folder or a ruler to reinforce the crease for a crisp fold!
Next, cut out three 2″ x 2″ squares from the other piece of cardstock.
Finally, cut six 1-3/4″ squares and one 6-3/4″ x 4-3/4″ rectangle from your watercolor paper.
Some people are petrified of using watercolors. If you count yourself in that group, forget your fear: this is watercolor at its most basic and wonderful! Start by choosing a dark blue tone. Squirt some water in the dark blue pan (just a couple of drops), and wait for the paint to loosen up a bit. Once the water has sat for a minute, dip your brush in. Then, use your brush to draw a series of circles in random sizes in the top left corner of a square of watercolor paper.
Choose another, slightly lighter shade of blue. Use it to paint more multi-sized circles that border the first group of circles you made.
Continue on like this for several different tones.
If you own a Finetec palette (or any sort of gold watercolor), this a great project to incorporate it into!
Finish up by repeating the first shade of blue that you started with. The square should be full of color now!
Repeat the painting process for two more watercolor paper squares. You can vary your patterns however you want to — anything will look good! Once you have watercolored three squares in total, you’re finished with this step.
3. Add Lettering or Calligraphy
A watercolor birthday card isn’t a birthday card if it doesn’t have a message. Accordingly, you’ll want to write birthday greetings on the remaining three pieces of watercolor paper. I used diagonal Janet Style calligraphy to write “Happy” and “to You”, then I used Roman Style hand-lettering to write “BIRTHDAY”. That said, I want you to feel free to use the lettering styles of your choice! If you’re intimidated by hand-lettering or calligraphy, you can always use your printer and word processing program to print “happy” “birthday” “to you”, then cut out the words and glue them on the watercolor paper. A typewriter-style font would look nice and whimsical!
Once your watercolor paint has dried and you have finished creating your lettering, you can glue the watercolor paper squares to the card stock squares. Each watercolor paper square should be centered on top of its cardstock counterpart. It doesn’t really matter which colors of cardstock you use for each watercolor paper square; the placement should be random.
After you glue the squares together, you’ll want to glue the watercolor paper rectangle to the front of your cardstock card.
To finish up assembling this watercolor birthday card, glue all six squares to the watercolor paper rectangle. Try to center them the best you can: it’s easiest to achieve this if you glue down the middle two squares first.
Once you have glued the squares to the card, you’re finished and ready to send! Whoever you send the card to will love it, especially because it’s not your everyday run-of-the-mill birthday card. This piece is sophisticated and artistic: it looks great sitting on a mantle or side table!
I hope you enjoyed today’s watercolor birthday card tutorial and that you tailor it to suit your style and needs! There’s no reason you can’t modify this to be a Halloween card, for example: you are welcome to change the message and color scheme. No matter how you do it, it’s a fun little project that renders fantastic results every time.
If you have any questions about this tutorial, please feel free to ask! Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, and thank you for reading TPK!