Hello stampers, crafters, and my friends I hope that you are having a wonderful day.  In today’s project I am going to show you how to create a background for your cards using watercolors purchased at the Dollar Tree.  That’s right those plain little inexpensive watercolors that we all used as kids.  In today’s video tutorial you will learn how to use them to the fullest.  Here’s a look at today’s card.

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Let It Flow!

The trick with watercolors is that it will flow where ever there’s water on the paper.  If there’s no water on the paper it’s up-away-watercolor-card-close-upnot going to flow, and move.  If there’s to much water on the paper it will really flow and be really light in color.   The first thing is to play around with your watercolors and a piece of paper to see what’s the perfect amount of waters to make the paint flow.

When you paint one layer of watercolors it will dry lightly; all depending on how much water was used to paint with.   To intensify the colors you have to glaze over the layer below (See Video).  Glazing is painting over a dry layer to intensify or change the hue, tone, or color contrast of the layer underneath.

Glazing is a necessary tool when watercoloring with inexpensive as well as artist quality watercolors.   This is technique this is a must to watercolor.

Video Tutorial:

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Supplies Needed:


These are just a few of the supplies used to create this card.  You can find all the supplies listed below besides the watercolors.

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Thanks for dropping by today, I hope that you have a wonderful day.  Don’t ever under estimate what you can create using something from the Dollar tree or any other inexpensive watercolors.   You can accomplish a lot with just a little encouragement and knowledge.   Here’s a last look at today’s card.

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If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask me I will be glad to answer anything that I can.   If you would like any of the products you’ve seen today you can pick them up in my online store by clicking here, by clicking on the shop tab above or by clicking on the product in the list below.


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