Are you Ready for an EASY Watercolor Background Technique? | Take 2 with Therese (with Video Tutorial!)

by Therese Calvird

Hi, it's Therese, and I am back with another edition of Take 2 with Therese. Today, I'm sharing two cards made using the beautiful Zero Waste Leaf Pattern Die!

I love a ‘two-for' design where you can create 2 projects with 1 die-cut, and this die is perfect for this technique!

Time for Some Beautiful Watercolor Leaves!

Altenew Zero Waste Leaf Pattern Birthday Greetings Mega Label Love card 1 copy Copy I started by creating a quick and easy vibrant watercolor background.  I used a piece of Watercolor Paper with the Watercolor Brush Marker Refills and some fun splattering/smooshing techniques; it was such fun to make!  And there are MANY colors to choose from, so you could mix whatever you think will suit your project. Today, I was thinking of muted, more ‘autumn' tones.  After the panel had dried, I die cut it with the Zero Waste Leaf Pattern Die.

Card # 1 – For You

This die is fabulous because you can use both the negative and positive portions, and for this design, I used the ‘negative' space to add a bold background.

BONUS IDEA: For a totally different look you can change up the white background with colored cardstock, black or even gold would look amazing!

Altenew Zero Waste Leaf Pattern Mega Label Love card 2 copy Copy I added a Mega Label Love sentiment popped up with some Foam Tape.

Altenew Zero Waste Leaf Pattern Mega Label Love card 1 copy CopyAs well as a black heart enamel dot from the Essential Black & White Enamel Dots Set.

Altenew Zero Waste Leaf Pattern Mega Label Love card 3 copyCard # 2 – Happy Birthday

This card uses the positive portions of the die-cut. I made the leaves into a bouquet to create a very clean and simple design.  Then, I tied the bouquet together with some Metallic Thread and added an enamel dot.
Altenew Zero Waste Leaf Pattern Birthday Greetings card 1 copy Copy This time, I added a sentiment from the Birthday Greetings Stamp Set.

BONUS TIP: You could also create a similar background using watercolors or even a piece of design paper if time is tight!

Altenew Zero Waste Leaf Pattern Birthday Greetings card 2 copy CopyThen, I decorated around the bouquet with some die-cut circles and some ‘tiny' Antique Gold Sequins.

Altenew Zero Waste Leaf Pattern Birthday Greetings card 3 copy CopyYou can see my video here or watch it in HD on YouTube.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you like my card ideas created with the Zero Waste Leaf Pattern Die! Will you create a vibrant watercolor background for your next card? And if you do, comment down below!
 

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Michele Ferguson April 19, 2023 - 4:41 PM

I love the idea of ‘zero waste’ Therese – you’ve used every inch of your paper in two beautiful ways!
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Altenew April 24, 2023 - 12:32 PM

Indeed Michele!

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Doreen Lees April 19, 2023 - 8:54 PM

I loved the white one the best. Loved the black dot too.

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Altenew April 24, 2023 - 12:31 PM

Thank you Doreen!

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Peggy Pride June 18, 2023 - 3:14 PM

Therese, beautiful cards, Such colors were stunning. I loved the birthday card best. Thank you.

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