How-to Video: August 2019 Inspiration Challenge with May Sukyong Park

by May Sukyong Park

Inspiration Challenge 2019 08 SQ 1Hello, crafty friends. It’s May here today hosting the August 2019 Inspiration Challenge. My inspiration came from a beautiful photo that Jennifer McGuire shared on her Instagram Story last month.

DSCF1009I just loved the flower arrangement on her plant pot and every color on her photo. So I asked her to send me the photo so I can use it for my inspiration. Make sure to watch my video tutorial to see her full photo.

 Video Tutorial

I made a video tutorial to show you how to create a one layer watercolor card from start to finish. You can watch it above or in HD on YouTube.

This video includes:

  • Techniques: watercoloring, masking, watercolor wash background, dotting.
  • Why I chose a specific supply – stamps, paper, and etc.
  • How I decided on my card design and changed it along the way.
  • How I chose colors for my coloring project.
  • How I proceeded with my project when I make a mistake.
  • How to add interest and depth to your watercolor images.
  • My craft desk after my project was done – I hope you can relate to my messy desk.
  • And more!

Altenew Watercolor Card May Sukyong Park 2To create my own floral arrangement, I mixed several images from some of my favorite Altenew stamp sets.

DIY Handmade Floral Watercolor Card May Sukyong Park 2 1For my watercolor card, I started by stamping a large floral image from the Adore You Stamp Set with Permanent Black Ink (which is waterproof) on the bottom of my A2 size cold press watercolor paper.

Then I masked off the flower with a full adhesive post-it note and stamped the additional flowers and leaves, making sure that the main flower image appeared on the foreground and the rest of the images were stamped partially behind the flower. Lastly, I stamped the plant pot after masking off the leaves and small flowers.

DIY Handmade Floral Watercolor Card May Sukyong Park 3 1After stamping, I watercolored my images using the Watercolor 36 Pan Set and #3 watercolor paintbrush. My go-to paintbrush size is #3 as it’s easy to add details while allowing me to cover the quite large areas as well. I think #3 or #4 round paintbrush should be good enough for painting images when you make an A2 size card project. 

DIY Handmade Floral Watercolor Card May Sukyong Park 7 1Next, I coated a thin layer of light pigment and applied darker colors toward the bottom of each petal and the areas where two petals meet together to indicate the shading areas.

I worked on small areas at a time and painted slowly with light pressure on my hand. To create a gradient look of the color, it’s important to rinse off your paintbrush with clean water and wipe off the excess paint using a towel in between before you pull out the color. I used a heat tool between applications to speed up the drying time.

DIY Handmade Floral Watercolor Card May Sukyong Park 5 1As a finishing touch, I applied a thin layer of Fresh Lemon Ink on the flowers using a watercolor glazing technique. Then I lightly colored my background using a watercolor wash technique to set my scene. I loaded lots of water on my watercolor paintbrush as I didn’t want to create intense colors.

DIY Handmade Floral Watercolor Card May Sukyong Park 4 1

To add extra dimension and depth to my images, I added some tiny dots on my flowers/leaves/plant pot. I also added dots on the center of each flower using a white gel pen to add interest.

FYI, here is the list of paint colors I used for my watercoloring:

  • Flowers: Puffy Heart, Purple Wine, Coral Berry, Rubellite, Fresh Lemon
  • Leaves: Bamboo, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Evergreen
  • Plant pot: Lagoon, Emerald, Ocean Waves, Paper Bag
  • Background: Paper Bag, Industrial Diamond

Altenew Watercolor Card May Sukyong Park 1 1After my coloring was done, I stamped the sentiment from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set on the right bottom side of my card front with my favorite black ink which is Obsidian Pigment Ink.

DSCF1011Actually, I had to start over my watercolor card as I didn't like my first attempt at all. I'm still not sure if I like the final result of my card. I have mixed feelings about my watercoloring. Let me know what you think. My husband loved my card so much, which is rare. Haha!

It's a mystery that I have a different result every time I create a watercolor card even though I use the same technique. Sometimes it turns out beautifully and sometimes not. Leave a comment below if you can relate to this.

Altenew Watercolor Card May Sukyong Park 2The beauty of my one layer watercolor card is an illusion of depth created by the masking technique. If you are not good at masking technique, I highly recommend that you test out your placement of each image by stamping the images on an A2 size scratch paper. That way you’ll know which image you should stamp first to place it in the foreground. 

That is it for today! I hope my watercolor card inspired you to play along with this month's challenge. Happy crafting!



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playMake a card, a tag, a layout or any other project based on the inspiration photo above. You may use either the colors, the composition, the elements, the texture or any combination to create your project.


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  • When uploading your project, make sure you link your entry post, not your entire blog.
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  • Challenge ends on August 31st, 2019, at 11:59 PM EDT.


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barbara lassiter August 3, 2019 - 10:49 AM

I was going to ask you how long it took to create this wonderful card, but you answered that question in the video. I think you created a beautiful watercolor interpretation of Jennifer’s flowers.

May Sukyong Park August 3, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Thank you for your sweet comment! :)

terrie rodrigue August 3, 2019 - 11:38 AM

Your card and water coloring turned out so beautiful…the picture from Jennifer was a great inspiration…..tfs.

May Sukyong Park August 3, 2019 - 10:01 PM

Yes! Jennifer’s photos was a great inspiration!

Greta H August 3, 2019 - 11:41 AM

I thoroughly enjoyed watching your video & appreciate that you even share when things don’t turn out. I’m completely amazed at how you did the dots & what a difference it made! I love this card & the challenge colors this month!

May Sukyong Park August 3, 2019 - 10:02 PM

I’m glad to hear that. I was afraid to share a video clip of my failed attempt. ;)

Barbara Smith August 3, 2019 - 12:59 PM

Lovely card, great tips…thanks.

May Sukyong Park August 3, 2019 - 10:02 PM

Thank you!

Patricia Wilson August 3, 2019 - 2:23 PM

You’re very much like me and are your worst critic in not liking your finished products. I love your card and think you did an awesome job. Keep it up.

May Sukyong Park August 3, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Thank you for your encouragement, Patricia!

Trina P. August 3, 2019 - 2:38 PM

We are always our worst critic… this is beautiful and your video was wonderful. TFS. Great challenge.

May Sukyong Park August 3, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Yes, I agreed that I was too hard on myself. ;)

Cindy C. August 3, 2019 - 3:23 PM

This turned out really beautiful, love all the details you put!

May Sukyong Park August 3, 2019 - 10:03 PM

So happy to hear that!

knurse22 August 3, 2019 - 5:06 PM

Well, I think this card is absolutely gorgeous! The dots on the leaves, as well as the white dots around the center, really helped to add depth and detail. Watching you do your masking was helpful to me, too. Great challenge!

May Sukyong Park August 3, 2019 - 10:04 PM

I’m so glad that my video was helpful to you!

2178surpriseNaomi August 3, 2019 - 5:53 PM

I would be absolutely elated if I created such a beautiful card!! But I know what you mean…sometimes it’s just not what you’re looking for! Be happy…it gorgeous!

May Sukyong Park August 3, 2019 - 10:05 PM

I’m glad you understand what I meant. Thank you! :)

Carla Hundley August 3, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Beautiful card and love the
story/picture behind it.
Carla from Utah

May Sukyong Park August 3, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Thank you, Carla!

Catrita August 3, 2019 - 9:22 PM

Your painting is beautiful—it is so much more interesting than the photo. We artists are so hard on ourselves. Your husband loved it, and I’m see that the comments are all positive. Congratulations on a wonderful illustration and tutorial, and thank you for sharing.

May Sukyong Park August 3, 2019 - 10:08 PM

Thank you so much for your sweet words, Catrita. I’m getting to like my card more all thanks to those positive comments. :) You guys are so kind!

Donna Phelan August 4, 2019 - 6:45 AM

STUNNING! I think photo and card are beautiful! Love your creativity and water coloring!!!

Regina August 4, 2019 - 12:30 PM

I think it turned out wonderful.. I will have to get back to my water coloring again as soon as I am done with making my Christmas Cards. I decided to go with foiling this year. Thanks much for sharing. (We all have good and Bad days.

JEWELZB August 4, 2019 - 2:42 PM

How can you even doubt yourself? This is absolutely stunning!! Your layout, technique, etc….is wonderful. One of the best I’ve seen in a long time!!

Kenni Eberlin August 4, 2019 - 3:48 PM

I think your card is beautiful. I’ve never seen dotting like that but I like the effect; it would be especially pretty on lilies. I am new to watercoloring so I really appreciate you sharing your trials and tribulations, it is inspiring to know someone who makes such beautiful cards also has to “work” at them. :) I remember seeing something on the color wheel and that the reason some colors don’t come out has nothing to do with your technique but with the “base” of the colors so that some when mixed come out brown or dirty looking. I wish I could remember exactly what it was but that’s all I can remember. Thank you for sharing all your hard work and your beautiful card.

Janet Swanlady21 August 7, 2019 - 4:07 AM

So pretty! I love how it turned out.

Lori Prince August 7, 2019 - 8:31 AM

I always learn something new every time I watch your videos! I appreciate you showing your “mistakes” (which I consider not mistakes at all). If those were my “mistakes,” I’d be thrilled!

Denorah Micale August 8, 2019 - 7:40 PM

I just made my first purchase. Cant wait to use your products

Vikki H August 10, 2019 - 10:41 PM

I watched the video and enjoyed all of it, mistakes and triumphs both. The masking steps were so helpful. Your card is gorgeous and reflects Jennifer’s lovely photo well.

llong932 August 11, 2019 - 12:56 PM

It’s lovely, May! Inspiration doesn’t mean your card will look EXACTLY like the image which inspired you! I enjoyed seeing your process and hearing how you didn’t like your first attempt or the technique with the watercolor pencils. It gives me confidence knowing you share the experiences I often have and try new things. Thanks for sharing this video.

Joy Tjoelker August 13, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Amazingly beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us. I appreciate your humble spirit, but girl…you are amazing!

Conniecrafter August 26, 2019 - 10:08 AM

It is just beautiful, I know how it is when you have something in mind on how you want it to turn out but you have done a wonderful job with it, even adding the pencil!!


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