How-to Video: Messy Watercolor Card (feat. Engraved Flowers Stamp Set) with May Sukyong Park

by May Sukyong Park

Altenew Engraved Flower Watercolor Card May Sukyong Park 1Hi, Altenew fans! It’s May Park here from Mayholic Design. Today I have a fun, messy one-layer watercolor card to share with you all featuring the Engraved Flowers Stamp Set and the Smile More Stamp Set.

watercolor card 1When it comes to watercoloring, I love to create a light and transparent look of watercolors by letting the water do most of the work. So I usually use lots of water and fewer pigments and try not to go over the same areas over and over to avoid heavy layers. (Check out my 10 Altenew Floral Watercolor Card Ideas post.)

Handmade Watercolor Card May Sukyong ParkMy inspiration came from the one layer watercolor card that I created for the 5th-anniversary blog hop earlier this month. To learn more about this card, click HERE. This time, I wanted to create a messy watercolor card with lots of layers and details.

Video Tutorial

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

This video includes:

  • Introduction to Altenew's Watercolor Brush Markers
  • An easy way to watercolor stamped floral images
  • How to choose the right sentiment stamp that goes with your card design
  • How to add splatters on the background including a quick tip for a watercolor beginner
  • How to add interest and depth to your watercolored images by adding small dots and fine lines
  • My craft desk after my project is done – I hope you can relate to my messy desk.
  • And more!

Altenew Engraved Flower Watercolor Card May Sukyong Park 5I started by stamping the sentiments from the Smile More Stamp Set with black ink on the A2-sized cold press watercolor paper. I chose this sentiment because I’m going to send this card to one of my friends who is going through tough times in her life.

Altenew Engraved Flower Watercolor Card May Sukyong Park 2Then I stamped the images from the Engraved Flowers Stamp Set with Permanent Black Crisp Ink which is waterproof. I masked off some of my images along the way so that my large flower is in the foreground while having small flowers and leaves partially behind the large flower. Masking technique is a great way to create an illusion of depth on a one-layer card. 

Altenew Engraved Flower Watercolor Card May Sukyong Park 6Next, I colored my images with Watercolor Brush Markers: Spring Garden, Winter Wonderland, and Tropical Fiesta. You can find detailed instructions on how to watercolor your images in my video.

Here is the list of marker colors I used for my watercoloring:

  • Flowers: Rouge, Crimson, Rubellite, Purple Wine, Midnight Violet, Warm Sunshine, Evening Gray, Lava Rock
  • Leaves: Moss, Emerald, Warm Sunshine, Evening Gray, Paper Bag, Lava Rock

Altenew Engraved Flower Watercolor Card May Sukyong Park 3Usually, you can get a better result for light and transparent look of watercolors when you stay away from adding too many layers on your watercolor images. But I wasn't afraid of adding more layers and details this time as I really wanted to go crazy and get messy with my watercolors. Altenew Engraved Flower Watercolor Card May Sukyong Park 1To add interest to my background, I splattered the background with some of the ink colors I used on my flowers and leaves. If you are not good at creating splatters, you could use the tip of your colored pen to add tiny dots. I finished off my card by adding some tiny dots and fine lines on my flowers using white watercolor paint. 

That is it for today. Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy crafting!


6x8 20Engraved 20Flowers 6886897c 5b41 4116 b5d3
Engraved Flowers Stamp Set
[ ALTN ]
Smile More Stamp Set
[ ALTN ]
772ec230 53d6 4a32 b1ef e90066a666ef 12cb3295 1c61 4582 90d4
Permanent Black Crisp Ink
[ ALTN ]
Watercolor 20Brush 20Markers Tropical 20Fiesta 201 b0a33c33 7c8a 4fc0 9157
Watercolor Brush Markers – Tropical…
[ ALTN ]
Watercolor 20Brush 20Markers Winter 20Wonderland 201 9fe4a5fb 9881 4849 b624
Watercolor Brush Markers – Winter…
[ ALTN ]
Watercolor 20Brush 20Markers Spring 20Garden 202 9a8ee095 9f48 412c b3c7
Watercolor Brush Markers – Spring…
[ ALTN ]

You may also like


Henriëtte April 30, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Stunning colouring May, gorgeous card. Thank you so much for showing.

noraln44 April 30, 2019 - 7:25 PM

This is GORGEOUS!!! Thank you for showing us your technique!!

Patt H. May 2, 2019 - 1:33 PM

Beautiful, May! Thanks for sharing!

Brenda S. Schuhmacher May 5, 2019 - 8:44 AM

Oh May, I love watching you watercolor. It’s mezmerizing. I’m intimidated by watercoloring, but this “messy” technique may be the ticket to get me started. I love the areas of white. You get the impression of the colors. Thank you.


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.