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

by May Sukyong Park

Hi, 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.

When 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.)

My 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!

I 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.

Then 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. 

Next, 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

Usually, 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. To 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!


Engraved Flowers Stamp Set
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Smile More Stamp Set
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Henriëtte April 30, 2019 - 15:05

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

noraln44 April 30, 2019 - 19:25

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

Patt H. May 2, 2019 - 13:33

Beautiful, May! Thanks for sharing!

Brenda S. Schuhmacher May 5, 2019 - 08:44

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.


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