Messy Watercolor Background Card with May Sukyong Park

by May Sukyong Park

Altenew Watercolor Card May Park Blog1Hi, crafty friends! It's May here sharing a fun watercolor card featuring the Starry Flowers Stamp Set. I stepped out of my comfort zone and created a MESSY controlled background.

Altenew Watercolor Card May Park Blog6I started by stamping the floral images from the Starry Flowers Stamp Set along the border with embossing ink on an A2-sized watercolor paper.

Then I sprinkled some Pure White Embossing Powder over the stamped images and heat set the images with a heat tool.

Altenew Watercolor Card May Park Blog5Next, I created a messy watercolor background using a wet paintbrush and several watercolor-based inks over the entire panel while I was watercoloring each flower loosely.

Altenew Watercolor Card May Park Blog2After my watercolor panel was dry, I added some splatters using watercolor-based inks. Then I cut the panel into 4″ x 5.25″ and mounted it onto an A2-sized top folding white card base with 3M foam tape to give dimension.

Altenew Watercolor Card May Park Blog3I stamped the sentiment from the Rustic Linen Stamp Set on a piece of black cardstock with embossing ink and heat embossed it with Pure White Embossing Powder.

I then trimmed my sentiment into a thin strip and mounted my sentiment strip banner on the card front using 3M foam tape after adding some dash lines with a white gel pen.

Altenew Watercolor Card May Park Blog4To add some interest to my watercolor background, I added a bunch of small dots using Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops. I ended up adding too many dots – I just couldn’t stop!

Altenew Watercolor Card May Park Blog7That's all for today. I hope my card inspired you to give a messy watercolor background a try.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy crafting!

S MaysukyongPark


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Kari D May 30, 2018 - 9:32 AM

Just love this bright and sunny card!

Sandra Husler May 30, 2018 - 10:17 AM

A very vibrant coloured card loved everything about it!

Karthikha Uday May 30, 2018 - 10:21 AM

I love this messy but beautiful card :)

BeverlyBL May 30, 2018 - 10:30 AM

So pretty and not at all “messy” to me. I like your description as “MESSY controlled”.

Lindar C May 30, 2018 - 11:19 AM

This is gorgeous! I don’t think there’s too many Nuvo drops, it’s perfect!!

Tara Prince May 30, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Gorgeous card! I love the background!!

Maureen Reiss May 30, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Beautiful card!!

Manda May 30, 2018 - 5:41 PM

I think your card is gorgeous and there aren’t too many Nuvo drops – so pretty!

Teresa Doyle May 30, 2018 - 5:47 PM

WOW May, this is beautiful, I def. need to try this. Beautifully done!

Sue D. May 30, 2018 - 6:09 PM

This is sooooo pretty! Love the colors you used to “messy” water color. And all the Nuvo Drops coordinate just beautifully.

MelissaF May 31, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Beautiful card! I love this messy watercolor look and the Starry Flowers stamp set. The splatter and Nuvo drops are nice details too. These colors look so great together – I think that’s why my messy watercolor pieces don’t turn out quite so well. I would love a video with some messy watercolor tips including color choice. Thanks for sharing your amazing talents.

Terri W May 31, 2018 - 7:50 PM

May I just love this!

Beverly Jordan May 31, 2018 - 10:51 PM

I look forward to my emails every day and here’s the reason why!! You rock these cards! Thanks for such beauty in my email!

Mary W June 1, 2018 - 9:16 PM

Amazing card – so pretty yet looks easy to do. I’ve never seen a card with all over dots/drops and it is wonderful. It’s not easy to do this without looking like a hoarders house but you did it – really nice card!


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