Easy watercoloured background handmade birthday card by Debby Hughes using supplies from Simon Says Stamp #handmade #homemade #birthdaycard #watercolor

This card is the fourth in my easy watercolour backgrounds series. I have so many ideas for this series! This particular card was inspired after a trip to an art gallery and a picture by Philip Reeves which played around with a triptych and swatch design. I love creating swatches, particularly graduated blocks of colour that give the paint a work out from it’s deepest hues to barest of highlights. When I get new art supplies, one of my favourite things to do is to sit and swatch them out to see how they behave. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

TRIPTYCH GRADUATED BLOCKS

Easy watercoloured background handmade birthday card by Debby Hughes using supplies from Simon Says Stamp #handmade #homemade #birthdaycard #watercolor

This clean and simple card started on a piece of Arches Cold-pressed Watercolour card. I measured out the areas I wanted to paint and used narrow washi tape to mask the areas around the blocks. I then pulled three colours from my stash of Daniel Smith paints and watercoloured, keeping a rich deep strength of colour at the base of the block and pulling the colour up with a wet brush, slowly rinsing the colour out of the brush until the faintest of tints remained by the top of the block. The beauty of this design is that it can be adapted to the recipient – dusky pinks with a gold embossed leaf would look stunning. Icy blues with a silver embossed leaf or even thinking of it snowflakes. This design can be adapted to any colour scheme or occasion.

Easy watercoloured background handmade birthday card by Debby Hughes using supplies from Simon Says Stamp #handmade #homemade #birthdaycard #watercolor

I stamped the leaf from the Be Kind set, and the greeting from the Tiny Words set both from Simon Says Stamp in Versafine Onyx Black Ink and then splattered with gold paint.

Easy watercoloured background handmade birthday card by Debby Hughes using supplies from Simon Says Stamp #handmade #homemade #birthdaycard #watercolor

I foam mounted the panel on a Fog card base and to finish accented with Copper Penny Nuvo droplets.

SUPPLIES

You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or shop icon to get taken directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you! Items marked with an asterisk (*) provided by a store or the manufacturer. You can read my affiliate and product disclosure here. I genuinely appreciate your support.

* SSS BE KIND
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* SSS TINY WORDS
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Daniel Smith at Simon Says STAMP!
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Arches COLD PRESSED WATERCOLOR PAD
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SSS FOG Card
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Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink
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Tonic METALLIC COPPER PENNY Nuvo…
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MINI MISTI
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MISTI MINI MOUSE PAD INSERT
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MAGNETIC BLOCK FOR MISTI
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3M DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE
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SSS SMALL TEFLON BONE FOLDER
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Gina K Designs CONNECT GLUE
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Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT
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Tim Holtz Tonic GUILLOTINE
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Scor-Pal Mini Scoring Board
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EK Success CUTTER BEE Scissors
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TWEEZERS
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T SQUARE RULER
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Easy watercoloured background handmade birthday card by Debby Hughes using supplies from Simon Says Stamp #handmade #homemade #birthdaycard #watercolor

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