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Celebrate Summer Bliss: Simple Watercolor Card with the Horse & Sleigh Stamp Set

Summer is a season filled with warmth, joy, and endless possibilities. What better way to capture the essence of this delightful season than with a handmade card? In this blog post, we'll guide you through the steps of creating a simple yet stunning watercolor card using the enchanting Horse & Sleigh Photopolymer Stamp Set. Get ready to celebrate summer bliss and let your creativity soar!

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Materials Needed:

  1. Horse & Sleigh Photopolymer Stamp Set

  2. Watercolor paper

  3. Watercolor paints or watercolor markers

  4. Watercolor brushes

  5. Water container

  6. Stamp pad or ink (waterproof)

  7. Heat tool (optional)

  8. Cardstock or card base

  9. Adhesive

  10. Embellishments (optional)

Simple Horse & Sleigh Summer Watercolor Card by Rick Adkins

Preparing Your Workspace:

Before diving into the creative process, it's important to set up your workspace. Clear a clean and clutter-free area, gather all the necessary materials, and have a water container nearby to clean your brushes between colors.

Simple Horse & Sleigh Summer Watercolor Card by Rick Adkins front view

Stamp the Images from the Horse & Sleigh Set:

Take the images you want to use from the Horse & Sleigh Stamp Set and press it firmly onto a waterproof ink pad. Align the stamp on the watercolor paper where you want the focal point of your card to be. Apply even pressure, making sure the entire image is covered with ink. Gently lift the stamp straight up, leaving a crisp and clear image. Repeat the process for the other images you picked out to color.

Watercolor Magic Begins:

Dip your brush into clean water and lightly wet the area within the stamped image. This step will help the colors blend smoothly and prevent any harsh lines. Select your desired watercolor paint and start applying it to the wet area. Experiment with different color combinations to evoke the essence of a vibrant summer day. Let your creativity guide you as you add layers of color, blending and building as you go.

Simple Horse & Sleigh Summer Watercolor Card by Rick Adkins side view

Adding Details and Dimension:

Once your initial wash of color has dried, you can add more details to enhance the scene. Use a smaller brush and darker shades to create shadows, highlight certain areas, or add intricate details like the pine needles on the trees. Take your time and enjoy the process of bringing your watercolor scene to life.

Finishing Touches:

Allow the watercolors to dry completely before proceeding. If you're using a heat tool, you can speed up the drying process. Once dry, trim the watercolor paper to the desired size and adhere it to your cardstock or card base using adhesive. Consider adding a sentiment or a simple message to complete the card. Embellishments like sequins, ribbons, or glitter can add an extra touch of charm if desired.

Simple Horse & Sleigh Summer Watercolor Card by Rick Adkins looking down on to the card

Creating a simple watercolor card with the Horse & Sleigh Stamp Set allows you to celebrate the blissful beauty of summer while showcasing your artistic flair. Let the vibrant colors and playful scene transport the recipient to a sun-drenched day of joy and relaxation. Whether you're new to watercoloring or a seasoned artist, this project is perfect for anyone looking to spread summer cheer through handmade cards. So, grab your brushes, embrace the magic of watercolors, and let your creativity shine!

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