SOE Sketch Challenge #007 | Watercolor Background

Click the image for a printable PDF of this card sketch.

I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for watercolor in pretty much all forms. There is something tremendously relaxing about watching the color flow on the paper to create delicate designs. I knew I had to make a sketch that featured watercolor, and that’s where this design was born.

The fun, however, lies in the versatility of this design. You can use die cuts, stamps, stickers, large images even – basically you can add anything large over a watercolor wash, add some basic layering, and voila! A beautiful, simple design.

I loved using bold letter dies for this card. I used some washi tape to hold the individual dies together. This way I could hold all the letters straight and use the negative space of the die cut letters to line them up on my card.

This is the same basic idea as the previous card, but I used smaller word dies and added some shimmery crystal effects to make the words seem like enamel elements to the card. This really makes the sentiment pop.

For this simplified, note card sized version of this card, I used a paint splotch stamp (you can get these in tons of different shapes and sizes). I stamped a sentiment over it with black ink and that was it. You can make this card in under a minute.

Who does’t love heat embossing? Heat embossing AND watercolor? Yes Please! To make this card, you can paint your watercolor swatch and then add head embossing over it once it’s dry, or you can heat emboss first and then watercolor over the embossing as the heat set powder will resist the watercolor paint. I painted first and embossed second for this one.

For my final card I used a large sentiment stamp over my watercolor wash. I find that it’s especially helpful to use a stamping platform when stamping on watercolor paper or when using large stamps, so my Stamparatus seemed like a must for this card.

I’d love to hear which version of this sketch you like best. I’d also love to see what you come up with using this sketch. Feel free to tag me with your creations on social media with #SOEsketchchallenge or e-mail me your creations at

As always, I hope you find joy in creating as you spread kindness and encouragement with your scraps of paper.

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