Designer Tip: Watercolor pencils are similar to colored pencils, but formulated to turn into watercolor paint when water is added. There are several ways to use them. One is to simply color an image or background with the pencils then brush water over the colored area, letting the colors blend together. Or you can brush a wet paintbrush over the pencil point to pick up “paint,” then transfer it to your paper with the brush. You can also wet the paper, then color on the wet surface. Each technique will produce a different result. For this card, I colored the background in streaks to resemble a sunset, then brushed water over the paper to blend the colors. Coloring lightly will produce a pastel background, while pressing more firmly adds more pigment, resulting in darker shades. Don’t work the pigment too much with water or the colors will blend into a murky mess; brush the water across the paper a couple times to blend any edges, then move on.
- Card front: Place the card with the fold on the left. Cut 5”x6” 1/2" Grapefruit orange scrollwork paper. Cut 5"x1¼" Grapefruit striped paper. Punch and trim a 5"x¾" scalloped border from orange cardstock, then glue as a mat along the bottom edge of the striped paper. Glue the strip to the orange paper, ½" from the bottom. Wrap ribbon across the strip near the upper edge and glue the ends to the back. Glue the orange panel to the card.
- Cut a 4 5/8" square of watercolor paper. Starting at the bottom, color the lower ½" with #163 and #168, missing the shades. Color #156 above the green, overlapping the colors. Begin the blue section with #140, adding in #15
- Color the next ¾" section with #130, using firm strokes to transfer plenty of color. Lightly add in streaks of #115 on the coral.
- Color the next ½" section with #108, overlapping the upper edge of the coral section and blending the two colors together. Press firmly to transfer plenty of yellow pigment. Color #102 for ½" above the dark yellow. Lightly color with #156 above the yellow for ½", then use #155 up to the top edge, again pressing lightly.
- Dip the paintbrush into water and brush across the green area, blending the colors out to the edges. Wipe the paintbrush on a paper towel, then dip again and brush across the blue area, blending as before. Clean the brush with water, then brush water across the coral area. Clean the brush, then brush water across the yellow area, blending the lower edge into the coral section. Wipe off the brush, then brush water across the aqua and blue areas, blending the colors together. Let the paper dry.
- Stamp the large greenery base on the watercolor paper at the center bottom, then again extending off each side as shown. Stamp Queen Anne’s lace blossoms on the stem ends and two dragonflies above the flowers. Mat the paper on black cardstock with 1/16" borders, then glue ¼” from the top, slipping it under the ribbon.
- Tie a 4" ribbon onto the first ribbon, ¾" from the left edge. Use the Tiny Tags & Little Labels template to trace and cut rounded Tag D from orange cardstock, then mat on black cardstock with 1/32" borders. Stamp “Take care” and a tiny heart, then glue and foam tape extending from under the knot.
- Card inside: Cut 2½"x4" watercolor paper and repeat the coloring and painting process as for the panel on the front. When dry, stamp the plant base extending off the left edge. Stamp the blossoms, dragonfly, and berries among the leaves as shown. Mat on black cardstock with 1/16" borders. Cut 4½"x5½" Grapefruit black circles paper and glue the stamped panel on the upper left corner.
- Use the template to trace and cut rounded Label F from Grapefruit orange dotted paper. Mat on black cardstock with 1/16" borders, then stamp “You are so very special” and “Get well soon”. Punch a hole in each end and thread onto a 6" ribbon. Foam tape the label on the lower right, then wrap the ribbon ends across it and glue the ends to the back. Glue the paper centered on the inside. Knot a 3" ribbon and glue over the left label hole.