Easy DIY Thank You Cards (Ombré Watercolor)

Easy DIY Thank You Cards (Ombré Watercolor)

– [Kristina] Hi
everyone, Kristina here. Welcome to another
card video at my YouTube channel and blog. Today I’m going to be
walking you through a very easy and simple DIY
watercolor thank you card. I’m going to be making
two of them, so I have two pieces of watercolor paper here. As well as a gray
marker to write on my thank you greeting. I have a paintbrush here,
this is a size 8 round watercolor brush. You don’t have to have
that watercolor brush but I wanted to use it
on this card because I’m going to be painting
some large backgrounds, and it’s just a little
bit easier than using the small paintbrush
that comes in my Crayola watercolor set. So you’ll need an
inexpensive watercolor set. And then I have some
blue tape here that is extremely optional, in
fact, I only used it so that you guys
would be able to see where the card was
folded on camera. So, the first thing
you’re going to do is make your cards, so
you’re going to fold down your watercolor card
stock or watercolor paper. This paper I’m using
today is from Canson. This is the Canson
XL watercolor paper. It’s actually available
in many, many places. You can get it online
or I’ve heard from many of you that you’ve seen
it at your local Walmart. So it might be in local
art stores or even grocery stores or
things like that. So the watercolor paper
was cut to 10 inches tall by three and a half wide. And then I just
folded that down. I’m going to open these
cards up flat while I paint. And because of that,
like I said before, I’m just going to put
down some blue tape here so you guys are able
to see where the top of the card is a
little bit better. So the main technique
with this set of cards, it’s all about
mixing your colors. And one of my biggest tips
that I can give to you, if you want to make your
inexpensive watercolor set look like a million bucks,
is to pre-mix your colors and make your own custom blends. So I’m going to be blending
together some blue and green. And I’m going to be
creating four different custom colors. And I want the very
last color that I create to be very watered down. This is going to be sort
of a watercolor ombre look. It’s going to be a
very smooth transition. And just to make it
easier on yourself, you want to pre-mix your colors. As you paint this
watercolor background, you’re going to be
working fairly quickly. So you’re not going to
have a whole lot of time to pick new colors
and things like that. So just do a little
pre-planning and you should be just fine. Starting with the most
dark or intense color, which really isn’t
that dark or intense, especially since
there’s lots of water. You really want to make
sure you have a nice consistency with your paint. You don’t want it too wet and
you don’t want it too dry. You want it just wet
enough that it’s not going to leave brush strokes
on your watercolor paper. So in this case, it’s a
little bit more watery but not too bad. So I’m starting out
with that darkest shade. Then I’m going to bring
in the second one, and I’m going to overlap
those colors a little bit. And then start pulling
it farther down the piece of watercolor paper. I’m going to do this a
couple times with that color just to bring on
more of that color. Because I want that pure
color to be at the very bottom of this painted area. You want to make sure that
this stays wet the entire time. So if you need to, you
can kind of move your paintbrush back up to
the very top to help blend those colors. Like I’m doing here, I’m
really pulling that blue quite, pulling it up quite
a ways so that it mix those two colors. Gonna add more of that blue. And then, as I pull this
down toward the bottom, I want it to get
lighter and lighter. So I’m using this
very last blue shade, which has a lot of water in it. I want it to be very diluted. And now I’m not even
going back to the pallet, I’m just picking up water
out of my clean water bucket. I just want it to fade
out to a clear color. So here at the end, I just
went over all those areas to get rid of some
of the streakiness. And then I set it aside to dry. It’s going to look a
little funny for now and the paper’s
going to be curled, but as it dries, the
paper will flatten out and those colors will really
blend and mix well together. For this other card,
I’m going to do kind of the same idea with
an ombre of colors. I’m using purples, blues
and reds for this one. And I’m pre-mixing those
colors like I did before. And the thing you want
to remember with this one is that we’re not going for
really smooth transition like we did for the first card. In this case, we want those
brush strokes to show. It’s going to be more stripey,
so notice that as I paint, I’m not adding more color to
the brush, I’m letting those dry paintbrush strokes show. And I’m also adding in
a little bit of black to get more intensity
at the very top. So I’m going to move
on to the purple shade and I didn’t actually mix
any colors into this purple, I used it straight
from the pallet. But as I start kind of going
over the color that’s above, and then as I add more colors
below, that pure purple shade will sort of blend
into the background and you probably want
to be able to tell that it was a pure shade. So adding more of
those brush strokes on. And like I did with
the previous card, as I near the bottom of
the card, I’m going to use a more diluted paint. I want a little
more water involved. So I went over this whole
card quite a few times, trying to get those colors
to blend a little bit more. I think if I was to
do this card again, I would have stopped right
here and just let it dry. And then added more colors
on top later if I needed to. But while I was doing
this card, I was getting a little fussy with it and
kept going over those areas. So don’t be alarmed
if you find yourself doing the same, if
you’re like this isn’t looking quite right. And you keep working at it. For the most part, this
is a pretty forgiving pattern or background for
your watercolor painting. So if you need to kind
of fuss with it, you can. I’m kind of speeding up
this video so that you can see the entire process
and see where I really started fussing
over all of this. But, for the most part,
it was pretty simple. I used all those colors,
the same four that I mixed. Added in a little
blue there at the end. But for the most part,
I used the same colors I had pre-blended. So in the first
card, we did a really smoothly blended ombre. And then for this one,
we’re using more of a drier brush stroke. And we’re letting it get
a little bit more streaky and have some stripes show. So just a different
look for this one. So after those two cards
had dried completely. And I just let them
air-dry for about 10 or 15 minutes and they were dry. I then took a pencil
and drew on the thanks and thank you on
both of these cards. You can go ahead and
take your time with this, like I’m going to
re-erase some things. I’m just trying to get
it the way I want it. But don’t be afraid to
use your own handwriting. I think it’s really special
when you give someone a card that has your
own handwriting on it. Even if you don’t think your
handwriting is the best, it’s still a very
personal touch. And I think it’s a great
way to do your own DIY card and do it completely on your
own, I think it’s really cool. So I’m using a gray tombow
marker, you could use a black pen for this if
you wanted to actually. I just wanted a little
of a more toned color so I’m using this gray. And I went over my
entire cursive lines. And now I’m going in and
adding some thicks and thins. So I’m adding the thicker
areas to where you would have the down
strokes, so when you’re drawing down on the letter,
that’s where I’m adding those thicker areas. This is also kind of a
faux calligraphy technique where if you don’t
have a brush tip marker or anything like that, you
can just kind of fake it until it looks like a more
brush lettering style. For this other card, I’m
going to do just a really simple thank you in cap letters. And I’m penciling on
all of those letters and hoping that it
stays pretty much in the center of the card. If it’s not centered for
you, feel free to erase and start over again, that’s
why we’re doing it in pencil. So that if you have any
mistakes or you’re not liking how it looks,
you can erase it and start over. So I’m going over
that with my gray pen, my gray marker, and just
a single line stroke. And you can leave it like that. But I decided to turn
my marker over to where there’s that brush tip,
and I’m using the brush tip to add a little bit of
a thicker stroke onto some areas on the letters,
and once again I’m using the, as you’re writing
the letters, the down strokes. So anywhere where your
pen would be in a downward motion, I’m adding
a thicker line. So those are the
two cards for today. I’m going to use my marker
to crease down those folds, to make sure they’re
nice and flat. And if you wanted to, you
could add some glitter or you can like this,
see these cards, these are really simple cards. All I had to do to
finish off was just erase any remaining pencil lines. I hope you guys
enjoyed today’s video. If you’d like to see
more of these DIY videos, click on any of the
videos that are up in the info card above. Thanks for watching. (pop music)

100 thoughts on “Easy DIY Thank You Cards (Ombré Watercolor)

  1. Canson XL is available at my local IL Walmart and is perfect for your watercolor needs , especially for practice exercises. Exceptionally value for light watercolor card fronts for under $10 ! Thank you Kristina , I've yet to learn when to STOP when I should when watercoloring 😂. That's when you need the higher quality paper 🤔😅

  2. Awe Kristina, these cards are so precious and you are one heck of woman….that's what I took from this tutorial! TFS sweetie!

  3. Difference in two card strokes? I have watched the video twice and am trying to see what the difference in the strokes are is in creating the one card vs the other. I want to make these cards as they are so beautiful!

  4. I had to laugh when you said to "use your own handwriting" on a card! Yeah, right….Kristina, most of us stamp because we are not artists! Goes for the handwriting too! When I first saw the finished card, my immediate thought was "who's stamp is that"? LOL…should have known.

  5. Beautiful cards! Thank you for using limited supplies in many of your videos as many of us cannot afford artist grade supplies. I had some wonderful results with painting a galaxy after watching your videos and can't wait to try this technique 🙂

  6. I found it interesting that you said handwriting is great and personal and that people like it….because when I was selling cards at my farmers market for a few years. ..almost no one wanted a card with my handwriting on it. And I have really neat printing..I found that if I used stamps for my greeting cards they would sell more. I was never really sure why that was maybe people wanted a card to look more professional I suppose. But then again a loved one might want to have a piece of your writing as well..it is nice to know that some people appreciate it.

  7. Thank you! you know I started making My thank you cards this week. I always try to get a bunch done with my holiday cards, so I will be ready to send to people…. for presents or hosting parties etc! Thank you for posting a Thank you card Video, I dont see a lot of them up and I like them!!! I also like that this is simple and personal (not a die cut but hand written) You are a special person and I appreciate all your time to make these videos!

  8. Kristina–great cards, thank you so much! I will try the watercolor techniques but my hands just don't work the way they used to so I will have to rely on stamps or dies for the sentiment! My granddaughter had so much fun playing with my watercolors this summer that I got her some for Christmas. This may be a technique that I could actually teach her?!! Thank you for the great information and inspiration! (Peg)

  9. When giving this to someone, or selling them, what do you do about envelopes? Do you use one, and if so, any particular size? Do you make them? Thanks so much, Really love when you use your crayola watercolors!

  10. My family always tell me I should start selling my cards online do you know of a great place I could do that? I want to give it a go lol

  11. Gorgeous cards, Kristina! I especially love the purple one. It looks like streaky clouds (very technical term, I know! LOL) at sunset. Love these–tfs! 🙂

  12. Wow those are both gorgeous cards, thank you so much for sharing the watercoloring technique with us. I've watched so many people do this type of thing using expensive water colors, and I put it off simply because I couldn't afford to go to an art store and buy the expensive stuff, Crayola Watercolors are in my budget right now, so your video really brought a smile to my face.

  13. Is there any way to seal these cards so that the watercolor doesn't run if it comes in contact with moisture? Thanks!

  14. Hello 🙂 do you have information on how would you save your design digitally to create multiple greeting cards?

  15. Umm us, just wanna ask if we can use normal paper ? Because those type of watercolour paper is hard to find at my local place . Also , can we use normal paint and add in water? Because watercolour is is hard to find at my area….

  16. If we use a normal paper what happens & if we will not get that watercolour paper we can use a normal paper or not because that much easily we can't get watercolour paper in that place we can use the normal paper right

    I looked in the desc before watching the video to see where you got the ''stamps''
    I looked at the video because I could not find it and you wrote it!
    Little le faith they say!

  18. On your last card using making fluid in Molot? Pen can you use clear water color crayons. Thanks Barbara

  19. so beautiful I hope I hve many items for diy but I hve sketch book my uncle buy it for me coz iam good on drawing

  20. I love the cards, I still send note cards and write to people, especially older people like my step grandparents.It's more personal than using email and brightens their day. I try to use pretty and appealing note cards.This is great!TX

  21. Blue one more beautiful and simple and classic them the other one but really amazing video till enjoy it😃😍😍

  22. sorry to be a pain cuz i am writing in like 2018 buuuttttt would a canvas work for this???????????

  23. Love these videos with minimal supplies! They give me the courage to try my hand at watercolors! Thank you for sharing !

  24. So, I was wanting to hand make my Thank You cards from my baby shower with water color, would Cardstock work just as well? Please answer back asap. ♡ Love these cards!

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