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Watercolor Cards Made Simple

Enliven your cards with dreamy watercolor effects! Learn techniques to create gorgeous backgrounds and enhance your stamps, die-cuts, stencils and more.
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Learn step-by-step techniques for creating stunning watercolor cards with expert guidance from cardmaker and designer Deepti Malik. First, learn how to control your brush to achieve various watercolor looks you'll love. Then, learn how to apply striking color to your card base with two techniques, and incorporate stenciling, stamps and fun splatters into your cards for eye-catching detail. With both watercolors and inks, Deepti will help you confidently create ombré or gradient effects, apply multicolored, vibrant washes and even learn how to use watercolors to add shading and dimension to beautiful images. Plus, add dynamic touches to your cards, from a starry sky to a foamy beach, and learn how to create striking effects with color glazing. Finally, discover how to use household items to add cracks, speckles, cuts and more to your cards, for unique results sure to delight and amaze!


Deepti Malik



Deepti Malik is a professional paper artist, card designer and popular blogger. Her career began as a marketing and business development lecturer at an institute in India, but she soon found that her true passion lies in paper. She started a paper crafts blog in 2013 and hasn't looked back. Today, she is a professional designer of cards and stamps.

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Mastering Brushstrokes

01: Mastering Brushstrokes

Meet card designer Deepti Malik and learn how simple it is to become a watercolor artist! Find out how different card weights, brush sizes and palette shapes can help you get the best results. Then, Deepti introduces you to a few brushstrokes that create gorgeous watercolor effects!

23 min
Applying Color: Flat Washes

02: Applying Color: Flat Washes

Discover a variety of techniques for applying striking color and a free-flowing watercolored look to your card base! Deepti shows you how to incorporate these techniques and more in your cards as you practice working with paints, stencils and stamps.

26 min
Soft Gradient Backgrounds

03: Soft Gradient Backgrounds

Pull from the techniques you've learned to create stunning gradient effects! In this lesson, Deepti shows you how to softly blend out one color, add two or more into the mix, and even apply gradients to stamped images. Plus, see how breaking the rules can sometimes work in your favor.

26 min
Bold & Colorful Washes

04: Bold & Colorful Washes

Variegated washes offer the chance to add bright, beautiful backgrounds to cards. Learn how to achieve this effect, and see how color choice makes all the difference as Deepti applies this technique to standout embossed resists and die-cut panels. Plus, discover how to mute colors with a bokeh effect.

19 min
Beautiful Watercolored Images

05: Beautiful Watercolored Images

Go beyond backgrounds and learn how easy it is to watercolor beautiful images! Learn how to add detail and shading to stamps, and even blend multiple colors. Then, take advantage of the intricate outlines provided by stamps and embossing -- and perfect a technique that leaves you with no lines at all!

28 min
Dynamic Watercolor Effects

06: Dynamic Watercolor Effects

Create stunning effects, including a starry sky, crisp stripes, a foamy beach and more! With Deepti's guidance, you'll learn how to achieve these effects, as well as how to add emphasis to stamped images with color glazing.

25 min
Textural Watercolor Techniques

07: Textural Watercolor Techniques

Use household items to add playful textures to your watercolor cards! Deepti shows you how to create fun effects such as cracks, speckles, cuts and clouds. You'll leave class inspired to put all these techniques to use with your card-making supplies!

19 min