Video: More “Watercolor” Die Cuts

Recently, I had the honor of sharing a video over on the Lawn Fawn blog. One of the Lawn Fawn owners, Kelly Marie, is a dear friend of mine and one of the sweetest people to ever walk this crafty world. So, it truly is was an honor.

This video shows another example of “watercolor” die cuts. I am very addicted to these techniques! And who said Distress Inks couldn’t be used for “cutesy” cards?

(Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.)

I am a big fan of dies that not only cut but add the what-looks-like-perforated finishing touch, such as the Lawn Fawn Spring Showers dies. Those little dashed lines absorb ink a bit better and therefore give great results.

After using the cloud dies to cut watercolor paper, I smooshed them around in some Salty Ocean Distress Ink and water on a craft sheet. After they dried, I pounced them with a paint brush covered with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and water. The results? Lots of texture. Lots of watercolory color. Little effort. I also created the background, sun and hearts in the same way. I finished the card front with that adorably adorable “hello sunshine” message. Oh – and see the subtle shimmer on the whole card? I did that quickly with my Shimmer spritz.

The card is actually a 4-bar card – only 3 1/2″ x 4 7/8″ – which is smaller than most. I am really enjoying this size as it is such a nice change of pace. I used one of the new Lawn Fawn polka 4-bar notecards inside out. (You could always cut your own 4-bar notecard and use the Lawn Fawn 4-bar white envelopes. These envelopes are thick so they hold up very well in the mail.)

Here is some more inspiration for you:

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44 CommentsCards, Die Cutting, Lawn Fawn, Tim Holtz Products, Videos

  1. Chris A


  2. Gail

    Very cute card…love the colorful theme!! looking forward to spring!!

  3. Ger

    Loving the watercolour trend. This card is gorgeous! Ger x

  4. Jennifer Essad

    the watercolor look is amazing-showing me a 3D effect-I also like how it looks puffy. I haven’t worked w/this yet – now I’m anxious to do so

  5. Tona

    As usual, I really like your card.

  6. Pamela P.

    Another great video & card! Thank you.

  7. Every single time I come to your blog, Simon Says Stamp gets $500. I wonder if they have an affiliate program and I can refer myself. LOL.

    Had a nice time catching up with you and watching your videos. Loved that one background where you made 3 different cards, and yes, I got it :)

  8. diana

    Saw your video on the LF blog! Love the effect on those stitch lines. TFS ;-)


    Jennifer your card is so cute I learned so much about distress inks for sure as I am big fan TH distress inks and use them all the time just never this way. Your results is amazing.
    Thanks for sharing your God given talents and girl he so is smilin’ down on you for all that you give to us and make us smile.

  10. Faith R.

    All I can say. JENNIFER, is WOW!! Fantastic. Loved those dies also. THANK You.

  11. Adorable card! Thanks for the trick with the journaling die. I was on the fence about the large one and you have sold me on it.

  12. barbara lassiter

    Another great card and video with a watercolor look!

  13. Amy G.

    Love the color of this card! You make watercoloring look easy! I might give it a try.

  14. Been so busy – I missed this the other day – so glad you’re sharing it here. It’s adorable and love the techniques! ♥

  15. Penny Nichols

    Fabulous card, Jennifer and wonderful video! I do love your videos.

  16. Thanks so much for sharing! So glad you mentioned that Distress inks could be used for cute cards, too!! (lol) It’s so true and we’ve had such a mindset that they are for the vintage, altered art and grunge look and completely forget about using them for the other styles!! Excellent video and darling card. Thanks for the inspiration.

  17. carmen morris

    I love the watercolor look and your videos have inspired me to give it a try. Thank you for the inspiration!

  18. Robin in Washington

    Love the watercolor look!!! Beautiful card!! Thanks for sharing!!

  19. Deborah Stout

    For some reason my Simon Says videos are not loading. Other videos are ok. Just wondered if any one else has this issue??

  20. Great, great love this card and the technique. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Karen

    I love this technique and I LOVE Lawn Fawn stamps and dies! Thank you so much for the great tutorial!

  22. What a cute card! It amazes me that you can add things to your card front after it is all assembled – I would ruin the whole thing if I added a sentiment or spritzing after I assembled!

  23. This is a super cute card! You are so creative and I just can’t get enough of your videos. Thanks so much for sharing.

  24. Another great video and spectacular card Jennifer, I love how you folded the yellow pattern paper so that the pattern is on the inside of the card and you worked the white side..awesome!!!! I have been working with water coloring and I love it!!! Thanks so much for all your fun tips and techniques! xxx

  25. Karan

    Dear Jen,
    I added you to my You Tube subscriptions. I’ve forgotten how I originally found your blog. I wanted to compliment you on how excellent your videos are produced! The lighting, views, and voice over are well done. The way that you explain your techniques is simple, and on point. You are a good “teacher”. I’ve been a scrap-booker/paper crafter/card maker, for over 15 years now. I am very particular about how I complete my work. Yours is clean, vibrant, laid out well, and pleasing to the eye. My main reason for crafting, other than the pure delight of it, is to bless other people. I’ve given away almost everything that I’ve ever made, with happiness. Thank you for your beautiful work. I just felt led to give you some genuine encouragement. Blessings…Karan

  26. Jo Ann D.

    So cute! Simply love your videos.

  27. Carrie D.

    I love love love this!!! so creative :-) I agree with you about the faux stitching look, it adds so much. you truly are amazing and your videos are easy to follow. thank you!!

    p.s. I really like lawn fawn stamps…they are my new fave!

  28. Tamara

    Love the Lawn Fawn products. It was heard during release week as they showed all the new products, and wait to order them. I can’t wait till the orders come in and begin playing.

  29. Vicki Smith

    Love your videos so much,
    Everyday I look forward to seeing what you made.
    I want to thank you for all the tips which have made card making more fun for me.
    Please continue the good work!!….
    I have a new appreciation for distress inks

  30. Karen

    I am enjoying your watercolor videos. Could you please tell us about your work surface? I think you called it a craft sheet in the video. Thanks!

  31. Chris M.

    I really like the watercolor with die cuts technique. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and demonstrating them so well!

  32. Jennifer

    LOVE THIS!! I’m getting out my distress inks now!!!!! Thank you!!!

  33. Jennifer

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your videos. I get frustrated listening to people who are not articulate…lots of “Umms, Uhs, like” You get the idea. Your videos look and sound so professional. I tell all my crafty friends to follow you!! Thank you for all your hard work!!!

  34. Really cute card! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Karen

    I tried this!! I had to substitute the peacock color for another green I had, but it still turned out super cute! Thanks for the great video!

  36. Aw such an adorable and cheery card, Jennifer! Love your design and all the wonderful details!

  37. Melinda Ferraz

    Really cute card and love your videos. Was wondering if you could tell me the name and brand of your nail polish, I love that color and would like to get it

  38. Sara T.

    I love this! Can you tell me what kind of sticky tape you used to masked the top and bottom before you spritzed the shimmer on? I didn’t see it in your supply list.

  39. I am in love with these fun cards Jennifer. Great video too! As always.

  40. Wonderful techniques and adorable card. TFS!

  41. Beautiful card – love the watercolor look!

  42. Felicia Young

    Very creative Jennifer, I really like your techniques.

  43. Marilyn Beaumont

    Thank you Jennifer for sharing. Love your ideas, creativity and talent and your willingness and enthusiasm with which you share so generously!
    Thank you!

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