How To Make A Watercolor Robin Christmas Card

The Crew has been busy making cards this holiday season with unique techniques that you can use for your holiday cards or everyday card making.  It has been so fun to see how each Crew Member creates a different look and feel for their holiday card and today we are featuring Jaine Drake’s beautiful watercolor bird card.  Love the style, the feel and the look of this card.  Any theme can be transformed into a little holiday cheer with a touch of red and green and this card shows us that it can be done.  Jaine hand-drew the robin and we love it.
Watercolor Bird Card
I love the look of water colour paints and painting with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist is easy and has a gorgeous shimmery end result. I hand drew my robin and scanned it onto my computer so I could print it out multiple times to turn into Christmas cards.  Don’t be afraid to draw your own art or stamp one and then water color it in with the colors of your choice.  Glimmer Mist is terrific for water color, simply shake the bottle to blend the mica in and pour into a small cup or paint pallet and with a brush color in each area.  You can add a bit more water to lighten up the color, but no water is required to paint with Glimmer Mist, it is a water based paint filled with color and glimmer and so perfect for holiday watercoloring projects.
Materials Used:
White Cardstock like Canvas Corp’s 80# Cardstock or White Greeting Cards 
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Cross My Heart, Safari Green and It’s Black
Tattered Angels High Impact Paint: Silver
Versafine black ink (you will want to use a permanent ink when applying watercolor to ensure it will not smear)
Tools:  Paint Brush, black fine tip marker
For my background I randomly stamped the text directly on the card or cardstock paper.  You will want to use a heavy duty paper when you are watercoloring.  You can also use Ken Oliver’s Water Media Cards with a nice texture and they are very heavy duty. I overlapped the stamp in areas and concentrated mainly in the centre of the card. I used the silver paint, watered down to add some droplets over the text onto the background card and paper.  All Tattered Angels paints are water-soluble so you can add water to them to lighten them up and all you need is soap and water to clean your brushes, making it so easy.
Painting the robin with Glimmer mists creates a gorgeous shimmery finish.  To get the darker tones, go over the area twice deepening the color.  Glimmer Mist has a number of different colors to make each recipe, so the colors and micas come out in beautiful ways when you watercolor with them.  Jaine is not sure why her robin is green, but we think it is pretty spectacular – she calls it artistic license!
This is a great technique when you are creating multiple cards.  Stamp or print off multiple sheets and watercolor each of them, no worries that each is a bit different, that makes them even more special.  Finishing the card off I simply backed the robin onto silver paper.  If you don’t have silver paper, make your own by painting the paper with Tattered Angels High Impact Paint – just brush along the edges and then add some silver washi tape underneath. A doodled border is a final touch. 

 So grab your favorite stamp, sketch a doodle or find art on the web you can print and water color with mist paint.  If you are not sure about your watercolor skills, this is a terrific project to test them out.  We promise you will be amazed at how great it will look.  You might grab a few different brushes to get into the smaller and larger spaces.  
Check out Jaine Drake’s Blog and Instagram for more ideas!!
Happy Holiday Creating!!!


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'How To Make A Watercolor Robin Christmas Card' have 2 comments

  1. December 6, 2016 @ 8:52 am Barb Housner

    very beautiful, love the robin


  2. December 7, 2016 @ 1:24 pm Kissmycreative (Sam)

    This turned out so cute! And I love the photographs! tfs


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