How to Make Watercolor Greeting Cards


An original watercolor greeting card sent from one friend to another is a joy because it was done by hand by someone who cares and expresses friendship. Artistic ability is not required to make a watercolor card---many people make "spirit" watercolor cards that are a blend of colors, strokes and impressions. It's the thought that counts. On the other hand, the original work of art may be sincerely admired, framed and hung on a wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy watercolor paper
  • White or colored card stock
  • Water-based paints
  • Assorted brushes
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Double-sided tape
  • Envelopes (to fit 5-inch x 7-inch cards)
  • Cut the heavy watercolor paper to 4-by-6 inches. Unless your are an experienced artist in watercolor, try a free form or impressionistic style to create an attractive art piece. Apply several contrasting colors, light and dark, in separate applications, of watercolor with a medium-wide brush, covering the 4-by-6 inch space. Let dry, then if desired, use other brushes to add contrasting detail such as shapes or accents.

  • Cut the card stock paper to 7-by-10 inches. Fold it in half and make a crease. This makes the card on which you'll mount your 4-by-6 inch art piece. Use white card stock, or a colored card stock for an attractive presentation.

  • Put double-sided tape on the back of the 4-by-6 inch watercolor art piece close to the edges. Flip it over and attach it to the larger blank card in the center, pressing down to secure it. If you're using colored card stock, attach the watercolor pieces onto cards to compliment each other.

  • Sign your name in small writing at the bottom of the art work on the right or the left. Write a greeting or message inside the card. Insert it in an envelope, address and mail it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Refer to art books to study artistic styles, colors, inspiration and guidance.

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  • Photo Credit Watercolor cards by Natasha Lawrence
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