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5 SUPER EASY Watercolor Backgrounds for Cards + NEW Water Media from Waffle Flower

Happy Friday, all! Today I have a fun video for you with 5 super simple and easy watercolor backgrounds! I also tried out the new Water Media Mat from Waffle Flower (available for preorder at Waffle Flower and Simon), and did all my watercolor painting with a single flat watercolor brush and some liquid watercolors from Dr. Ph. Martin’s (all colors are from the A Set of Radiant Concentrated Water Colors).

(Wondering what I used in this video? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).

I used five colors of watercolor for my simple backgrounds: Alpine Rose, Orange, Lemon Yellow, Grass Green, and Turquoise Blue. These five colors would be a great start to any liquid watercolors collection. I love how bright and cheerful the colors are!

The new Water Media Mat worked out great for my painting today (especially with my DIY plastic tray over the wells), and there are SO many more things to be done with the mat! Be sure to check out Waffle Flower’s playlist of videos at YouTube for more ideas on how you can use the Water Media Mat (including techniques like mirror stamping).

Video Hop & Giveaway!

Today’s post and video are part of a video hop. Check out the other videos in the hop HERE.

I also have a $25 gift card to the Waffle Flower shop that I’m giving away. Thank you, Waffle Flower, for providing the gift card! Just leave a comment on this post by April 15, 2019, for your chance to win. There will also be 3 overall winners drawn from all the stops on the hop. Winners will be announced on the Waffle Flower blog on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

Thanks for stopping by!


Compensated affiliate links used when possible. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased. Items below are shown in the order they appear in the video.

*Waffle Flower Water Media Mat
[ WFF | SSS ]
Tim Holtz Craft Shears
[ SSS ]
Canson XL Watercolor Pad, 9×12
Hardboard, 9×12
[ SSS ]
3M Scotch Blue Masking Tape
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Radiant Concentrated…
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Radiant Concentrated…
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Radiant Concentrated…
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Radiant Concentrated…
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Radiant Concentrated…
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Radiant Concentrated…
*Royal & Langnickel Zen Watercolor…
[ SSS ]
1/4″ Narrow Masking Tape
Precision Heat Embossing Gun
[ SSS ]
Dahle Self-Healing Cutting 18×12 Mat
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  • Reply Barbara case April 12, 2019 at 7:40 am

    I really enjoyed your video this morning. Thanks Kristina for bringing your creative eye to my crafting day. I have particularly liked the water colouring videos. B

  • Reply Denise F. April 12, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Kristina, great idea, using the plastic insert, to protect the paint palette. Love using the water colors for so many designs.

  • Reply Krystal Overby April 12, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Loving this mat! Such beautiful backgrounds too! You always know how to make such beautiful vibrant water colored backgrounds for cards!

  • Reply Marianne April 12, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Fun backgrounds, and the mat looks very interesting.

  • Reply SherylH April 12, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Such pretty backgrounds. I especially like the one using masking tape — I too enjoy the “reveal” process of any masking process.

  • Reply Kristie Maynard April 12, 2019 at 10:28 am

    What fun backgrounds. This definitely gave me some great new ideas for backgrounds for my stash. Thanks for this fabulous video.

  • Reply Hinna April 12, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Love these beautiful vibrant backgrounds you have created. :)

  • Reply Ruth Gander April 12, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Using the plastic packaging is a genius idea! You always amaze me!! The backgrounds are fun and I can’t wait to try them. The new mat looks awesome. Thank you so much for all of your videos.

  • Reply Carolyn Keierleber April 12, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    So simple yet so clever and pretty. Inspiration!

  • Reply Mischelle Smith April 12, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    GORGEOUS! I’ll be making some of these yummy backgrounds this weekend. Thank you for the beautiful ideas!

  • Reply Mel H April 12, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Love those fun backgrounds. The mat looks like a must have!

  • Reply Tina Morgan April 12, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Great Media mat – enjoyed your water colouring too !!

  • Reply SherryW April 12, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Pretty. Funny how I get stuck in a rut – like doing background with distress ink blending. I should branch out and do a watercolor background now and then.

  • Reply Maria Giselle B. April 12, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    I need that ink well since I pretty much use a re-purposed laminated school card from my son’s old school stuff. What’s even worse is it is in orange! This will help me be organized while I’m painting.

  • Reply Teri S April 12, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    This mat looks fantastic, and using the plastic to keep it clean is brilliant! Thank you for sharing these background ideas. ☺️

  • Reply Carmen April 12, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Great video and thanks for the inspiration.

  • Reply Catherine April 12, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    What fun and bright background. I love the one using the thin masking tape probably best. It is definitely fun to pull the tape away and reveal what you got.

  • Reply Linda C Crowder April 12, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Love the colors. Thanks for the giveaway, too. I can’t wait to check out the watercolor mat.

  • Reply Lynn April 12, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    WOW! Beautiful background using thin masking tape is brilliant! Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Reply Jane McGill April 12, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Fun easy backgrounds. The mat looks like it would be awesome. J

  • Reply Nandini Karmarkar April 12, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Love these vibrant backgrounds. The colours really pop. And I love the water media mat. I think it is the next big thing in the crafting world! Love how thoughtfully it is designed.

  • Reply Katie Mullen April 12, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    These backgrounds are stunning! Perfect for a spring break craft!

  • Reply Ingrid A Spangler April 12, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Those watercolors are so bright, love them. What happy colors!

  • Reply Dee Earnshaw April 12, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    awesome mat and great advise on looking after it:)

  • Reply Jo-Anne Tedford April 12, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Love the backgrounds and the mat. I hope you show us what you make with the backgrounds too!

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