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Quick & Easy Watercolor Brushstroke Card & Envelope

Happy Monday, all! Today I have a fun and colorful watercolor card for you. I’ve always loved the look of carefree brushstrokes, so I created a rainbow-esque birthday card. :)

(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 Fabriano Artistico Extra White watercolor paper and Mijello Mission Gold watercolors to paint the brushstroke background. Then I stamped and heat embossed the large greeting from Mama Elephant’s Oh Happy Day stamp set. I also stamped some of the small flowers and leaves from the stamp set.

For some contrast, I stamped “Happy Birthday” from the same stamp set on Black Onyx cardstock and adhered the narrow strip to the card front.

For a matching envelope, I created one from scratch using 90 lb. watercolor paper using a punch board, and painted a stark black brushstroke area for the address. I then added the recipient’s name and address using white ink and an oblique pen holder.

Thanks for stopping by today! :)


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.

Mama Elephant Oh Happy Day stamp set
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Fabriano Artistico Extra White, 5×7 Block
Hardboard, 9×12
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3M Scotch Blue Masking Tape
*Royal & Langnickel Zen Watercolor Brush, 1/2-inch square
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Mijello Mission Gold Water Color Palette Set, 36 Colors (AZ)
MISTI Stamp Positioning Tool
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*MISTI bar magnet
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VersaMark Ink
Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder
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Sistema Storage Container (for embossing powder)
Clips for embossing powder container
Mini Spoons for embossing powder containers (AZ)
Precision Heat Embossing Gun
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Gina K Designs Black Onyx Card Stock
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Tim Holtz Tonic Maxi Guillotine Paper Trimmer
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Darice Thin Foam Strips Adhesive
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Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, 110 lbs, 25 sheets
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Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock, 110 lb. cover, 250 sheets
Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive
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Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Refill
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Canson Watercolor Paper, 90 lb.
We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board
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Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleedproof White ink
AshBushInk Oblique Pen Holder
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We R Memory Keepers Laser Square Tool
X-Press It Tape
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Vintage Postage Stamps
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Dahle Self-Healing Cutting 18×12 Mat
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  • Reply Jannis June 12, 2018 at 6:41 am

    Morning Kristina love the card and envelope today could you tell me what nib and size you used and where I may find it

  • Reply Lindar C June 12, 2018 at 11:31 am

    I used to always forget to use my anti-static powder bag. Now I keep it in a mini container (same brand as your embossing powder container) and rubber band it to my versa mark ink pad. Very lovely card.

  • Reply Christiane Nicely June 12, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Such a lovely card. I’m sure Jennifer will be so happy to receive it! <3

  • Reply Debbie P June 12, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Great card and envelope.Jennifer will love it.

  • Reply Teresa Doyle June 12, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    This is fantastic Kristina. It is simple but very nice, I am sure Jennifer will love it.

  • Reply Terrie D. June 12, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    What a beautiful card! I love how you used brush strokes to match the envelope and the card :)

  • Reply Henriëtte June 14, 2018 at 11:29 am

    That’s a simply but awesome card, great that you made in the same line that gorgeous envelope. Thanks for this great idea Kristina.

  • Reply M Strach June 15, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Fabulous :))

  • Reply Kristie Maynard June 17, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    What a lovely, bright and happy card. Perfect for Jennifer. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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