EASY Watercolor Rainbow Backgrounds – Make a Card Monday #279

– [Kristina] Good morning
everyone, it's Monday morning, it is 7:17 in the morning, I'm gonna go ahead and
start on Make a Card Monday. Hopefully, y'all wake up here in a bit. Something to know before I get going, I wanted to let you guys know that I have a series over on
my Instagram that started up. If you're interested in mail art at all, you'll want to check it out. I'll have my Instagram linked down below. I'm doing a mail art rainbow
so I'm just making my way through all the rainbow colors, and doing some mail art with that color. So right now I'm in the
middle of the blues, it's gonna be that way for a little bit but if you want to see
all of that mail art, go ahead and check out my Instagram. Today I'm going to be using the Brea Reese Basic Watercolor Set, it's not the metallics that
I tried a few weeks ago, this is the basic set and
I have yet to use them. I'm gonna do some rainbow water coloring, this is greatly inspired
by my friend Jeff Lindberg over on Instagram. I'll link his Instagram down below. He does a thing on his Instagram live on Saturday night called Craft Cocktails where you know, he gets himself a drink and he just crafts and he asks
everyone in the live chat, in the livestream what
they would like to see and what they want him to do so it's just some fun kind
of community crafting, it's really cool. So I'm going to do
something that was inspired by his Craft Cocktails
livestream last Saturday which he was doing stuff for PRIDE and had some rainbow things going on. I only caught the tail end of it. But I thought I'd do a little bit of really easy rainbow watercolor. Before I get into all that, I wanna see what colors
are in this palette. So I'm gonna use this swatch card that comes with the palette and I'm just gonna do a
really simple little scribble of each one of these colors. Let's get it started into making sure the colors are activated. I'm just gonna use my spray bottle, just to put a little water
in each one of these wells. And then I'm gonna get to it. So this Titanium White
is not gonna show really 'cause it's white. And on screen right now you're seeing me paint these really fast. I'm just gonna sweep through these and you can see how
vibrant these colors are. These are really great basic shades. Okay, so here are the colors. I think those are some
really great rainbows shades, it's a really good basic palette. I'm gonna set this aside and reference it as I do my coloring. Got my hardboard here that I'm gonna use with my water coloring and I've got two pieces
of watercolor paper, these are both Arches Cold Press. One slightly bigger than the other, and I am planning to die cut one of them so I'm gonna go ahead and
use this heart die cut which I'll be eventually cutting it out of and I'm gonna do out of this smaller one. And I'm just going to trace the shape because I'm planning to do some stripes and I wanna make sure that all the colors will be on the heart. I'm just gonna mark every half inch and I'm just going to
lightly add some stripes. And then over here I'm gonna
be doing something else to add the rainbow. So I'm gonna go ahead and take these down. All right, so let's get painting, I'm gonna bring in my palette here. Gonna zoom in and I'm gonna
start with the stripes first. And I don't want any of this pencil to be showing up around the
edges for when I die cut, so I'm gonna go ahead and kind of erase these
lines a little bit. I mean, I'll still be able
to see that they're there but they won't be as obvious, they won't be trapped
under the watercolor. And I'm going to paint every other one so that I can keep painting
and have each section. I want a nice bright color, I don't want a whole lot of variation. I'll get a little bit
more variation and color when I paint the other background. Okay, so I'm using a flat brush and it's a little bit
too wide for my sections when I splay the bristles out, so what I'm doing is
holding it at an angle and then swiping while I paint. And I'm making sure I'm
extending that stripe out a little bit so that when I
die cut, I won't have any gaps. Okay, so the next color would be blue and I think I'm going to
do this blue right here. It's a little bit more of a true blue, this is what they're calling Cobalt. And that's a looking a little
bit dark so I'm going to do what I can to lighten it up by picking up color with my brush. My brush is just damp right now, it's not super wet, I've got
a paper towel right here, I'm trying to pick up the color. I might come back over that later just to get a more solid shade. Okay, I'm gonna hit this with my heat tool and make sure these three colors are dry before I put in the secondary colors. Coming in with orange now. And I wanna make sure I
don't have any white gaps. So I'm really hugging
that red edge at the top. And then I'm going to really hug the yellow edge at the bottom. I'm gonna do the same that I did before where I just use the top
edge of my angled brush and just take it right
along that yellow edge. Had to load up my brush with more paint and I come in here and go
right along the blue edge. If I have any white gaps at all, I'm making sure to go back and grab those. Okay, and the last color is purple. Yeah, it can be a little bit dark so I'm hoping by having it
be a little watered down, it'll be enough to keep it under control. Perfect, okay, so those
are my rainbow stripes, I'm gonna heat those with the heat tool and then move on to the next one. All right, before I move on, I'm just going to make this blue area a little bit more solid. I think I walked that color back just a little bit too much before, I'm going to come back in and add a little bit more blue on top just to make sure that
it's a nice solid blue. And I'm already wondering
if this was too much blue. Hopefully when it dries back,
it'll be a little better. I did wanna say about these paints considering this is the
first time I've used them, so I'm gonna give them
a little mini review. You know, I kind of enjoy them. They're really basic shades
so they're not gonna be super like a different color for you, but I do like how solid they are, they're really pigmented, I like that. Blue is looking real dark now (laughs). So I'm wondering that may
have been a bad choice. I'm grabbing some paper towels and can I walk this back a little? Not really. Maybe by adding a little bit of water. Hmm, okay, that did walk
it back just a little bit. But I don't think I'm gonna get it without the variations in
color, it's gonna be not solid which I guess I'm just gonna
be okay with, it's okay. There is (coughs) there
is this other blue shade, I think I maybe would've
done that one instead and then when it got a little darker, it wouldn't be quite as intense. So I'm gonna take this off and
just work with this one now. All right, so what Jeff did
was he did some paint splatter, so I'm gonna do the same. So I'm gonna do my usual
paint splatter technique where I have paint on an acrylic block and then I flick it off
the edge of the block. And he did something really cool where he masked off sections
so I'm gonna do the same. I'm gonna start up here with that red, nice puddle of red on my block here. I want it to be fairly fluid, like right now it's
probably the consistency of like a really heavy cream, I wanna do more like
almost like a skim milk. Okay, this is looking a little better. It's a little more fluid now. And then I can just
flick off the edge here. And I want quite a bit of this splatter because it's gonna take
it that whole section. All right, I'm going to
have just the bottom edge of that red exposed. I'm gonna have another one right here and this is where I'm
going to do my orange. And like I did before,
I want the consistent of like a skim milk so I'm
gonna add some water to this. Better, then I can… All right and now I'm going to dry this and then I can move on to the yellow. Now you guys get the idea, I'm going to speed up the video so you can see as I move all the way down but you get the idea of what I'm doing. ("Light 'em Up") ♪ Light 'em up, light
'em up, light 'em up ♪ ♪ It's so much harder now to reach you ♪ ♪ Your heart is floating in the sky ♪ ♪ We've known each other for so long ♪ ♪ We know our love like an old song ♪ ♪ Sing along one more time ♪ ♪ It's so much harder now to please you ♪ ♪ Your smile is fading with the rain ♪ ♪ Though we've known
each other for so long ♪ ♪ And I know you struggle to stay strong ♪ ♪ Sing along with me again ♪ ♪ My songs are moving in to
make this heart to last ♪ ♪ Let us light 'em up, light 'em up ♪ ♪ Let us light 'em up, light 'em up ♪ ♪ If we start remembering
bad memories of the past ♪ ♪ Let us light 'em up, light 'em up ♪ ♪ Let us light 'em up, light 'em up, oh ♪ ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ Let us light 'em up, light 'em up, oh ♪ ♪ Let us light 'em up, light 'em up ♪ ♪ Let us light 'em up, light 'em up, oh ♪ ♪ Oh oh ♪ ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ It's so much harder now to reach you ♪ ♪ Your heart is floating in the sky ♪ ♪ We've known each other for so long ♪ ♪ We know our love like an old song ♪ ♪ Sing along with me again ♪ ♪ Yeah, my songs are moving in
to make this heart to last ♪ ♪ Let us light 'em up, light 'em up ♪ ♪ Let us light 'em up, light 'em up ♪ ♪ If we start remembering
bad memories of the past ♪ ♪ Let us light 'em up, light 'em up ♪ ♪ Let us light 'em up, light 'em up, oh ♪ – [Kristina] All right, and we'll do quite a
bit of die cutting now. So I need to die cut the heart and I need to die cut one of
these layers out of this one. So the heart, I'm going
to have it be right there, use a little bit of washi
tape to keep that in place. And then as far as this one goes, it's going to go on the front of a card and I want it to be just
a little bit smaller than the card front, so I think I'll use this one right here. This is the Waffle
Flower A2 Card Layer Dies or the A2 Layer Dies. All right and while I have
my die cutting machine out, I'm going to cut the other
piece for the thank you heart. It's the one that goes right on top of the heart area to cut out. And I'm going to just use some regular Neenah CLASSIC CREST Solar White. Okay, I'm gonna do a
little bit of stamping. I'm using the One of a Kind
Stamp Set from The Stamp Market and I'm going to have it
be on the paint splatter. So I'm going to keep the stamp in my MISTI stamp position tool. Yeah, I'm gonna have
to stamp it a few times to get it really solid. As far as the thank you heart goes, I'm going to put some Gina
K. Connect Glue on the back and I'm holding it with my
tweezers while I do this because I wanna make sure I get
enough adhesive on the back. And I'm just using dabs of
glue, kind of just all over. If you wanted to, there
are a few different ways you could adhere an
intricate die cut like this. You could put some Stick It Adhesive on it before die cutting, so
that would go on the back. You could use a spray adhesive
on the back all at once, that's usually pretty fast although you do wanna be
in a well-ventilated area. Let's see what else, you could use a Xyron Create-A-Sticker machine or a Creative Station Lite
'cause it's a little bit bigger. You could use that, there's quite a few different
things you could use. All right, I'm just gonna
hold this down with my fingers for a little bit just until it has time to really stick to that watercolor paper. The good thing about
the Gina K. Connect Glue is that it does dry clear so anything that kinda
squinches out should dry clear. I'm going to use white hard bases, these are going to be Neenah
CLASSIC CREST Solar White 110 pound card bases. Scoring at 5 1/2. And then I'm going to use
some foam tape to adhere these onto the card bases. And these are gonna be
really, really simple cards. I'm not doing a whole lot to them. All right there's one card. And then the other which is
gonna be a super simple one. There we go, there are
the cards for today, two very simple watercolor
rainbow backgrounds. I hope you guys enjoyed both of these, thank you again to Jeff and
everyone in the live chat on Saturday night for this fun idea with the paint splatters. I think the actual doing it
in a spectrum came from Amy who is the owner and
founder of The Stamp Market which is the company
that makes these stamps. So that's kinda fun. Thank you again so much
for watching today, all the supplies will be
listed down below as usual. Use those links to do your shopping, it helps support my YouTube channel and helps me bring three
videos to you every week. Thank you so much for watching,
I will be back on Wednesday for another card video. Until then, happy crafting and
I'll see you guys next time.

38 Replies to “EASY Watercolor Rainbow Backgrounds – Make a Card Monday #279”

  1. The colours in that palette are so vibrant and beautiful. The heart is beautiful and the splatter looks great done like this. Great cards.

  2. I watched Jeff on Saturday night with you and all the card stars🤩! I was so excited when you said do rainbow splatter because I was thinking it at the same time, made me realize I’m actually learning from watching all your videos😊 It’s so fun to watch, I’m sure Jeff will love your cards. I have to try it now💌

  3. Thanks a bunch to you & Jeff and all the other artists for the inspiration! Can't wait to try these techniques!

  4. Lovely cards! That splatter technique looks really fun and I feel like the papers used for masking could have card potential! 🌈🌈🌈

  5. Lovely cards. Enjoy yr watercoloring videos. Do u still make any cards using patterned paper. Something i struggle with at times.🙂

  6. Did I see the washi tape correctly?? Was the tape on the splatter card KLIBAN CAT TAPE???? If so, where did you find that? Thank you!

  7. At first I didn't like the splatter background. But, when it was finished, I love it. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I am so impressed with your steady hand painting those stripes. Great cards and love the heart dies. ❤️ Thank you!

  9. Yikes! I didn’t know you had 2 other Instagram channels! Good thing I clicked on your Instagram bio!!

  10. I'll have to tell you when 8 saw the thumbnail, I said oh that has to be Jennifer McGuire lol. You really did a great job. Have you tried blending and mixing colors with this pallet?

  11. Good morning Kristina, lovely cards my personal favorite was the splattered paint card so pretty thanks for sharing xLin

  12. Love these! The splattered rainbow w/ One if a Kind stamp is my favorite! Thanks for the inspiration 💜

  13. Once the die cut is on the heart, you can’t even notice the varying color in the blue stripe. It looks terrific!

  14. This would make an awesome background for a spread in my Art and Junk Journals. I'm going to have a jolly good play… can't wait!!! I liberally use colour now so this is just perfect. You are amazing 💜 joie 🌿❣️

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