Hello! Nicole here – watercoloring has been super popular in cardmaking and lots of cardmakers look for different ways to incorporate watercolor when creating cards. Today I am going to share a very easy way to create a gradation background using watercolor mediums. To watch how I put this beautiful card together, you can check out the video below.

You can achieve this gradation look by putting a colored brush down onto the cardstock. Start at the top part of the layer with a flat watercolor brush. Then simply dip the brush in clean water and go back to the cardstock by laying down the second line. You will continue to do so until the background shape you want is created. I recommend starting with a lighter shade first and going back to the layer to add more pigment until the look you want is achieved.  Keep in mind that watercolor always dry in a lighter shade, giving you a softer look.


I added a rose image from the Elegant Flower Stamp Set. I love the detailed of this set so I thought this would be perfect for today’s card. I waited until the background layer is fully dried, and stamped the image with Versafine Onyx Black Ink, and then added a bit of purple onto the image. I mainly focused on darker area of the image and added water around it so that is would blend naturally onto the lighter area of the image. I also added couple white pearls to add more elegance to the card.


The sentiment is from Graceful Hydrangea stamp set, I simply stamped it on top left corner. I chose a very pale pink color for the cardbase and 3d mount the watercolor layer. And the card is finished! You can check out the full supplies for today’s card HERE.

It is very simple and easy to create this card, so I hope you would give this a try! You will love the results you’ll get. Thanks for spending some time with me today!






4 thoughts on “Watercolor Gradation

  1. Chrissie says:

    The simple background is great to show off this beautiful stamp. Love the detailed stamps in both of those sets.

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