Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login
Share your craft ideas for a share of the ad revenue. Click on Write For Us.

Inspirational Quote Style Watercolour Birthday Cards

by My Splendid Family (follow)
Mother of two young children looking to make them smile without breaking the bank. Visit my blog at www.mysplendidfamily.com.
Change Me3 (9)      Change Me2 (4)      Change Me (3)     


Finished birthday card
Inspirational quote style watercolour birthday card that even the younger kids can do!


Inspirational quotes on a watercolour background seem to be everywhere right now. You can even buy kits to make your own from craft shops. But would you believe that a toddler can do it mostly using supplies from their craft box and a little help from you? You bet they can!

This article shows you how to make a birthday card in the watercolour inspirational quote style. The results can be spectacular and the card you see in this article was produced by a 2 1/2 year old!

Time: Painting time 10 minutes. Card preparation time up to 20 minutes.
Age: Any Age
Level: Easy

Materials
Watercolour paper. This is the one thing you may not already have in the craft box. You need paper that can absorb and stand up to a lot of water without disintegrating. This is exactly what watercolour paper is designed to do so it is crucial that you get some. I bought an A5 pad of it from a $2 shop for $5 but you can also buy it from art shops in single sheets (poster sized).
Acrylic paint. I used Crayola's washable non-toxic acrylic paint but any acrylic paint would work. You could also experiment with a children's watercolour set.
Paintbrush. A soft brush or "mop" that holds a bit of water is ideal.
Palette for watery paint. Or any other containers you are happy to have paint in.
White crayon
Old newspaper if you are concerned about the surface you are painting on.
Smock if needed to protect clothes.
(Optional) Computer. Only if you aren't confident to use your own handwriting.

Method
Remove a piece of watercolour paper from the pad. I find it best to rip out the page entirely and the cut along the perforation to get a nice edge.
Fold the sheet in half. If your sheet has rounded corners, fold up to the rounded edge and trim the excess.
Write "Happy Birthday" on the card in running writing using white crayon. Make sure you press down hard to transfer lots of crayon. If you don't like your own running writing, open an application like Word. You can type "Happy Birthday" in a large font size and change the font to something you'd like to use.



Using Word to help with font for the card
Find a font you like in Word and increase the font size to help you write 'Happy Birthday' if you don't like your own handwriting


Mix up a few different colours of watery paint. I used three in this example. Put a little bit of water in your palette and add a couple of small blobs of paint to it one at a time. Mix the paint with the water thoroughly after each addition of paint. You want a mixture that has just turned from transparent to opaque.



watery paint used for birthday card
Three watery paint colours are mixed up to paint this particular card


Now it is time to go wild and add splotches of watery paint to the card any which way you want. Make sure you cover areas with crayon so that they show up.



watery paint used for birthday card
Adding the first splotches of paint



watery paint used for birthday card
Half-way through adding paint to the card



watery paint used for birthday card
Almost finished


When you are happy with the result, encourage the paint off the letters, if necessary, to ensure the writing is as white as possible. You can use a tissue or tilt the card.
Put the card in a safe spot to dry.
Press the card in a heavy book to flatten it out if necessary.
If you aren't finding the paint isn't quite as strong as you would like and your child has already made a watery mess, don't worry, allow the card to dry, then mix up stronger paint mixes and try again.



Using Word to help with font for the card
Our first attempt used paint that was too watery


Categories
#Any Age
#Easy
#Paint
#Greeting Card
#Painting
#Card
#Birthday
#Watercolour
I like this Article - 8
[ print friendly ]
More Articles by My Splendid Family
Make this cute little fish with your little ones using items that can be found in most homes
3 likes
Using store-bought cardboard shapes, or ones you have made yourself, kids of all ages can have f...
3 likes
Turn jelly into finger food! This is a fun activity for kids to do with an adult
3 likes
You will have the kids squealing with delight when you set up a balloon rocket! Best of all, you wil...
8 likes
view all articles by My Splendid Family
Articles by My Splendid Family on Other Hubs
My Google Plus Profile
ID: 52952
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
A fun and cheap game to create for a hot day
6 likes
These bookmarks are easy to make and most importantly are sure to stay in place
1 like
Similar to a snow globe, you can create your own flitter storm by giving this jar a good shake
8 likes
You will have the kids squealing with delight when you set up a balloon rocket! Best of all, you wil...
8 likes
Turn jelly into finger food! This is a fun activity for kids to do with an adult
3 likes
Using store-bought cardboard shapes, or ones you have made yourself, kids of all ages can have f...
3 likes
Inspirational quotes on a watercolour background seem to be everywhere right now
8 likes
Make this cute little fish with your little ones using items that can be found in most homes
3 likes
This is an awesome craft for every princesses who love the Beauty and the Beast
1 like
These easy brownies are transformed for Easter with a little icing and mini eggs to create chocolate...
1 like
Categories
Under 5s (587)
Any Age (402)
Over 10s (380)
Baby (12)
Links (1)
Easy (870)
Medium (241)
Hard (37)
Featured on Other Hubs
 
Copyright 2012-2017 On Topic Media PTY LTD. ABN 18113479226. mobile version