Chasity has been busy creating templates for you to use to make lettering designs! Add some Kelly Creates Watercolor Inks and WOW! Don’t have a digital cutting machine? No problem….there is also a PDF printable template for you to download!
Kelly Creates Supplies: Round Brush Set, Watercolor Ink Set 1 ‘Warm‘, Watercolor Inks Set 2 ‘Cool’, Watercolor Inks Set 3 (Black white iridescent), Plastic Palette with Pipettes, Watercolor Paper Project Pad, Black Fineliner Set 03, Moonlight Marker, Dream Pen ‘Stone’ Set 2, Multicolor Fineliner Pen Turquoise, Brush Pens 3 pack: Fine Tip, Galaxy Washi Tape
Other Supplies: Digital cutting machine OR craft knife and cutting Mat (or scissors), Paper Trimmer, Card stock, Embellishments, adhesive
Hey friends! I hope you all are safe and well! How is your lettering journey going? Have you been playing with the new amazing Watercolor Inks from Kelly’s line? I know I have been!
Today’s tutorial I am sharing with you is a fun, easy way to use watercolors and templates to make some watercolor sentiments for cards and more!
To create the templates, you will need a digital cutting machine (Cricut, Silhouette, Scan N Cut), or a printer and craft knife with cutting mat (or scissors) to use with the files included with this post. Click HERE to download the PDF printable template to cut out with scissors or a craft knife….or click the image below.
If you have a digital cutting machine, use the SVG file to cut the sentiment letters out of either a piece of cardstock, or Kelly Creates Watercolor Paper according to the cutting machine settings. Click HERE to access the SVG file (from Google Drive).
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can create your own templates using word or any editing software. Once you get the hang of it, it’s fun to try new font variations.
Next, cut apart the words so they can be used independently of each other. Secure the template down with tape to a piece of Kelly Creates Watercolor paper.
The first technique is filling the letters with tiny watercolor flowers. Choose the colors from Kelly Creates Watercolor Inks that you would like to use and add a few drops to the palette. Use the Kelly Creates Round Brush 1 or 2 to paint the flowers. NOTE: You can dilute these Kelly Creates Watercolor Inks with water and the pipettes, depending on how vibrant you want the flowers to be.
I chose to make the tiny flowers change colors from the beginning to the end of the word. I started with Rose, then changed to Orange then Deep Yellow to finish. Because I wanted a more freeform look, I was not very precise with the petals, but painted them loosely and randomly.
Now it’s time to add some centers to the flowers. I used Kelly’s Moonlight marker to add the white centers of the flowers, which will give them more dimension.
Next, use the Kelly Creates ‘Turquoise’ Multicolor Fineliner pen to draw stems and leaves on the flowers. Fill in the letters as much as you can. It’s important to go over the edges of the template to really allow the shape of the letter to be defined.
I then took the same Watercolor Inks and added color around the outside of the template by moving the tape to the center and exposing the outer edges. I like how this gives the sentiment a fun border.
Lastly, I removed the template and added drop shadows to the block letters using the ‘Stone’ Kelly Creates Dream pen (set 2).
To finish my project, I cut down the watercolor paper and matted it with coordinating cardstock. I trimmed it to the size I wanted for the card. After adding a few embellishments, it’s ready for sharing with someone special!
For the second card, and the other template, follow the same steps, however, fill the letters completely with watercolors.
Again I changed colours from one letter to the next, painting the entire letter with the Kelly Creates Watercolor Inks in Emerald, Teal, and Violet. Sometimes ink may seep under the paper. That is OK… it will add a fun effect, and we will outline them later.
For the next step, using Kelly Creates Fineliner black pen 03, trace the template letters on the inside.
Then, peel off the template and see the fun results! I love how the letters flow beyond the outline. If you want to avoid this, you can tape the template down better so it can’t seep through. Using Kelly’s Small Brush Pen in Black, I added a heavier shadow to each letter to add dimension.
I then wrote the word ‘friend’ with the same brush pen to finish the sentiment.
Following the same steps as the first card, cut down the watercolor paper, mat on cardstock and trim, and add embellishments to complete the card.
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial with the Kelly Creates Watercolor Inks and lettering templates. I know watercolors can be a bit intimidating when you first jump in, and these templates can help build confidence while you get more comfortable with them. Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure and post what you create so we can see your watercolor masterpieces using the hashtag #kellycreates or sharing in our Facebook Group “Kelly Creates Art & Calligraphy” !
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