Maker Moments: Watercolor Hip Hip Hooray 4th of July Card

A new week begins and I am so happy to have you join me on Maker Moments! I just can’t seem to get enough of the 4th of July theme so today I made a really easy card. I love to watercolor so I thought I’d showcase it here.

I use mixed media paper whenever I watercolor. Watercolor paper is nice but it has tiny little pockets and grooves. They can be great for certain projects but if I want to write on the paper, I like it smooth. There really is no right or wrong way to do “random” water-coloring. My watercolor brush, as shown in the pic, is one of my favorite tools. If you get too much paint on your page, just squeeze the watercolor brush just a tad and the water dilutes it.

Here are Spellbinders supplies needed:

PZ-100 Spellbinders® Prizm™ Die Cutting and Embossing Machine OR

PL-001 Spellbinders® Platinum™ Die Cutting and Embossing Machine

S4-575 Hip Hip Hooray

SDS-009 Happy Times Stamp and Die Set

Other supplies needed are: 140 lb. mixed media paper; Painter’s Plastic Pallet; Red and Blue water-based ink pads (optional for watercoloring); Red and Blue watercolor tubes; Red-Glittered Foam Felt; Sequins; Stiff Brush; Watercolor brush; White Cardstock

If you are using red and blue paint from tubes, squeeze out a tiny little bit of each into the plastic pallet. If you have red and blue ink, work from their lid as a base. I started by dipping just a bit of my watered brush into the red paint (or red ink) and randomly brushing it onto my card base. I then cleaned it by wiping it off with water (squeeze out excess) on a separate sheet of paper. Then continue with the blue paint or ink. It is not necessary to fill in all the color in a specific area on your card unless that is the look you want to achieve.

When dry, I dipped a wet, stiff brush into a bit of the blue paint and flicked it across the card.

Next, I inked up the Hip-Hip sentiment from my Happy Times set and stamped it onto the card.

Die-cut the hooray sentiment from the Hip Hip Hooray set in white cardstock and red-glittered foam felt. Adhere the glittered sentiment to the card base.

Then attach the white hooray sentiment die cut on top of and slightly off-center of red-glittered sentiment for a shadow effect. Adhere sequins to card in a random fashion.


So, there you have it! Is this totally do-able? Let me know what you think.



Debi Adams

As far as she can remember, Debi has been crafting, creating and doing art in one form or another. Born and raised in Southern California and the mother of four grown daughters, Debi is an in-house Senior Creative Designer at Spellbinders. She considers herself an “eclectic artist”, dabbling in mixed-media, party décor, paper crafting, painting, calligraphy, sewing, floral arranging, and everything in between. She has been featured in Somerset Studios, Where Women Cook and Where Women Create magazines. Though her passion is in creating art, she finds as much joy in giving it away. Her free time is spent junking, traveling, seeing her girls and new grandson and creating…art!


1 Comment

  1. So clean and simple! I love it! It would also be easy to keep the same concept but switch out the die for another one. Thanks for the inspiration – can’t wait to try this. 🙂

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