Watercolor Rainbow in Summer Card

It’s almost summer, so hopefully there will be more rainbows in the sky! And sometimes we need to make our own — With this Watercolor Rainbow in Summer card!

To begin with, I chose my rainbow of inks to use for the watercolor. Stampin’ Up inks are water-based, which makes watercoloring with them super easy! The technique I use is described in the recipe below.

Today also starts our June challenge for the Joy of Sets! Here is our new tic-tac-toe grid for you to choose a Row, Column, or Diagonal for your next project. I hope you join in with us and share a project!

For this challenge, I chose the middle row — Watercolor, Rainbow, and Ombre. Those three elements came together for my colorful background. And bonus, I made the card to look like a perfect summer day.

Coupled with bright colors, the silhouette makes the rainbow background stand out! Particularly, this detailed tree die-cut and the stamped image of the girl on the swing offer a perfect contrast against the bright spectrum.

See below for how to make this Watercolor Rainbow card:

Recipe for a Watercolor Rainbow Card:

Cut your Cardstock:

  • Daffodil Delight: 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”, folded in half at 4 1/4” for your card base
  • Basic Black: 5 1/4” x 4”
  • Watercolor Paper: 5” x 3 3/4”. I often start larger than this and trim it down after I finish watercoloring.

Create your Rainbow — Watercolor Technique:

  • Pick your rainbow inks, and open their cases.
  • Using a paintbrush, add a little water to the top of the cases for a tiny puddle. Also wet your paper slightly.
  • Next, grab a little ink from the first ink pad with your paintbrush, and run it through the puddle in it’s case. Keep grabbing ink and adding it to the puddle until it’s as dark as you want.
  • From your puddle, wash each color onto the watercolor paper. Create your rainbow and make it your own! The beauty of watercoloring is that no two will look the same.
  • If you would like some additional watercoloring tips, check out this useful post.


  • Once your watercolor paper is dry (seriously, let it dry!!), we can stamp.
  • Use Stazon black ink to stamp so it doesn’t spread and keeps the lines crisp. Stamp the silhouette in the lower left side of your watercolored paper.
  • With the same ink, stamp your sentiment in the lower right hand corner.

Adhere it all together:

  • Adhere your watercolored paper to your black layer piece, and then adhere those to your yellow cardbase.
  • Die-cut the tree using Basic Black cardstock. Lastly, adhere it so the lowest branch is at the top of the swing cables.

Supplies for a Summer Rainbow Background

In addition to the Ombre rainbow in the background, I hope this watercolor rainbow card screamed summer to you, too! Watercoloring is a lot easier than it may seem! Therefore, I really hope if you haven’t tried it or haven’t used the technique lately, you’ll give it a chance for a bright summery card.

Wanna try your watercoloring technique for some other projects? Click through the pictures and find some you want to try!

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Happy Crafting!

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4 Responses

  1. Paperkutzs says:

    Great Piece

  2. Lovely inspiration, Laura!

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