Rooted in Nature Watercolor Paper Tear Card

Simple techniques can make a card look more composed and elaborate, as is the case with this Rooted in Nature Watercolor Paper Tear Card!

I designed this card as part of the design team for Joy of Sets. Today starts our July challenge; I’d love it if you’d join in by making a card using this Tic-Tac-Toe grid!

Pick any row, column, or diagonal row, use those elements to make a card and link it here! I hope you join in with us and share a project!

I chose the top row: String, Paper Tear, and Watercolor. Accordingly, I designed my card with each of these elements, trying to coordinate them together.

Have you ever thought of tearing watercolor paper? I hadn’t previously, and let me tell you how easy it is!! It ripped in a smooth motion and gave me the edge I wanted!

Watercoloring is very forgiving, and even a beginner can add it to their card and get a great result! See below for how to create this nature-inspired card:

Recipe for Nature Watercolor Paper Tear Card:

Cut your cardstock:

  • Crumb Cake cardbase: 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”, scored and folded at 4 1/4”.
  • Garden Green: 4 3/4” x 3 1/2”.
  • Watercolor Paper: 4 1/2” x 3 1/2”.


  • Rip the long edge of your watercolor paper. Don’t be shy, just grab the edge and pull downward.
  • Using a water painter, grab a little Pear Pizzazz ink and apply it to your watercolor paper. For more details on how to watercolor a background, see this previous tutorial. Let this dry before stamping.


  • Stamp the leaves in Pear Pizzazz over your watercoloring.
  • Next, Stamp the large sentiment in the lower right corner using Garden Green ink.

Tie Twine and Adhere it all together:

  • Glue the watercolor to the Garden Green layer, then tie 12” thread around this layer and finish with a bow.
  • Lastly, glue the layer at an angle on your cardbase.

Supplies for Watercolor Paper Tear Card:

Linen Thread

I find watercoloring to be very hooking. Likewise, if you are looking for more watercoloring projects, click on these to see the full tutorials:

I’m so glad you stopped by to make this card with me! I hope this watercolor paper tear card inspires you to try a new technique. If you want more papercrafting tips and tutorials, be sure to sign up for my Crafty Newsletter! Happy Crafting!

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4 Responses

  1. Lovely card for the challenge – I have this set and rarely think to use it! I must dig it out!

    • says:

      Thanks Fiona! That means so much coming from you. 💚 It’s such an understated set, and yet I’m always happy with what I create with it 🤗

  2. Cheryl Even says:

    Love the subtle effect of the stamped leaves on the watercolor background, and the font for the sentiment is beautiful!

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