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Must Try Watercolor Cards | Collab with Kathya Kalinine

Celebrate sunny skies and warm weather with these Must Try Amazing Watercolor handmade cards. I’m delighted to do a summer-themed video collab with my crafty friend, Kathya Kalinine, @kali9designs!

Summer Collab with Kathya Kalinine @kali9designs

You may know Kathya from her most popular YouTube video: Five AMAZING Card Making Hacks You Need to Try! I recently participated in a fun blog hop to celebrate Kathya, Jenny, and Ardyth reaching 5k YouTube subscribers.

Head over to Kathya Kalinine’s blog, YouTube channel, and Instagram feed to check out her summer collaboration projects. If you like what you see subscribe and share. Kathya also has an Etsy shop featuring her original svg cut file designs!

Must Try Easy Watercolor Cards

Summer would not be complete without popsicles and ice cream! So I thought I’d try my hand at a bit of summer sweet treat watercolor to brighten our day.

All the details to create these delicious handmade cards are in this short card making tutorial. Watch here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share with friends!

Easy Watercolor Popsicle

Truth be told, when I think of summer I think…watermelon! Watermelon is one of my family’s all-time favorite fruits. So, I had to make a watercolor popsicle and it was so fun!

Must Try Easy watercolor popsicle sweet treat

Saunders Waterford High White watercolor paper is my favorite to work with for it’s performance and bright white color. It comes in hot press, cold press, and rough. I prefer rough and cold press over hot press as I like how the pigments move in the nooks and crannies of the texture.

Altenew Artists’ Watercolor 24 pan set is my medium of choice today. This set quickly became a staple in my crafty stash for several reasons: 1) massive color payoff with very little effort, 2) crazy vibrant pigment which you know I love, 3) twenty-four fabulous colors.

watermelon popsicle watercolor

These traits allow me to use them straight out of the pan or mix them for even more color options. As an added bonus, I’m intimately familiar with the colors because they coordinate with Altenew inks. Therefore, selecting colors is a breeze.


Cherry Blossom, Red Sunset

Green Hills, Green Meadows

Fall Harvest, Delectable Delights, Rock Collection

Rock Collection

My popsicle was not centered on the watercolor panel so I trimmed the panel down and popped it up on sticky back fun foam. The fun foam adds dimension and flattens any warping that occurs during painting. However, as you can see in the video, this paper doesn’t warp much despite it not being taped down.

Just Green striped paper from Altenew A Love for Stripes Set C Paper Pack added another pop of color. And, a sentiment from Altenew Stone Mosaic Stamp Set finished off this fun handmade watercolor card.

Easy Watercolor Ice Cream

A red, white, and blue Bomb Pop would have been really cool, but I wasn’t sure I’d get the angles right. So I opted for red, white, and blue ice cream instead. Loose watercolor ice cream really simplified things!

Must Try Easy Watercolor Ice Cream sweet treat

Both the popsicle and ice cream cone started by sketching with water and a #6 round watercolor brush. First, I painted the ice cream and once it was mostly dry moved onto the cone.


Cherry Blossom, Red Sunset

Deep Blue Seas, Lapiz Lazuli

Fall Harvest, Delectable Delights, Rock Collection

To achieve white ice cream, paint the outer edge of the red and blue scoops and then tilt the paper so the colors blend a bit in the middle making sure to leave some white space.

The blown-out bits are optional. I let the ice cream and cone dry a bit too long before attempting to blow them out. For best results, create your blow outs while the paint is still fresh.

easy ice cream watercolor card

Watercolor splatter, coordinating blue striped paper from the same paper pack, and another sentiment from Stone Mosaic Stamp Set finished off the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I love to see and share what you’re creating so tag me @notableink and your project may be featured in my Instagram stories.

Creative Challenge

These summer sweet treats are very simple shapes that are easy to watercolor. I thoroughly enjoyed free-hand watercolor and I am inspired to do more of it. If this isn’t something you normally do, I encourage you to put your stamps aside for a moment and give it a whirl.

What do you like to watercolor? Give me some ideas to try in the comments below!


Learn how to sketch simple coneflowers with pencil and watercolor them.

This video/post makes creating without stamps approachable for card makers of all levels!

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