I know y’all have heard me say it before, but I love sharing tutorials that will inspire YOU to create. Today I have a two-for-one on how to create Easy Watercolor Shamrock Cards with my favorite Tombow Dual Brush Pens! And how to add gold foil to most surfaces with my secret weapon, Tombow MONO Multi Liquid Glue. Scroll down to discover all of my tips and tricks!
Tombow Dual Brush Pen Easy Watercolor Shamrock Cards
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Here’s what you need to make Gold Foil Watercolor Shamrocks:
- MONO Aqua Liquid Glue
- MONO Multi Liquid Glue
- Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive
- Tombow Xtreme Tabs
- Dual Brush Pens – 133, 277, 373, 173, 245, 443 and N15
- Fudenosuke Brush Pen, Twin Tip
- MONO Drawing Pen 03
- MONO Drawing Pencil 4H grade
- Gold Foil Sheets – Therm-O-Web
- Watercolor Paper, 9″ by 12″ Pad (90 lb. or heavier)
- Paintbrush, large
- Heart Template – Fiskars
- Wooden Frame, unfinished 5″ by 7″
- Kraft Card Bases and Envelopes
- Vintage Dictionary Paper
- Buttons, Green (3)
- Embroidery Floss, Green
- Scissors – I love my Fiskars!
- Paper Trimmer
Here’s how to create Watercolor Shamrock Cards with Foil:
To begin Easy Watercolor Shamrock Cards, pick a light, medium, and darker tone of Dual Brush Pens in a variety of greens and scribble randomly on watercolor paper. Add water with a large flat paintbrush and watch the magic happen! You never know how your watercolor backgrounds are going to turn out, so I always cut at least 3-4 pieces of watercolor paper in half. This gives me 6-8 backgrounds to select from AND more for my stash.
Y’all know that I am an impatient crafter, so when my Dual Brush Pens start to fray at the tips, I use them to color other things, like this unfinished wood frame. No waiting for paint to dry! You can see how frayed the brush tip of this N15 pen is, but it covers the wood beautifully. I then wrap a piece of tape around the barrel, so I don’t use this one for lettering. Apply MONO Aqua Liquid Glue to the back panel of the frame, spread evenly with an OLD paintbrush. Then lay out the vintage dictionary paper. MONO Aqua makes the perfect decoupage medium. To assemble the cards, cut two pieces of vintage dictionary paper 1/4″ smaller than the measurements of your kraft cards, then attach with the MONO Permanent Adhesive Runner. This runner is perfect for all types of papercraft.
To create the easy watercolor shamrock cards I got out my trusty Fiskars heart template and traced eight 1.5″ hearts for the cards and four 2″ hearts for the framed art. I like the heart template because you can use it to frame the really interesting sections of the watercolor, which will create more texture and interest in the finished projects. After the hearts are cut out, dry-fit them on the front of your cards to make sure you are happy with the placement, then attach THREE of the hearts with Xtreme Adhesive Tabs. They are clear, have a strong hold, and will give a bit of dimension to the shamrocks. We are going to do something special with the fourth hearts below…
Gold foiling our projects is next because you can have shamrocks without some GOLD! Squirt out a small dollop of MONO Multi Liquid Glue on your finger and spread randomly over the wooden frame and the two extra hearts for the cards. Let dry from white to clear. The MONO Multi always stays tacky, so it is the perfect adhesive for foiling. Once clear, place Gold Foil Sheet shiny side up over the areas covered in glue, rub gently with your finger, then peel back to reveal the magic! I added gold foil to one of the shamrock leaves on each of the cards and on the frame to give it a vintage look.
Attach the frame to the back panel with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive, by rolling to apply and swiping the tip to the side for a clean application. The Tombow Xtreme is five times stronger than traditional adhesive runners and has the hold of red line tape.
Add a stem to your shamrock cards with a Dual Brush Pen and letter the word LUCKY with the black end of the Fudenosuke Brush Pen, Twin Tip. Outline the card with MONO Drawing Pen 03. To finish easy watercolor shamrock cards, attach a button to the center of each shamrock with Tombow Xtreme Tab. Attach hearts to the inset of the frame with Tombow Xtreme Tabs, draw a stem with Dual Brush Pen, and letter the word LUCKY with the black end of the Fudenosuke Brush Pen, Twin Tip. Outline the shamrock with MONO Drawing Pen 03. Thread a button with embroidery floss, tie in a bow and attach to the center of the shamrock with Tombow Xtreme Tab.
Quick and Easy Watercolor Shamrock Cards with Gold Foil
I hope you have enjoyed my quick and easy Watercolor Shamrock Cards made with my favorite Tombow Dual Brush Pens. Creating colorful watercolor papers with my Dual Brush pens is one of my favorite things. They can be used for creating images, like our shamrocks, but can also be a background to a lettered quote, die-cut, punched, or even be a card base.
Foiling can sometimes be intimidating, but with the MONO Multi Liquid Glue you can add that shine quickly and easily to almost any project. The possibilities are endless!
More watercolor projects can be found throughout my website, but here are a few I think you will enjoy. How to Watercolor a FREE Cactus Printable with Tombow Dual Brush Pens OR DIY Tie-Dye Ideas for a Colorful Birthday Party OR FREE Floral Globe Printable to Watercolor with Dual Brush Pens.
Too busy to make this right now? Pin it for later! I’d love for you to pin this project to your favorite craft board on Pinterest and then it’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready.
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