VIDEO: CTMH Edition ~ Watercolor Backgrounds with Zig Clean Color Markers

Good evening, crafty friends!  Tonight I want to share my chosen anxiety relief with you!  What I mean by that is that these cards were created as a distraction so I could get my mind off of the job interview that I had today!  I was all nerves and anxious jitters last night in anticipation of my interview this morning and I self-medicated with a little watercolor!

While I do want this new position very badly I also feel confident in knowing that what is meant to be will be.  I'm very fortunate to have a job that I don't dread going to every day where my co-workers are my friends, I get to laugh, and be a part of something that makes me proud.  The new position would also be with the Department of Forestry, just in a different capacity, so either way, I count myself lucky and if this one doesn't work out, the next one will!  (I'm not always this zen about things, trust me, I'm just really making an effort lately to only worry about what I can control. . . which is a big, albeit positive, change for me because I'm a worry wart!)

So to distract my brain and attempt to keep my zen state of mind I decided to create some flowy, free-style watercolor cards with silly sentiments!  To create each panel I used two Zig Clean Color markers scribbled onto some Canson XL Cold Press watercolor paper and then spritzed it with water.  I allowed each panel to air dry before adding a second layer of color - which I dried using my heat tool because I was done being patient by then.  

Once all four panels were watercolored (I love how each one is so unique even though the technique was virtually identical) I squished some black ink on my glass craft matt, added water, and used a paintbrush to flick some black splatter all over each panel.  This process was repeated using some Gold Perfect Pearls mixed with water to add some shimmer to the backgrounds.

For the sentiments I used the Birthday Funnies stamp set from Close to My Heart.  This set is adorable and only available as a hostess rewards purchase so you won't find it on the website.  I'm always available if you're interested in hosting a CTMH gathering to get access to these great stamp sets and all the perks.  The gatherings can be done 100% online also so all your crafty friends can join!  Check out my site if you want more info on that.  

I heat embossed four different sentiments on some vellum and then carefully applied some Ranger Multi Medium Matte behind some of the larger letters in the sentiments to glue the vellum to the watercolor panels.  All that was left was to pop up the pretty panels using some fun foam and my cards were complete!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'll be sure to keep you all posted on what happens with the job!  Now go make a watercolor mess!!  See you all next time! Bye!

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SSS = Simon Says Stamp Affiliate links
CTMH = my Close to My Heart Website

  • Close to My Heart Birthday Funnies stamp set (CTMH) - Check out how to have access to this set by hosting a gathering!
  • Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers Set of 60 (AZ)(SSS)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer (AZ)(SSS)
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte (AZ)(SSS)
  • VersaMark Ink (AZ)(SSS)
  • Ranger Super Fine White Detail Embossing Powder (AZ)(SSS)
  • EK Success Precision Tweezers (AZ)(SSS)
  • We R Memory Keepers Glass Craft Mat (AZ)
  • Scotch Advanced Tape Glider (AZ)(SSS)
  • Lawn Fawn Black Licorice Ink (AZ)(SSS)
  • Gold Perfect Pearls (AZ)(SSS)
  • Fun Foam (AZ)(SSS)
  • Neenah 110lb Solar White Cardstock (AZ)(SSS)
  • Vellum (AZ)(SSS)
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangles (AZ)(SSS)
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles (AZ)(SSS)
  • Crate Paper Kiss Kiss Thickers (AZ)(SSS)


  1. I think the teal card is my fav, but I loved all of your creations!

  2. They all turned our so well. I love the teal and the green & blue one. A beautiful set. Good luck with the job!