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Watercolour balloon card – How to

Today is the day baloonI made this greetings card inspired by a prompt I had seen on Instagram from a lettering challenge.

The prompt was ‘Today is the day’.

I have recently been experimenting with Talens Ecoline watercolour inks. They are great for starting out with water colour without trying to navigate your way around the many different paint options available.

I’m also trying to learn how to use watercolour paints, but I will save that for another post. But I will say, the paints in the tubes are not as easy as they look! 🙂

So, the Ecoline inks come in glass jars and can be bought individually or in sets. I used 2 colours in the balloon – Red and Yellow.

I started by cutting a piece of white card into an 11cm x 11cm square using a guillotine. (The 11×11 is approximate, I always want to skip to the designing and tend to only measure roughly on the line, its never exact :-))

I took a small amount of ink from each jar and transferred it to a pallet. An old plate would also be fine.

You can use a pipet to draw the ink out to avoid mixing the colours and wasting ink. I use a small pen cartridge that I got in a calligraphy set that has a small ‘pump’ attached to draw ink from jars.

Don’t try to pour the ink straight into the palette! I did this the first time with my green ink….ended up with hands like the incredible hulk for the weekend!

My paint brush collection is growing but only because I see so many projects I want to try I keep buying them. But for this type of project a ‘standard’ small paint brush, size 2 or 3 is perfect.

I dipped the brush into a small amount of water, good old tap water is perfect, to make sure the brush was moist but not dripping wet. I use an old jar for my water.

Then dipped the brush lightly into the yellow and painted a small balloon shape onto the card.  Use as much or as little ink as you need to create the desired colour and if you find you have too much colour then rinse off your brush in the water and add a little water to your balloon.

Then dab/dry off your brush with a bit of tissue/kitchen paper.

To get the orange gradient affect I cleaned my brush with water, added a little red ink to the brush and then gently touched the top of the balloon shape with the brush. The two inks merged together to create a gradient effect.

As the yellow is already laid down the red doesn’t go ‘outside the lines’.

Once the ink was dry (I left it overnight from memory) I wrote the text with a black fine liner pen, size 0.3 nib, and drew the string.

For future projects I will try to draw lines and measure it out to get the letters in the right place, but for this one I went straight to paper!

To complete the card I mounted the original white card onto a square of brown card, 11.5 x 11.5 (approx 🙂 ), with the card makers best friend – double sided tape.

I then mounted the brown to a 5×5 (12.5cm x 12.5cm) greetings card and voila! 🙂


I hope you found this useful. Let me know if you did and if you try it leave me a message and let me know how you got on.

Happy crafting!


2 thoughts on “Watercolour balloon card – How to”

    1. Thank you, I’m glad you liked it.
      If you try it and post any pictures please send me the link, I’d love to see. Thank you for reading my post ☺️


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