If you have been loving the watercolor and ombre trend recently, you are going to LOVE this amazing DIY Sarah is bringing us today! She is sharing a sweet way to ask your bridesmaids if they will stand by your side on your wedding day. This DIY is so adorable and super easy! It is even more awesome because this technique can be applied to so many elements in your wedding (hello, fabulous escort cards and favor tags!)

DIY watercolor cards | Glamour & Grace

It’s DIY time again, lovely readers! This time I have a super “artsy” project for you! We are going to be painting “Will you be my bridesmaid?” cards, inspired by all the gorgeous watercolor stationary we have been seeing lately. I’ve got a downloadable custom design for you to use, but if you are feeling extra creative, come up with your own design! It’s such an easy project, and your maids will feel so special when you tell them you handpainted their cards and made the matching envelopes yourself! This project will take 2-3 hours to complete.

Materials

  • Watercolor paper cut into 9″x6.25″ rectangles, folded into cards(size A6: 4.5″x6.25″), 1 per bridesmaid
  • Watercolor paints (the cheap Crayola one will work just fine!)
  • White colored pencil or colorless blender pencil (Prismacolor makes one that is available at most craft stores)
  • Scrapbooking or decorative paper cut into 9″x9″ squares.
  • Small pieces of leftover watercolor paper for envelope labels
  • Medium flat paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Bone folder (optional)
  • Tape
  • Cutting mat and xacto knife, or rolling cutting board
  • Templates from this DIY (Card Design Here and Envelope Template Here), or your own designs, printed onto printer paper

Helpful hints: Using a bone folder to fold the paper is very helpful, since watercolor paper tends to be thicker than printer or scrapbooking paper. It will give you a nice, clean fold. Also, use an X-acto knife, ruler, and cutting mat or a rolling cutting board to cut your paper, rather than scissors, to have a precise, even cut. Additionally, if the inside of your cards are too bumpy to write on, glue in a small piece of cardstock that is slightly smaller than the card.

watercolor steps

Step 1: Cut all of the paper (watercolor and scrapbook) to the sizes indicated above. Fold the watercolor paper in half to make 4.5″x6.25″ cards. Unfold one of the watercolor paper cards and position the template with the words on it underneath the top flap. Hold it up to a window and tape in place, so that you can easily trace the words from the template.¬†Using your colorless blender pencil, trace over the words/design, pressing hard with the pencil. You want the watercolor paint to be repelled by the wax of the pencil, so make sure you fully cover the area of the design you want to remain white.

Step 2: After the design is fully traced onto the card, un-tape and place on your work surface. Decide what color paint you would like to use, and with a wet brush (not dripping!), gather the paint onto your brush. Paint around the design to create an organic, flowing border, then fill in with the middle. Use different colors within the same color palate, mixing to get a blended, gradient look. Keep it moist as you work, but not soaking wet. You want the paint to mix on your paper.

DIY watercolor card | Glamour & Grace

watercolor card step

Step 3: Once you have a color story you like, set aside to dry, and repeat with the rest of your cards.

Step 4: When the cards are mostly dry, take a small scrap of paper towel, or a q-tip, and wet it. Go over the white design and wipe away any paint that is left on it. The wax should resist most of the paint, but this will help take off any that was leftover and make it whiter and brighter. If you wish, you can go over the lines with your white colored pencil to brighten them even more.

envelope steps

Step 5: While the card is drying, take your scrapbooking paper and lay it design side DOWN in front of you. Measure 4.5″ from each side of one corner and mark with a pencil. Connect the dots with a light pencil line. Repeat with the opposite corner. Then, with the other two corners, do the same thing, but measure 5.5″ from each side of both corners. Your paper should look like the example template. Cut the small triangles that form from the pencil lines (see the grey areas on the template).

Step 6: Using the bone folder again, with the paper still facing design side DOWN, fold along the lines you just drew, and glue the two smaller flaps and one large flap together, leaving the other large flap up and open. You have a beautiful, custom made envelope! Your finished measurements should be: 5 x 6 3/8. If you want, glue the scrap pieces of watercolor paper on to the fronts of the envelope, to create a label for the name of the girl to whom you are giving the card.

DIY watercolor cards | Glamour & Grace

Each little work of art will be such a sweet way to invite your best girls to stand next to you on your most special day! Have fun and stay crafty! Until next time!

leave some love

  1. Naomi Goodman
    September 7, 2011 10:37 am

    This is adorable, Megan! Love this!!
  2. Brenda's Wedding Blog
    September 7, 2011 10:47 am

    This is absolutely AWESOME Megan!!!! I love the ombre effect on the cards too. I'm a huge fan of watercolors.
  3. Michelle Mospens
    September 7, 2011 10:51 am

    I've been creating watercolor wedding cards for 13 years. THIS is adorable. Excellent DIY! Hats off! xo
  4. Courtney from Cocroft & Delbridge
    September 7, 2011 11:09 am

    I so wish that I had seen it before I asked all of my bridesmaids! Such a cute idea! :)
  5. Naturally Yours Events
    September 7, 2011 11:09 am

    This is so cool and beautiful. I love this idea!
  6. rabbia
    September 7, 2011 11:21 am

    i would love to try this!
  7. postcards and pretties
    September 7, 2011 11:45 am

    eek! love this DIY!!
  8. Kristen
    September 7, 2011 3:45 pm

    I LOVE THIS. Its fabulous! Thank you for posting!
  9. amanda @ baci
    September 7, 2011 5:10 pm

    Love, love, love this!!! What a beautiful idea :o)
  10. Alicia @CharityWedding
    September 7, 2011 6:42 pm

    These are gorgeous!! I LOVE this project! I am thinking about some fabulous art or prints for an office?! So many options with this one!
  11. Adrienne O'Connor (Ruffles & Tweed)
    September 7, 2011 7:03 pm

    so pretty - the envelopes are to die for!
  12. erin * sparkle & hay
    September 7, 2011 7:29 pm

    these are just goooooorgeous!!! (& yes, i am watercolor obsessed!) xo
  13. Kate - Modernly Wed
    September 7, 2011 8:37 pm

    Love this! So personal and beautiful.
  14. Erika {Borrowed&Bleu}
    September 8, 2011 7:39 am

    Wow! These turned out gorgeous. Thank you so much for the DIY!
  15. Kat
    September 8, 2011 8:52 am

    These are beautiful! Do you have a template for " Will you be my maid of honor?" Thank you for the great idea!
  16. brittany
    September 8, 2011 11:30 am

    gorgeous! definitely saving this idea :) thanks for sharing.
  17. Elizabeth {Bridal Musings}
    September 8, 2011 8:34 pm

    WOW!!! Great DIY ~ love this idea :)
  18. Alexandra {Heart Love Weddings}
    September 9, 2011 12:02 am

    These are AWESOME!! Thanks for sharing!!
  19. Chair Cover Hire
    September 9, 2011 6:00 am

    Aww what a lovely idea! Really special way to ask!
  20. rosepetalsandlace
    September 9, 2011 1:05 pm

    This are beautiful and unique - LOVE. Since I won't be getting married anytime soon I guess I'll just have to throw a party and make some invitations.
  21. Kimberly Jones
    September 9, 2011 2:05 pm

    These are so lovely! Great idea and tutorial!
  22. Katie @ Lovebird Productions
    September 9, 2011 2:09 pm

    I LOVE this! Such a fun DIY for any occasion :)
  23. Dorothee-Maria
    September 9, 2011 4:18 pm

    Oh, these ae too beautiful.
    I will totally make this for some event.
    Thank you so so much for sharing this!
    ?!
  24. Dorothee-Maria
    September 9, 2011 4:19 pm

    The "?" was actually ment to be a heart.......
  25. Debbie @ Bridalhood
    September 9, 2011 6:32 pm

    Love this idea so much!
  26. Chantal
    September 10, 2011 4:33 pm

    I think using watercolors is such a fabulous idea. They can be used not only for your bridesmaids, but if you have enough patience, and help you can do this for your invitations and thank you cards. This is a great unique wedding idea that is made special just for your guests. I also think it is a beautiful way to ask dridesmaids to be in the wedding!
  27. Ambrosia
    October 13, 2011 4:10 pm

    I like! they are awesome! great idea for an anytime card too!
  28. Cloud9 Design
    November 14, 2011 2:04 pm

    Wow! This is such a beautiful DIY craft tutorial! I just found your lovely blog! I'll be back! Please do stop by mine and say hello!

    ~Amber
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    http://www.facebook.com/cloud9designstudio
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  29. Kayla F
    November 17, 2011 2:16 pm

    I have already done 2 of these and they have turned out PHENOMENAL!!! Thank you SO much! :) However, I want to make one for my Maid of Honor and am having trouble changing Bridesmaid to it. Do you mind sharing the text that Bridesmaid is in?
  30. mk
    November 18, 2011 6:04 pm

    saw this on at and LOVE IT SO MUCH ! amazing!
  31. Sarah
    November 19, 2011 1:26 am

    Hi Kayla! I'm so glad you are enjoying the project! Unfortunately, since I hand lettered the design, there is no font to download to change the wording. I would recommend finding an elegant simple serif font (try DaFont.com) and putting the words in capitals. Some fonts that would probably be close are: Derivia and Foglihten. Good luck!
  32. Kayla
    December 2, 2011 6:29 pm

    Thanks so much Sarah! I actually used the power of photoshop and it turned out pretty good! One last question: I am in LOVE with that scrapbook paper! I want something very eclectic like it but cant find anything like it anywhere! Do you know if it was a certain brand of paper or if you bought it somewhere specific?! This was such a fun (and easy) project!! I am hoping it gets my wedding off to a fun start! ;)
  33. Sarah
    December 3, 2011 10:51 pm

    Hi Kayla! Glad to hear it is going well! I actually found my paper in the scrapbooking aisle at Michaels. It was the loose scrapbooking paper and I just searched for interesting florals that weren't too "granny" :) If you happen to have an Archivers Scrapbooking store where you live, they have great, unique papers as well. Happy hunting!
  34. Tara
    December 16, 2011 6:57 pm

    I have been searching for a way to ask my bridesmaids and came across this! Absolutely wonderful! Can't wait to make my own! Thanks so much!
  35. naomi
    January 8, 2012 10:03 am

    i was instantly inspired when i saw this. i hoped up and grabbed my water coolers and got to work. it turned out fabulous, except my colors aren't as vibrant as yours. what watercolors do you use?
  36. Marilyn
    January 17, 2012 8:20 am

    I Love this...I'm thinking this would be a great homemade "Will You Be My Valentine" card idea! I have posted a link on my blog so others can find this awesome idea! Happy Tuesday
  37. Christy
    January 27, 2012 10:05 pm

    this is a very cool technique
  38. HeartFelt 4 Kids
    February 12, 2012 8:38 am

    Very cool and pretty!!
  39. Kathy
    April 27, 2012 2:26 pm

    I tried this technique and it didn't work at all for me. What kind of watercolor paper did you use? I used the Prismacolor colourless blending pencil and watercolor paper but the watercolor paper is a little bumpy -- was yours totally smooth? I ran over my design over and over again and could actually see it when I tilted the paper before I painted so I am pretty sure I pressed hard enough. Thanks for any tips!
  40. Andrea
    May 24, 2012 1:28 am

    Okay, so I went from loving this tutorial, to hating it, to loving it again, all in the span of two cards. I actually just finished typing up a whole long post here, but there was an error in submitting it, so I'll try to summarize again.

    Some tips:
    -Don't give up on your first try; I highly recommend doing a practice card.
    -A normal white colored pencil works just fine (i didn't have blender one)
    -If the paper warps, bend it gently so that its as flat as possible while it's drying and the end result should be pretty flat
    -USE A Q-TIP. I tried the paper towel and it is so, so much harder.

    Here are some poor-quality photos of my results:

    http://i880.photobucket.com/albums/ac6/BlueSkies21/100_1000.jpg
    http://i880.photobucket.com/albums/ac6/BlueSkies21/100_0995.jpg
    http://i880.photobucket.com/albums/ac6/BlueSkies21/100_0996.jpg
  41. Hayden
    May 31, 2012 10:41 pm

    This is such a great technique! Unfortunately, after several attempts, I'm not able to replicate your results! I've tried using both a colorless blender pencil and a plain, white colored pencil and I'm using standard watercolor paper and paints. It just doesn't seem like the wax is resisting the paint as much as it appears to in your pictures. Any tips?
  42. Nina
    July 21, 2012 11:23 am

    Great tutorial! Must tryand make some birthday cards with this technique when I get home :) Thank you for sharing this!

    I also shared this on my blog here: http://whiterabbittreasures.blogspot.com/2012/07/diy-stationery.html
  43. Veronika
    July 22, 2012 12:26 pm

    Hi Megan, thanks a lot for this tutorial, so inspiring and pretty! I made a poster for my friend with this technique and it turned out really well :) i just used a white wax crayon instead of a white pencil (pencil didn't work properly at all! idk why :) maybe i have wrong pencils??) any way if someone has the problem that the pencil colour didn't "stand out", i recommend to use a wax crayon instead. White one works the best, but depending on the watercolour shades you can use other light colours too, like yellow or lila :)

    thanks again for this DIY <3
  44. Kimmie
    August 21, 2012 7:06 pm

    I think this is just BRILLIANT, SMART, and CREATIVE. I'd be thrilled to have been one of the Bridesmaids to have received this. I have seen and used similar techniques for different types of art and never would have thought to apply this method in this manner. That's what I LOVE about Pinterest, it makes us re-evaluate our own techniques and say..."Why in the H*** didn't I think of that??"
    I have used a similiar technique using and oil based crayon to draw a picture or phrase and painted inks, or used Gelato pens to rub on to bring out the message or picture. This methods also works well with reverse embossing.
    My hats off to the genius behind this beautiful invitation. It is this kind of work that inspires the rest of us to try new things to make the worl a prettier and happier place to live in. 5 Gold stars for you!!!! I'd like to feature your cards on my blog, (it's new and I am techno challenged, but I'd like to know if you would be okay with me sharig this project? And congrats to the Bride whoever she may be. I just celebrate dmy 26 th wedding anniversary to my high school sweetheart, we married almost right out of high school.
  45. Mikkel
    October 18, 2012 10:57 pm

    Great project! Thanks for sharing!
  46. Hannah
    January 6, 2013 5:02 am

    Hi hi, this is such a gorgeous tutorial. I've had the same problem as some using the white pencil, it hasn't resisted at all. A wax crayon works a treat but is no where near as fine. Are there waxier types of pencil?
  47. Jessica Soto
    January 12, 2013 9:33 pm

    I would totally do this its awesome
  48. Ann
    March 7, 2013 4:56 pm

    This is so beautiful. I really love the color gradient. I just began using watercolors, so the tip about the white color pencil will definitely come in handy.

    Thanks for sharing this great idea!
  49. Rosie
    April 29, 2013 2:52 pm

    These are adorable! Currently in the process of making them. Is there any way you could post a template for "Will you be my Maid of Honor?" It would be much appreciated :)
  50. Peggy
    April 30, 2013 9:48 am

    These are beautiful thank you for sharing
  51. Jordan Glazener- Sunday Sky Photography
    May 21, 2013 9:44 am

    I love this idea so much! This makes me want to go to the craft store and make these! Cute idea for a thank you card too :)
  52. Erin
    November 15, 2013 12:09 am

    This is way too beautiful for words!
  53. Juliana
    January 15, 2014 12:37 pm

    Wow! that's really so cute. I just loved the pink pallet; I always want to add colors to everything and this is another good way to do that.
  54. Pink Martini
    January 27, 2014 4:59 pm

    beautiful, beautiful and beautiful!
  55. Marli de Fatima Santilone Vasconcellos
    March 20, 2014 11:46 am

    Amei a ideias
  56. Heidi
    June 17, 2014 10:42 am

    These are gorgeous! I don't know if I could make these come out quite as beautiful as you did but thanks for sharing =D
    http://familyfocusblog.com
  57. adriana
    June 28, 2014 10:45 pm

    que bonito!
  58. Kimi
    March 2, 2015 1:14 am

    This is so cool and cute. :D
  59. Anette
    March 15, 2015 5:10 am

    Amazzzzzing!!! :) <3
  60. Eman
    April 24, 2015 8:15 am

    ILOVE This . thanks for shring .
  61. Dawn
    May 3, 2015 8:54 pm

    This would be cool for many different things, not just bridesmaids. I think it would be fun to make the card but NOT watercolor over the letters and leave that part with instructions for them to do it in order to reveal the secret message. It's easy to send along one of those little flat spots of watercolor. I think they're sold in packages in the kids party favor sections.
  62. Jenn
    October 29, 2015 2:29 pm

    Okay, this would be awesome IF IT WORKED. I had my pretty design all drawn out with a thick layer of white pencil, one brush stroke and abra ka dabra all my work disappeared. I even tried drawing over the watercolor paint with a white pencil and it still didn't show up. Such a bummer. Don't waste your time.
  63. Cheryl
    November 9, 2015 1:51 am

    Going to try this soon!!
    Would white crayons also work instead of a white colored pencil?
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