Monday, June 1, 2020

Watercolored Digi. on an Envelope

Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. Our challenge theme is Anything But A Card. Our sponsor for this challenge is Polkadoodles. Thank you very much, Polkadoodles!

I printed the image on Strathmore watercolor paper. I strategically positioned the image so it will be on the left lower corner of a slim envelope. I trimmed off the excess so I will end up with a 8 1/2" x 11" watercolor paper. On the short side, I scored the paper at 2 1/2" and 6 1/2". On the long side, I scored the paper at 1 1/2" and 10 1/2". Here is a video tutorial by Jenny Card Designs that I found very helpful in creating this envelope.

I taped the watercolor paper to a board, right at the score lines to serve as a mask for the flaps of the envelope. I watercolored the image using Karin Decobrush markers. I did not apply the pigment straight on the image. I was afraid that I won't be able to save any areas with plenty of pigment due to the intricacy of the image. Not to forget, I might activate the printer ink with the pigment since I just used a jet ink printer to print the image.

When I have no idea on how to color an image, I usually go to the image's website and reference my coloring to their sample. This also helps me to make sure that I am coloring a part of the image as I should. It also helps me see if I missed any areas.

I try not to touch the outline of the image with my waterbrush. To fill in any gaps, I used Prismacolor color pencils. I also used the color pencils to add details.

I added a wash of watercolor as a background of the image. Since the image is a bit too far from the edge, I drew in black lines to fill in that gap.

I don't have a card yet to put in this envelope. But I can also use this envelope if I need to mail a letter to someone.

To protect the image from water after I mail it, I applied a thin coat of Ranger Distress Glaze over the image.

I created a process video featuring this card.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you have a blessed, brilliant and creative day! Stay safe always!

Maria Giselle B.

I am sharing this creation at


  1. Maria, Fabulous idea to decorate your envelopes to send your cards in and give a smile to the Postman... Thank you for sharing your lovely watercolor with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge. HAPPY CRAFTING!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  2. Beautiful watercoloring and I'm sure your recipient will love it! I like to decorate my envelopes too 😊 Thank you for playing along with Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge and good luck in the draw!