Create a Elegant Last Minute Mother’s Day Card

Mother’s Day Embossed Watercolor

by Mark Melnick


Mother’s Day is this weekend so let’s tell Mom just how grateful we are for her guidance, love and forgiveness (you know, for breaking her favorite vase when we were little, etc.). This wonderfully creative card showcases the amazing versatility of Kaleidacolor inkpads. It is a card that any mom will cherish.

Skill: Intermediate

Time: 45 minutes + drying time



Step 1

Take a piece of watercolor paper – mine is 4 x 6. Place a floral stencil on top and secure to craft mat with washi or painter’s tape.

Step 2

Select an appropriate sized watercolor brush and choose a Kaleidacolor inkpad; I used Bouquet. Pick-up color from the inkpad and place on craft mat, add a bit of water and mix. Apply to stencil. I used an Aquash Brush that has water in it so I didn’t need to place ink on mat to mix. You can freehand any extra elements as well.


Step 3

After watercolors have dried, take a matching Memento ink color and ink the edges of this piece. Take a VersaMarker and draw randomly over the watercolor. Pour Clear Embossing Powder on these places, shake off extra and save, then heat. This little extra touch gives the watercolor piece amazing depth and texture.

Step 4

Place this piece on a 5 x 7 card. I decided to further embellish this card with a copper tag at the bottom which reads “Mother”. This tag can be metal, paper, or vellum depending on your taste.


  • Watercolor paper
  • Stencil
  • Washi or painter’s tape
  • Pentel Aquash Water Brush, or other paint brush with water
  • White 5 x 7 card
  • Metal, scrap cardstock or vellum
  • Adhesive



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