You actually cannot paint watercolors on dark backgrounds but with the Cricut, you can create the illusion of watercolors on opaque colored cardstock.
I’ve been really into watercolors lately and love the look of that translucent feel of watercolor on cardstock.
The only problem is because it is so translucent, you really can’t paint it on anything but white paper.
I then realized with the help of my printer and the Cricut, I can create the illusion of painting on darker backgrounds by printing on white and then sticking that on the darker background.
This happy birthday transparent watercolor swatch is available for free in my resource library for you to give it a try.
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Materials for Watercolor Cricut Cards
Cardstock – Cardstock is necessary for the card base. Here are some of my favorite brands that I frequently use for all my paper crafts.
- Recollections 65lb Cardstock from Michaels
- Favorite Assorted Pink/Blush 12″x12″ Recollections Set
- Favorite Assorted Purple 12″x12″ Recollections Set
- Metallic Shimmer Assorted Set from Amazon
- Neenah Collections Assorted Set from Amazon
- Kraft Cardstock from Michaels
Sticker Sheets – I used sticker sheets I got from Amazon but you can always print on normal copy paper or white cardstock.
Transparent PNG – These are graphics elements that have the background removed. I have my full set of watercolor swatches available in my online shop if you are interested in creating your own designs.
Tutorial for how to make watercolor Cricut Cards
Upload the Transparent PNG
When uploading the transparent png, be sure to select complex to preserve the details of the design.
On the following page, there is no need to Select and Erase anything. The watercolor swatch has background already removed. Cricut Design Space has limited capabilities at doing this so I have done this already for all my watercolor swatches.
Select “Save as a Print Then Cut Image”.
Adding Text to the Graphic Shape in Cricut Design Space
Text can be done in several ways over the watercolor swatch. My top two favorite ways to overlay text is to just add color text or to do a cut out.
To add colored text, write your text out using the Text Tool. Be sure to weld all the letters together and Fill with a “Print” color.
Then position the text over the graphic. With both elements selected, click “Flatten”.
To create a cut out, simply position the welded text over the graphic and click “Slice” with both elements selected.
Why is the Cricut printing this weird line?
I see so much confusion on this one. The Cricut defaults to add bleed lines when sending graphics to your printer. This is why you see that extra color line outlining your graphic.
They do this because they can’t cut it exactly where the color meets the white sometimes.