11 June 2018

Birthday Owl - single layer watercolour

A friendly birthday owl to help release the balloons is the feature of this single layer watercolour card with a Unity Stamps set and Neocolor II water soluble crayons.

Putting It Together

Sometimes when I complete something fiddly and with a lot of parts, I get a hankering for a single layer card. I went to a garage sale hosted by a scrapbook store today and got a new-to-me set of water-medium crayons. After finishing up another project, I decided to give them a go and why not on a single layer card. 

I simply trimmed 300gsm watercolour paper into a strip 11" x 4 1/4" then scored and folded it at the 5 1/2" point to make an A2 (5 1/2" x 4 1/4") card. I stamped the image with black archival ink and then used the crayons with a waterbrush to paint/colour the image.

I did a quick paint on this project with the Neocolor crayons to get a first impression feel for them.  They're similar to Scribble Sticks but a bit softer so not as "scratchy" when you apply them directly to the paper. They move very well and are strongly pigmented. I do like them. I'm glad I picked them up as an impulse buy and the most expensive thing I bought that day.

They're not even massively expensive at full-retail., not cheap but not insanely priced. When looking up details for them online, I at first was mildly annoyed I paid nearly full price for them, but they were hardly used (the seller had bought the full set after she tried them) and I am in Canada paying in Canadian dollars and the sites I looked at are in the US. So, I did pay less for them, converted, if you take that into account.

 I stamped the cheeky sentiment with Archival ink to finish the front.

Inside, I stamped the top part of the image to have a bunch of balloons rising from the bottom for a bit of fun detail inside. A simple sentiment and it's done.



Crafty Friends: Birthday
Happy Little Stampers Watercolour: Smile/Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty: Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart: Anything Goes


  1. Lovely card for our challenge at Crafty Friends, thanks you and good luck, xxx

  2. Fabulous one layer card, all those balloons look wonderful.

  3. Hello... it’s so lovely to see you have shared one of your gorgeous cards with us. Thanks for entering your card into our ‘Happy Birthday’ Challenge. Good luck in the draw and hope you will come back again soon.
    Diane Louise
    [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  4. So many cute balloons - just a lovely card - who wouldn't love to receive this! Thanks so much for joining us this month at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge!


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