Fearless Friday, Easy Watercolor Cards and Tags plus free printables!

Today we’re going to make some quick and easy

watercolor cards or gift tags,

great for last minute gifts

or when you want to add a special touch

We’re going to do 2 designs that will work for almost any occasion,

a vase of flowers

And a cake!

These cards are painted on cold press 140 lb. watercolor paper

and cut to fit in a standard 5″ x 7″ envelope

First lets identify the brush types we’ll be using, from top left:

  1. liner brush: for small details, lines, writing
  2. Filbert or medium oval: this is a versatile brush, it has multiple uses
  3. medium round brush: bigger strokes and larger areas
  4. small round: small to medium strokes
  5. medium flat square: checks, stripes, rectangles
  6. small flat square: smaller checks, lines, areas

Let’s “bake” a cake first

Use a sheet of watercolor paper for best results

My cake is fairly small so there is plenty of room to write a message

You can paint the cake larger if desired

and write your message on the back

You can also purchase blank cards and envelopes

at art supply and craft stores*

*make sure you purchase cards suitable for watercolor or the art medium you want to use


  1. make 3 horizontal strokes with a small flat square brush
  2. add the cake stand in a contrasting color
  3. paint the cake stand base
  4. paint petals with 2 adjoining curved strokes
  5. add a swirled ribbon

Loosely outline the painting with ink to give it a little final definition

The vase of flowers is also just a few simple strokes


  1. make 2 comma strokes for the 3 flower centers
  2. add bigger strokes for the outer petals
  3. indicate the vase with 3-4 quick strokes
  4. add leaves and vines with light and dark green
  5. fill in the vase with a couple more large strokes

Add some loose ink outlines for final definition

Now whenever you want a card,

get out your paint brush and whip one up!

I also made some printable cards and tags for you

in case you don’t feel like painting your own

Print these on card stock for sturdy cards and tags

You can download this printable here

Download this printable here

Download this printable here

Here is a collection of smaller

gift tags that will work for multiple occasions

You can download these 4 gift tags printable here

After printing, cut them out and use a paper punch

to make a hole and insert a ribbon to tie the tag on your gift

You can download this smaller gift tag assortment printable here

Happy Mother’s Day!

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29 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Easy Watercolor Cards and Tags plus free printables!”
  1. Mary says:

    Beautiful Jenna! I especially love the teapot/teacup stack! Happy Friday ♥

  2. Rita C. says:

    Jenna, thank you for the downloads! Beautiful! Happy Mother’s Day!

  3. Jenna, thank you for the printables. They are all so sweet. Love the one in the bathtub! Happy Friday!

  4. Alycia Nichols says:

    You make it sound so easy. You’ve got the talent for sure! Me? All thumbs!😏 Everything I try to draw looks like a space alien 👽 or germ 🦠. The printable are terrific for those of us with no clue on this front. Thank you! And have a blessed and happy Mother’s Day!

  5. Your instructions are so easy to follow and the work is so free and light and happy! I have trouble being that loose and have been working on similar roses for a bit with not nearly so good results! These are all just darling! I’ve been on a card-painting binge the past few weeks. It feels good to have a completed piece in a short time!

  6. Such a lovely gift! Thank you for sharing all your creativity with us.

  7. thefrenchhutch says:

    Jenna, all so lovely and colorful. Such a lovely way to share your beautiful art.
    Happy Mother’s Day……..

  8. lghiggins says:

    Beautiful assortment and I really like your explanation of the brushes needed.

  9. Shelia says:

    Love ALL of these–they are simple, elegant and cheery all at once. But that does not surprise me since you are the artist!
    I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day, surrounded by your dear family.
    Love, Georgia Gal

  10. I always envy your talent with the watercolors ~ your cards are so pretty! Maybe *one* day I’ll make the time to experiment with my watercolors stashed in my craft closet.

  11. Denise/My Home of All Seasons says:

    Absolutely beautiful Jenna! Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. Jenna, these are so pretty! I love your tutorial and am inspired to give watercolors a try! I am excited to feature your post this week at Tuesday Turn About. Thank you for sharing!

  13. NikiLEOwife says:

    Beautiful! You make it look so easy, but I couldn’t paint a straight line lol. Thanks for sharing the tutorials and the free printables with us on Crafty Creators! I’ll be featuring them on tomorrow’s party then across my social media. I’ve fixed my “I was featured” button, so if you’d like, you can now download it.
    Niki ~ Life as a LEO Wife

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