Watercolour Polka Dots

Have you ever seen a card, and known at first glance that you just HAVE to try and recreate it? That’s what happened to me, when I saw this gorgeous card. It was created by Lynnea Hollendonner, an amazing artist. Be sure to check out her original card HERE.  She has an adorable name for her technique – ‘squishy circles watercolour background’!


Lynnea’s card is much more vibrant than mine. She used actual watercolour paints, and did her circles by free-hand. I’m am NOT confident at all about my abilities to do that, so I created a stencil for myself. For my card, I used my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers with a water brush to apply the colours.

Watercolour Polka Dots

The stamp set I used is called Beautiful Day by Altenew for the flowers & leaves. The sentiment comes from the Concord & 9th Everyday Bouquet Turnabout stamp set.


Start with a panel of watercolour paper. For the circles, I created a stencil for myself by taking a piece of acetate, and circle dies in different sizes. I die cut the circles from the acetate (separate, not overlapping), and used those as my ‘starting point’ for each circle.

On another piece of acetate, I scribbled the Zig markers in the colours I wanted, and picked them up with a water brush. Start with one circle at a time, and use a heat tool to dry each one, before moving on to the next one. This will prevent any ‘muddying’ of the colours as they overlap. When you are overlapping colours, try to keep in mind what they’ll look like combined – keep it pretty!

The colours I used in the Zig markers are 050 Yellow, 070 Orange, 025 Pink, 080 Violet, and 031 Cobalt Blue. Remember, depending on how much water you use will depend on the depth of your colour. You can see that mine are fairly light, moving to darker at the edges.

Here’s a close up of the polka dots and flower details.

Watercolour Polka Dots


Well since you’ve done all that great work creating the polka dots, you don’t want to cover them up! Stamp the flower and leaf images from the Altenew Beautiful Day set onto Vellum cardstock with Versamark ink. Cover with white embossing powder, and heat set. Do the same with the sentiment from the Concord & 9th set.

Use the coordinating Beautiful Day dies to die cut the flowers & leaves; cut the sentiment into a strip.


I couldn’t find my gold thread,so I settled for some thin gold ribbon. Wrap it around the left side of the watercolour panel three times, holding it in place with tape, on the back. Layer and attach the flowers and leaves in the bottom left corner of the panel. I used a combination of my Quickie Stick glue pen and Creative Tape, just to be sure everything held in place. Tuck the sentiment strip to the right of the flowers.

Attach the front panel to a light purple panel of cardstock, and then to a pink card base, using foam tape.

Watercolour Polka Dots

I’m quite pleased with how it turned out! I do love Lynnea’s brighter polka dots. When I have more time, I’m going to pull out my watercolour paints & play with this technique more.


Whether you’re feeling comfortable with free hand creating your own circles, or create a stencil like me, I hope you’ll give this a try! Be sure to take a look at Lynnea’s project by clicking HERE (it will open in a new tab). Tell her I sent you! 🙂

I’ve created a list of supplies for you, if you need to do some shopping before you create. Thanks for your support!


Watercolour Polka Dots

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

3 thoughts on “Watercolour Polka Dots

    1. Yeah, stencils are much better for people like me who can’t ‘free hand’, Susan! I’m glad you like my polka dot card today 🙂

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