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Sahin Designs – Using watercolor with cut files.

Welcome back, Friends. Today I want to show you how you can give your cut files more dimension by pairing them with watercolors. I’ve always loved the soft look watercolor paint gives to any projects. It just adds the right amount of interest without being overwhelming.

The new Bookmark collection, although meant to document your love for books and reading, is also very versatile and perfect for other themes. I fell in love with the gorgeous floral paper and coordinating stamp. If you know my work a little, you’ll know I love transforming Elif’s art into cut files. That’s exactly what I did for this layout.


This picture of my daughter was taken on the day of her third birthday. She is the sweetest little thing and I can’t believe she is already three! As I mentioned above, my goal was to create a soft page. The delicate look of the flowers gave me the inspiration to go beyond the use of the cut file on its own. I first backed the biggest, central flower with some vellum. Vellum is also perfect if you want to achieve a dreamy look. Then, after gluing only the center of the flowers I started adding the paint underneath the petals. The colors I chose coordinate perfectly with the Bookmark collection.


The butterflies are from the Butterfly Lullaby collection. I printed and fussy cut them. I love the pop of color they add.


I finished the page with a few things from my stash, such as the title, the mirror flowers and some enamel dots.

I hope you enjoyed this process and will give this technique a try. As always, don’t forget to check out the store for the new Bookmark collection and many other gorgeous ones.

Thank you for stopping by.

Have a great day!





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