My sister's colors are "sherbert" colors...pink, orange, yellow and green...as well as grey. I wanted to tie in all the colors and use ivory lace like her dress. Not an easy task to DIY and still keep classy! I saw some printed ombré invitations on Pinterest and thought, if I could use watercolor and blend each color together, that would make a nice background for the wording.
I had brushes already, and purchased the watercolor paper and paint at Michaels at 30% off. I love this palette of pretty colors! I cut the paper into fourths (and later had to cut down further when I decided to mat it with cardstock). I was aiming for 8 1/2 x 11 sized paper (cut into fourths) but think what I found was 9x12. I wanted to use a size that wouldn't cost additional postage (like 6x6), and I already had envelopes that were 4.5 x 6.25 inches (bonus!).
Per Kim's recommendation, I made a stripe of each color on the paper, leaving white space in between, then went back with a wet brush to blend the colors together. I carefully swept the brush under the pink into the orange, cleaned it, then went orange to yellow, and ending with yellow to green. Sometimes I got too much water and the colors would run rather than blend, but if I rinsed the brush and ran it over the side of my water bowl to get the excess out, then brushed back over the "bad spot", I was able to fix it. I found it to be very forgiving. :) I could also easily add more color if I brushed too much away. Another bonus, the sheets dried in no time, so when I had filled my drying spot with two rows of paper (about 3 or 4 per row), the top row was dry and ready to move.
The only other plan I had at the time was to print the invitation on vellum and adhere it over the watercolor using glue dots, but it was too plain. I decided to pull in my sister's grey color by matting the watercolor sheet with grey cardstock, and then used lace to decorate one side. Since I hadn't planned on lace I had to make a quick trip to Wal Mart and didn't quite find what I was looking for, but since my sister loves daisies and they'll be in her bouquet, this flower trim was equally appropriate. I also stuck it on with glue dots (3 in front and two in the back).
Watch in late July for the shower decorations, food and games!