Embossed Watercolor Card – Technique Tuesday

How do you fancy a Technique Tuesday addition to the blog?  Whenever I post on a Tuesday, I will showcase a new technique to try!  OK, thanks for the round of applause, we’ll get started! 😉


To master the watercolor technique, it is imperative that you use Watercolor Paper.  Stampin’ Up sells their version for $5.00 for 5 sheets.  For this card, I cut one piece into 4 pieces, so I thought it was a worthwhile investment.  The watercolor paper has a bit more texture and is thicker to absorb the water created during water-coloring.  It won’t bend or wrinkle as much as normal cardstock will.  My pieces were 3″ x 4 1/2″.


So, you’ll need to pick a greeting or something that you’ll be water-coloring over. I chose this Happy Birthday from Happy Birthday Everyone, a hostess set from the annual catalog. Using Versamark, stamp the greeting onto your watercolor paper and cover with embossing powder of your choice.  I used Silver.  Emboss away!  Heat until the powder turns glossy and doesn’t brush away.

Excuse the messy desk in the background!  I thought about skipping that photo, but we could all use a little more honesty and openness right?  I’m feeling the love, folks.

Now you’re ready for the fun part!  Water-coloring! Using the large Aqua Painter and 3 different ink colors with varying levels of color intensity (I chose Night of Navy, Pacific Point, and Tempting Turquoise.)  Pick one corner to start in with your most intense color, in this case Night Of Navy.  Ink your aqua painter using the ink on the lid of the pad.  Brushing back and forth across the paper, keep moving down to get lighter and lighter…you should be covering about 1/3 of the paper.  Then move on to your next color and next.  The more water you use, the lighter and less intense the colors will be.

Once you’re finished, let dry before attaching to your card!  I love the unique look of this card!

Here’s what you’ll need:

139958 Happy Birthday Everyone ($9.00) this happens to be a hostess-only set so you’ll need to have a party or place over a $150 order to purchase this one!

133364 Silver Fancy Foil Designer Vellum ($11.00)

100867 Night of Navy Cardstock ($7.00)

122959 Watercolor Paper ($5.00)

102283 Versamark Pad ($7.50)

126970 Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad ($6.50)

126951 Pacific Point Classic Stampin’ Pad ($6.50)

126952 Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ Pad ($6.50)

109131 Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder ($5.00)

129053 Heat Tool ($30.00)

103954 Aqua Painters ($17.00)

104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals ($4.00)


Joyfully Yours,


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