Watercolor Emboss Resist

By | August 20, 2015

For Technique Thursday this week, I have a watercolor emboss resist card.  I’ve gone over this technique before on my blog, but it’s one of my favorites, so it’s worth repeating.  It involves stamping and embossing in either clear or white, and then coloring over the embossing so that the stamped image resists the color and shows through.  There are lots of ways to use this technique, and it comes out different every time depending on the stamps used and the method of coloring.  You could stamp on plain or patterned paper.  And for the coloring, you could use watercoloring, like the card below, or sponging or a brayer.  Anyway you choose, this technique has a big impact.

My project today is a birthday card for my son, who’s turning 21 next month!  I can’t believe that my baby boy in that old!!!  Yikes, that happened fast!

I wanted to do something special for his 21st.  I mean, it’s a pretty big deal for a kid to turn 21 and to be of legal drinking age.  The whole time we were on vacation this summer, he complained that he was so close, but couldn’t drink.  It started on the plane when they handed out free Mai Tais to everyone 21 and over.  Anyway, I knew I wanted to make a 21 themed card for him.

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I used my current favorite stamp set, Watercolor Words, for the greeting.  It’s big and cheery and perfect for this card.  I stamped the greeting in Versamark ink on watercolor paper and embossed it in clear.  Embossing in clear resists any watercoloring so the white paper underneath shows through.  For the watercoloring, I used Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, and Tangerine Tango inks.  First, I used an Aqua Painter to color over the words in clear water, then I added a light wash of each color, followed by more saturated color right on top of the letters.  This gives a nice blended effect.  Afterwards, I stamped the small stars from the Be The Star stamp set in Tempting Turquoise.

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I had to use a couple retired products on my card.  The martini glass with the birthday candle is from last year’s Making Spirits Bright stamp set.  When I originally saw this stamp set, I bought it specifically for Samuel’s upcoming birthday.  I stamped the glass with the new Basic Black Archival ink pad (available in the Holiday Catalog on September 1, 2015) on watercolor paper.  This ink is designed for watercoloring so it will not bleed.  I love the birthday candle!  (Too funny!)

The Typeset BigZ L die that I used to cut out the “21” is also a retired item, but I don’t have any current number dies, so I had to make do.

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The black and white paper on this card is from Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper.  This is a great pack of designer papers all in black and white.  You can leave it as is, or you can color over the paper with Blender Pens, Sponges, or a Brayer.  It’s super versatile.

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I used the Banner Punch for the small banners on the top.  To make the back one slightly longer than the punch, I trimmed paper to 5/8″ and fed just the bottom of the strip through the back of the punch so that I could just punch out the bottom.

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Supplies used on my card:

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Try watercolor emboss resist on your next card!  It’s easy and looks fantastic!!!

Tami Hewlett

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