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How to Combine Dry Embossing and Watercolors

Posted by Chrissie Tobas

Looking to create a really unique card? Pull out those embossing folders and combine them with watercolors!

Looking to create something really unique? Pull out those embossing folders and combine them with watercolors!

Supplies You Will Need:

  • Paper Smooches Chubby Chums Clear Stamp Set
  • Distress Ink Broken China
  • Distress Ink Scattered Straw
  • Versamark Watermark Ink
  • Ranger White Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Sakura Pen Touch 1.0 mm White Pen
  • 3D Foam Squares
  • Tape Runner
  • Paintbrush
  • Water Brush
  • Embossing Folder
  • Watercolor Paper
  • White Cardstock
  • Black Cardstock
  • Acrylic Block
  • Spectrum Aquas: Essential Set: Charcoal, Black, Slate; Floral Set: Sunflower; Primary Set: Orange,Yellow
  • Die Cutting Machine (Big Shot Plus used)
  • Ranger Blending Tool
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Trim down a piece of watercolor cardstock to 3.75 x 5 and run through a die cutting machine, sandwiched in an embossing folder.

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Using an acrylic block as a palette, scribble some color onto it and start painting in the areas of the panel that are not embossed or debossed. For this card, the debossed side was used, but either side will work. Add watercolor to the entire panel, staying out of the debossed areas (these are the areas that are the crevices in the paper). This is a bit tedious of a process, but the end result is worth it!

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Add a little more color! Use Broken China Distress Ink to add color, fading it out down the panel. To do this, add in a circular motion and add less pressure as you move down the panel.

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Set panel aside. Stamp image of the chickie onto a scrap piece of cardstock. We want more of a no-line watercolor effect. To get this, first stamp onto a scratch piece of paper before stamping onto the panel. Make sure to use a light color Distress Ink (Scattered Straw used for this project). The ink will mostly blend away as we watercolor.

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Add multiple layers of color using Spectrum Aquas and a waterbrush. Use a white marker to add subtle highlights. This gives that extra little touch of detail! Fussy cut the chickie out when you are done coloring and everything is dry.

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Heat emboss the sentiment from the same stamp set onto black cardstock. To do this, stamp using Versamark watermark ink and cover with white embossing powder. Then use a heat gun to activate the powder. Trim out and adhere to card panel.

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Attach panel to a standard card base (4.25x11, scored at 5.5 inches) and also add the chickie using 3D Foam adhesive squares. Create splatters by scribbling Black (Spectrum Aquas) onto an acrylic block and pick up the color with a waterbrush. Splatter over the entire card.

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It is as simple as that! Creating the embossed background does take a little bit of time, but you can always adjust it by only watercoloring in a portion of it, instead of the entire background!

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Make sure to upload your projects and get inspiration at the same time in our Ideas Section! Happy Crafting!