One of my favourite techniques to use on cards is to combine heat embossing with watercolours. There are two ways to do this: emboss first then paint or paint and emboss over top. By simply reversing the process, the resulting effect is a bit different but equally beautiful.
Heat embossing involves stamping an image with VersaMark, applying embossing powder to the stamped image (used gold in the example below), and then setting with a heat tool. The result is a raised, smooth textured image that, depending on the type of powder used, can also be glossy or even glittery.
The first way to do this technique is to emboss the image first on watercolour paper or Shimmery White paper, then add the inks using a watercolour brush or an Aqua Painter. When embossing first, the colours will pool and settle along the raised edges of the embossed image. You don’t have to be very precise when painting because the colour is “trapped” within the edges. This method works great if you have a lot to paint and want to do it quickly!
For a more detailed look at how I painted this card please visit the post here.
I used this technique recently on a spring wall art project – the flowers looked amazing with the white emboss and soft painted colours.
And one more card with the white emboss…
The other way of combining watercolour and emboss is to paint first, then stamp and emboss an image. I usually use the no-line colouring technique that starts with a very lightly stamped image to use as a guideline. Most of the time I use the Sahara Sand ink pad and stamp off a few times before stamping the image you want to use. This results in a very light image – sometimes too light so I have to redo it!
With the faint image as a guide, start adding the watercolour. For this flower I used the Shimmery White paper instead of watercolour paper. When using the Stampin’ Up! ink colours, I like to use the markers to ink up a block for loading the Aqua Painter to get nice, soft colours.
Once the paper is completely dry, stamp and emboss the image over top. This results in a beautiful, not-so-perfect design. I love how the painted flower doesn’t line up perfectly with the embossed flower.
Here is another example with one of my favourite cards…
I sent this card to family friends of ours that were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. I thought the gold was a fitting accent for their golden anniversary!
Let me know if you try this technique and tag it #watercolouremboss on Instagram. Also make sure you are following me: @ellefedynak.