For today's card, I thought I would continue with my exploration of how to use embossing in your projects. The one area that we haven't explored is the use of traditional watercolors. By that I mean using watercolor paper, water and soft blended edges. In the ColourArte project, I used embossing powders and regular cardstock. The embossing powder acted as a "dam" to contain the paint. In this technique the embossing powder acts as a way to define the stamp and allows us to use the property of watercolor to spread. Make sense, maybe not, but as we look at this card it will become clearer. Also, look at the previous posting for ColorArte and you will see how they differ.
|Considered a Winter theme, but there are so many showing up, I thought we needed something bright and cheery!|
Versmark, powder tool and Watercolor Paper. So like in previous post, dust with the powder, stamp and heat emboss. I used a fine clear powder for this project.
Closer view of the painting. See how the embossing is showing up as white lines.
I thenspattered the image with a darker green and die cut into a circle. Here you can see the embossing better. Note that the color is not staying in the lines. This gives it a more painterly appearance.
Ok, now to finish the card: Using the same 3 sprays: Water Cooler by Calico Studio and a Green and Gold by Heidi Swapp, a white cardstock, commercial paper doily and beige seam tape were sprayed.
I use a card board box to contain the misting. The background was cut down to size and the best part of the ribbon selected for the card and the remainder tied into a bow.
All that is left is to add a mat in gold, a few embellishments and a card base.
Watercolor paper can be tricky to get to stick. The paper often warps or the texture makes it hard to get a good contact. I find that using score tape and fun foam for dimension will keep everything in place and it will survive even the USA mail.
The bow and a metal tag completes the picture. I did not add a sentiment so it will work for about any occasion. I will add the appropriate sentiment to the inside of the card, thus allowing the art work to take center stage.
Finished!! Hope you enjoyed this final installment of Embossing. Next month I will pick a different technique to focus on so stay tuned. If you have any suggestions please leave a comment and let me know what you would like to have me explore.
Thank you Robin's Nest for this opportunity to share my blog with you.
Until next time,
Visit previous blog posting for more information on Embossing. Also ColourArte YouTube Channel for a video on embossing and painting with Twinkling H20's, which are another form of watercolor.
White Neenah 80# card stock for card front.
Commercial paper doily, 5"
Gold Cardstock for mat, Cream for Card base.
Strathmore 400 series 140# cold Press Watercolor paper
Beige seam binding
Metal embellishment: Tim Holtz Ideology line
Spray Paint: Water cooler by Calico Studio, Green Shimmer and Gold Shimmer by Heidi Swapp
Score-tape, glue dots