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Todays post is inspired by the latest edition of Australian Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine (Vol. 16 No. 12). There was a card made by Jennifer Sweatman in which the main feature on the card were some flowers that had been clear embossed on watercolour paper. The background was then coloured with watercolour paint. I thought this was a fantastic idea and I went to have a play with my stamps, embossing powder and paints.

The stamp I decided to use for my play was a Hampton clear embossing on watercolour paperArt Stamp called Polka Dot Butterfly. I inked the stamp using VersaMark ink and then stamped it on watercolour paper. I then sprinkled clear embossing powder over the top and melted it using my heat gun. I have included a photo on the right of what the image looked like when this was done. It is a little difficult to see the image clearly as the embossing is clear. What this does when you colour in the image and the background is to let the background paper colour show through. The next step was to decide

clear embossing coloured

what paint I was going to use to colour in my image. I decided to not use my watercolour pencils as my son had them at school. I ended up using my twinkling H2O’s. For the butterfly I used Dutch Iris for the upper wings and Ocean Wave for the lower wings. I used Passion Fruit for the background and an Aqua Brush to apply them. I have included a photo on the left of the finished image.



I liked the effect that the water colouring gave so I decided to have a bit more of a play and to also try different coloured embossing powders. The next embossing powder I tried was  Stamp World Hologram Sparkle. I then coloured this butterfly using jasmine and the background with Douglas Fir. I have included a photo of the embossed image and the coloured image below.

Hologram sparkle embossing powder on water colour paper          Hologram Sparkle coloured

The next embossing colour I tried was Celebrations of Australia Buff Gold. I coloured this butterfly using Sweet Lavender and the background using Mystic Blue. I have included the photos below.

Buff Gold Embossing Powder on water colour paper      Buff Gold coloured

The last embossing colour I tried was Celebrations of Australia Candy Blue. I coloured this butterfly with Mango Mamba and the background with a combination of Autumn Butternut and Mocha Rose. I have included the photos below.

Candy Blue Embossing Powder on water colour paper   Candy Blue coloured

I had fun playing with this technique. My next challenge is to make cards with them, but that will have to wait as the family are all waiting for their dinner. Talk to you next post.

Embossing on Watercolour Paper”

  1. Billy Kroener Says: