Hi Everyone! It's Lindsay from the Design Team here today to share with you the Emboss Resist Technique using Watercolor and the brand new Candy Hearts stamp set from Joy Clair. This is such a fun and easy technique to do, but I love to use it, especially with watercolor, as it gives a nice little well to hold your color in place. You can watch the video tutorial below to see exactly how I made today's card!
Starting with a piece of watercolor paper that measured 4" x 5.25" and Versafine Onyx Black Ink, I repeatedly stamped the two large open hearts from the "Candy Hearts" stamp set making sure they appeared random. (Some were hanging off the paper and going different directions.) When my paper was filled with hearts I sprinkled on some clear embossing powder and heat set the images. Next, using the same ink, I stamped on different little messages from the set inside each of the hearts, and again, I heat embossed each one with clear embossing powder. Because I was heat embossing in black I used the Versafine Onyx Black ink, which is a pigment ink and used clear embossing powder, however, you could always use Versamark Ink and black embossing powder, just be sure to really use your embossing buddy to reduce any static!!
For my watercolor, I decided to go with my Distress Inks because they give out such bright and vivid colors. I colored the hearts in somewhat of a rainbow pattern starting with some Picked Raspberry, moving onto Spiced Marmalade for orange, Mustard Seed, then Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, and finally Seedless Preserves for purple. The great thing about heat embossing before watercolor is that one, it doesn't cover up the words inside each heart. Since they were heat embossed they will resist the watercolor and the words won't get lost under a layer of watercolor. Also, the heat embossing of the heart creates a well that will hold the watercolor in place so it will not bleed outside the lines! The majority of the time when I am watercoloring images, even when not using the resist technique, I will heat emboss my images. The well it creates makes it so much easier to keep your watercolor from bleeding and it saves so much dry time!
With my watercolor done, I sat the panel aside to dry and worked on my sentiment. I first cut strips of card stock in black, vellum, and white. Each was a different width, the only one I measured was the white strip so I could stamp the "i love you" sentiment from the Dino Love stamp set in black dye ink onto it. You could always heat emboss this sentiment as well to match the hearts, I just had my dye ink out on my desk! Each strip was then cut to an angle on the left hand side with my scissors and finally it was time to put everything together. I first attached each card stock strip onto the top right hand side of the watercolor panel using double sided adhesive, making sure I could hide the adhesive on the vellum banner. Finally, I adhered the entire watercolor panel onto an A2 top folding white card base using double sided adhesive and fun foam.
I always have such a blast when I use this technique! My watercolor takes no time at all and always comes out looking good, and I also don't have to wait for any layers to dry! I hope you'll give this technique a try and have just as much as I do when using it! Until next time, Happy Crafting!!