I know watercolouring can be daunting and I was delighted that so many of you liked my recent Faux Watercoloured Balloons post, and so today I have another simple way to add watercolouring to your cards and projects. When I fell in love with watercolouring, I started out painting floral images I had white heat embossed. The raised lines of the embossing make for a defined edge to the shapes and trap the watercolour within their boundaries. Also, the white lines I think suit florals particularly well giving a soft ethereal look. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
Another way to make life easier is to choose a stamp, such as this Rose Bouquet from Memory Box, that has already done the hard work for you and combined beautiful flowers and leaves in an arrangement. I stamped the large floral image in clear embossing ink, so that is overhung the edges of a piece of cold pressed watercolour card, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heat set.
I taped the card to a board to prevent warping, and loosely watercoloured with Daniel Smith paints. You could use any water watercolour media you have though – markers, Distress Inks, watercolour pencils etc. use what you have to hand and have fun. The delights of watercolouring over embossed lines is you don’t need to be too precise – the watercolours will puddle and spread in the wells of the embossed lines. I think it is good practice to aim for shadows and highlights to bring an image to life though. I aimed for deep burgundy in the centre of the roses spreading out to the lightest of pinks, and for the leaves, I went for the darkest colours near the base of the leaf where I thought the darkest shadows would be.
I splattered the finished piece with a solution of Perfect Pearls and Iridescent Gold paint and then aligned a sentiment from the Birthday Blowout set from Poppy Stamps in the corner. I stamped the greeting in clear embossing ink and then embossed with Antique Gold embossing powder. I trimmed the panel down to be slightly smaller than an A2 card base, and foam mounted on a Neenah Desert Storm card base cut and scored from the 100lb weight for sturdiness.
I find watercolouring over white heat embossing is a quick and straightforward way to get the beautiful look of watercolours without having to be too precise, and I really enjoyed creating this card. Oh, and expect lots of birthday greetings on my cards in the near future as my supplies are low and these are the most frequent cards I send out!
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D