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Friday, April 6, 2012

Watercolor Card using Emboss Resist Technique

Hello Bloggers!
As promised, tonight we are making a beautiful card using the emboss resist technique.
I am sorry the post came late this evening, but my neighbor was bitten by a dog, and I took her to the emergency room.  It was quite a night!  But on with the show, as they say!
This card can be customized to your own taste and color preference, so remember to think outside the box!  I am going to be using four different Distress Inks but your choice of inks will not effect the outcome of the card.  It will be beautiful using any color scheme you choose.
By following these simple steps, you will be able to make beautiful watercolor cards which can be altered by using different color combinations with ink, or using a variety of stamp images.
So remember to use your imagination, and don't get hung up on being "perfect".
Create what you love, and love what you create!
To begin, you will want to have the following supplies ready to use:
1.  Distress Inks in any color combination.
2.  Acrylic Block
3.  Craft Sheet
4.  White Embossing Powder
5.  Heat Gun
6.  Spray Bottle filled with Water
7.  Watercolor Paper (3x5 inches)
8.  A2 sized Card in your choice of color
9.  Coordinating paper in your choice of color (2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch)
10. Versamark Ink
11. Dictionary Stamp, Focal Stamp, Sentiment Stamp. (3 in total)
12. Embellishments, (flower, lace, etc)
13. Scissors or Trimmer
14. Adhesive or Tape Runner

We will be working on a Craft Sheet.  I will first tell you how I will be making MY card, but feel free to deviate from what I do, by using your own choice of ink colors and stamps.  You will still have a beautiful result! Try several color combinations of ink color to really see what the possibilities are!

Prior to stamping, rub stamping surface with an "Embossing Buddy" (powder filled bag) to rid stamping surface of static and oils.
Ink up Dictionary Stamp image with Versamark Ink and press onto 3x5 inch watercolor paper. 
Line up stamp on watercolor paper.
Press onto 3x5 inch watercolor paper. 
Shake white embossing powder onto image.  
 Tap off excess powder. 
Using heat gun, melt embossing powder on paper and set aside.
Select Distress Ink desired and press color directly into craft sheet or acrylic block. 
Spray with bottle of water until little droplets appear.
Take embossed image and press firmly into watered down ink.
Swirl paper to get coverage.  
If desired, dab extra ink off of image with paper towel.
Save left over ink for next card, (as seen later in these photos)

Let dry naturally or dry quickly with heat gun.
Ink up Focal image with a dark shade of Distress Ink.
Spray water onto stamp until little beads appear.  
Press firmly and let the ink sink into the paper.
Note: Watercolor paper is heavier than regular paper and needs more time for the ink to sink in.
Look at how pretty the image is!  What a beautiful, natural, watercolor resist!
Let dry naturally or dry quickly with heat gun.
Using four different Distress Inks gives you many color options for your mats and cards.
Mat the embossed image with the coordinating cardstock by adhering it to the image. Cut this piece of paper to measure 3 X 4

Ink up the focal image again this time using Versamark Ink.  Stamp image all over the A2 size card      (4 1/4 X 5 1/2) as a sort of "background".  Once dry, adhere the embossed image to the A2 card, centering it.
Using the left-over ink from the first stamped image, you are able to make an additional card without adding any ink whatsoever.  However, you may add more if you wish.
Select the colors for the mats and cards for your stamped images.

Embellish with lace or flowers, or both as desired.
Using only four ink colors and a spritz of H2O applied one time to your acrylic block, you are able to make two absolutely gorgeous cards!
See how different they look, although the exact same technique was used on each one!
Try variations by using color instead of Versamark on the background, OR by stamping sentiment on a banner, and affixing to the front of the card.  There are lots of possibilities. Samantha used the ink that was left on her first stamping, re-sprayed it with water and made another card.  The colors are more subtle, but the card was beautiful nonetheless!
Many, many thanks to Samantha Ivy, who not only suggested tonight's lesson, but graciously demonstrated the tutorial for us!  Note: Samantha took care of Skip (background) while I ran my neighbor Sharon to the Emergency Room!  Thank you dear Samantha!  Your cards are gorgeous in spite of all the chaos!


IN REVIEW

Step 1
Prior to stamping, rub stamping surface with an "Embossing Buddy" (powder filled bag) to rid stamping surface of static and oils.  Ink up Dictionary Stamp image with Versamark Ink and press onto 3x5 inch watercolor paper.  Shake white embossing powder onto image.  Tap off excess powder. Using heat gun, melt embossing powder on paper and set aside.
Step 2
Select Distress Ink desired and press color directly into craft sheet or acrylic block.  Spray with bottle of water until little droplets appear.
Step 3
Take embossed image and press firmly into watered down ink, swirl paper to get coverage.  Let dry naturally or dry quickly with heat gun.  You will not re-melt the embossing powder.
Step 4
Ink up Focal image with a dark shade of Distress Ink. Spray water onto stamp until little beads appear.  Stamp focal image down onto the embossed watercolor paper.  Press firmly and let the ink sink into the paper.  Note: Watercolor paper is heavier than regular paper and needs more time for the ink to sink in.
Step 5
Trim the embossed image to 2 1/4 x 3 1/4.  Mat the embossed image with the coordinating cardstock by adhering it to the image. Cut this piece of paper to measure 3 X 4
Step 6
Ink up the focal image again this time using Versamark Ink.  Stamp image all over the A2 size card      (4 1/4 X 5 1/2) as a sort of "background".  Once dry, adhere the embossed image to the A2 card, centering it.
Step 7
Embellish with lace or flowers, or both as desired.
Step 8
Stamp sentiment inside of card with coordinating color of Distress Ink.  Stamp envelope as desired with focal stamp or coordinating focal stamp.

Hope you enjoyed our Thursday Technique Tutorial!
Happy Crafting and Creating!
ReNae
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2 comments:

Crabtree-Creations said...

Please leave your comments here! I value your opinions, comments, feedback and suggestions!
ReNae

Crabtree-Creations said...

FROM DONNA WOOD VIA EMAIL: I love step by step tutorials and this one is very detailed. Thanks for and EASY to follow tutorial. This in not a new technique to me, but a very nice review that helps inspire a confidence to jump right in a do it again!