Last week, I created a tutorial showing you how to use our Flower Garden embossing folder to make an inked embossed background. This week, I am going to show you another way to use the same embossing folder♥ to create another type of background for your projects – one that uses our Watercolor Paints to create a one-of-a-kind look.
This Bestie Card was simple to create using using our May stamp of the month and the embossed background technique I am going to show you. This stamp set is only available during the month of May and is the inspiration for the Besties with H2H challenge. If you would like to recreate this card,♥ there is also a complete list of supplies I used at the very bottom of this post.
My background consists of a piece of Cold Pressed Watercolor paper that I dry embossed with our Flower Garden embossing folder. I prefer to brush the watercolor paper with water first, but some people prefer to paint directly on dry paper.
So what’s the difference???♥ When you apply wet paint to dry paper you will have more control and more of a defined edge when shading your images. The paint only goes where your brush goes and the color soaks directly into the paper.
When you apply wet paint to wet paper, you achieve more of a washed effect. You do have a little less control of where the paint goes, but it is a little easier to remove mistakes before they completely soak into the paper. This is the method I prefer because I can easily clean up my mistakes before they set into the paper.
As you can see, by painting onto wet paper, my paint is a bit more opaque and it flows onto the raised images very easily. I was able to shade each of the raised images on the paper using a small brush with various watercolor paints. This technique is a simple way to create your own personalized background♥ using an embossing folder.
The rest of the card was very easy to assemble. I stamped the Besties image onto some Vellum paper with Black Ink, heat embossed the image with Clear Embossing powder, then shaded the back of the Vellum using ShinHan Markers.
I adhered the Vellum onto a White Rectangle Stitched Frame then layered the frame onto that beautiful Embossed Watercolor background using Foam Tape. I love♥ how that little Bee from the Sweet Girl Complements goes so well with the flower images and sapphire matting.
I hope that you take the time try this technique♥ and create a unique background for your own paper crafting project. Don’t forget, the To My Bestie stamp set is only available through May 31st. This means that you only have a few more days to add this stamp set to your collection for only $5.00 with any qualifying $50 purchase.
♥I can’t wait to see what you create!
UPDATE: I made the H2H May Darlings List. 🙂 Have you visited the Heart2Heart Blog recently? If not, you might want to check out some of their current challenges.
12 x 12 Sapphire Cardstock
7 thoughts on “A Bestie Card with a Watercolor Embossed Background”
Beautiful card, Carrie….just love the vellum over the embossed and water-colored background!
Thank you. I wanted the background to show through some, so using vellum was a great option.
Beautiful, I love how you used the vellum. Thanks for showing us how you did it! Thanks for playing along with Heart 2 Heart Challenges (H2H).
DT member H2H
Thank you, Brandi. Vellum is one of my favorites to use. You should give this technique a try. I would love to see what you make.
Oh my goodness! You continue to amaze me! You’ve taught me some new techniques I love and need to try! That embossing folder with the watercolors…LOVE IT! Thanks, again, for the inspiration.
Thanks for playing with us at Heart 2 Heart!
H2H Design Team Member
Thank you, Melissa. I am glad you enjoyed the tutorial. I can’t wait to see what you create.