A Bestie Card with a Watercolor Embossed Background

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. MissCarriesCreations-MyBestieWatercolorCard

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. MissCarriesCreations-MyBestieWatercolorCardUpClose.jpg

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!

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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. 

View them here

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To My Bestie Stamp Set

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Watercolor Paper Pad

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Sapphire Cardstock

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12 x 12 Vellum Paper


Sweet Girl Complements

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Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts

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Watercolor Paints

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ShinHan Marker Bundle

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Heat Tool

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Anti-Static Pouch

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All Purpose Mat

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Ranger™ Clear Embossing Powder

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Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

product imageLiquid Glass Fine Tip Applicator

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Thin 3D & 3D Foam Dots

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My Acrylix Block Starter Kit

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White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack

Sweet Sympathy Card for Color Dare Challenge 342

I always enjoy seeing each of your creations at Color My Heart Color Dare. This week we are challenging you with a Tic-Tac-Toe board inspired by colors from our Sweet Girl Collection. You do not have to use these papers, but we do ask that you stick to the colors on the Tic-Tac-Toe board when creating your project. MissCarriesCreations-CD342These past few weeks have been like a roller coaster and, as I sit here with a worn body and sad heart, and I am so grateful to have a God who gives me strength each day.  As I created this Sweet Sympathy card for a friend, I began to reflect on the past few weeks. MissCarriesCreations-SweetSympathyCardSMI have had to opportunity to speak with so many who are struggling, have had recent deaths, or who just needed someone to listen.  I am so blessed that this small business has granted me the opportunity to be there. When I can’t be there in person, I love being able to send cards, like this one, to show someone that I am thinking about them.  

I love that soft color palette of the Sweet Girl paper and how easily this card came together.  I was in a bit of a rush, and struggling with a few things of my own, so I chose to use some die cuts and stickers from our Sweet Girl Complements instead of stamped images.

No one ever wants to have to send cards like this one, but it is always nice to receive them and know that someone out there cares for you.

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I encourage you to send a card this week and show someone that you care, and if you can, show us your creation at the Color My Heart Color Dare Blog. We have multiple challenges this month and your project might just fit one.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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