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

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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

Celebrating Memorial Day with Color My Heart Dare

This week, at the Color My Heart Color Dare blog, we are remembering those who whom have fought in wars past and present. I hope that when you look at the inspiration board below, you are inspired to create something to honor those we have lost and share it with us at the Color My Heart Color Dare blog. MissCarriesCreations-ColorDate344.jpgAs a Design Team member, I have the privilege of sharing an inspiration piece with you each month. This week, I decided that I wanted to create something in the spirit of Memorial Day that honored the women who are often not always represented as part of the lost on Memorial Day. MissCarriesCreations-MemorialDayCardCD344Many know the pain of loosing a loved one who served their country.  We need to remember that there were so many who fought, aided, and enlisted in each of the wars this world has been apart of, and we should honor each of them. If you would like to recreate this card, you can find the complete list of supplies I used listed at the very bottom of this post.

I created the background using the floral stamp from our, soon to retire, The World is Yours stamp set. I randomly stamped the image onto some Watercolor paper and used my Watercolor Pencils to shade the images. Since “green” was not a choice in the color palette, I shaded my leaves grey to create a subtle background.

I then wrapped the edge with Sapphire Crochet Thread and adhered it to some layered Candy Apple and Sapphire cardstock.  I wanted to avoid covering up the background, so I created a Vellum Tag using the Fancy Tag Thin Cuts and dry embossed it with our Flower Garden Embossing folder.

I cut two additional tags and some stars from Candy Apple and Sapphire cardstock. The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark™ ink and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder onto the Sapphire Tag.  (This sentiment comes from our For My Father stamp set.)

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The rest of the card involved layering the images with some Foam Dots, adding a few loops of Silver Embellishing Thread, and some stars from the Silver Sequins.

I hope that this card inspires you to create something in the spirit of Memorial Dayand that you share your creation at the Color My Heart Color Dare blog. I always like seeing what you create and commenting on each one.  Remember, our The World Is Yours stamp set is only available, while supplies last, through May 31st.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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The World Is Yours Stamp Set

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Watercolor Paper Pad

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12 x 12 Candy Apple Cardstock

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12 x 12 Sapphire Cardstock


For My Father Stamp Set

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Fancy Tag Thin Cuts

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Small Round Waterbrush

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Watercolor Pencils

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Intense Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix Block Starter Kit

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Silver Embellishing Thread

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12 x 12 Vellum Paper

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Sapphire Crochet Thread

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Loose Silver Sequins

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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™ White Embossing Powder

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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Thin 3D & 3D Foam Dots

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Inked Embossed Background Card

I know that it has been over a month since I last posted a tutorial.  I have been working hard to create some new projects and “trying” to create some process videos you can watch.  Please understand, I am trying to learn and we have limited internet at my house, so finding an offline editor has been tricky. I attempted a program called Filmora and it was a bust. After six hours of editing, it left a watermark covering half my screen and took five hours to convert to MP4. (Sorry I am ranting) So…instead of a video like I had hoped, this week, I am going to show you how to use your embossing folders to create and inked backgroundMissCarriesCreations-URLovedCard-TuesdayTutorial
Paper Needed: 5½ x 4¼ Heather Cardstock, 5¼ x 4 Heather Cardstock, 5 x 3¾ White Daisy Cardstock, Sweet Girl Cut Apart Sheet, 5 x 2 Ballerina Cardstock

To create an inked embossed background, you will need to start with an embossing folder that has a larger image. (I have tried this technique with delicate images and the images don’t appear as crisp.) I chose to use our new Flower Garden Embossing Folder. You will notice that there are two sides to the embossing folder – one where the images are raised and the other where the images are inset. We are going to use the side that has the logo on it – the side with the inset images.

Simply apply the ink across the surface of the side of the embossing folder with the logo (inset images). I used Ballerina Ink to match the images from the Sweet Girl cut-apart sheet.

Place the White Daisy cardstock onto the uninked side of the embossing folder. Carefully, close the folder and keep it closed while you place it between the plates of your embossing machine. If you move the cardstock, you risk the chance of your image smearing.

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After embossing your cardstock, remove from the folder and set aside. Rinse your embossing folder with some warm water, dish soap if needed, and set-aside to dry.  That is all you need to create this beautiful inked embossed background.

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The rest of the card is very simple to make. This technique can be used on cards, scrapbook pages, and home decor projects. This Inked Embossed background creates such a beautiful accent to anything you make.

I will be continuing to search for an offline editor so that I can finish the process video for you.  If you have an suggestions, please comment below.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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