A Watercolor Card for the Heat it Up Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Heat it Up Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of heat embossing techniques as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 85046186_10157103154262934_7513137689042878464_o If you have come here from Michelle Johns’ Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

This week, I decided to pull out the watercolor pencils, white embossing powder, and floral stamps to create a very simple heat-embossed card.  It’s been a while since I have painted an image, and, to be honest, I forgot how much I enjoyed it.

Since this is a “Technique” blog hop”, I will be showing you a few tips to create your own Watercolor Roses card and provide you with a simple video showing you how to use embossing powders.  

I began creating my card by stamping a piece of watercolor paper with White Pigment ink using images from the Love These People stamp set.  These images were randomly stamped along the left side of the paper.  I chose White Pigment instead of VersaMark so that I could see the images after I had stamped them. 

Once the images had been stamped, I sprinkled on White Embossing Powder and used a heat tool to set the powder.  I did notice that a few of my leaf images didn’t touch the other images like I wanted them to. Instead of trying to re-stamp the leaves, I used an Embossing Ink Pen and drew an extension of the stems. 

As I shaded the images, I used the raised embossing powder as a sort of “dam” for my colors. On this card, I shaded the images with Watercolor Pencils using the “pencil palette method”, but you could use watercolor paints instead.  

After the paint was dry, I splattered the image with Gold Shimmer, added some Liquid Glass Dots, then framed it in a Kraft Stitched Rectangle.  The only embellishments are a simple burlap strand bow and some gold gems. 

If you would like to learn more Embossing Powder Techniques,  you will enjoy this Fab Friday Find tutorial I created last year for my VIP Group. 

I hope that you were inspired by today’s project and that you learn something new about Heat Embossing.  Now ‘Hop” on over to Tamara Sandwisch’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for using our heat embossing products.  

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Tuesday Tutorial: Using Watercolor Pencils

When I browse through an art display, I am usually drawn towards those that have the soft, cloudy look of watercolors.  If you are like me, then you will enjoy using our new Watercolor Pencil collection.  I am sure that you have thought “not for me” or “I could never do that”,  but today I want to give you a few tips for using Watercolor Pencils, in hopes that you give them a go in the near future. In February, I will have a both a Local and Online Class showing each of these in greater detail.


Watercolor pencils can be used just like any other colored pencil, but in order to create the soft gauzy look you must “activate” or add water to the pigment. There are several ways to do this depending on the look you are trying to achieve. For today’s Tuesday Tutorial, I am going to give you a quick overview of each.

The Colored Pencil Technique:

You can use these pencils just like a colored pencil and simply shade in your images. As you can see below, I shaded the rose image using three shades of yellow. The fact that our new Watercolor Pencils have three yellows, is one of the reason I bought them. Having multiple shades to choose from, really adds dimension to your artwork.


The Dry Surface Technique:

After shading in your images, you can use a Waterbrush or soft nylon brush to
activate the color on your image.  By shading the image first, then adding color, you mute the pigment and end up with a softer version of the color you started out with. If you compare these two photos, you can see the softer look given to the rose once water was added.

The Wet Surface Technique:

With this technique, you wet the paper first, then add your color using the watercolor pencil. This is best done on Watercolor Paper, but can be used on our patterned paper if you don’t overdo it. The overall look is a deep color with multiple contrasts in shades.


The Pencil Palette Technique:

This final technique leaves you with a look that is not too muted, nor too dark, but gives you a sweet, soft look on your images.  With this technique, you will swipe the Waterbrush or wet nylon brush across the tip of the pencil and then shade your image using the color on the brush.  I like to keep some paper towel nearby to blot my brush when I use this technique.


Personally, I like using a combination of all of these techniques to achieve the look I want.  It helps to  leave a little bit of white background when shading your images to add some contrast, highlights, and additional softness to the image. For the Love At First Site card kit, I used the a combination of the Dry Surface techniques on the roses, the Pencil Palette technique on the leaves, and the Wet Surface technique on the Banner.

If you would like to learn a little more about using Watercolor Pencils, please make sure to sign-up for my classes in February.  I will be showing you each of these techniques in greater detail, and walking you through how I created this card. I can’t wait to see what you create!