I love stamping and I love watercolors… it’s so soothing to blend those translucent colors on my paper! So today, I’m going to show you how to use stamping and clear embossing powder as a “resist” to make some lovely (and easy) greeting cards.
(Note: in traditional watercolor painting, wax, oil, or a liquid gum is applied to paper. When the watercolor is applied, the paint doesn’t stick to the areas that have been treated with the application, and therefore no color is absorbed. Often the wax or gum is removed, leaving clear, white paper.)
- Greeting Cards with Envelopes (Item 1103-67)
- Rubber Stamps (I used Scrappy Cat)
- Clear Embossing Powder (Item 28850)
- Embossing Stamp Pad (Item RICEP07036)
- Watercolor paints (Item YASNPWC21)
- Watercolor brush
- Lo-tack (Painter’s) tape
- Heat Gun (Item 1199-10)
Start off by stamping a design on the front of your greeting card. Make sure you use an embossing-style pad (one that has no pigment in it.) This is essential for letting the color of the paper show through. Follow up by sprinkling on your clear embossing powder and then melting it with your heat gun.
Next, tape your card down to your work surface. The paper will tend to wrinkle, and the tape will help it keep it’s shape as it dries. I also like the “border” it creates!
Give your watercolors a few drops of water to soften them up and get the pigment flowing…then just do a wash of color over the top of your card. You’ll see that the watercolor paint soaks into the card, but just beads up and rolls off of the stamped areas:
Continue to add color as you like. Let the paper dry completely before you peel off the tape.
Here’s on more I made using the same stamp set:
There you go! This fun technique also looks great on scrapbook pages and ATC’s, so have some fun experimenting!