Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Papertrey Make-It-Monday #111 - Watercoloring Embossed Images

Hello! I am participating in Papertrey's Make-it-Monday #111 this week. Heather Nichols demonstrated how to emboss an image and then watercolor over it in a video on Nicole Heady's blog here. I decided to give this technique a try. I don't pull out my Friendship Jar series stamps often enough, but with the warm weather this week, opening up the buds on the trees and flowers, I thought I'd pull out the hydrangea image and give it a whirl.

I used a bunch of Ranger Distress inks for the watercoloring - Antique Linen & Wild Honey for the background, Faded Jeans and Broken China for the flowers, and Crushed Olive and Simply Chartreuse (PTI) for the leaves. I first embossed the jar and flowers with Versamark ink and White Filagree Embossing powder, then applied the background with an aqua brush and the brown/yellow inks. Then I worked on the blue flowers with the blue and green inks. I over-stamped an Impression Obsession background script over the entire image and went back and softened it with the aqua brush. I mounted the watercolor paper/image to a Blueberry Sky striped patterned paper, then an Enchanted Evening paper, then to a white cardstock base (which I inked the edges with Chai Ink). I tied the bow with some dyed seam binding, then added a small "Happy Summer" sentiment on a Tiny Tag.

Thanks for looking! Have a great day!


  1. Susan, this is beautiful. The background is so subtle and frames those gorgeous hydranges perfectly. Makes me long for mine to be in bloom!

  2. Beautiful! I love the various colours of blue in the flowers, as well as that script background.

  3. PRETTY card!!!
    Thanks for sharing

  4. This is so pretty with its shades of blue. I'm thinking of planting a hydrangea bush this spring. If I knew it would look like yours above, I wouldn't hesitate.

  5. gorgeous card. Love the background. the flowers are so soft and pretty in the blue.