There's a video of the process over on the WOW! You Tube channel which you can find here:
For my first card, I stamped the Hero Arts Holiday Foliage Bold Print background in WOW! Embossing ink onto watercolor cardstock and heat embossed with WOW! Opaque Bright White. I used the Superfine grade of powder as this is a very intricate pattern.
For my watercolor medium, I wanted to pick out some of the images with different colors, while still leaving it quite sketchy, so I decided to opt for watercolor brush markers (I'm using the Tropical set by Altenew). I squeezed the color out in places on the cardstock, and then pulled it out a little with a waterbrush. I added some greens and yellows, and dried in between (using setting 1 on my WOW! Heat Tool).
I also added some browns in the pine cones. I made sure that it faded out towards the bottom of the card.
I kept the rest of the card simple. I die cut a Thanks die (by Taylored Expressions) from yellow fun foam and gold glitter cardstock (you could use your WOW! Sparkles instead of glitter cardstock for this). I adhered the pieces together and popped them on my card panel. As a finishing touch I added some Nuvo Jewel Drops in Limoncello.
For my second card, I used liquid watercolor. There are several on the market - I'm using Dr Ph Martin's Hydrus. I created an embossed background as before (this time using Simon's Leaves and Berries background stamp) and then I used purple and blue liquid watercolors and just dropped them onto the panel. I wasn't sure how intense they'd be, and the answer is - VERY! This is a huge plus as many watercolors often dry back when you add lots of water, and it helps create a bolder color. I did spritz with water a little, and then left it to dry.
I trimmed a piece of vellum down to fit on the front, and heat embossed it with the Merry greeting from the Simon Says Stamp Holiday Greetings Mix 1. I used Primary Indigo EP which looks fab on vellum, and helped to pull in the purple bits of the powder in the background. I popped some small dots of liquid glue on the back and adhered the velum over my panel, finishing with a few pale pink enamel dots to cover the glue.
My last card uses the ink smushing technique - technically this uses Distress Inks rather than watercolors, but I figured it's very very very close! I heat embossed the Simon Says Stamp Kaleidoscope background in WOW! OBW. I then used some Distress inks in Candied Apple, Abandoned Coral, Carved Pumpkin and Fossilised Amber, smushed them onto my craft mat and spritzed with water. I then dunked my embossed panel into the ink and heat dried it.
I repeated this a couple more times, to get this fun speckled look you can see on the panel close up. To finish, I die cut the word 'LOVE' using Altenew's Fine Alpha dies, and cut again with a stitched rectangle die, then popped it up on foam tape. For some co-ordinating sparkle, I added some Phoenix sequins by Catherine Pooler.
What's your favorite medium to use with the emboss resist technique?
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