Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Emboss resist watercolour birthday card

Hi everyone, it's Esther here with an emboss resist watercolour card that I loved making! I needed a birthday card for a lady I recently met who went out of her way to give me brilliant customer service several times when I was having trouble with my car. How great are people like that?

Using the largest of the Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables, I die cut a stitched rectangle panel from watercolour card. I deliberately kept the deckle edge of the card stock so it would give a gentle, slightly shabby chic feel to the bottom of the panel.

I wanted to get a soft, pretty look so I used an old favourite that I've not pulled out for a while, My Favorite Things Funky Flowers stamp set, heat embossed in white embossing powder. 

I used a large paintbrush to wet the card stock and then dropped in colour from two Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens: 081 Light Violet and 080 Violet. I softened and blended the colour with a smaller paintbrush. The embossed flowers resisted the colour so the white still pops through. Emboss resist is such a fun technique!

When it was dry, a splattering of water and then white acrylic paint over the top of the panel softened the look even more.

The sentiment is from Mama Elephant Make a Wish stamped in black ink.

Finally I used partial die cutting with the same stitched rectangle die as before to make a panel in coordinating coloured card stock that I attached underneath the top panel with glue tape. Both these panels were then attached to a heavyweight card stock base.

That's it - very simple, but I love the finished effect and might do something similar with snowflakes for my final Christmas cards.

Thanks so much for stopping by!



  1. oh, she will like it very much, it is a wonderfull Card!

  2. It's beautiful! I am asking Santa for some Zig brush pens!

    1. Do it, Lynn! They're so awesome, I'm absolutely thrilled with mine!

  3. Beautiful card, I especially like the colours you used! I'd love to have a go with the Zigs, too .

    1. Thank you Janet! I love my Zigs. The colours really are beautiful <3


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