Watercoloring Over White Embossing

by jocelynolson1

Hi everyone! It's Jocelyn on the blog today.

I'm sharing a card using the Doodle Blooms set:

Flower Thank You
I wanted to share a technique that works for die-cutting as well as those times when you don't have matching dies: watercoloring over white embossing. I started by stamping the flowers and leaves from Doodle Blooms with Versamark and heat embossed them with white embossing powder.
Next, I fussy cut the flowers and leaves. You could watercolor the flowers first and then fussy cut, but I wanted to have all of the edges colored.
Flower Thank You

Next, I watercolored the flowers and leaves. With this technique, I made sure to watercolor the entire element, including the border. The watercolored borders make the white embossing pop.  The watercoloring over the white embossing is a little more rustic look, and it hides imperfect fussy cutting. ;) I used a combination of Distress Inks and spray mists to watercolor the flowers.

To finish the card, I blended inks over a stencil for the background and then stamped a sentiment from the Many Thanks set. I also added a couple of Pretty Pink Posh sequins.Here are a couple of close-ups:

Flower Thank You

Flower Thank You

Thanks for stopping by!

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Louise W June 3, 2015 - 06:14

Love it! Such a playful, bright card. I’m particularly fond of the fact that there are no white edges to the flowers after die cutting them….will have to do that. Thanks for sharing!

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Jocelyn Olson June 3, 2015 - 23:37

Thank you, Louise! If you give it a try, please share in the Altenew gallery!

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Laura Jane June 3, 2015 - 06:45

Very Lovely flowers and stripes…yummy!

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Jocelyn Olson June 3, 2015 - 23:38

Thank you, Laura Jane!

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micheleclay June 3, 2015 - 07:20

This card is GORGEOUS! I love the colors! Thanks for the tip to cut first & then watercolor!

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Jocelyn Olson June 3, 2015 - 23:38

Thank you!!

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joanvanc June 3, 2015 - 07:22

Wow, so lovely. Great tip about fussy cutting before water coloring. Thanks for sharing.

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Jocelyn Olson June 3, 2015 - 23:38

Thanks so much!

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jennifirst June 3, 2015 - 07:39

So pretty. Love the happy colors. What paper did you use – wc paper or something else? I find if I white embossing on wc paper, it is splotchy (due to the texture of the paper), but if I use a neenah (or some other type) card stock, it pils under the water coloring.

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Jocelyn Olson June 3, 2015 - 23:40

Great question! I used smooth Bristol I bought at Hobby Lobby (although you can get it at most art stores). Like you said, I have a hard time getting an even impression if the watercolor paper is textured. The Bristol looks like regular cardstock, but it can absorb more water.

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jennifirst June 4, 2015 - 08:25

Jocelyn, thank you for the thorough reply. That’s a question that’s been bugging me for months. So Bristol is a wc paper, or just a more forgiving card stock? Is it in the paper crafting, or the art dept.? On your input, I’m gonna add Hobby Libby to my errand list today. You are so helpful. Thx again!

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Jocelyn Olson June 4, 2015 - 09:32

Hey Jennifer! You should be able to find the paper in the Art Department at Hobby Lobby–right by the watercolor pads. :)

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MA Evans June 3, 2015 - 08:07

Love your card. I don’t like white edges either and this is a great way to disguise them..

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Jocelyn Olson June 3, 2015 - 23:41

Thank you so much!

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marygw June 3, 2015 - 09:02

This is a beauty!!

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Jocelyn Olson June 3, 2015 - 23:41

Thank you!!

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suemcrae June 3, 2015 - 10:29

Love your cheery flowers!

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Jocelyn Olson June 3, 2015 - 23:41

Thanks, Sue!

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jintyoo7 June 3, 2015 - 14:08

Gorgeous – just love the contrast of soft diagonals and the soft but bright flowers !

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Jocelyn Olson June 3, 2015 - 23:41

Thank you!!

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Michele F June 3, 2015 - 16:10

I love the pink/yellow combination of water-colors!!! Those Doodle Blooms are fantastic!
=] Michele

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Jocelyn Olson June 3, 2015 - 23:42

Thanks, Michele! I love the Doodle Blooms set, too!

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Marianne S June 3, 2015 - 18:11

Thanks for sharing, I love your technique! The outcome is lovely!!

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Jocelyn Olson June 3, 2015 - 23:42

Thank you, Marianne!

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sharbogast June 3, 2015 - 18:58

Such a beautiful card. I love embossing and watercolors, and just love how you cut them out and have them pop off the card. Thank you for sharing.

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Jocelyn Olson June 3, 2015 - 23:42

Thank you so much!

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Harriet June 3, 2015 - 19:54

Thank you for the excellent tip. I often emboss, fussy cut … now I’ll try your watercolor idea.

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Jocelyn Olson June 3, 2015 - 23:43

Thank you, Harriet! If you try it, please link up your card in the Altenew gallery. We’d love to see it!

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Jamie Vanskiver June 3, 2015 - 22:22

Love this card! Those Doodle Blooms are so fun! Love the striped background too :)

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Jocelyn Olson June 3, 2015 - 23:43

Thank you so much, Jamie!

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tsurutadesigns June 4, 2015 - 08:09

Jocelyn, what a beautiful card…love those blooms!

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Jocelyn Olson June 5, 2015 - 11:13

Thanks so much, Amy!!

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Lindsey June 4, 2015 - 16:22

I would have never guessed that the background was stencilled — wow! And another wow for the watercolored and embossed blooms. Beautiful!

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Jocelyn Olson June 5, 2015 - 11:14

:) Thanks, Lindsey!

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kimberlyrae June 4, 2015 - 19:12

Gorgeous card, Jocelyn! Love Every thing about it!

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Jocelyn Olson June 5, 2015 - 11:14

Thank you so much, Kimberly!

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Aileen June 5, 2015 - 05:36

Beautiful, totally perfect. Love these flowers and love watercolour so cant wait to get them.

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Jocelyn Olson June 5, 2015 - 11:14

Thank you, Aileen!

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paperpicnic June 5, 2015 - 08:50

This is beyond beautiful, Jocelyn! Stunning colors, love every detail of this show-stopper! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

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Jocelyn Olson June 5, 2015 - 11:15

Thank you so much!

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Miriam Prantner June 9, 2015 - 12:37

So sweet and pretty. Perfect colors against that soft gray striped background!

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