Organic Embossing & Vellum Stamped Watercolor

Mar 9, 2019 | Birthday Cards | 4 comments

Organic Embossing & Vellum Stamped Watercolor

Mar 9, 2019 | Birthday Cards | 4 comments

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BLUF: Necessity is the mother of ingenuity

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front. (It’s one of my favorite military acronyms and completely unrelated to today’s post – kinda like TL;DR…) But, I digress! Today’s project was born from one of those “I wonder if”… scenarios.  I really, really, really wanted to have some bold, vibrant florals on vellum, but after stamping, I was not happy with the result.

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Class #8: Irresistible Inking Techniques

Altenew’s Irresistible Inking Techniques class has four lessons that can help you approach ink in new ways that you might not have considered before. It was a great reminder of techniques I’ve used in the past, and of course, one of my favorite techniques – watercoloring (using the ink from an ink pad).

My Project

Inspired by the class, I new I wanted to share a technique that achieves a watercolor look on vellum. But that “what if” moment came when I wanted to add in embossing.

The Technique & Design

The watercolor technique is simple. Stamp the images on vellum, then use a watercolor brush to move the ink around. When dry, it achieves a watercolor look! BUT, I wanted to keep the bright, vibrant color, so, I thought I would add some embossing. The problem was trying to use an anti-static bag without drying the ink. Once the ink was dry, it took on a dull look, which I didn’t want to lose. So, I skipped the anti-static bag all together! Normally, I wouldn’t advise this as the powder will stick everywhere – especially on vellum. But, since it was clear, any stray would only add to the texture. So, I took a chance!

The embossing powder stuck beautifully! It stuck more thickly on the wetter parts of the watercoloring, and less where it was more dry. Once heat set, I ended up with an amazing, organic kind of embossing that really accentuated the lines of the watercolor underneath. Perfection!

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A picture can show a lot, but video is even better in this case! I think you’ll really enjoy learning more about the two techniques I used!

8 down, 2 to go!

Level 1 is almost within my reach! Do you have a favorite project yet? I’d love to hear if this one is your #1!

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