Rainbow Heat Embossing Watercolor Resist Birthday Card

Hello!! Thanks for joining me today, you’re very welcome! 🙂 I have a really easy card to make, but the end result is truly beautiful. I got lots of questions about how I made it and even more compliments. So let’s jump right in!

Rainbow watercolor birthday card using heat embossing resist technique and Zig Clean Color Real Brushes.

I started with a piece of Ranger Watercolor Paper cut to fit the whole of the stamp (so that I could trim to 4.25″ x 5.5″ where I liked best) working on the smooth side. Since I was planning to cover the entire panel with watercolours and wanted to do some heat embossing, I thought the smooth side worked better in this case. I used my powder tool extra well since I was going to stamp with such an intricate stamp. I put the panel in my Misti and stamped the stunning Star Flower Background Stamp from Simon Says Stamp with Versamark. The Misti is invaluable when working with these large, intricate stamps. It’s invaluable for many, many reasons… but I digress 🙂 I sprinkled my stamped image with white embossing powder and used a detail paint brush to get any stray embossing powder. Because this is such an intricate stamp and I was working with watercolour paper, there were A LOT of strays get. I’m pretty sure I used the powder tool as best I could but as much effort as it took, it was really only about 10 minutes of my time – and to get a clean embossed image it’s really worth it.

Afterwards, I got to painting with my Zig markers. This card has several layers of colour on it to give it a more vibrant look. If you wanted something softer or more pastel, instead of colouring the marker directly to the paper and blending out with water, you can scribble a bit of marker onto your glass cutting mat, acrylic block or pallet and mix with water before bringing the colour to your paper. As it is, in this case, I used a combination of both. For the first layer, I mixed the colour on my glass craft mat and put the colour on super light and soft so that I could get an idea of what colors could go where and not get muddy if they mixed a bit with the color next to them. After that layer dried, I started adding the markers directly to the paper and added water to blend it out. I dried each layer completely before adding another – most of these are the two layers although some places there are three. This is super quick and easy to do – the only thing to watch out for is mixing complementary colours as you will get brown (unless that’s the look you were going for!)

After everything was dry and the way I wanted it, I used my iron (yes, my everyday iron for my clothes!) on medium-high heat setting and ironed off the white embossing powder from my panel so that the watercolour almost creates a tapestry kind of look. Next, I cut the Happy die from Simon Says Stamp three times from Neenah and glued them together to make one thick die cut and to give it a bit of weight. Then, I cut a panel of vellum and heat embossed “birthday” in white and added the happy die cuts. I then added a tiny bit of glue to the back of the vellum being careful to make sure it was either behind the embossed wording or the happy sentiment so it wouldn’t show through on the card. Finally, I added a few Clear Sparkling Mix Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to add a bit of bling!

Rainbow watercolor birthday card using heat embossing resist technique and Zig Clean Color Real Brushes.

Rainbow watercolor birthday card using heat embossing resist technique and Zig Clean Color Real Brushes.

Well, folks, that’s all I have for you today. Thanks for stopping by and…

See Y’all next time!



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Simon Says Stamp: Star Flower Background Stamp, Happy Die, A2 Side Fold Card Base

Zig Clean Color Real Brushes: 200 Sugared Almond Pink, 070 Orange, 050 Yellow, 041 Light Green, 036 Light Blue

Hero Arts: Irreverent Birthday Messages, White Embossing Powder, Wagner Heat Gun

Ranger: Watercolour Paper, Multi Medium Matte

Tim Holtz Guillotine 8.5″ Trimmer, Misti, Vellum, Kukoyo Long Dot Runner, Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sparkling Mix Sequins, Darice Quilled Precision Tip, Quickstik, Versamark Watermark Ink, Neenah Solar White 80lb, Prima Waterbrush, EK Success Powder Tool


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