Embossing is why I became a cardmaker and then later a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. Embossing is always a wow. Watercoloring quickly became a favorite technique for coloring. Two of my favorite techniques came together for a soft and pretty Stampin’ Up! Shaded Summer card idea.
The first attempt was very controlled watercoloring, just outside the lines to make the full image visible. It wasn’t the desired look. The second was to expand out further. Better, but just not it. The first two were on Basic White Thick Cardstock. Then, I wised up and tried the idea of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. Voila! The watercolor paper is designed for water and to let it move and blend.
Perhaps I need to back up a bit. The Stampin’ Up! Shaded Summer flowers were stamped with white embossing powder from the Basic Embossing Powders. Not only isn’t the effect dramatic, but it is also barely visible on either Basic White Cardstock or Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. The image comes alive when color is introduced.
The color was added by pressing the pad of both Fresh Freesia and Soft Succulent Classic Stampin’ Pads into their lids. The color was then picked up with the large, flat brush of the Water Painters. The embossed image resists the ink, meaning it will not stick to it leaving you with the white outline image surrounded by color.
The Scalloped Contours Dies that created the decorative layer for the flowers is from the brand spanking new 2021-2022 Stampin’ Up! Catalog, as well as, the Shaded Summer Stamp Set.
Order the Shaded Summer Stamp Set and supplies in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com for pretty embossed water resist cards!
Stampin’ Up! Shaded Summer Card Supplies