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Emboss resist watercolour birthday card

Hi everyone, I'm over on the Seven Hills Crafts blog today 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 and for my final Christmas cards.

Thanks so much for stopping by!



  1. Wonderful card, great background! I love the panel edge, gives it much interest.

  2. Gorgeous card here Esther, love the pretty colour you used too ;) Viv xx


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