Thoughtful Branches Emboss Resist card

My month long feature of Thoughtful Branches continues today with

a watercolored card. Have you used the “emboss resist” coloring technique? Basically, sturdy cardstock or watercolor cardstock is embossed with a stamped design of your choice. Once the images are heat set, they will “resist” the water from reaching the paper under the image. What you are left with, after applying paint, is color pooled AROUND an embossed image.


Here is a close up image showing the paint on the paper and the embossed heat set images of leaves that are stamped onto watercolor cardstock. I concentrated more ink in some areas to give more of a shadow effect. I did dry the paper with a heat gun in between applying my layers of ink, and this gives more appeal to the colors. For coloring, I used the ink from my classic ink pads and an aqua painter. This combo works great for watercoloring! Just be sure to wipe off your brush in between color changes.


After drying the paper, I added some black ink splatters by placing one drop of re-inker onto a clear block and adding a bit of water, then flicking it onto the card front with my paint brush. For the sentiment, I did emboss it at the same time as the initial embossing, I just chose to use copper powder instead of clear. The ink stayed away from the letter as I had planned and I am happy with the coloring combination.

Thoughtful collage

To assemble the card, I cut down the watercolor cardstock, added a piece of 2015-2017 In Color DSP and mounted it all on Old Olive cardstock. For interest, I added a twine bow to the left that is tied around the DSP and then I popped on some white Perfect Accents enamel dots. I made the dots clear by removing the self adhesive from the back and simply gluing them to the card. I like the clear water drop look that they gave this card. With a gray marker, I added drop shadow to the leaves for depth.

To view a video tutorial for this card, click here

Here are links to the supplies I used today:

I hope you are enjoying this “tour de thoughtful branches”, lol, and I look forward to sharing more with you soon. Also, stay tuned for holiday cards to start popping up all over the net. New products are launching now and in the near future I will bring you some celebratory projects.

Until then, thanks for stopping by my blog. Let’s make it together 🙂

-Jenny Hall
YOUR Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

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