Sunday Sample: Heat Embossed Then Water Colored

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Hi Stampers,

The 30 Day Coloring Challenge is still going on, so take a look at that.  I add a photo to it about every day as I participate in the challenge.

It was suggested that I do a tutorial on this card after I posted it in Strawberry Jude Stamps Fan Club on Facebook.  I don’t have step-by-step photographs for you to follow since I was making several cards for Strawberry Jude’s new stamps release in March and didn’t take the time. 

I started off with a piece of Bristol paper, since that is the paper that is most favorable to Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  Watercolor paper is good, too, if you don’t have Bristol.  I stamped the sunflower in the center of the paper using a VersaMark sticky ink pad.  This was sprinkled with white embossing powder and melted with a heat gun.  

  • Strathmore Bristol Paper, cut to 4-1/4″  x  3-3/8″
  • Strawberry Jude Stamps Hello Sunflower

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  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • Hero Arts White Embossing Powder – This is the best!  It is very white and has a little silver sparkle in it.

I then colored the sunflower with the markers.  The raised white embossed lines hold the color inside the image so it doesn’t go outside the lines.  I’m sorry, I don’t remember the colors.  I know I used two different color greens on the leaves.  The petals were two different yellows.  I then colored the center brown and took a little of the brown color out to the petals, trying to keep the darkness close to the center.  NOTICE there are two little bits of flower showing on the new blossom to the side.  Let this dry. 

  • Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Smudge some light green Zig marker on a craft sheet or acrylic block.  Moderately wet a small round brush and dip it into the marker smudge.  You want to thin out the color so it is not too dark on the background.  Dab the brush here and there over the background around the sunflower.  Clean your brush and choose another green marker that will compliment the first.  Avoid getting splatters on the sunflower.  The flower could be covered to avoid this.  If you want to make a mask to cover the flower, I like Inkadinkadoo Stamping Mask Paper.  Just stamp the flower onto the mask paper with any color ink and cut it out with scissors.  Peel off the backing and stick the mask on the flower.  After the entire background is lightly covered with watered down color, get the brush wet and let very small drops of water fall on the background color.  This will cause the background colors to splotch.  Let this dry completely.

Prepare the rest of the backing and card base.

  • 100# Simon Says Stamp Cardstock, Sunshine, cut to 4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″
  • 80# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock, cut to 4-3/4″ x  3-3/4″
  • 100# Simon Says Stamp Cardstock, Green Leaf, cut to 5″ x 4″
  • 110# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock, cut to 8″ x 5″ and folded in half to make the card base

Use a corner rounder to round the corners of every panel plus the card base.  Adhere the panels and card base together and the card is finished.

  • Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner Permanent Tape to adhere it all together


If you don’t understand anything, please ask me and I will respond.  Thank you for stopping by.  I always appreciate that you do.  It makes my day.  🙂

Until next time…..



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