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Just Add H2O – Reverse watercolor

Hello friends! A very happy Holi to all of you!!

Today I have two colorful cards for you which are super simple to create. In both these cards I used the technique of reverse (water)coloring – the images themselves are left white with outlines either stamped or heat embossed and color washes are added around the images to highlight them.

Reverse Watercoloring Featured

In both these cards, I started with the main watercolor panel by cutting it using SSS Stitched rectangle dies from Strathmore watercolor paper.

For the smaller card, I had to do creating die cutting to get the panel exact size as I wanted but with rectangle / square images, it is pretty straightforward. I die cut the panel ones as it is, then adjusted the width to match my card front and die cut one more time.

I did heat embossing for both these cards, instead of only stamping the images. Using MISTI, I arranged all my stamps the way I wanted then and stamped all of them at once in each case. I used Versa Mark clear sticky ink to stamp and then Hero Arts detail gold embossing powder to emboss these images.

Next I added watercolors around my images using gansai tambi watercolors:

  1. For the blue card, I used #43, #50, #53

  2. For the red one, I used #32 and #36

Nothing fancy here, just some waterbrush to pick up color and lay it down on the panel around heat embossed images.

Reverse Watercoloring 1

For finishing the blue card, I used an old card base I had created but never used. One one side of this card base, I had used a Darice embossing folder to add some detailing. I mounted my watercolored panel right next to it and added some clear sequins + ppp clear droplets.

Reverse Watercoloring 2

For finishing the red card, I used a card base from some blank notecards I had picked up during fall at Michaels. It matched the rich red tones on my card beautifully. I also added a layer of glossy accents to the centers of these flowers, sprinkled Martha Stewart generously over it and tapped off excess. A few iridescent sequins and a couple dot images stamped using Hero Arts Burgundy ink completed this panel.

For both these cards, I also decorated the envelopes – for blue cards, I heat embossed the images while for the red one, I stamped images using Hero Arts Burgundy ink.

Supplies List

For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!


To win a $20 gift card to a craft store of your choice, leave a comment here by 11:59pm CST on 3/31/2017. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and emailed after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

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Reverse Watercoloring 2

Thanks for dropping by and big hugs! ~Varada

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