Soft Watercolor with Heat Embossed Flowers

Soft Watercolor with Heat Embossed Flowers


– [Voiceover] Hey
everyone, Kristina here. Welcome to another
card video at my YouTube channel and blog. Today I’m going to be using
the Spring Flowers stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. This is part of their new
release, it just came out. In fact, today’s video is
part of a blog hop as well. So before I did
any stamping I did an under layer of watercolor. So I’m gonna walk you
through all of the watercoloring, it’s gonna
be sped up just a little bit so it doesn’t take too long
to show you the process, but I am gonna walk
you through what I did. So the first thing I did
was cut down a piece of Saunders Waterford
watercolor paper to five and a half inches wide
by four and a quarter tall. And then I taped that down to
a hard board so that I could do lots of water-heavy
washes on top and it would prevent really
severe warping of the paper. So I tape that all down and then I did a wash
of water all over the entire piece of paper. I dropped in really faint colors and then I used my
heat tool to dry it just a little bit. I wanted it to be just
be slightely drier than completely wet but I didn’t
want it completely dry either. I wanted it just
sort of in between. And then I dropped in clear,
clean water. And what that did was it
pushed away the color and made really,
really pretty blooms. Dropped in a few more
areas of more intense color and then used my heat
tool to heat set that. So now I’ve taken the different
stamps from the stamp set and I’ve stamped them
onto the watercolor paper in VersaMark ink, sprinkled
on a little bit of Hero Arts white embossing powder and then heat set that
with the heat tool. This is going to give
me a nice, bright white design of all the stamps and it’s also going
to help me when I start watercoloring. It’s gonna give me a
guide for where all those colors are going to go. So I’m going to take
the watercolor piece and put it back on the board because I’m gonna be
watercoloring on top. And I’m just using some 3M
blue painter’s tape to do that. I like to use this
blue tape in particular because it really holds
the watercolor paper but at the same time it’s very
easy to remove when I’m done and it doesn’t tear the paper. The watercolor paints
I’m using today are from Winsor & Newton. These are professional
artist watercolors and I’m mixing some
custom colors on my palette off to the side, these are kind of more
muted and toned colors. And the way I’m painting
the flowers and leaves is I’m bringing in more
intense color into the center of each shape and then I’m getting
my brush wet with clean, clear water,
dabbing that off on a paper towel so
it’s not super wet and then bringing it
back over to the piece and sort of pulling that
color away from the edges of each shape. So that’s how I’m getting
that kind of intense color right where the
flower shapes are but then I’m pulling out
that color off to the sides. I think it’s a really fun look and it just screams
to me watercolor. You can’t really do
this particular effect with other types of mediums because watercolor is
transparent so it’s going to give us a really
fun layering effect as I pull out all
the different colors. So the kind of tealish-gray
color that I’m adding now is a mixture of a couple colors. I’m using a turquoise color and I mix that with
a tiny bit of black and I’m also using the full
strength of that teal color because I wanna get
a nice, intense shade and have enough color
that I can spread that out around each of the leaves. I’m adding more and
more water areas, just to get those blooms
kind of coming out and that smaller flower
off to the side was looking a little bit anemic so I
brought in a little more color. And now I’m going to pick up
my brush with some color and bring it over to the piece and just tap it with
another brush so it puts on little
droplets of color. I did that with a couple
colors, I did that with the more corally color and
then also the leaf color. And then I also used a
distress sprayer to sprinkle on some water droplets. I picked everything
up with my paper towel just so it didn’t
make it so intense and then I dried the piece. I removed it from the
board and trimmed it down to be slightly smaller
than the original size. And I’m going to use this
little tiny “thanks” stamp from the Cute Snowflakes stamp
set from Simon Says Stamp. I really just wanted a
really small greeting for this card so it
wouldn’t interrupt that large watercolor area too much. So I’ve stamped the thanks in
VersaMark ink onto some vellum and then I sprinkled
on some Hero Arts white embossing powder. It’s the same embossing powder
that I used for the flowers. And I heat set that
with my heat tool and then I cut it down to
be a really narrow strip and I also cut off the end
so that it’s at an angle. This is going to give
me a nice shape to have it come in off the edge
of that watercolor piece. So I’m going to take that
little tiny thanks piece and put it up to the edge
of the watercolor paper and then I’m going to use the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Stapler to just staple this on. Because it’s vellum I don’t
want to have it glued down, I really want the vellum
to kind of lift up from the watercolor
paper a little bit. It gives it a little bit
more of an airy feel. The card base I’m using
today is made out of Neenah Solar white cardstock. This is the 110 pound version. And I just scored that
at five and a half to create a side
folding landscape card. I then put a bunch
of foam adhesive on the back of the watercolor piece and I’m adhering that
down onto the card base. So that’s the card for
today, hope you guys enjoyed. Like I said before, this
is part of a blog hop for Simon’s new release
so make sure you head over to my blog and you can hop along with
all the different stops on the blog hop. There are some giveaways
that Simon Says Stamp is giving away so you
won’t want to miss those. Thank you so much for
watching today’s video. I’ll be back with another
card video very, very soon.

97 thoughts on “Soft Watercolor with Heat Embossed Flowers

  1. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the colours you've used here, and the white heat embossed flowers add just the right amount of definition! Lovely….lovely….lovely

  2. Dearest Kristina, I think I have watched "all" of your YT tutorials and without a doubt, this piece is my absolute favorite to date! Man, I would have framed that baby and hung it in my craft room. God bless and TFS

  3. Gorgeous! I would not mind receiving such a beautiful card ever. The technique is wonderful and enhanced the pureness of color. Great card. Thank you for sharing!

  4. I apologize that STUNNING is such an overused word, but really this card/demo is that and more. The palette is so dreamy and subdued having such a different feel than the cards have lately and I love it. Don't get me wrong, I love the brights too, but this just felt very original. Lovely stamp set!

  5. Love the watercolour, it is my favourite medium, you make it look so easy!! Have the stamps on my wish list and thanks for another great video.

  6. This one is really beautiful. I like the combination of watercolour and white outlines. Very inspirational! I don't have the space and means for all those stamps, but this one can be replicated with a white pen so I feel like I wanna give it a try, too. 🙂

  7. Wow, what a beautiful and fun technique!!  And, I LOVE this stamp set!  Absolutely a must have!  You really knocked it out of the park with this card, Kristina.  Sooo beautiful!  Thanks for sharing this technique.  I really want to try this!

  8. That was a stunning piece. I can see that watercolor framed in my living room. Wish I had the guts to try water colors but just not yet. Feel like I need some more classes yet in watercolors before I try them. Beautiful work you do!

  9. Kristina this is so airy and springy that it's beautiful. Love this type of water coloring.
    Delicate to a great measure and love it

  10. Very nice. I love watercolor and you explain very well so that even beginners can do this. Thank you for your time and wonderful ideas. Have a great day.

  11. Kristina, this a beautiful card. Can you tell me what you are using to hold the spoon in your embossing powder container?  Thank  you.

  12. Love this look! I've been getting out my embossing stuff a lot lately, plus I love watercolor. I'm gonna have to do this soon!

  13. Why do you Allways stamp Can you draw i want to se you drawing too it would be intresting😊(lol sorry for bad Inglish)❤️

  14. Has anyone stated the OBVIOUS, G O R G E O U S !!!!!!!!!!!!. I love your technique by pulling the color just slightly outside of the subject. Another great technique to try and put some umph/pizzazz back into watercolours. Thank you Ms Werner !

  15. That card is so beautiful. Although you are an awesome artist, I think I actually may be able to recreate that. Thanks so much!

  16. What a beautiful card….it looks soooo easy….( I know better) but I'm sure gonna try this! Thanks so much for sharingKristina, love your work! x ellen

  17. Loved that demonstration and the result is very classy. Also: you have beautiful nails. Hope you don't mind me commenting on them.

  18. This card is really beautiful & stands out!  I love how muted the colors, just enough, made it look perfect.  I don't know if I could do it though because I'm always tempted to put more color on.  I would really have to hold myself back, but I'm going to give it a try.  Thanks!

  19. Hello, I am new to paper crafting but I have brought embossing powder, a heat tool, embossing ink and I have had my watercolors for a few months. I decided to try making a card using a cold press 140lb watercolor paper and nothing worked the powder did not stick on the paper at all and when I heat set it and then turned into little dots almost like cotton candy when you put it on your tongue. I am not sure what I did wrong. Please help 🙁

  20. Incredibly inspiring Kristina! I popped in today to watch this video because my good friend Ardyth Percy-Robb did this technique on a card today directing us to your video and post. I always learn so many things from you!

  21. Love your work!!!! Beautiful painting, I hope to give it a go soon. I like the container your embossing powder is in. Cal you tell me where to purchase?? Thanks!!

  22. what a gorgeous card. You make it look so easy. I would love to try to do it but I am intimidated. Do you have any tutorials for beginners

  23. hello K Werner Design How are you going? when you drying the paints with the heat embossed does it move the paints because i heard one of the scraptimevideos lady says it can bubbles your work but if you have the heat it tool it work i am confuse. The heat embossed heat work with any paints works too can you do a video of the heat tools what you have so i can understand more thanks i love your works

  24. Great channel and love the videos you upload,
    just my thing.
    I have subscribed to your channel. Will you return the favour.

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