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  • Linda Ellis

Water Colour Highlight Technique

This week I am using the Stampin' Up! Water Painters to highlight an embossed image.

Stampin' Up! products used, Water Painters, blending brushes, white embossing powder. Colours Melon Mambo  and Shaded Spruce

I love how the Melon Mambo and Shaded Spruce pop against the white embossing and tonal blended back ground!

The pops of colour are added using the Stampin' Up! Water Painters, I do hope you have a go!


Thick Basic White A6 book fold card blank

Fluid 100 Water Colour Paper 12cm by 9cm

Shaded Spruce, 12cm by 9cm for die cutting

Melon Mambo, scrap for sentiment

Stamp set/die bundle Flowers of Friendship

Deckled Rectangle dies

Inks, Versamark embossing ink, Shaded Spruce and Melon Mambo

White embossing powder

Blending brushes

Water painters


On the water colour card using blending brushes ink the top half in Melon Mambo and the bottom half in Shaded Spruce. Remember less is more, gradually build up the colour.

While waiting for that to dry thoroughly, stamp your sentiment on the scrap of Melon Mambo in Versamark, cover in White embossing powder, shake off the excess and carefully heat set using the peg to hold the card. Die cut your sentiment and Shaded Spruce rectangle.

Returning your attention to the Watercolour paper, stamp the flower in the middle using Versamark, stamp it twice to ensure good coverage as the card is textured. Cover is white embossing powder, shake off the excess and carefully heat set, again using the peg.

Press a small clear block onto the corner of the Mambo Melody ink pad to pick up some ink. Dampen the water brush and use it to pick up the ink, paint on to the flowers. Repeat using the Shaded Spruce ink for the leaves.

Gently waft the heat gun over the card to dry it, you do not want to melt the embossing powder again.

Die cut it out with the Deckled Rectangles. Assemble the card, the sentiment is on dimensionals.

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