Michelle Last

Embossed Watercolour Resist for Technique 101 Blog Hop

Technique 101 with Michelle Last

I am sharing a cool technique with you today called Embossed Watercolour Resist for the Technique 101 Blog Hop.

Colourful Seasons Leaf Background from Stampin' Up!

I have the best customers and one of my lovely ladies in Scotland was telling me about creating this technique and I have since fallen in love with the emboss watercolour resist technique.

How to create the Embossed Watercolour Resist technique
  • I stamped the leaf image from Colorful Seasons over the watercolour paper using Versamark Ink.
    This was probably the trickiest part as the ink is clear and hard to detect until you have sprinkled the clear embossing powder on it.
  • I then sprinkled white embossing powder own the inky leaf stamped images and heat set with a heat tool.
  • Wet the watercolour paper with a paint brush and water, be liberal with the water.
  • Choose the colours you wish to use and squeeze the ink pads whilst still closed to pool some ink in the lid.  Open the ink pad and add 3-5 drops of water into the pooled ink to make it really watery.
  • With an aqua painter pick up your chosen coloured ink and colour ink the stamped image.
  • The ink will stay within the embossed lines and create the emboss resist technique.
  • If you need to re-wet your watercolour paper until all the stamped images are coloured in.
  • Once completed dry the watercolour paper with a heat tool then re-wet the background with the water and paint brush and using Marina Mist (watered down in the lid) blend the ink in the background.
  • Dry and assemble the card.

The ink will fade as it drys but you can dry and repeat the process or add less watered down ink colour to your image to make it as bright as you wish.

Colorful Seasons with Michelle Last

Try it, pretty sure you will love the effect and we have some beautiful stamps which would work great with this technique.

For more ideas and inspiration on using the watercolour emboss resist technique let’s pop over to Frenchie’s blog to see what she has created.

Technique 101 Next

If you get in a muddle whilst hopping around, here is the line up..

1. France Poitras Martin – USA
2 .Sandi MacIver – Canada
3. Leonie Schroder – Australia
4. Carmen Morris – Netherlands
5. Heike Vass – Germany
6. Michelle Last – UK < You are here

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Anniversary Card made using Message in a Bottle

Today I have an anniversary/love theme card for this weeks theme challenge over at the Global Design Project.

Anniversary card made using Stampin Up items

 

I wanted to go non-traditional and steer clear of hearts, pink and red and try something new.  I adore the Message in a Bottle stamp set and love its quirky creatures and fun quotes and it’s a great price too!

The sails were stamped and fussy cut to add dimension and I did the same to the waves too.   A perfect card my my lovely hubby and I was going to say not a heart in sight but then I realised I did add a cheeky little heart.

The embossed background on the card front was perfect to signify waves with the boat theme.  The embossing folder is called Seaside and available from my shop along with all the other products used to make this card.

Why not join our theme challenge this week over at the Global Design Project and make a special card for the sweetheart in your life just because?

Let’s pop over and see what the other design team members have made using the same Wedding/Anniversary theme and be inspired!

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Dragonfly Dreams Bee Card from Stampin’ Up!

This weeks challenge at the Global Design Project is to make a card featuring a winged creature! I love bumble bees. I fell in love with this chubby little chap as soon as I saw the Dragonfly dreams stamp set.

Dragonfly Dreams Bee Card

Isn’t the bee beeautiful?  I stamped onto watercolour paper which was cut out with our stitched framelit dies (which are still available but not in a catalogue, click the link in the items used at the bottom of this post if you wish to order) which I love as you get three shapes of dies in 3 sizes for each shape and 12 dies in total.

I then coloured with our marker pens and a blender pen and outlined him with a sahara sand marker.  The card base is made from Kraft cardstock and I stamped the bee in black ink.  It looks so striking on the kraft background.

I then finished it off with our gorgeous burlap ribbon and linen thread.

We would love you to play along this week at the Global Design Project and made something using the challenge outlined below.  Pop on over to the Global Design Project to see what the other design team members have made and also see the instructions on how to play along.

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If you wish to purchase any of the items used to make this card please click any of the images below to go direct to my online shop and place you own order.   Don’t forget to add the hostess code to receive a free thank you gift from me.

You can also choose a free item during sale-a-bration for every £45 you spend.  Don’t miss out, offer runs till the end of March!

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Mediterranean Moments from Stampin’ Up!

I have a gorgeous coloured thank you card made using the Mediterranean Moments stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  My husbands work colleague is from Spain and he kindly gave us a bottle of his cold pressed Olive Oil from his region in Spain.

I wanted to make a thank you card and the Mediterranean moments stamp set seemed a perfect fit.Mediterranean moments from Stampin Up

I stamped the image onto watercolour paper and stitched around the edge onto early espresso card as I had my sewing machine handy.  I then set about colouring the image with a combo of watercolour pencils and inks and the blender pen.  Colouring really is very therapeutic and it really did not take long to get it coloured.  I then added a heat embossed thanks sentiment from the thankful thoughts stamp set.

The last detail was to add the fine tip glue to the bench and the lamps to create a shine to those images only once the glue had dried.

The stamps in this set are so detailed and if you need some ideas on what colours to use when colouring them in doing a google image search as there are lots of examples for inspiration.

If you would like to order Stampin Up products, you can visit my online shop and place you own order anytime.  If you like the products I have used in todays card then click any of the images below to go direct to that item in my online shop.  Please remember to use the hostess code to receive a free thank you gift from me and with every £45 you spend you can also choose a free sale-a-bration item (see leaflet on the right hand side of this post).

I am here to help so please get in touch if you need me.  Have lovely weekend x

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Hey Chick from Stampin’ Up!

Everyone needs a little chicken on a Friday and what could be cuter than the Hey Chick stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

Hey Chick from Stampin Up

Our beautiful little chicken is free with an order of £45.  Yes you hear me right, FREE!

For every £45 you spend during Sale-a-bration (which runs till the end of March) you can choose a free item from the sale-a-bration booklet, there are 12 free items to choose from but I think this one is my favourite!

I coloured the chicken on watercolour paper using aqua painters and blender pens and the cut background is stamped using a stamp from Playful Backgrounds which is a really useful set to have in your stash.

I am sure we can all think of a special ‘chick’ in our lives who deserves a handmade card!

If you wish to place an order, simply click any of the images below to go direct to my online shop.  If your order is £20 please use the monthly hostess code to receive a free thank you card and gift from me.

Guess what the thank you card was for orders in December, the card shown above along with an adhesive remover and a whole pack of the foam adhesive strips for adding dimension or making shaker cards.  The thank you gift is from me and the sale-a-bration item is a gift from Stampin Up when you order £45+ worth of products.

If you would like paper copies of the catalogue, please complete the form in the right hand column to request a copy.  And pdf copies of both current catalogues plus the sale-a-bration brochure are available to view by clicking the image on the right too!

Have a wonderful weekend, I hope that this cold weather doesn’t scupper any of your plans x

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