Watercolor Lifting + Giveaway

Hello! A couple weeks back, I shared a video showing a fun Distress Ink lifting technique. Many of you tried this technique and loved it, so I thought I would come back and share a variation. This one involves watercolor lifting and heat embossing. Oh – and this post is part of a very special celebration…

Watercolor Lifting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

(If you missed my video on Distress Ink lifting, be sure to first check it out HERE.)

I am not the best with watercolor, so I really like techniques that allow me to use watercolor and let it do the work for me. This is a great example of that!

I used Tombow Markers and water to create a bold watercolor background on watercolor paper. After it dried, I clear heat embossed lots of images from the Paper Smooches Botanicals 2 set on top. I next added water again over the images and “lifted” the color away. Anything under the embossing stayed the same… and the background around it lightened. Easy!

Watercolor Lifting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

To keep the focus on the watercolor pieces, I kept the rest of the card elements white. I layered several white Paper Smooches Bird House die cuts on top of each other to create dimensional embellishments and used floss to “hang” them from the top of my card.

Watercolor Lifting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Adding dimension to the die cuts really helps to make them pop. Makes a huge difference!

Watercolor Lifting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I decided to keep the sentiments simple, also… using messages from the Paper Smooches Fun and Flirty and Paper Smooches Have Faith stamp sets.

Watercolor Lifting Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I hope you will give this technique a try!


Paper Smooches is celebrating 5 years of sharing stamps with us! Kim (the owner of Paper Smooches) is one of my favorite people in the industry. She is kind, big-hearted, supportive, understanding, and talented. I love that she has a “Paper Smooches style” and sticks with it. Her images always make me smile. As does she.

To celebrate 5 years, Paper Smooches is having a small blog hop with big prizes.


The next stop on the hop is Jocelyn Olson’s blog. You can start at the beginning at the Paper Smooches Blog. Be sure to visit all the stops (there are six) on the hop. Each blog is giving away something different!


I am giving away a $50 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches online store. Sweet, huh? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 2/24/16. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)


Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Paper Smooches (PS), etc.