Embossed Watercolor Lift + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I am revisiting an old favorite technique of mine… watercolor lifting. This is a great way to create fun backgrounds with products you likely have!

Embossed Watercolor Lift Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

I have done many videos that involve variations of watercolor lift techniques in the past. (See below.) Today I am focusing on colorful backgrounds created with markers or ink and background stamps.

By the way… on the envelopes of my cards, I used the Stamping Village Holiday Seals Stamp Set (SSS | HA). This is an amazing set with designs from lots of our favorite companies! More on that below, too.

My first card shares a basic watercolor lift with embossing. After creating a watercolor background on Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper with Tombow Markers, I clear heat embossed the Hero Arts Nordic Holiday Stamp (SSS | HA). I generously sprayed it with watercolor and then wiped the surface to “lift” the color… causing the un-embossed areas to get lighter. The color under the embossing stays darker. Such a fun look!

Embossed Watercolor Lift Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also added a silver heat embossed Hero Arts Layering Nordic Tree (SSS | HA) and a Hero Arts Greetings Christmas Message (SSS | HA) sentiment… and Lucy’s Cards Silver Jewels.

Embossed Watercolor Lift Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I created the next background in the same way… but stamped the Hero Arts Nevermore Stamp (SSS | HA) background with Lucky Clover Distress Ink before clear embossing. It adds some fun texture.

Embossed Watercolor Lift Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added simple die cuts from the Hero Arts Christmas Message Die Set (SSS | HA) and a few white Hero Arts Enamel Dots (SSS | HA).

Embossed Watercolor Lift Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Distress Inks also work great for watercolor lifting. Here, I used various colors to create a watercolor background. I then clear heat embossed the Hero Arts Winter Village Stamp (SSS | HA)… and then “lifted” the color from the un-embossed areas. Simple. Quick. Fun!

Embossed Watercolor Lift Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added a simple stacked Hero Arts Holiday Message (SSS | HA) die cut and jewels.

Embossed Watercolor Lift Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another example, but this time using bright colors of Tombow Markers for the watercolor. The embossing was done with the Hero Arts Nevermore Stamp (SSS | HA).

Embossed Watercolor Lift Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added a Hero Arts Snowflake Cluster (SSS | HA) stacked die cut and white Hero Arts Enamel Dots (SSS | HA). The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Greetings Christmas Message Stamp Set(SSS | HA) and I cut the label using the Hero Arts Nesting Rounded Rectangle Dies (SSS | HA).

Embossed Watercolor Lift Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The embossed watercolor lift piece on this next card was created with the Hero Arts Arch Pattern Stamp (SSS | HA). I turned the piece into an ornament with the Hero Arts Poinsettia Ornament Die (SSS| HA) and added a Hero Arts Peace (SSS | HA) die cut.

Embossed Watercolor Lift Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

On the background, I stamped the Hero Arts Noel Background (SSS | HA).

This next card showcases the Hero Arts Noel Background (SSS | HA), Hero Arts Snowflake Pattern Die (SSS | HA), and Hero Arts Merry Christmas Banner Die (SSS | HA).

Embossed Watercolor Lift Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I love that background! So much texture.

Embossed Watercolor Lift Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This technique is fun with Antique Linen Distress Ink and Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz instead of water. It creates a sparkly gold look. (I wish I could capture it in the photo!) I also added a Hero Arts Paper Layering Poinsettia Die Cut (SSS | HA).

Embossed Watercolor Lift Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

That flower is so pretty… and easy to make.

Embossed Watercolor Lift Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My last example uses the Hero Arts Reactive Inks (SSS | HA). They are amazing with this technique! I also used the Hero Arts Graphic Snowflake Stamp (SSS | HA) and Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz for the background.

Embossed Watercolor Lift Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The Hero Arts Merry Christmas Die (SSS | HA) makes for a quick card!

Embossed Watercolor Lift Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

RELATED VIDEOS

Looking for more ideas? Check out these videos:

SPECIAL STAMP SET

In my video, I also share a special new stamp set created by the companies of The Stamping Village. Each company contributed a holiday seal design. SO FUN. I will be using it again in an upcoming video. You can get it any of the companies involved including Hero Arts, Concord & 9th, Gina K Designs, Lawn Fawn, Pinkfresh Studios, Waffle Flower, Altenew, Art Impressions, Dare 2B Artzy, Avery Elle, Pink and Main, Studio Katia… and Simon Says Stamp.

BLOG HOP

Today’s post is part of a blog hop in celebration of the Hero Arts holiday release. There are lots of great new products – you can see them HERE.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of Jessica-Frost Ballas.  You can also start at the beginning of the hop over at Hero Arts.

GIVEAWAY

Hero Arts will giveaway $50 gift cards to their shop to two lucky winners drawn from all comments left across the hop. Comment by August 31 at 11:59 PST. Winners will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except the Hero Arts products with asterisks which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, I was not paid to do this post.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Stamping Village Holiday Seals Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS | C&9 | AVR | LWN | STD | PNK | PNK ]
Stamping Village Holiday Seals Stamp Set
[ C&9 | DR2 | GNK | WFF | ART ]
Hero Arts Nordic Holiday Stamp
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Nevermore Stamp
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Noel Stamp
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Winter Village Stamp
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Arch Pattern Stamp
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Graphic Snowflake Stamp
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Nordic Tree Stamps and Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Layering Nordic Tree Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Greetings Christmas…
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Christmas Message Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Holiday Message Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Merry Christmas Banner Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Paper Layering Poinsettia Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Snowflake Cluster Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Poinsettia Ornament Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Snowflake Pattern Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Merrry Christmas Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Nesting Rounded Rectangle Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Peace Stamp & Die
[ HA | SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS ]
Tombow Markers
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
VersaMark Ink
[ HA | SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Reactive Inks
[ HA | SSS ]
Mini Ink Blending Tool
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
[ SSS ]
Cutting Board
[ AMZUS ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Enamel Dots
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Ultrafine Clear Embossing…
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder
[ HA ]
Therm O Web Purple Tape
[ SSS ]
Jewel Picker
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Haberdashery Scissors
[ SSS ]
Pretty Pink Posh Silver Star Confetti
[ SSS ]
Lucys Cards Silver Jewels
[ SSS ]
Lucys Cards Clear Iridescent Jewels
[ SSS ]
Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer
[ SSS ]
Royal Sovereign Laminator
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
Microfiber Cloth
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
Gemini Junior Die Cut Machine
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS ]


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302 thoughts on “Embossed Watercolor Lift + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Always beautiful cards and great ideas! The Hero Arts Merry Christmas Die is lovely and does make a quick card. Time to go play with your techniques.

  2. Such beautiful cards done with an easy background technique! I have several favorites in the new release but really love the Holiday Seal set.

  3. They all look lovely and you make them look so easy to replicate. Thank you for sharing your creations and techniques with us. Now if only my heart would stop wanting all those new Hero Arts products you showcased …

  4. Cool technique and using some really interesting, pretty and different dies. So glad the Christmas goodies are coming out as I’m in the process of making Christmas cards (already)! It’s so interesting to see the special stamp set and be able to pick out (w/o peeking!) who’s designed which stamp based on the personality of the company! Thanks for the video, Jennifer

  5. I love the technique of ink lifting with clear embossing! It is absolutely gorgeous with the Nordic stamp. Cant wait to get it!

  6. I love the new Hero Arts release and the non-traditional colors you used on your cards. I am inspired to expand my Christmas palette. Thank you!

  7. as always very inspiring. i love using background stamps so i’m excited to give this a go. thanks jennifer

  8. I love that you revisit older, well-loved techniques that we likely haven’t thought about recently with brand new products. The cards are gorgeous, and I feel like I really could create similar looks. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Another fantastic video and so much inspiration. Thanks for sharing these beautiful cards with us. I also love to emboss, add ink and then remove the embossing by putting paper over it and ironing it to remove the embossing. The effect is wonderful.

  10. As always Jennifer, your techniques and cards are absolute perfection! The Nevermore background stamp certainly lends alot of interest and texture to your snowflake cluster card. All of your cards are so beautiful I can’t really choose a favorite. Each one is beautiful in its own unique way. Thanks for all of the time you take to bring so many samples and great techniques to us. Great job Jennifer!

  11. Oh what fun indeed- you’ve clearly had fun with this collection and it’s inspiring! The lift away technique is fabulous with gorgeous results- one for the toolkit to be sure. Thanks so much for sharing your passion and creativity!

  12. I am in love with this technique. I’ll be trying it soon. Your cards are gorgeous. I love that you gave us so many examples using the new Hero Arts product line. Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us.

  13. What a gorgeous release! So very many things to add to my wish list! Thank you for an amazing video, you are such an inspiration and the cards are stunning as always. I can’t wait to have a go at this really awesome technique!

  14. I was surprised to see Christmas season cards out already but also happy to see the new techniques. Now I’ll have to start looking through my Christmas stamps to see how to utilize them in new ways. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  15. Your cards are just gorgeous as always, Jennifer as is this great video. I love to watch you helpful techniques! Thanks so much for sharing all the wonderful inspiration!

  16. So much info in your video, Jennifer! I always learn something new with each one! I think I need 28 hours in a day to be able to spend some time playing with all that I’ve learned! Thanks so much for sharing your creative inspiration! You are such a blessing to the stampin’ community!! Stampin’ Hugs!

  17. Love your cards! You stun me with how creative you are. Your ideas are are simple & achievable but look so impressive and now I want the whole release!

  18. These cards are all beautiful and look so fun to make. Jennifer and Hero Arts, you’ve knocked it out of the park once again!

  19. Thank you. I enjoy your approach to sharing new products while referencing supplies viewers may already own. You strike just the right note.

  20. I just love the water colour lift technique! Your cards are so colourful and and enspiring 🙂 Thank you Jennifer.

  21. This is such a wonderful and versatile technique that can be used with so many products. What a great release from Hero Arts. Thanks for the great video!

  22. The technique of ink lifting with clear embossing is so innovative! Also a very gorgeous card with the Nordic stamp. Your cards are so colorful! Thank you Jennifer!

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