29 September 2018

Swan - watercolour embossing resist

I love the vibrancy of stained glass. My card features a stamp from Impression Obsession and watercolour on a Stampin' Up embossed background.

Putting It Together

This lovely stamp was a gift from a friend. 

I stamped the image on watercolour paper and embossed it with a black with a little sparkle. The embossing acts as a resist, like little damns of contained spaces. This allows me to do a very wet watercolour with the colours staying in their individual spaces just like the glass pieces divided by lead cane in stained glass.

I used the fan pan palette and a waterbrush to colour the image. Since I was aiming for a stained glass look, I kept the colours vibrant and mostly flat without shading. I left the swan itself unpainted. I used Strathmore Vision as the paper because it's the whitest of the decent inexpensive watercolour papers in my stash.

I used scissors to fussy cut the image close to the outside line.

I used a black Memento marker to blacken the cut edge.

I embossed a silver metallic panel with a brick embossing folder to act as the wall for the stained glass. I added all to a black card base. I didn't pop up the image because I wanted it too look like it was set in the wall.

Inside, I embellished a white panel with Celtic border and corner rounder punches and stamped a sentiment. "Just be yourself" is meant to allude to the tale of the Ugly Duckling where, by being himself, the ostracised duckling grew up to be a gorgeous swan.



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  1. So beautiful. A true eyecatcher in the SSS gallery.

  2. Beautiful stamp, it looks wonderful heat embossed and water-coloured. Thanks for joining us at Fab N Funky this week.

  3. Very pretty. I love the stain glass look. Thank you for joining us at Art Impressions.


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