Many years ago, my sister (-in-law), Judy, Retired2stamp, invited me to a Stampin' Up Party. I was drawn to the 6X6 recipe card swap our local group was doing and had wanted to scrapbook too. I wasn't really interested in card making because I had witnessed my brother (in-law) Ed fold up a handmade card and put it in his pocket. I almost fainted and I didn't even make the card. But after a few parties, I was hooked and now make more cards than I had ever thought I would. My most recent passions are ATCs, tags & altered art. As you look through my blog I hope you can see how I've grown in my crafting ability!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

6X6 Technique Card - Watercolor Lifting & Heat Embossing

I made this 6X6 technique card for a local swap.  For the swap, we choose a technique, write up the instructions & put it on a pretty card.  This is a small swap & I only need to make 6 cards.  I'm not sure how many really use them or just collect them but they are cute!  I watched Jennifer McGuire's video (no relation...LOL) on this technique & thought it would make a great technique card.  Jennifer's video is wonderful but I'll show you what I did & didn't to right.

On this card, I used Tim Holtz Distressed Markers.  Jennifer used Tombow which I did try on another piece of CS.  I think both are pretty but each have a different effect.  Pictured are 2 shades of 2 colors but I think 1 color would be very pretty too.  I cut my watercolor paper a little bigger than what I needed. Using the brush end of your marker, color back & forth putting a lot of color on the watercolor paper.  I would recommend overlapping the color more than I did in this photo.

Once all the color was on, I wet my brush & went over the ink.  I keep wetting my brush & did use a lot of water.  I also flicked the water but should have mixed my colors a little more.  On this card I didn't overlap my ink as much so it didn't blend as much as I would have liked.  I didn't use this card because I didn't like the blocks of color.  Let the water air dry or hit it with a heat tool but it needs to be completely dry.

Before embossing you MUST use an anti-static tool over the entire card.  I used a patterned background stamp to stamp Versamark on the card then covered it with clear embossing powder & heat embossed it.  It's hard to see the pattern but you will after the next step.

The last step is brushing water over the card again & blotting it off with a paper towel.  This will remove more of the ink.  The embossed area is a resist & the ink trapped under the embossed area will be more vibrant.  If the colors on the unembossed area look washed out you can add more.

The "recipe" was printed on white card stock then trimmed to 5 3/4 X 5 3/4 & adhered to the 6X6 cardstock.  The sample of the technique is matted & adhered to the white cardstock.  I finished my technique card off with ribbon, flowers & a butterfly.

Hope you enjoyed the design of my technique card!

Supplies:  Cardstock-SU Pacific Point & Whisper White; Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Watercolor Paper; Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Markers-Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon; Misc-SU Pacific Point Grosgrain Ribbon, Floral Doodles Flowers, Oriental Traders Butterflies, WOW Clear Embossing Powder.


  1. I've been working with techniques and need to get them ready to share with my club members, but didn't have any good ideas about HOW. I love, love, love this 6x6 card with the sample on it. I found a similar technique on Gina K's Stamp TV - she didn't add water in the first step, just lots of color, then embossed and then lifted the color with water. Again, thanks for your post about the "recipe card."

    1. You're welcome! This card is "scrapbook style" for a swap but at The Craft Shack we do simple cards always using black 6X6 cardstock with the written instructions on the back & the sample on the front.