Die Cutting Distress Inks Heat Embossing Water Coloring

SMILE: Watercoloring and Heat Embossing makes me happy


Hello peeps!!!! It is ALMOST the weekend! ALMOST! Wednesdays are tough for me here because I have enrolled my little girl in a weekday education school at the church. It’s a wonderful program, very similar to the one I had my son in. She has severe social anxiety and this little 3 hour a week program is sure to help IF she ever comes to peace with it. It was hard yesterday. She screamed and cried for a long time (while I sat a block away because I couldn’t go far, I was lucky I found the courage to even leave the building). Eventually she stopped crying because they took her on an extended buggy ride outside (she loves outside), but she wouldn’t engage in the classroom or on the playground because she wasn’t happy I left her. And when Lily isn’t happy about something, she wants you to know it… It is so hard, but I know long term this is the right decision for her. But I can’t help but question myself because I don’t like to see my daughter struggle or be scared. They say after a few more weeks, she should adjust, but I just don’t know. So anyway, Wednesdays are tough, so I am happy to day is Thursday!

Over the weekend, I met up with Angel Johns of My Whole Stampin World. She is from my home town and she was home for the holidays. We met for coffee one day and then this past weekend, she came to my house and we played in the craft room for a bit! She played with some Wendy Vecchi crackle embossing paste and I played with watercolors. I pulled out an old stamp set I haven’t used in YEARS! It was actually in my purge pile… Painted People Background by Hero Arts/Basic Grey! I stamped it in Versamark and then heat set it with clear embossing powder (which I am going to iron off later)…. I used my Gansai Watercolors by Sakura ( I have the 36 count, but they also have a 24 and 12 linked below to multiple sources) to create the watercolored background! I created the sentiment using a SMILE word die and some chipped sapphire distress ink coated with some Judikins Iridescent embossing powder! I didn’t have matching card stock to use as a base so I inked up the edges of some white card stock with the same chipped sapphire distress ink and flicked on some perfect pearls…. And last, I ironed off the embossing powder. I like the look it leaves. It removes all the shiny embossing powder and makes it appear as if you hand painted the background! I did a video on this technique a while back. You can watch it HERE or below:

Here is a pic of me and Angel at the coffee shop!


Goodies used (linked to multiple sources):

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  1. Brandi R says:

    Beautiful card! I love the resist technique with watercolor! I love just about anything watercolor anyway, and this just makes it so easy and fun! Thank you for sharing. Sending cyber-huggs for you and your baby girl. I empathize so very much with what it does to you….I hated ever leaving my son anywhere without me 😉

  2. Soooooooo fun! Love water colors! And that set you have,has been on my wish list forever! Love the way you made you own colored card stock too! Ha! Take that white paper! Minsk so sorry you and Lily will have a rough few Wednesday’s ahead! Thinking if you both!

  3. mjmarmo says:

    This is so pretty!

  4. Way to stick to your values! It is hard leaving little ones when they are scared. I remember those days…in the long run it will help her out. It is tough being a mom.

    The card is beautiful! I love how it looks like you did all of the background and a stamp wasn’t even used. So great that you were able to catch up with a friend. That is so important! Thanks, Laurel, for always being so real!

  5. I loved my card. I especially loved watching how you created it. No real thought process went in to it yet it still came out beautifully! Wish we could hang out like that all of the time. We could get in to some real creative trouble!!! Muah!

  6. So pretty. What gorgeous colors! Glad you got to get crafty with a hometown friend! How fun!! I’m sorry to hear about your daughter’s social anxiety issues. I hope things get better as she adjusts to school!!!

  7. micheleclay says:

    Sweet card, Laurel! Thanks for reminding me of this technique! Also…wondering if you ever announced the winner of the gift certificate to Winnie & Walter? I haven’t spotted that, yet. Thanks! 🙂

  8. Your story about your daughter and her anxiety is so heart-touching! I don’t have children of my own, but I am Aunty C to my 4 year old niece and 2 year old nephew. Seeing them upset, no matter what the cause, is always difficult. What you’re doing will definitely hope your little one in the long run. Being a mom: such a challenge, yet so rewarding – and I know that you are a most marvelous mom, indeed! Your card: gorgeous! Good thing you rescued that lovely background stamp from your ‘pitch pile’…it’s a keeper! Stunning background; a perfect canvas for the shimmery, glittery Smile!

  9. Beautiful card on the blog and beautiful card in the video! I have never seen Jennifer do this technique so I am glad you shared it with us. Super cool effect! I will have to give it a try since I don’t use my iron for clothes either I might as well use it for crafts, lol!

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