Jennifer McGuire inspired card: Watercolour lifting

Jennifer McGuire inspired card: Watercolour lifting

On my commute to work I usually pass the time on the train by watching various craft videos on Youtube. Yesterday I came across a video Jennifer McGuire did on Watercolour lifting with heat embossing and thought it looked such a great technique I had to try it out. Whats more, it uses materials and tools I already had so no further expense or waiting for materials to arrive.

Materials required:

  • Watercolour card stock – I used Daler Rowney Watercolour Aquafine smooth 140lb A4 cut into quarters (I prefer smooth card to the more textured card)
  • Watercolours of your choice – I have used Winsor and Newton
  • Paintbrushes
  • A selection of stamps – I used a variety of hearts from Creative Rox stamps
  • Versamark Ink pad
  • Clear embossing powder – I used Papermania clear embossing powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Double sided tape or tape adhesive roller
  • Card Base cut and folded to your desired size.

Step 1:

Apply your watercolour paint to your card covering all of the card. You can use whatever colours you feel are right for the card you are making and you do not have to be neat with the paint

Step 2:

Use a heat gun to dry the paint, or you can leave this to dry naturally. However you need this to have dried before commencing any further.

Step 3:

Align you stamps however you wish over you design and apply to a clear block. I laid my hearts out in one line and used this motif at different intervals over the whole card. When you are happy with the layout of the stamps, apply versamark ink and stamp your pattern/design. Cover with clear embossing powder.

Step 4:

Using your heat gun set the embossing powder. When set, your will see a nice clear shiny impression of your stamped design with the watercolour showing through.

Step 5:

Reapply water all over your card – you can be generous with the amount of water you use.

Step 6:   

Using a piece of kitchen towel wipe away all the water, this will lift the watercolour of the paper, lightening the background. The vibrancy of the watercolour will remain under the embossed design as this has sealed the watercolour paint in and the colour could not be lifted from the paper with the addition of the water.

Step 7: 

Adhere your design to your card base.


This is a very easy technique to use and can be so versatile whilst increasing the interest in your background designs. For Jenifer McGuire’s video, follow the link HERE to Youtube.

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