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Challenge card: Distress Oxide watercolour and Polychromos colouring

Hey there, good to see you and I hope you’re having a great week. Today I am featuring a card that I created and entered into 2 card challenges. The first challenge had a colour scheme to follow…..lovely soft pinks, turquoise and blues and this helped me decided on my theme. I wanted to use the colours in a lovely soft background wash, heat emboss over it and colour in. Then to top it off, I decided to turn it into an eclipse card! Thus this distress oxide watercolour and polychromos colouring card turned into a lovely soft birthday card, ready in my stash to send. Read on to find out how it came together.

* for a list of supplies, see the end of the post.

distress oxide watercolour and polychromos colouring card details

To start, I added a clear wash of water to a card panel using a flat brush. Next, I gradually added in distress oxides colours into the wash using a round brush, blending the colours together.  Once completely dry, I stamped in versamark, a floral stamp and leaf from Mama Elephants Pretty Floral stamp set. As I was embossing this, I didn’t mask any of the images. Instead, when every a print overlapped, I used a small paintbrush to brush away any embossing powder that overlapped. 

After heat setting this, I coloured the floral and leaf images in using  Polychromos. When colouring with polychromos, start off lightly and build the colour up. The white works well to blend the colours. 

To make the eclipse

For the sentiment, I used the ‘Happy’ die from Altenew and cut this from the card panel – make sure you keep all the inners for a finished look later. I layered 3 black happy die cuts and applied the cut out from the panel on top. The card panel was adhered to an A2 horizontal top folding card base and the layered die was inserted back into the card panel. 

Remeber the inners we save from the initial die cut, make sure you adhere these back into the card panel for a professional finished look. The sentiment was finished with a white heat embossed ‘birthday’ onto black card which was foam mounted onto the front. Lastly, the cad was embellished with a selection of Jewels from the Rainbow Sparkle Mix from Lucys Cards.

distress oxide watercolour and polychromos colouring card photos

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This card was entered into two challenges:

  • Severn Hills Craft VIPs June challenge on the Facebook group
  • WOW! Embossing – Anything Goes (June) on the facebook group



  • Mama Elephant – Pretty Floral

  • Altenew – Cake Lover


  • Distress oxides: Tattered rose, Picked Raspberry, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock feathers and Salty Ocean 

Embossing powder:

  • WOW! Embossing – Opaque Bright White


  • White 101, Pink Madder Lake 129, Daft Blue 141, Emerald Green 163 and Light Green 171.


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*this post was NOT sponsored, requested, or paid for; I have written it because I wanted to. The information provided is based on my own personal experience – I’m not an expert and I don’t work for these companies. 

About Me

Hi, I am Verity and I live in the UK.  I love to create beautiful projects whenever I can. My main passion lies with Papercrafting, however, I will always turn my hand to a new project or craft any chance I get.


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