Friday, October 10, 2014

Embossed & Watercolored Tiles Holiday Card

a2z Scrapbooking's current challenge at their blog is to use at least 2 Hero Arts "hard" products, like stamps or stencils. Since I've started creating this year's Christmas cards, I decided to do something based on this challenge--kind of killing 2 birds with one stone! :)

I didn't use a sketch, instead basing my card design on this card I'd created earlier this year. I also utilized a technique that Kristina Werner demonstrated in Online Card Classes' "Stretch Your Stamps 2" a few months ago.

I stamped this Hero Arts background stamp onto a piece of Strathmore Multi Media Paper, and heat embossed it with Ranger Super Fine Detail White embossing powder. I used Master's Touch watercolors to paint in the different areas of the design, going in a basically rainbow order, so the colors wouldn't get muddy where they blended.

When the watercolor panel dried, I cut it into 1" square tiles. I arranged some of them around the perimeter of a piece of cardstock I'd cut to 4x5.25". (I'd actually ended up with more tiles than I'd needed.) When I got them like I wanted, I glued them down. I stamped my greeting, from Hero Arts' "Merry Christmas Message" set, in the middle with Versamark ink, and white heat embossed it. Then I just adhered the completed panel to a white A2 card base. A simple card, though not one I would use for mass-production, since the watercoloring did take quite some time.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

A Blog Named Hero's Challenge #53: Stretch Your Stamps (cut up background stamped piece)
a2z Scrapbooking's World Card Making Day Challenge #2: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Use Watercolors"
Hero Arts' Holiday Challenge: "Anything Goes"


  1. Gorgeous card Andrea :-) the colours and whole design of this is lovely :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x

  2. Love the beautiful colors of your card. So pretty. Thanks for joining us at a2z Scrapbooking challenge.
    xx Ria

  3. Love the colors in the squares. Thanks for playing along with a2z Scrapbooking challenge.


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