Wednesday, May 14, 2014

PPRS Tutorial Day! Embossing Folder Water Color Background

 Hi!  Today I am going to share with you a background technique that I recently spotted in an online gallery and couldn't wait to try out for myself!  For my background samples I used Distress Ink but you can use any water soluble color medium.   

You will need the following:
Water soluble color medium in one or more colors
water spritzer
embossing folder

For the first step, ink up an  embossing folder.  Experiment to see which side of the folder works best for the project.  For my samples I chose the side that usually has the Manufactures name stamped. 

After the folder is inked, spritz folder liberally with water and place paper on top of wet folder.

Take your fingers and rub over entire piece of card stock or water color paper.  You will NOT place the folder through your die cutting machine.

(I borrowed my daughters hands for this photo! )   :)

Pick up paper and place face up to dry.  Drying process can be sped up by using a heat gun!

Here are a few of my samples.  I used the same two inks on all the samples but I achieved different looks by using different weights of paper including a piece of water color paper.

For the finished card I stamped  the text butterfly from CLR001 Butterflies Clear Stamp Set then fussy cut and sponged distress ink around wings and added the sentiment.

Happy Stamping!


  1. That's such a cool idea and one I will try. I think it might be good to also emboss the card whilst in the spritzed folder, what do you think. We should try it out.
    thanks so much for popping in on me for WOYWW too!
    Jo x

  2. I LOVE this Angie!!!!! I've used inks and embossing folders before but I always embossed them rather than using the folder as a reverse stamp. Brilliant!!

  3. WOW, Angie, the end result of this is stunning!!! Love the EF and colours you have used. Thanks for taking the time to share this technique with us - will surely have to give it a try at some stage!


  4. Never done this without embossing - will have to try as it gives some lovely results. Looks great with your butterfly.

  5. Gorgeous Angie! Love your custom designed papers!

  6. Had to take a look and pleased I did. This is a great technique, thanks for sharing it with us.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

  7. Oh, Angie, I love how this background came out! I have to try one, and I pinned it to my "Tutorials" board. Beautiful card, sweet friend! Hugs!

  8. I love this technique and really want to try it. I'm always leery of making a mess. I don't do messy things on my rolltop, but as soon as I move over to the table I get lots of furry help, guaranteeing disaster. That's not going to stop me though. Maybe I'll post photos of water colored cats later.

  9. angie, I never did comment on this and it's a beautiful technique. i am taking myself to the stamping room and going to try it out right now. thanks for the easy to understand tutorial, my friend.

  10. Beautiful, Angie! Love the results and will definitely be giving this a try!


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