Watercolor Embossing Resist

by Erin Schreiner

Add marker watercoloring over embossed images for a unique look.


  • Watercolor Paper

  • Embossing Ink

  • Heat Gun

  • Stamps

  • Distress Marker

  • Water Brush


  1. Step 1

    Stamp image onto watercolor paper with Embossing Ink.

  2. Step 2

    Apply white embossing powder to stamped image. Tap off excess powder.

  3. Step 3

    Heat powder until it is melted.

  4. Step 4

    Color outside edges with Tim Holtz Distress marker.

  5. Step 5

    Blend inward with water pen brush.

  6. Step 6

    Fussy cut map heart.

  7. Step 7

    Use image on your card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Watercolor Embossing Resist. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Nice technique. Great watercolour effect without the need to be an 'artist'.
Linda Stonehewer  |  Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 4:16 AM
Gorgeous! I love watercolouring and Distress markers!
Mary Craddock  |  Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 4:23 AM
I have not purchased any of these markers as of yet. Has me thinking I may need one to give it a try.
Ann Palmer  |  Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 5:24 AM
Wonderful creative idea! Love this look! TFS!!! Can't wait to give this a try!!!
Kris  |  Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 5:31 AM
beautiful technique!!! thanks for showing both the floral and the map images, I am going to have to try this technique!
Jan Hoyt  |  Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 5:51 AM
This will also work with other marker inks that can be used for inking stamps like Memento, Marvy, SU! and others. Or you could use drops of ink pad reinkers painted on with a paint brush or any type or format of watercolours like pans, tubes or Twinkling H2Os and some spray or glimmer mist inks might even work if they don't dry too quickly. This technique will not blend nearly as well on Cardstock though so consider yourself forewarned!
Rebecca Ednie  |  Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 6:17 AM
I really like this technique. In the video, what is the name of the blue marker ? Thank you!
Mitaine  |  Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 8:01 AM
On the heart sample it looks like there is a distinct blue line outlining it. It really shows up in in steps 4, 5 and 6. Was that drawn in with the distress marker after you did the blending? Did you fussy cut just outside of that drawn-in blue line, or is there another embossed clear line outside of the blue line?
Marilyn  |  Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 8:04 AM
Hi Marilyn - that's step 4 - first she colors the edge with the marker, and in step 5, she tells you to blend inward from there.
Lydia Fiedler  |  Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 8:09 AM
your card design is really edgy and exciting I love it, thank you for sharing the technique with us, much appreciated
Christine  |  Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 8:16 AM
Great card and fun technique. Thanks Erin!
StampinAK  |  Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 8:45 AM
Have to give this a try as I've hardly used my Distress Markers. Thanks for the instructions & inspiration!
Greta Hess  |  Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 12:12 PM
I was wondering what the name of the "map heart" stamp is that you used. Is it made by Unity?
Kim  |  Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 10:14 PM
This is so pretty!
I cant wait to try this!
Hermy Acosta  |  Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 3:47 PM
Your card is so pretty and eye-catching. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial and beautiful technique.
Matilda  |  Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 3:59 PM
Another Wonderful technique Beate. Nice to see you. Also I absolutely love that stamp. Where can I get it? Tfs! Hugs Traci
Traci Lord  |  Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 11:15 AM
I'd love that stamp as well. Since you work for Unity, what is the catalog number for that stamp?
Rosemary Paul  |  Thu Aug 1, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Just love this technique, Beate! I always love your video tutorials! Thanks so much!
CherylQuilts  |  Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 5:06 PM

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