Watercolor Powder Resist

by Sandi MacIver

Use watercolor powders to make an embossed image pop.


  • Bold stamp image (Colorado Craft Company Wishes Snowflake used here)
  • Watercolor paper
  • Embossing ink (VersaMark used here)
  • White or clear embossing powder
  • Stamping platform (MISTI used here)
  • Heat tool
  • Painter's tape
  • Hard board
  • Watercolor powders (water-activated dye powders - many brands will work. Nuvo Shimmer Powders used here)
  • Mister bottle
  • Paper towel
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: Neenah Solar White 110# cover stock, paper trimmer, anti-static pouch, Waffle Flower Water Media Mat, paintbrush, sequins and embellishments, adhesive)


  1. Step 1

    Use a stamping platform to stamp a large, bold image in embossing ink onto a 4-1/4 x x 5-1/2” piece of watercolor paper.

    Heavy hot press watercolor paper works best for this technique.

  2. Step 2

    Cover with white embossing powder and shake off the excess.

  3. Step 3

    Heat set and let cool.

  4. Step 4

    Use painter's tape to adhere the embossed watercolor paper to a hard board. Spritz the paper with water, ensuring the entire surface is wet.

    Save the backing from watercolor paper pads for this purpose.

  5. Step 5

    Choose two colors of watercolor powder (Nuvo Shimmer Powder in Blue Blitz and Falling Leaves used here).

  6. Step 6

    Very gently, tap the powder container to sprinkle the contents onto your panel (a little goes a very long way).

  7. Step 7

    Gently again, add the second color of powder.

  8. Step 8

    Liberally spritz the entire surface again with water to further activate the powders.

  9. Step 9

    Use a clean paint brush to move the color around and activate any pigment sitting on top.

  10. Step 10

    Use paper towel to wick up any large puddles and water that runs off the piece, then set it aside to dry.

  11. Step 11

    Use strong adhesive to attach to the A2 top folding card base. Embellish the card as desired.

  12. Step 12

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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This is wonderful, Sandi!! Gorgeous cards and a fast, fun technique...awesome way to mass produce cards!! I LOVE this!! I just had a thought...if you don't have the Nuvo powders, you could use Brusho or other watercolor powders and add some Perfect Pearls to a spray bottle of water and add shimmery shine that way, too!! TFS
jmhoffmann  |  Wed Nov 25, 2020 at 4:45 AM
Love your Sample and Tutorial for us to "refresh our aging memories" on using this technique. Too often we forget simple uses of stamps and products. Can't wait to create and share with my small group of fellow Card addicts.
wambolco  |  Wed Nov 25, 2020 at 9:39 AM
Love it. Will be doing this today, but with water color as I don't have the powder you used. So happy to see you make these cards. Thanks!!
3000stamps  |  Wed Nov 25, 2020 at 12:19 PM
Sandi, great cards. I like the color combinations you chose.
janesprando  |  Wed Nov 25, 2020 at 10:04 PM
Beautiful card, Sandi! I love the large snowflake and the shimmer with the Nuvo powders must be gorgeous IRL!!
suen  |  Sat Nov 28, 2020 at 9:15 AM
Really pretty... the colour combos & designs are endless
shoegreetings  |  Fri Dec 4, 2020 at 12:50 PM
Looks fun
Jay_Bee  |  Wed Dec 16, 2020 at 10:58 AM
Very inspiring! I just love all your bright and saturated colors! Thank you for the video.
KonaRose  |  Sat Jan 2, 2021 at 4:17 PM

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