Happy Monday!  I was able to get some crafty time in the studio this morning . .  . which was really nice.  I put Hadlee in her swing and while she dozed, I was able to get in 4 episodes of Malibu Country and make a Christmas tag.


I’ve had this idea to try watercolor paper in a Spellbinders™ M-Bossabilities™ Folder.  I know that watercolor paper embosses well in Nestabilities® and it’s one of the papers that I love to work with quite often.  Because watercolor paper is thicker than normal cardstock . . . and knowing that normal cardstock sometimes splits when embossed . . . I wanted the watercolor paper to be damp when I ran it through the Grand Calibur® for a couple of reasons.  First I didn’t want the paper to split, but secondly and most importantly, if the paper was damp I knew the embossing would be deeper.

After die cutting the watercolor paper with Labels Eleven, it was misted with a combination of Tumbled Glass Distress Ink Refill, a smidgen of Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls and water, all mixed together in a mini mister.   When the watercolor paper had absorbed some of the water, but still damp, it was placed in the Holiday Magic M-Bossabilities Folder and embossed.

Here’s a close-up of the background where you can see not only the embossing, but also the Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls that were mixed in with the water.


The snowflakes were die cut/embossed with Create-A-Flake Four from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, covered in Glossy Accents and then sprinkled with Vintage Glass Glitter Diamond Dust Fine.


The bits of flourishes were die cut from a manila tag with the flair from Venetian Motifs.  The flourishes were then covered front and back with Krylon 18kt Gold Leafing Pen.

The sentiments are from the Sweet ‘n Sassy set, Christmas Joy.  They were stamped in Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz Ink on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White and then die cut/embossed with Labels One and Back to Basic Tags.  The larger sentiment was mounted on another piece of watercolor paper that had been misted with the Distress Ink/Perfect Pearls mist, then die cut/embossed with Decorative Labels One.


The ribbon is seam binding dyed with Tumbled Glass and then spritzed with the same mist containing the Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls.  The white ribbon is some silk that I had laying around, misted only with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls and water.

I suppose that’s all for me today.  Time to think about something for dinner and work on finishing up a video.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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19 Responses to “Embossing Watercolor Paper!”

  1. One word…..STUNNING!

  2. Beautiful, Sherry!!! Love the colors & embossing – will have to try this!

  3. WOW Sherry, this tag is gorgeous and I loved how you explained the process. Thanks for sharing your lovely tag.

  4. As Glenda said “STUNNING”, and it is.

  5. Soooooo pretty, Sherry. I never thought of embossing watercolor paper! It turned out gorgeous!

  6. Absolutely Fabulous!!! I will give these techniques a try. Thank you so very much for sharing.

  7. Wow! Love the shimmer. The embossing came out great…thanks for the tip!

  8. Simply gorgeous, Sherry!

  9. omg, why didn’t I think of that…… gonna try it. I love using watercolor paper as a card base too because of the texture and thickness…. The tag is stunning and I love the color.
    PS: Aren’t those babyswings the bomb? Unlike the kind we had to use – the crank up ones :-).

  10. Love this idea Sherry. Thanks for sharing your talent. Never thought of using watercolor paper and dampening. Will definitely try this.

  11. Yummie tag, love everything about it!!!

  12. Wow, Sherry! I love the depth and detail of the dry embossing. I’m going to have to give that a try. Absolutely gorgeous tag! Love the colors you chose!

  13. Really like the colors you chose for the tag; the shimmer is gorgeous on it! Am going to try out the watercolor paper for embossing; the impression the tag has is “impressive” :-)

  14. This is really lovely Sherry! I love the colours.

  15. Wow! That is a great technique. Simply stunning creation Sherry. I really LOVE those adorable dyed ribbon and bows you add to your projects. Thanx for sharing and for the inspiration.

  16. Gorgeous, such pretty wintery colors !

  17. Sherry, thank you for this tutorial! As a decorative artist I have lots of scraps of watercolor paper on hand & you just gave me a creative jump start & the perfect reason to use up all those scraps on my Christmas cards! Can’t wait to get started! I don’t have the dyes you mentioned so will use watered down acrylics instead – they work great also!

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