Embossing & Watercoloring Cards

Nicole Watson
January 30, 2018
December 4, 2017

Hello! I’m so excited to post my first Artist Gang Tuesday video!

Even though I studied art in school and fell in love with mixed media, like many of you as an adult I began my journey back to art with scrapbooking and card making. Eventually, I discovered artists like Donna who brought me back to those mixed media roots.

If you’re like me, you probably have lots of random art supplies on hand from your scrapbooking and card making days. I can’t seem to part with them, because what if I need them someday? Well, today’s the day! Grab your heat gun, embossing powder, and join me. I’m combining a bit of card making with some watercolor to create cards with two of Donna’s stencils.

Instead of a stamp, we’re squishing ink through the stencil to emboss the image. Then, the embossed images create a resist that is perfect for some fun, messy watercolor painting and splatters.

If you become stuck on what colors to use when adding watercolor to your images, grab a color wheel. Using complementary, analogous, and monochromatic color schemes helped me pick some colors. One particular color choice that I thought was going to be ugly, ended up being one of my favorites. I love discovering new color combinations!

I recently finished my degree after re-entering school and need a few thank you cards to mail out. I find that when I need a card, often I don’t have the right sentiment for the occasion. So, by using deli paper and washi tape I can customize the rest of the cards at a later date.

The supplies are featured in the video above. Any type of watercolors will work for this project. I recommend using hot press watercolor paper because it is smoother with less tooth for easier embossing.

While you’re here on Donna’s website, grab the blossom stencils so you can make these cards, too!

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, these would make sweet little cards for your special someone.

Happy creating! 


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Hi! I’m Nicole Watson, a Midwest girl who married a Southern boy and now lives in Houston, Texas.

Art has always been a constant for me … from collecting random bits of paper at a young age, to selling my first painting in high school, then discovering mixed media while studying art and design at Iowa State University (ISU). Other stops along my art journey include scrapbooking, card making, freelance photography, and layout/graphic design.

I enjoy the messy hands that result from creating. Mixed media allows me to discover new art forms while uniquely combining the things I love most—whether fun mediums like watercolor, pastel, or acrylic on canvas to textural elements like gesso, ephemera, and other found objects.

My proudest accomplishments this past year include completing Donna’s 48 Weeks class and binding the 17 plus pound journal that resulted, as well as finishing my Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree/Russian Studies minor as a distance student at ISU.

After taking many online and in-person art classes and creating in my studio, I’m excited to begin sharing my art with the world while hopefully inspiring others to do the same.