Make an embossed watercolour card
Here we show you how to up your game, with a more advanced take on the Inktense technique
Fancy making your Inktense colour really pop? A white embossed image is a great way to set off your work, and though it can be a little trickier to see where you’re colouring, the end result is worth it!
This card shows how to build up several layers of colour to add more contrast to your shading, and also how to add a graduated background colour. When adding more than one layer of colour, make sure each layer is completely dry before moving on to the next.
Control how far the colour blends out by adjusting how wet your paintbrush is. A moist brush is great for achieving a smooth blend for the first layer. When adding shading later, keep your brush fairly dry and the colour will be more concentrated.
1 Ink and stitch the edges of a 14cm square of floral paper and a 6cm strip of pink patterned paper. Layer onto a square white card (with fold at the top), as shown. 7 Make sure the first layer of colouring has completely dried, then apply another layer of pink pencil to the base of the petals and buds, and green pencil to the leaves and stems. 2 Rub an anti-static bag over a 12cm square of watercolour card and stamp the floral image in Versamark ink. Sprinkle with embossing powder and heat until the image is embossed. 8 Wet your brush, dab the excess so it is almost dry, then gently blend over the pencil, softening the colour slightly but not drawing it out too much, to add contrast to your shading. 3 Lightly shade with pink pencil at the base of each petal and bud; don’t worry if some gets on the white embossed lines – when you add water the embossed lines will resist the colour. 9 Apply blue pencil very lightly all around the image and blend out with a damp paintbrush; keep it a little more moist for this stage so you can blend the blue out to fade completely.