Another less than successful attempt at watercolor resist.
Here I black heat-embossed a background stamp onto the watercolor paper, and painted it in a mix of green, orange and brown shades. I was going for a more masculine presentation.
I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of trouble with black heat-embossing. If you heat an embossed image too much, the embossing powder overheats and sinks into the paper, leaving a flat, blurry line instead of a raised, shiny one. This seems to happen double-fast with black powder — probably because it is black and thus absorbs energy more and faster than other colors. For me, it happens more often than not, and it happened here too — half the image is over-embossed and flat. It is so fractured an image, it was hard to tell what was embossed and what wasn’t while heating it. (The stamp is an Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card background stamp called Distress.)
Given that half the embossing is overdone and sunk into the paper, it didn’t pool the watercolors very much. Well, I mounted it on a kraft card, added a sentiment and called it a day. I sponged the edges of the panel with Tea Dye Distress ink, because I felt it needed something to separate it from the kraft, but didn’t want to go to the trouble of cutting another panel to mount it on.
I guess it looks OK. Like Jennifer McGuire often says, you may not like a certain card because it fell short of what you were envisioning. But the person to whom you give it only knows that you hand-made a card for them, and they are perfectly happy with it. I’ve found that to be true.
UPDATE: I am entering this card into the Craft Hoarders Challenge, as the challenge is to use metal or glass. The sentiment on this card is metal, and it is really the focal point of the card, so it seems appropriate. I was just checking up on everyone in my blogroll, and found that challenge — so why not?