Embossed watercolor happy birthday (set of 2)

Hello, crafty friends! Happy New Year! The first challenge of the year over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog is live and I’m stoked to share my DT inspiration project for LTCCB #42 – January Anything Goes! I created a pair of birthday cards featuring gold embossing and watercoloring. All stamps used are from Simon Says Stamp.

This is the panel right after I finished the watercoloring and then right after I trimmed it up. It was so pretty I didn’t want to cut it, lol! That background stamp is one of the most amazing stamps I’ve ever used, and then adding the gold embossing and all that watercolor just made it even more amazing!


I cut the panel in half to create the two cards. I created turquoise card bases and then layered each panel on navy cardstock (bottom edge cut with a lacy edge die) and again on gold metallic cardstock. I stamped the happy birthday sentiment in navy ink across the bottom. This is the first card…


I embellished the inside panel with a leftover strip cut from the embossed and watercolored piece sandwiched between strips of navy and gold metallic cardstock, and then stamped the sentiment in navy ink.


And here is the second card, created the same way but with a different sentiment inside…


And here’s one more peek at the pair – I’m so smitten! Love how they turned out and not sure I want to give them away, lol! ;)


Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock, Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla, Night of Navy and Tempting Turquoise cardstock, Marco’s Venicelux Gold Metallic cardstock
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Ornate Background stamp, Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Borders stamp set, Simon Says Stamp Birthday Messages stamp set
Ink: Versamark; Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers- Persian Green, Turquoise Green, Olive Green, Green, Deep Green, Light Violet, Purple, Blue Persian Blue, Cobalt Blue, Yellow, Bright Yellow, Orange, Scarlet Red, Red, Carmine Red, Wine Red; Stampin’ Up Night of Navy ink
Dies/Punches: Stampin’ Up Finishing Touches Edgelits
Accessories:  MISTI stamping tool, Ranger Super Fine Gold Embossing Powder

I hope you’ve enjoyed this set of cards and will link up with us this month! We’d love to see whatever you’re working on! Thanks so much for stopping by – we’ll see you again soon! ;)

Scrappy hugs,

Author: Leslie

I'm definitely what one could consider a crafting junkie! I love making cards, 3-D projects (especially paper shoes, mini albums and gift bags), mixed media projects, altering items, as well as occasional beading and making jewelry! Fortunately, hubby is very supportive! Life is good! :D

3 thoughts on “Embossed watercolor happy birthday (set of 2)”

  1. Wow! Another amazing project, your talents know no end, Leslie! This is a breathtaking card with the richness of the gold embossing and the beautiful water-colouring. Such an inspiration! Hugs, Gwendolyn


  2. Leslie, thanks so much for the sweet welcoming comment you left on my blog! I’m gobsmacked at the gorgeous background you created. Bravo for getting such good ink to paper contact with a stamp like that, even with a platform it’s difficult. Love the colors and your cards, xoxo


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