Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Splitcoast Tutorial: Watercolor Lifting

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a technique called Watercolor Lifting. It's a fun resist technique where clear embossing protects stamped areas of a watercolor background, and other areas are lifted with a brushing of water.

As usual, I veered from the instructions a little bit, to show that other dye based mediums could be used - in the tutorial Wendy uses markers, but I wanted to try a little Color Burst instead. Instead of watercolor paper I used a sheet from my sketch book (Canson Mix Media.)... the paper was durable, but also a little more absorbent than I expected, which made for a nice background with less blending than a watercolor paper might have produced. I stamped a new background from my line called Sunset Sky and embossed clear, then used water to lift the background at the top of the panel, and mixed in a little bleach to clear the bottom.

We're settled into a rental and praying for a few more details to fall into place this week - it is nice to have an address now, but I'm finding crafting a little challenging, since some of the boxes I packed last and hoped to have with me got stuck in storage with everything else. As a result I'm working with v-e-r-r-r-r-y minimal basics (in boxes on the floor), 2 stamp sets from Honey Bee Stamps and my most recent Fall/Winter stamp release! So this will be interesting... I keep reminding myself that it's not forever... *sigh*

Come check out the tutorial, and give it a try!
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Absolutely incredible! The vibrancy of this and the depth of the colors - amazing!

  2. I love this and want to try it! I looked at the stamp, Sunset Sky, and don't understand how you clear embossed it yet still got so much color in the background. It looks like there would be much more resist.

    1. It's a reverse resist - so you put the color down first, emboss over it, and then lift off the pigment that's not covered. Hope that make sense! :)

  3. gorgeous card, I will need to try this technique as well..