Saturday, May 24, 2014

Scooter in Paris (Kathy Berger)

Scooter in Paris
by Kathy Berger

I recently took an online class on using watercolors for card making. One of the techniques we learned involved embossing a die and then watercoloring the embossed image, The embossed image provides a guide for laying down the water color, yet gives a hand-drawn feel. I really couldn't wait to play with the technique, and this card is the result.

First, I embossed the scooter die onto watercolor paper. *

Then, using a wet on wet technique, I watercolored the background. I let it dry completely. Next I watercolored the scooter using a wet on wet technique and drying between layers of paint and between changing colors.

I trimmed the panel to fit on the card and layered it onto a black layer 1/4" larger than the water color panel in each dimension. I then affixed that to the card.

I watercolored a scrap of water color paper light gray and die cut an Eiffel Tower from it. I watercolored another scrap blue and die cut "Bonjour". I added each to the card as shown.

I hope you will give this watercolor technique a try. I think it is a lot of fun and gives wonderful results.

*Note: I had a hard time figuring out the right sandwich for my eBosser. The published sandwich cut through even my heavy water color paper. I finally ended up with a good embossed image by using the magnetic sheet in place of the thin "B" plate between the C and D pates in the published sandwich. (D,magnetic shim, C, die, paper, rubber shim, A) If you want to do this technique you, too, might have to experiment, but start with the sandwich recommended for your machine.

*** All materials for this project available at

Frantic Stamper dies used:


  1. Kathy, looks like you are really enjoying your watercolor classes. Love the dimension in your scooter.

  2. I feel a scrap lift coming on! This is beautiful.