Watercolor Embossed Lettering Card

Happy happy Friday, lovely people!  Are you ready for weekend fun?  It’s the time of year where art and gardening are going to be playing tug-of-war with my time… but nature also provides wonderful inspiration, ideas, and reference for beautiful artwork.  If you need a creative boost, spend some time at your local park, botanical garden, or your own backyard and see what happens!

Today I am sharing an easy watercolor greeting card that resembles a hand/brush lettering technique, but actually requires no lettering skill at all!  Woohoo!   Do you need watercolor skill, though?  Nope!  Yippee!

Materials List:
Step 1:  Print out your word in a font you like

Watercolor Embossed Lettering Card

Select a font and size it for your piece.  You can print this on plain printer paper – the paper itself will not be used on the card.

Step 2: Trace and fill in the word on your watercolor card with embossing pen

Watercolor Embossed Lettering Card

Lay the printout and your watercolor paper on top of your light pad or bright screen.  Use a clear embossing pen to trace and fill in the letters.  I worked on embossing a few letters at a time, since my word was fairly large and I didn’t want the embossing ink to dry out before I could adhere the powder.

This would also work well with masking fluid or a masking pen instead of embossing.  This embossed technique will create a raised surface, while masking fluid will reveal the bare watercolor paper at the end.

Remember that the printout can just be a guideline – you can deviate from it and make it your own!  Change the letter shapes, add swooshes, play with it!

Step 3: Cover in embossing powder and set with a craft heat tool

Watercolor Embossed Lettering Card

Watercolor Embossed Lettering Card

Cover your word with the powder.  Just like glitter, you can dump the excess powder onto a sheet of paper and fold it to pour back in the jar.  Use a crafting heat tool to melt the powder.  Repeat steps 2-3 if you are doing your word in sections.

Step 4:  Time to watercolor!

Watercolor Embossed Lettering Card

Wet the paper around the word, and dab in some color.  The paint will spread throughout the wet sections of paper.  The design of the background and the color palette are up to you.  Go with whatever makes you smile!

Step 5: Add additional details (optional!)

Watercolor Embossed Lettering Card

If you’d like, you can add some watercolor splashes by tapping a loaded paintbrush over the card.  Here I also added some shading with colored pencil and graphite, and some white dots with a Posca paint pen.  This is also the step when you would remove your masking fluid if you opted for that over the embossing.

Design or write the interior card however you like, and you are done!

Watercolor Embossed Lettering Card

Have a joyous weekend everyone!  🙂