Handmade cards and Gift Tags using Watercolors and Heat Embossing | Photo Tutorial

Hello to all readers of the PPS UAE blog! Anjali here from The Letters of an Architect and I’m back with a “Festive” project for this month’s theme. Today I’ll show you how I made these lovely and simple handmade watercolor gift tags and cards with the heat embossing technique.

I’ve always wanted to try my hand at heat embossing ever since watching all those videos on Instagram. I’ve seen artists use heat embossing to decorate mugs, Christmas baubles, cards, bottles and even canvases! It is such a versatile medium and the process is satisfying and the outcome beautiful. So I was thrilled to receive the embossing kit as part of my DT kit for June. Combined with the Islamic Greetings and Islamic pattern stamps they were effortless to create in no time.

The list of supplies I used in this project are:
Ranger Embossing Powder, Gold
Emboss It Pens 2/Pkg – Black & Clear
Heat Embossing Kit
Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections: Tropicals
Kangaro Single Punch FP-20
Winsor & Newton 4″X6″-Bound Watercolor Pad

Now onto the project. I used the Winsor & Newton 4″X6″-Bound Watercolor Pad and cut them into four pieces to create the gift tags.

I used the Eid Mubarak sentiment from the Islamic stamps set and clear Versamark watermark stamp pad to create the pattern on the paper.

After that, I applied the embossing powder in Gold on top of it and tapped off the excess. I used a soft brush to remove any stray embossing powder and then turned on the heat. Now, this is where the magic begins! The powder melts into this shiny embossed pattern which is now ready to be painted on. I used my favorite Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections: Tropicals palette and picked a combination of colors I liked.

I used the heat tool to dry the paint and punched a hole in one side and my handmade gift tag was ready to go.

Using this same process with the Islamic pattern stamp, I created the second tag. I also used black cardstock cut into a banner shape and stuck it on using double-sided tape and lettered in a sentiment using a brush and Dr. PH Marin’s bleed-proof white paint for the final touch.

For the cards, I painted a galaxy background for the first one, inspired by a color palette on Pinterest. I used the Emboss It Pens to letter in the sentiment and then heated it for the emboss effect. Once I was pleased with the results I added some white spots for a starry effect.

For the second one, I decided to paint rainbow-colored leaves and embossed in two branches and the sentiment. Since the first time the embossing didn’t show up as much as I would’ve liked it to, I rewrote on top using the transparent Emboss It Pen and redid the whole embossing procedure to get a stunning embossed effect. I loved the look of the lettering with the second layer on!

And that’s it, folks! It’s as easy as that to effortlessly create a bunch of cards, or tags or personalized mugs! The perfect touch to add to your personalized gifts this festive season.

So get embossing! I must warn you though, it can get addictive!
Thank you so much for reading. If you re-create something inspired from the blog, be sure to tag us @ppsuae and @thelettersofanarchitect on Instagram and use the hashtags #madewithppsuae #myppsorder.

Do leave your valuable feedback in the comment box below. And Eid Mubarak!

Pretty Paper Studio is hosting the Show Us What You Made contest!
How to participate:
1. Create a project using any of the supplies you purchased from Pretty Paper Studio / www.ppsuae.com. You can use your old project but it shouldn’t be older than January 1, 2018.
2. Post the photo of your project on our Facebook Group Album by the name – ‘Show Us What You Made 2018’.
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All the above steps are required to qualify for the prize.
Contest starts from May 1, 2018, and will close on June 30, 2018. The winner will be announced on July 8, 2018.
International entries are welcome.
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