Hi crafty friends! I’m taking the new Online Card Class: CAS 3 – One-Layer Cards. Today I learned some new technique called iron-off embossing from Jennifer McGuire and wanted to give it a try.


I came up with a birthday card using Christmas color scheme : gold, red, green. I had no idea why Christmas came to my mind in March! But I can feel the Spring mood at the same time for some reason. I used both ‘inlaid die cut ‘ and ‘iron-off embossing’ to create this watercolor card.

I started with a A2 card size and ended up with square card. Do you know why? I wanted to save some clear embossing powder, so sprinkled it only along the masked area. After ironing, I found the paper colors looked different between embossed area and non-embossed area. So I had to trim off the top portion of my card base. I realized that there was a particular reason why Jennifer heat embossed whole area except masked area. I should have followed her instruction. sigh! Anyway the iron-off embossing technique was awesome, even though I needed some time to experiment.


Here is a closer look at my card. I like the die cuts adhered inside watercolored background. I think my watercoloring was perfect! 😉 What do you think? Love the vibrant and uneven colors that watercolor created. Each time I brush watercolor paint on the watercolor paper, I get a different result. I couldn’t be sure how it would turn out until it dries. That’s why I love watercolors.


By thew way, the happy die is from SSS and sentiment is from Happy stamp set by Simon Says Stamp. To add some interest, I adhered some sequins from Neat And Tangled to the card front. For the card base, I used the True Black paper from Papertrey Ink.


FYI, these are the supplies I used to create my card: Cuttlebug cutting machine and papers were not pictured. That’s it for today. I’m linking this card to the following challenges : Addicted to Stamps #87Keep It Simple #45, and One Layer Simplicity #3. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great weekend!!!

17 thoughts on “Watercolor Happy Birthday Card

  1. This is quite the IT card!! Love the inlaid and watercolor design, May! I also love this size that you happen to choose!! Truly lovely! So glad that you join the fun with the first Virginia’s View Challenge!

  2. Your card is awsome! The black happy birthday against the watercoloured background is amazing. Thank you so much for joining us at KEEP IT SIMPLE!

  3. Oh my!! Such a stunning card!! I love how you combined the techniques for this card. Your watercoloring is amazing and I like the added touch of the gold strip at the bottom.

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