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Embossed Watercolor Mother’s Day Card

Hi friends! Dana Tatar here today sharing a floral watercolor card tutorial. Fresh flowers come to mind when I think about my Mom. I have fond memories of special events with fragrant bouquets. A hand-cut vase of fresh flowers brought in from the garden made an ordinary Spring day feel special. The perfect Mother’s Day card for my Mom naturally includes flowers.

Bright Floral Embossed Watercolor Mother's Day Card with Felt Flowers and Stamped Sentiment

This beautiful watercolor effect is easy to create using an embossing folder and Gelatos. Absolutely no prior watercolor experience is necessary to create these stunning background prints.

How to Create Embossed Watercolor Backgrounds

How to Apply Colorful Gelatos to a Floral Print Embossing Folder to Create an Embossed Watercolor Card


Step 1.
First, gather several colors of Gelatos, a piece of white cardstock cut to size, a mister filled with water, and an embossing folder. I chose a colorful palette and used Snow Cone, Lavender, Metallic Mint, Margarita Mix, Lime, Banana, Watermelon, Acqua Dolce, Blood Orange, and Raspberry Gelatos. Next, lightly mist the back inside of the embossing folder with water. Then, apply Gelatos to the raised pattern on the folder.


Embossed Watercolor Floral Background Print Created with an Embossing Folder Gelatos and Water
Step 2. 
Carefully place the white cardstock on top of the colored side of the embossing folder. Fold the top half of the folder down and emboss. Set aside to dry.


Embossed Watercolor Mother's Day Card Assembly using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Foam Tape and E-Z Runner Ultra
Step 3.
Use a rectangle frame die to cut a section from the center of the watercolor cardstock. Attach the outer rectangle die-cut to a colored card base using E-Z Runner® Ultra Strong Permanent Adhesive. Use the same rectangle frame die to cut a piece of colored cardstock that matches the card base. Place the inner watercolor rectangle die-cut into the colored cardstock frame. Attach to the center of the card base using Crafty Foam Tape to add dimension.


Embossed Watercolor Mother's Day Card Assembly using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Large Adhesive Dots and 3D Foam Circles
Step 4.
Embellish the card. Stamp a sentiment onto a small tag and use E-Z Runner® Strong Permanent Adhesive to attach it to the front of the card. Next, add felt flowers. The new 3D Foam Circles fit perfectly in the center of the flower petals for great coverage.

Thanks for stopping by today! How will you celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day? Let me know in the comments section!

Creative Time: 30 mins/Intermediate Level

Materials Needed:

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Supplies:
E-Z Runner® Ultra Strong Refill
3D Foam Circles White Mix
Crafty Foam Tape White
Adhesive Dots Large

Other Supplies: Cardstock (Core’dinations); Embossing Folder (Darice); Mother’s Day Stamp Set (Lynda Kanase); Chalk Ink (Quick Quotes); Pierced Frame Rectangle Die (My Favorite Things); Gelatos (Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft); Felt Flowers

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