Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 50 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Monday, 7 March 2016

NBUS no. 6 - Watercolour Lifting with Heat Embossing.

Hi there everyone ... well this is a pin from my "Must Try This!" board here on Pinterest, a video method by the clever Jennifer McGuire. So I took my faithful Tombow water-based pens (bought in about 1992, added to over the years but none have dried out .. cant say that for any other marker!)
1. Randomly scribbled colour on a snippet of watercolour paper. used pinks and purple mauve cos my friend loves those colours.
2. Soaked the paper with water from mini mister and moved colour around with my fingers... yes! did end up with inky fingers :D
3. Dried it off well, and used embossing buddy (see how to make them here) to get rid of static.
4. Then stamped image with Versamark and clear embossing powder with (discontinued) *Hero Arts Flowing Flower  and Leaves background stamp.
5. Then added more water, this time really soaking it well and with paper towel drew off as much colour to give a relief image in deeper ink and paler colour around it.
Here is my card complete ...with *Memory Box Pinpoint Circle Layers, made into a frame mount popped up. (Note to self: Cut and emboss one die cut at time .. makes a cleaner frame cut, than doing two together.)
Greeting embossed in Versafine Imperial Purple - HB greeting is by Lawn Fawn stamps, a set called *"So much to say". I love this technique and these dies have used the latter already again in another card! Will redo this again as it can be improved. (*NBUS items).

To the Aussie shots a few weeks back now at our creek five mins away..
This is on 24x zoom. Since this was taken the entrance has moved over more to the right or south. Cyclone Winston sea swell (by which sadly Fiji was decimated) dumped huge amounts of sand up the creek, and rearranged the creek entrance.. annoyingly also pushed up heaps of sea weed to rot and decompose. That being said it is still really beautiful.
A big welcome to some new Wonderful Encouragers!
Karen of Karen's Kards  Karen has Candy if you join as new follower enter here:
And because of Bloggers shenanigans, Dr Sonia has rejoined so big welcome to her over here at
Please pop over and say hi to these and give some encouragement, too!
May God bless your day everyone.. where every you maybe, and thanks so much for popping over for a peek and chat, you really do cheer my heart! :D
Shaz in Oz.x

"How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings." Psalm 36:7
I would like to link over to:
3 Di's Snippety challenge - Used snippets on the cards.    
4. Stamping Sensations - Flower power


sharon said...

Beautiful card!! I must give this a try one day.
Your instructions are very easy to follow.
We have rain it is a little damp up here.
sharon :)

brenda said...

Loving those vibrant colorus popping through the aperture Shaz and oh to be on that beach and feel the warmth.

B x

brenda said...

Me again Shaz, I forgot to say many thanks for joining our Flower Power theme at Stamping Sensations challenge.

B x

Sharon Traynor Designs said...

Such a yummy colour combo and a fantastic technique to show it off. Popped over from the NBUS challenge to see it in more detail.
Sharon xx

Unknown said...

Shaz, The color on your background is so vibrant. Such a great technique with wonderful end results. Thank you so much for entering our 221st challenge. We are always delighted to see your entries and appreciate your inspirational creativity.
Carole Robb Bisson
Word Art Wednesday
DT Member

Di said...

Fabulous card Shaz and such a clever technique too. I love the clean design of your card with the vibrant centre - wonderful!

Great to see you in the Playground :)


Di xx

Viv said...

Great technique Shaz - lovely colours,. Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations.
Viv (DT)

Betsy said...

What a beautiful card Shaz. Those are my favorite colors too. Thank you for the shots of the sea. Isn't it amazing what happens during storms? Have a lovely day. Blessings, Betsy

Carolyn said...

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous card and technique with us. I enjoy viewing your photos too.

Conniecrafter said...

Such a lovely card using this technique, the colors are so pretty and like the framing of it!
Your beach pictures are so nice to see since we are experiencing cloudy and rainy days here lately

Mrs A. said...

Amazing transformation. I love the finished card. My favourite colours. Hugs Mrs A.

Neets B said...

I love the way you've framed your technique so it takes centre stage. So pretty in those colours too. Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog and for becoming a follower, I'm off to follow you now.
Hugs x

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh I love how you have used this technique Shaz - I have just taught that today in my class. Beautiful card and I love the greeting stamp you used.
What a gorgeous coast photo.

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

What beautiful results from inky finger work. Thank you for your visits today and your lovely comments. I have really enjoyed playing with inky things too, although parchment with the Clarity Groovi system has rather taken over my life. The one that I thought was Pergamano was actually a PCA (Parchment Craft Australia). When I came to put the plate away, I realised my mistake. I am hoping to join in with the blog hop this week, if I can remember to take my photos of the mess that is my craft area - I am on the finishing straight with finally sorting and cataloguing all my stamps. Hope you are feeling well. xxx Maggie

Brenda said...

What a wonderful job you did with this technique Sharon! I am so in love with your card. I also want to try this technique out myself here one day soon. Goodness, I long to be in those pictures, so beautiful!! Even if a storm made a mess of things, it is still indeed a beautiful spot!! Hugs, Brenda

Sarn said...

Beautiful work . . . will have to try this out! Thanks for the info.

Hugs from the Tree House! xxx

Dora said...

Very nice use of colours. Beautiful card.
thank you for joining at Stamping Sensations this month.

Marilyn Mathis said...

Lovely card! I am going to try this. Enjoy your posts. Hugs

Joanne said...

what have you done ? giving a link to your Etsy........ I have just spent hours going through all your likes. Now I know why I avoid Etsy, lol, it would take over my life.

Lovely card and technique,

hugs, Joanne

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Fab CAS, love the colours and the technique!
I must try

Pat said...

This is a great technique and the finished result is so pretty Shaz. x

Aileen said...

What a stunning looking card. I must give this technique a go, I have seen some stunning cards around the place that have done this. Love the colours you used, just so beautiful.

Anne said...

LOVE this card and the technique looks fab, I have seen the original post and have it on my 'must try this' list, (not pin interest!!!), and I am inspired with your take onit,thank you! Your beach scenes are lovely, I feel warmer already! :O) xx

Lynne K said...

Just beautiful, Shaz. What a lovely technique - gone on my list of things to try! Thank you for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations.


Pia S said...

Thanks for sharing the techniques you learn, so I in turn can learn something new. I love the effect of the image being in bolder shades than the background, but in the same color. Now I know how to:)

Darnell said...

Just popping in and cruising your blog to pin your other two NBUS cards to my Pinterest board, Shaz. I was particularly aswoon over this one! I've been seeing this technique all over Blogland and this is one of the best I've seen! I can't wait to try this myself!! Thanks again, my friend!! Hugs, Darnell

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