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Adding Sparkles & a Little Polish Detail to Watercolors

Hello and welcome to my blog; today we are going to talk about adding a little sparkle and polish details to your watercolors with WOW Embossing. 


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Adding Sparkles & a Little Polish Detail to Watercolors


Adding a little sparkle and polish detail to your watercolor isn't as hard as you may think with WOW Embossing Powders and Sparkles Premium Glitters. It's actually very easy. And it makes the watercoloring process a lot easier as well. When you normally color with watercolors you have to be super careful of not going outside the lines. Not so much with the embossed resist technique that we are going to talking about today. 


(Wondering what I used in this video/project? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).


Sparkle & Polished Rose Watercolor Card by Rick Adkins

Adding Sparkles and a Little Polish Detail To Watercolors:

  • The first thing that you are going to do is stamp your chosen image in WOW's Ultra Slow Drying Embossing Ink. 

  • Next you are going to cover your inked up image with your chosen metallic embossing powder from WOW. I will nine out of ten times pick the Polished Gold Super Fine Embossing Powder. I love the shine and polished details that it gives against a watercolored image. 

  • After you have applied the embossing powder it's time to take your Dual Speed Heat Tool and heat set the powder. 

  • Once you have the image heat set and let it cool you can begin applying your favorite watercolor media. Make sure to work section by section. I like to apply my color in the shadow areas first and then blend it out with a little water on my brush. 


Sparkle & Polished Rose Watercolor Card by Rick Adkins Front View

  • To add a little more polish to your card front. Take your card front and your Ultra Slow Drying Embossing Ink and brush it along the outside edge. Once you have done that just apply the same embossing powder you used for your emboss resist technique. Once heat set you have a fabulous polished watercolored image. 

  • Once you have your heat embossed masterpiece completed. All you have to do is add it to your card base. And add the finishing touches. 

  • Stamp your main sentiment onto a piece of Vellum and cover with the same metallic embossing powder. Heat set and cut out by either fussy cutting it out, or by using a matching die/punch. Apply to your card base. 

Sparkle & Polished Rose Watercolor Card by Rick Adkins Close Up

  • Stamp your sub-sentiments if you have one onto black cardstock and heat set with the WOW Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder. 

  • I like to use the Sparkles Premium Glitters to add that little something extra to my embossed watercolored images. It's actually super easy to do. 


Sparkle & Polished Rose Watercolor Card by Rick Adkins Side View

  • All you have to do is take a little liquid glue and apply it to the desired areas you want the sparkle. I added mine to each of the petals of the roses in my stamped images. Then ever so gently spread it out just a little bit with your finger. 

  • Then apply your chosen Sparkles Premium Glitters. I picked the Cotton Candy Sparkles Glitter to use on my project. I also picked out some of the larger pieces of the glitter and attached them around my sentiment as my embellishment for this card. 


Sparkle & Polished Rose Watercolor Card by Rick Adkins Over Head View

Thanks for dropping by today. I hope that you found this post helpful. You will find all the supplies I used today below in the Materials Used List.


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Materials Used:

Here you will find the list of supplies that I used to create today's card. All supplies are linked to supply sources below. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.




Happy Stampin'

Rick Adkins














Rick Adkins


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