Card, Simon Says Stamp

Watercolor Happy Birthday Card

by May Park-

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!!!


  1. tenianelson

    Super DUPER Rad card!! Thanks for playing at KIS!!

    22 . Mar . 2014
  2. djkardkreations

    This is outstanding, May!! Hugs, Darnell

    20 . Mar . 2014
  3. Beth


    19 . Mar . 2014
  4. Nora

    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.

    17 . Mar . 2014
  5. pettitjenn p

    way to go incorporating two techniques into one card

    16 . Mar . 2014
  6. Tanja

    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!

    15 . Mar . 2014
  7. Dana

    You did an amazing job on your card. Love the colors you chose.

    15 . Mar . 2014
  8. Kristina Hein

    Your color choices are awesome! Love it.

    15 . Mar . 2014
  9. Marcee Rodgers

    Gorgeous card!!! Love the beautiful colors.

    15 . Mar . 2014
  10. JMcD

    nice job

    15 . Mar . 2014
  11. sandie

    This turned out a stunner, the colours blended perfectly, they are so rich. Thanks for joining is at ATSM

    15 . Mar . 2014
  12. tsurutadesigns

    Oh this is beautiful!

    15 . Mar . 2014
  13. Marion

    Looks awesome.

    15 . Mar . 2014
  14. Deborah Frings

    I really like the colours you’ve used, so bright! Thanks so much for playing along with ASM this week!

    15 . Mar . 2014
  15. wienerhoneymooners

    Lovely May!

    15 . Mar . 2014
  16. Kerian B

    great job, love the colors

    14 . Mar . 2014
  17. Virginia L.

    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!

    14 . Mar . 2014

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