Hot Glue Embossed Sunset Watercolour

by Joanne James12. February 2017 09:00

It's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the super-sweet and talented Nance to host this week and she has a fun colour challenge for us to work with:


I absolutely love Nance's colour combination this week - so unusual! I considered a variety of things to do with my card - mostly floral - but decided to be brave and try something different: hot glue embossing. I used this week's sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch as it had a perfect vertical panel for my design - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Hot glue embossing is a fun technique to combine with watercolouring. The idea is simply that you take your hot glue gun and 'draw' a pattern onto a piece of watercolour paper. Once set, you reheat the glue with your heat tool, sprinkle with embossing powder then reheat to set. I decided that I would draw a sunset with my glue gun, by creating the sun on the horizon and then some reflection and I heat embossed this with copper embossing powder.

I then used my aquapainter and Blushing Bride and Smoky Slate reinkers to colour my sky and water. I finished my card with a sentiment  from Flourishing Phrases, which I also heat embossed in copper. Finally I used a piece of copper foil to border my sentiment and watercoloured panel. 

This card is rather abstract for me, yet such fun to create and I think it makes a lovely sympathy card - I've been needing a few too many of these lately. So what do you think? Is this a technique you would like to try?

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

The Paper Players Design Team
Laurie Schmidt
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis 
 Crystal Komera
Valentyna Komisarenko
Deanne K
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN! 


I look forward to seeing what you create with this week's colour palette. Enjoy the rest of your weekend as it will be over all too quickly; we are attending a basketball match this afternoon with Ben captaining his team (hopefully to victory!) I'll be back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!



Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (16) -

Karen Finkle
Karen FinkleUnited States
2/12/2017 1:14:58 PM #

I had never heard of this technique before today and will definitely try it. I love abstract and find this very soothing, especially if I had just lost someone. TFS.

Mac Mable
Mac MableUnited Kingdom
2/12/2017 3:56:14 PM #

Such a stand out card. I love trying new techniques and I will be trying this one. Gorgeous colours together and so arty and unique...Love it! x

Michele F
Michele FUnited States
2/12/2017 6:08:24 PM #

Joanne this is the very first time I have ever seen or heard of this technique!!!
Your card is beyond stunning, and OH so clever!
I have a brand new container of copper embossing powder that hasn't felt the heat YET!!

Michele F
Michele FUnited States
2/12/2017 6:09:17 PM #

OH I forgot to say thanks for playing at CTS!!!

sandymUnited States
2/12/2017 7:11:07 PM #

Joanne I am in awe of this card! I've never heard of a hot glue technique before but I love it, especially as you did it embossed in copper and with your watercolored background. So beautiful and modern, it's like a little piece of art! You totally aced both challenges!

LaurieUnited States
2/13/2017 12:59:36 AM #

That is so awesome! What a fun idea...turned out great. I'll have to try sounds so interesting.

Have a great week!

Nance Leedy
Nance LeedyUnited States
2/13/2017 10:37:11 PM #

JOANNE!  Yes, I am shouting because this is simply stunning.  I, too, never heard of this technque and your efforts are breathtaking.  The colors are blended perfectly and your heat embossed copper sunset makes for a gorgeous piece of multimedia art.  Thank you for sharing this technique and for creating such a fabulous card with my colors! ((hugs))

LibbyUnited States
2/14/2017 12:32:33 AM #

WOW! Gorgeous! Need I say more? Simply beautiful!

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
2/14/2017 1:57:52 AM #

Joanne, this is fabulous!  I have never heard of this technique!  Thanks for teaching me something new to try!  The copper sunset  makes this a frame worthy piece of art! The watercoloring is lovely!   BRAVO, my friend!  Have a great week!  XXX

Leigh Penner
Leigh PennerCanada
2/14/2017 12:55:16 PM #

Cool technique! Great take on the sketch!

2/15/2017 3:26:48 PM #

WOW!!! Joanne, this is totally fabulous!!! Great technique and amazing look!

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
2/15/2017 7:40:36 PM #

This is AMAZING!  I have never heard of this technique, but it is awesome!  What a stunner!

jaydeeUnited States
2/16/2017 2:52:57 PM #

Joanne, the watercolored background is gorgeous and the copper sheet was the perfect mat for your new technique.  Soft and soothing

Robin Feicht
Robin FeichtUnited States
2/16/2017 6:16:55 PM #

What a creative way to make a sunset!  Beautiful!

Deanne @ Three Trees
Deanne @ Three TreesCanada
2/17/2017 7:42:59 PM #

Oh wow!  What a FUN technique and it looks gorgeous!!

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
2/21/2017 9:23:18 AM #

I've come back to have a better look at the technique. Oh my word, I think I'll give this a try - sometime when I'm feeling really adventurous!

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