A couple days ago I saw an intriguing technique from Eva Dobilas, a Canadian Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. She called the technique Colored Embossed Lines. Here is my card using her technique.



  • Stamp Sets: Free As A Bird (#149468) & Itty Bitty Birthday (#148618)
  • Dies: Stitched Rectangles (#148551)
  • Emboss Folder: 3D Scripty (#149634)
  • Cardstock: Thick Whisper White (#140272), Basic Black (#121045), Daffodil Delight (#119683)
  • Ink: Craft Whisper White (#147277)
  • Watercolor Pencils: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Granny Apple Green, Early Expresso (set 1 #141709, set 2 #149014)
  • Stampin’ Emboss Powder White (#109132), Embossing Buddy (#103083)
  • Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins (#148561)
  • Adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430), Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (#144108)
  • Tools: Paper Snips (#103579), Stamparatus (#146276), Take Your Pick Tool (#144107), Bone Folder (#102300), Simply Scored Scoring Tool (#122334), Heat Tool (#129053), 3D Emboss Plate (#149658), Big Shot or other embossing/die cutting machine

I stamped several images of the birds on a branch using Craft White Ink on Basic Black cardstock. Don’t forget to rub the cardstock with the embossing buddy to remove oils from handling. I used the Stamparatus and stamped the image twice to be sure of good coverages before adding the White Emboss Powder and heat setting. 

Then I set about coloring the embossed lines with the Watercolor Pencils. Try different combinations of color on your extra embossed images. I went over the color a couple times to make it darker in some places. The object is to color all the white embossed lines and maybe a bit on the black cardstock.

Next, I fussy cut the image using the awesome Paper Snips. I know some of you just despise fussy cutting. Just go slow and move the paper as you go. It isn’t a race and look at the beautiful results!

I die cut frames from the Daffodil Delight and Whisper White cardstock. Then I embossed the Daffodil Delight in the 3D Scripty embossing folder. I ran the White Craft ink lightly over the words to give it a ‘washed’ look.

HINT:  Use the non-magnetic plate — 3D emboss folder + cardstock — NEW 3D Embossing Plate to get the clearest image

I stamped the sentiment on some scraps of the Basic Black and embossed with White Embossing Powder. Then I fussy cut around the sentiment to take away any linear look from the card.

Now you have all your pieces and parts. Layer until it is pleasing to you. I added a couple of the yellow adhesive sequin flowers. Use dimensionals for the black pieces. I use the thick cardstock for card bases because I like how substantial it feels.

PRODUCT FACT:  Thick Whisper White cardstock is 100# – Regular Whisper White cardstock is 80#


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