Embossed and Watercolored Congratulations Card

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I had so many great things to share with you yesterday when I posted all the details on the Housewarming Party!  A quick recap:

  • over $300 in prizes to win!
  • enter by making a card (theme: HOME) and linking it up – make sure you link back to this post, too!
  • leave a comment on this video for an entry!
  • my Housewarming gift to you is a $1 – 3 Day Trial to StampNation - my favorite HOME on the internet!

The Housewarming party will run through September 17th…I look forward to seeing more fun creations and reading your comments – I read every single one of them!

This little house from the Shades Creative Die set by Penny Black is absolutely darling and completely floating my boat at the moment.  How flippin' cute, right?

View the video to see how this card came together.


Using Distress Inks with water and a brush is one of my favorite things to do lately.  I just can't seem to get enough of watercoloring techniques!

The Vellum, cut with the Stitched Rectangle Die by Lil Inker Designs added just that pop the card needed and helped give the house and the sentiment somewhere to anchor!

The colors and inspiration came from the Housewarming Party graphic:


This was a pretty fun card to make and it will come in handy very soon.  Our neighbors are moving in two weeks…which is pretty sad.  We moved here more than 13 years ago and one by one we had great neighbors move in.  Over the past decade, we've raised our kids together (youngest is 5, oldest is 14), and one-by-one each family has moved off our street.  Six families in all – we were here first and here we remain (which is completely fine with me!  I love my house!)

They have all moved within a couple miles, but it's just not the same as an impromptu gathering in the cul-de-sact on a Friday night for, waiting at the busstop together or calling for a cup of sugar.  I hope my friend likes it!

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This card uses product from four of our Housewarming Party Sponsors!

Pretty Pink Posh

Hero Arts

Clearly Besotted

Penny Black


Click the links above to visit these company's sites and click below to purchase these products online!



  • Carla Hundley September 11, 2014, 8:01 pm

    Beautiful card, loving
    the background colors!
    Carla from Utah

  • Beth Holt September 11, 2014, 8:12 pm

    Love how this card turned out! Watching your process is inspiring! It is nice to know that even the pros change their minds mid-creation!

  • Traci Lord September 11, 2014, 8:54 pm

    Your card is Beautiful as usual Catherine!

  • Barb September 11, 2014, 9:11 pm

    Love, love, LOVE the water color mix””

  • Loly Borda September 11, 2014, 9:21 pm

    Love that background you created, and I agree with you the house is adorable! TFS

  • Jennifer September 11, 2014, 9:21 pm

    Very cute card. Love it all looks good. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • KatieP September 11, 2014, 9:23 pm

    A thought…since you are loving the house so much, how about using it for your Christmas. Like “From our house to………”
    LOVING your housewarming.

  • Teresa September 11, 2014, 9:36 pm

    Congratulations Catherine on your “housewarming” party! I love your card. I am also ‘obsessed’ lately with water colouring, or learning to water colour, probably your fault…. LOL I’ve been following your blog/videos faithfully for some time now and I totally look forward to every one. I have learned a lot and try most of the techniques and I AM learning…haha
    Sorry to hear you are loosing such good neighbours, that is never easy. Love your new page. TFS all that you do!

  • Peggy Pride September 11, 2014, 9:59 pm

    Love the card, Catherine. Love the new blog, and of course, I love Stamp Nation. A triple play! I get some much great inspiration from you and your team. Thanks!

  • Sandra R September 11, 2014, 10:16 pm

    Love the background and the little house! Beautiful!

  • Leanna September 11, 2014, 11:04 pm

    Love the card, I’m going to have to get some watercolor paper and play.
    Thanks for another great idea.

  • Merrily Schulz September 12, 2014, 12:14 am

    Love your backgrounds. Learn so much from you everyday, Thanks!

  • Karen P September 12, 2014, 2:05 am

    What a beautiful card!! I didn’t think I would like the background stamp, but once the color was applied, WOW!!! I love the house die cut too!!

  • Danielle Deloatch September 12, 2014, 2:21 am

    Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing your ideas

  • Dee September 12, 2014, 7:54 am

    Great card. Like your new site.

  • Lora Storfold September 12, 2014, 12:02 pm

    love the water coloring technique….am going to have to try this soon

  • Star September 12, 2014, 12:50 pm

    Love this card. The use of the vellum gives it a Bokeh effect.

  • Lisa Tatem September 12, 2014, 1:22 pm

    Very pretty card….I’m sure your friend will love it. Congrats on your new web design…looks great!

  • Teresa September 12, 2014, 3:22 pm

    Beautiful card. I like how used the distressed ink to color the embossed background. I’m
    Going to try your technique of inking the little hearts. The two tone tie dye look is wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  • Fran W September 12, 2014, 5:21 pm

    That little house is so cute! And I love your distressed background and the watercoloured hearts. Great card Catherine.

  • Pamela K September 12, 2014, 7:11 pm

    Such a fun technique. I really have to try this. Thanks so much for teaching this to us and for the chance at winning some yummy blog candy ,

  • Jeanie Gregory September 12, 2014, 8:10 pm

    Your card turned out really pretty! I have never tried the technique you used on the background but I think I will love it! Thank you for the video and a chance to win any of the prizes.

  • Kina September 12, 2014, 8:30 pm

    Such a fun card! I love all the components used to put it together. thanks!!

  • Cheryl Shaw September 12, 2014, 10:57 pm

    Congratulations on your new look! Also your picture is so well done, you look like a model. Lots of excitement and energy for your launch, wishing you all the best!
    Love this little house card, very cute!

  • Joyce September 12, 2014, 11:45 pm

    Wow! I love your creativity, you continually inspire me to be creative. I also love how you are exploring new mediums and techniques. Bless you!

  • Pamela Stadler September 13, 2014, 1:11 am

    Catherine….what a fabulous card. You make everything look so easy to do…..I just love watching you create!!!

  • Tinstar September 13, 2014, 5:21 am

    Fabulous card. Am lovin’ your water colouring.

  • Rachelle L. September 13, 2014, 9:06 am

    I really love how the background came together! The house die cut is adorable!

  • Tracy Hughes September 13, 2014, 12:27 pm

    Adore you card; is the house die you used available for purchase?

  • Nadine Lange September 13, 2014, 1:20 pm

    Love the water colouring with the embossing. So pretty! Thanks for all your creative tips and tricks.

  • Kelly Latevola September 14, 2014, 1:40 am

    Beautiful card Catherine! I’m sure your friend will love it!!

  • Ruth September 14, 2014, 1:15 pm

    Thanks for the video. What a great technique!! Water coloring is so versatile and worked wonderfully for your project.

  • Dawn September 14, 2014, 9:00 pm

    Catherine, this card is just lovely! You chose the perfect background stamp for your embossing. Happy housewarming! ♡

  • Shaughn Woodruff September 16, 2014, 3:00 am

    Super fun card Catherine! Congrats on your new blog, I Love It!

  • diana zandbergen September 16, 2014, 7:28 am

    Love it, love it, like always:-)

  • Lori S September 16, 2014, 9:12 am

    I love what you did with the background and watercolor. Also love the house die!

  • Sharon M September 17, 2014, 11:20 am

    Love the watercolor background. I’ve been playing around with that and must try other stamps. Thanks.

  • Marie September 18, 2014, 10:08 am

    Love the background.

  • Nina m.m. January 2, 2015, 11:33 am

    I enjoy your natural videos, your projects look fun! Wishing you continued success

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