Debossed Watercolor Succulent Art – Silhouette America Blog

Debossed Watercolor Succulent Art

Debossed Watercolor Succulent Art | Erica Sooter for Silhouette America

debossed watercolor succulent art

 

 

I have to say, I think one of my favorite features about the Silhouette Curio is the emboss/deboss feature! I just love how you can make pretty designs for cards, pieces of art and more that you can then customize however you want! One of the most fun ways (in my opinion!) to use the deboss feature is to make templates for watercoloring! I don’t know about you, but I’m not the best at freehand watercoloring, but I can easily paint within the lines! I’ll show you how you can make some easy watercolor succulent art for yourself  that’ll make you look like a professional artist!

Supplies:

  • Silhouette Curio
  • Emboss mat and fine emobssing tool
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Watercolors and paint brushes
  • Picture Frame

 

Step 1

Open up your Silhouette Studio software and download some pretty succulents. I also downloaded the phrase ‘beautiful’ to put underneath. Arrange and size your designs.  Make sure your cutting mat settings are set for the Curio and for the Emboss mat! Since I wanted my artwork to be vertical, I rotated my designs 90 degrees so that they would emboss the right way on my watercolor paper!

Debossed Watercolor Succulent Art | Erica Sooter for Silhouette America

 

 

Step 2

Go to the emboss/deboss menu in your Silhouette Software. Highlight your succulent design and your ‘beautiful’ phrase  and then click “deboss.” This will cause your designs to be set into relief on your watercolor paper, as opposed to being raised, like embossing. This will make it easier to fill in the design with your watercolors!

Debossed Watercolor Succulent Art | Erica Sooter for Silhouette America

 

 

Step 3

Once you are satisfied with your design placement, size, and have chosen your deboss settings, head on over to the Send to Silhouette menu. Select your material so the Curio knows how much speed and pressure to use while debossing. I set my material to ‘cardstock’ because my watercolor paper is pretty thick. I wanted it to make a nice thick line so I also selected ‘double cut’ within the cardstock selection menu. Then just hit ‘Send to Silhouette’ and watch it deboss away!

Debossed Watercolor Succulent Art | Erica Sooter for Silhouette America

 

 

Step 4

Once your Curio has debossed your design, carefully peel your paper off of the emboss mat. Take your watercolor paper and tape it to a hard surface. If you don’t tape down your paper it will warp and distort when you get it wet! I use washi tape to keep it in place but it’s also completely to remove without tearing the paper when you’re done.

Debossed Watercolor Succulent Art | Erica Sooter for Silhouette America

 

 

Step 5

Set up a cup of water and your watercolors. Dip your brush into the water and then your desired colors and paint away! The debossed indents make it so easy to stay in the lines! They catch the paint and you can make really cool combinations when the watercolors pool together. I used a really tiny brush so that I could get in the thin lines. For darker, more vibrant colors, use less water, and for more translucent, pastel hues, use more water.

Debossed Watercolor Succulent Art | Erica Sooter for Silhouette America

 

 

Step 6

Let dry and then peel off the tape. Then just pop in a frame et voila! A beautiful piece of watercolor art that looks like it’s been done by a professional! Debossing is such a great way to create a sort of paint-by-numbers for watercolors 🙂

Debossed Watercolor Succulent Art | Erica Sooter for Silhouette America

Debossed Watercolor Succulent Art | Erica Sooter for Silhouette America

Debossed Watercolor Succulent Art | Erica Sooter for Silhouette America

 

 

I decided to put my watercolor art in my newly finished office. It definitely puts a smile on my face whenever I’m working!

Debossed Watercolor Succulent Art | Erica Sooter for Silhouette America

Erica Sooter

Hey all, I'm Erica, the blogger behind Dwell Beautiful. My husband Nate and I are new homeowners living in the beautiful PNW with our two rambunctious kitties! I'm a thrifty, crafty, and nerdy girl who loves a good project or challenge! I love to blog about updtates we do to our home, current design trends, DIY & craft tutorials and home owner advice.

Designs Used:

Products Used:

Silhouette Curio™

6 in. x 8.5 in. Curio base kit

Silhouette Curio™ fine embossing tool

8.5 in. x 6 in. Silhouette Curio™ Embossing mat

Subscribe:

Join our Silhouette community and never miss an update!

We do not give your information to third parities, so your email address is safe with us

3 comments

  1. This is beautiful! I still need to try the watercolor-debossing combo.

  2. So pretty! Does this fill in the entire shape (like a well) or stick to debossing the outline?

    1. Thank you so much, Tara! The watercolor fills the shape like a well – makes it so much easier to stay inside the lines! 🙂

Comments are closed.