I saw this totally beautiful technique on Heather Telford's blog. She includes links to examples by other crafters as well as the original YouTube tutorial. Check them out!
Anyway, the idea is to smear ink onto the raised part of an embossing folder, spray with water or glimmer mist to make the ink very runny, then slap some paper on, close the folder and simply press...
I used up quite a bit of watercolor paper experimenting. Each panel was unique and made a beautiful card, even if I didn't QUITE follow the instructions right the first time.
First up: What happens if you run it through your die-cutting machine/embosser. Pretty, but you don't get the full effect of the white design.
Next: version #2 using some grey Smooch Spray as the mister. Pretty but puddle-y!
Version #3: Best of this color-way.
Tried some different color combinations and different embossing folders:
And my favorite:
I used a mini-mister filled with Perfect Pearls powder and water to spray these, and they have a lovely sheen in real life. I used Distress Inks which blend well with water. Final tip: the wetter, the better.
Give this technique a try; it's addictive!