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beyond basic emboss resist


I have said it before and I will say it again, emboss resist is one of my favorite stamping techniques. All it takes is a little planning and you can make so many great effects that make people ask - how did you do that? Just a step above embossing and sponging is all it takes! I have 2 cards to share that use all of the same supplies and the emboss resist technique, but have a different look with a simple twist.


Creating different looks with the emboss resist technique really consists of planning the order/layers of stamping that you are going to need to do. What needs to show through the embossed images? Where do you want the sentiment to be? For this project, I am going to show what the difference is when you add a background pattern at different points in the emboss resist process. For one of the cards I stamped the Background Basics: Botanicals in Chamomile ink on white cardstock. The other one I am leaving it as is.


The next thing to think about is where you want your sentiment to be. I want the sentiment on both cards to be where I am going to stamp the flower images. For the sentiment to show through the embossed images they need to be stamped now. The embossed areas will resist the ink if you stamp in the same area afterwards and the sentiment will not stamp well.


Next comes the embossing. Stamp the flower images from Wildflower Garden across the white cardstock and stamped white cardstock pieces with Versamark ink and then emboss them with clear embossing powder and a heat tool.


Next, I stamped the background pattern onto the piece is on the plain white cardstock. Where the flower images are embossed on this piece, it will resist the ink.


Here's a look at both pieces. The top one has the flower images embossed right over the background pattern. The bottom has the background pattern stamped over the embossed flower images. Already you can see a difference in the look.


Now it's time to make the embossed images pop! I sponged Simply Chartreuse ink around the leaf areas of the images.


Here is a look at the pattern showing through the embossed images next to the one where the background is around the embossed images.


FInally, I sponged Lemon Tart and Melon Berry inks around the embossed flower image tops.


And here are the completed cards (click to see the image larger.) Same technique. Same supplies. One difference in the order of stamping the background images that you want to show or not show through an image embossed with clear embossing powder.


It's time to take out your embossing supplies and play. Experiment with stamping over patterned papers or layering stamped patterns, keep building layers of embossed images, etc. You never know what you might end up with!

Have a great weekend and thanks so much for stopping by today!


all supplies are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted

Wildflower Friendship Cards

stamps: Wildflower Garden, Background Basics: Botanicals

ink: True Black, Fresh Snow, Simply Chartreuse, Lemon Tart, Melon Berry, Versamark (Tsukineko)

cardstock: white, kraft

other: Lemon Tart twill, Melon Berry & Spring Moss buttons, Rustic Jute button twine, clear embossing powder