Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: Emboss Resist Technique

For this Tutorial I am going to show you a quick and easy stamping technique.  It's called the Emboss Resist Technique and basically is accomplished by embossing a stamped image in white or clear embossing powder.  When color is added to your image the embossed area then resists your color leaving a striking outline. 

The card I created above includes an embossed image from the Red Rubber Designs Sunflowers stamp set


 Although this technique can be used on colored cardstock and with colored embossing powder in a wide variety of combinations, what I have chosen for this project is white cardstock and white embossing powder.    I'll also use a heat gun, my stamp, and then the medium with which I will add color.

I have chosen to use the Palette Inks and will be applying my color with a sponge applicator.  One of the fun aspects of this technique is the variety of ways you can add color to your embossed image.  Markers, water color markers or crayons, distress inks will all work. 

To begin I've stamped my image with embossing ink and then heat embossed it with my white embossing power. 

I then sponged my brown ink across the bottom of my image.  You can see how the embossing powder resists the ink.  A slight amount of ink may cling to your embossed image, but that will be easily wiped off in the end

I now apply some of the yellow ink, appropriately called Sunflower, to my flowers.  

My final coloring step includes sponging some bright orange and green to my image.  The white embossed area will really stand out.

When I am done adding my ink, as a final step I then take a tissue or sanding block and lightly wipe the image to remove any ink that may have built up on the embossed area.

I have chosen to cut out my pot of sunflowers to use as a focal point for my card.

To complete my card, I've attached my sunflowers to a text background panel from the Beauty of Woman set.  

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  1. Beautiful card and I love your results fom this technique, Louise!

  2. Another fun technique with tons of possibilities.

  3. Neat technique and easy-to-follow tutorial. I would not have thought to apply the color with a sponge applicator, so that was good to see. Thanks, Louise!

  4. Beautiful card! Thanks for the tutorial!

  5. Love how that stamped image turned out!!


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