How to use the emboss resist technique in cardmaking…

Going through my stamp sets for inspiration for my YouTube live, I realised I hadn’t ever used the gorgeous Pretty Medallion stamp, so I thought what better than a little tutorial using this background stamp with the emboss resist technique, both with watercolouring and with ink blending too.

Heat embossing is still like magic to me every time I do it, and I love how many different techniques you can use with it too. These are two fairly simple techniques but ones that really add a little wow to your finished project. The pretty medallion stamp set is perfect for using with the emboss resist technique because of its bold pattern and well defined lines.

A handmade card in purple, with flowers, demonstrating the emboss resist technique

Firstly I inked the stamp with Versamark and then stamped this onto a mat of Basic White cardstock. Check out the YouTube video below to see how I stamp my background stamps, the quick and easy way! Then I used some white heat embossing powder to emboss the image.

Next up, I took my blending brush and, using light and soft circular strokes I applied some Gorgeous Grape ink and then some Fresh Freesia ink, blending them together and working out to white on the right hand side of the card. Once you have done blending the ink, take a sheet of kitchen roll or tissue and just wipe and excess from the embossed section.

The emboss resist technique basically means that the embossed section resists the ink that you are applying, because it is a non-porous medium. The ink colours the card and the white embossing powder shines through. Yay!

Two handmade cards with flowers, in purple, demonstrating the emboss resist technique

And there you have your background. All you need to do now is embellish the card with your chosen elements. I decided to continue using the emboss resist technique, but this time with watercolouring. I stamped and embossed the flowers from the Irresistible Blooms stamp set onto Shimmery White cardstock and then used the same colours of ink and my waterbrush to achieve a really cool watercolour look.

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To finish my card, I stamped some leaves in Granny Apple Green ink, and also heat embossed a few leaves onto velum too, perfect for adding texture and dimension to your cards. A bit of ribbon, a sentiment and some gems (I really struggle with gem placement) and the card is finished and ready to send.

A YouTube thumbnail with a handmade card in purple, with the words Emboss Resist Technique

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Until next time, Happy Stamping xx

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