Mementoes In Time

Embossed Resist Technique - Parts 1 to 5


Part 1 - Basic Technique

 I've been in stamping mood recently for some reason, maybe because I like to take a trip down memory lane every now and then, so I thought I would carry on with the occasional series of techniques that I post every so often on the blog. This time, I'm going to have a look at some heat embossing resist techniques. This is an age old technique but sometimes it is nice to revisit things.  The first part is pretty basic but sometimes the simple things are the nicest - I tell myself that is the attraction of my husband!


You can find all the previous posts by clicking on the 'Projects and Tips' on the left hand side bar, or by clicking the 'Tips and Techniques' on the blog topics on the right hand side. Anyway, enough chatting....


Basic Embossing Resist with Twinkling H2Os


Basic supplies from my 'crafty plastic crate!'


I've chosen a lovely Stampin Up stamp here from the 'Oh So Lovely' Set, with some white embossing powder and a Versamark stamp pad. I have chosen white as opposed to clear embossing powder because I really want the image to 'pop'.



I've stamped the image several times, varying the placement of the stamp to give different heights and add interest.



After heating the embossing powder with my oldest craft tool, my trusty heat gun, I've gone for an ink wash, using twinkling H2Os. No idea what colour I've used as I have about a thousand of these little pots!


You could of course use your normal ink pads to swipe across or even spray inks. I love the H2Os because they add a lovely shimmer effect, which is pretty much impossible to see on a photo but trust me it is lovely. The embossed areas resist the inks, so you can be as messy as you like. Just wipe over the image with a paper towel to clear off any stray ink and make the flowers really stand out.



To mount my image, I've simply torn the edges and placed it on a square of Bazzil card, with some brads and ribbon to finish. I think this makes a nice topper which you could use as a tag too.



Here is one made the same way but with a background created with some sepia Versamark and a script stamp, before adding a stamped image (from the same Stampin Up set) and black embossing powder to create a silhouette effect. You can then go ahead and do your background, as the embossed part will resist the inks you use. This is actually a 'layered embossed resist' because you can actually do all the backgrounds including the script stamping after the embossed image, which just resists all the inks, giving you the layered look. We will look at those a bit more in another post.



I've created the orange background with distress inks. Wipe the distress inks onto the protective mat and mist with water. Then drag your paper through the inks to get a nice background effect. Carry on doing this until you get the colour effect that you want. You can heat set with your heat gun and then go ahead and remist to get the bubbly effect. If you just want to add your inks with the blending tool instead of doing the wiping thing, then this works just as nicely. To finish off, I've added a suitable greeting. That is the basic technique and the next post will look at extending it a little.


Part 2 - 'Faux Bleach' Effect

Following on from yesterday's post about basic resist embossing, here is a slightly different way of doing it. This is also often called 'Faux Bleaching', for reasons you will see in a minute.


Again, apologies to those who have been doing this for years and are probably stifling a yawn as we speak but we do get lots of nice emails from people about the tutorial bit of the website, so it is something I like to do from time to time.With most of my craft stash packed away, this keeps me amused!


Anyway, I have started off with the same supplies as last time, basically a nice stamp, some white embossing powder and a Versamark ink pad. For those who are 'visual'.....



Yes, I know that is the same picture as yesterday but that is because I am lazy with photo taking. I'm using a different stamp today but the rest is the same.



Here is my stamped and embossed image. The more observant people will notice that I have made a bit of a dog's dinner of this because the embossing powder has stuck to the card outside of the image.To avoid this, you can use an anti-static bag as these bits will stand out quite a bit, once you add your background colour. If you don't have an anti-static bag, you can use a fabric softener sheet or alternatively, make your own with a pair of old tights/nylons and some talcum powder. Yes, you read that bit right!



Next you need to put your image in between a couple of sheets of paper or paper towel and iron over it. I've put my iron on a medium heat as I didn't really want to set fire to this house, partly because it is not mine but mainly because I want my deposit back when I leave! The heat will melt the embossing powder underneath and leave you with a more blurred image, reminiscent of a bleach effect, without the need to breathe all those noxious fumes.



The photo is a little dull because it was taken at night but you can clearly see the 'faux bleach' effect. I've use another ink wash background with Twinkling H2Os for this mini card, with a little distressed ink around the edges.And there you have it, a very quick way to produce a nice stamped design.


Next up, we will return to looking at the layered resist technique in a bit more detail, so drop by the site again soon.


Part 3 - Glue Resist


Here is Part 3 of this series of Tips and Techniques on Resist Embossing. This next technique is really just a variation of the previous one but with the addition of a little extra ingredient.


I am managing to keep myself busy with posting these little tutorials but unfortunately this of course means that no packing of boxes is taking place!



First off, I've stamped some images from and acrylic stamp set I picked up as a bargain last week. I've heat set this with some black embossing powder.


I've chalked my background as I wanted to have a light colour initially.

Now the clever bit. Take some PVA glue and cover the images with a little glue watered down a bit. Let this dry naturally or carefully with your heat gun. I didn't want a cracked effect of the glue drying too quickly, so I was careful with this. Actually, a cracked background might have looked quite good with this but maybe with larger stamped images to get the best effect.



Next I've gone beserk with the distress inks to build up the colour over the whole image and covered the whole image with a script stamp, to give the layered effect which adds lots of depth.



Now you can go back over the design with a cloth and polish off any stray ink on the images. This will make them 'pop' out of the page.



It is a bit difficult to show on a photo but hopefully you can see the effect I was looking for. Sorry, the picture is a bit blurred but night time photos are never the best.



I've just mounted this on a piece of black card to co-ordinate with the black stamps. The light wasn't good for this photo, as it was at night but the effect is quite nice, with almost a highlighted effect on your stamped images. This is such a nice technique that I'll include another example of this in the next post, using Twinkling H2Os instead of chalks and inks, so you can compare the different effects you can get. Stop by again soon!


Part 4 - Glue Resist Again

 I'm having so much fun with this glue resist thing, I thought I would post another example, this time using a different medium for the background - Twinkling H2Os. Actually, I did mention in a previous post, that I had heaps of these things and I wasn't joking! 




Here is the current collection which runs to more than a hundred of these little gems. I feel obliged to use them as I have so many, so expect to see them turning up like a bad penny on these blog posts.


The nice thing is that you need so little because they are concentrated cakes of pigment. I am pretty sure these paints are going to outlast me so I shall make sure I include a clause in the will to ensure that they get buried along with me in the casket!



Anyway, for this image I have chosen a trusty old flower stamp from Stampin Up.  After stamping and embossing with white embossing powder, I've gone over the whole card with a light wash of inks, deliberately trying to get. a stripy effect. With hindsight, I might have tried for a lighter wash but you know what they say, 'you always learn from your mistakes!'



The next part is to cover the petals with the watered down PVA/white glue and then let it dry or use your heat gun.



Next go back and put your darker wash on top. Again, I think I could have put a darker wash than I did but the effect was still quite nice. Again, make sure you rub over your stamped images with a cloth. You can see the lighter effect on the flowers in the photo above.


I found that the card did warp a bit, as the H2Os are quite wet to use and this did cause a crease in the image, so I decided to cut up the image and create two small cards and a larger one.You can see the stripy effect going both ways on each of the smaller cards, which adds interest.




This is such a nice technique, especially using the sparkly H2O paints, which gives a lovely contemporary look and are a real pleasure to use. For the next post, I'll be looking at stamping onto scrapbook paper to get yet another effect.



Part 5 - Joseph's Coat

So here we are on Part 5 of this mini-series on Resist Embossing. Today we are looking at a variation on the Emboss Resist, called Joseph's Coat. No don't worry, you haven't stumbled onto Broadway musical's site, this is just the name for the multi-colour result you get with this technique.



I've made a couple of demos for this, here is the first. First of all, you need to create your rainbow background effect. If you have a multicoloured inkpad (the ones with several colours in a stripe across them) then you can just brayer across your card. I have no brayer, since it went missing in a garage sale a couple of years ago. I think someone bought it but I have no recollection and can't really understand why I was selling it in the first place!



Anyway, I have to resort to using a household sponge cut up into little pieces and a selection of Adirondack inks. When you have a background you are happy with, you can go ahead and stamp your image and emboss it with a clear embossing powder.




Next, you need to cover the whole of the image with a darker colour. I've gone for black to get the maximum effect but you could choose any other dark colour. You are just trying to cover up the background. Again, a brayer would have been useful for this but I went mad stamping away with my black ink pad.


Now, just polish off the image and there you have it!  I have added some Perfect Pearls (Kiwi) to the wings to give a nice shimmer effect.


You can also get this kind of effect using scrapbook paper as your background.



For these two cards and tag, I have stamped and embossed in black onto a piece of stripy scrapbook paper and then just blackened up the background as before. I ended up cutting out the flowers on this one as well and mounting them on different backgrounds but you could just do this to create a backing paper for your card.


This technique works really well with leaf stamps. I would show a demo but after spending half an hour pulling stuff out of packing boxes, I have given up searching for one, so you will just have to have a go yourself!


Next up, another layered emboss resist card and then there will be one more post to conclude this series. If you have missed any, then just scroll down the blog posts, or you can look under the Tips and Techniques section of the left hand side bar. If you have enjoyed reading about this technique, why not have a go yourself and post your photo on our Member's Gallery.

Thanks for reading!


Part 6 - Layered Emboss Resist



Here we are with Part 6 and the last of this mini-series on Resist Embossing. I hope you have enjoyed following our posts. If you want to read the previous parts, just scroll back through the blog posts, or you can find this technique and heaps more in the Projects and Tips section of the website.


Today, we look at the Layered Emboss Resist again. For this card I have stamped the background with an oriental script using a distressed ink pad. I've then stamped over the top with a flower stamp and heat embossed with an enamel embossing powder.



This just gives an enamel effect rather just a clear embossed image but either will do. The truth is that I lost my clear embossing powder when I was making this card, so had to use this enamel one! Next I have gone over the whole image with distressed inks in green shades to build up the depth.


After polishing off the images, you can see the background through the embossed parts and this is the way that you can create the layered depth.



Here is another example of the layered embossed resist, in reverse. This time we are using a shadow stamp so the background will be embossed and the image itself will remain unembossed and able to be coloured.

First off, I have stamped my background with the trusty script stamp and a light colour ink (Willow adirondack). You want a light coloured background for this one. Next I've stamped and embossed with my shadow image stamp. I was very pleased to pick up this gorgeous shadow stamp from my local craft store for $2!


Now we can go in and colour the image itself, as the background is protected. Using your inks, or other medium, colour in the design.



You can blend your inks with a water brush to get a lovely watercolour effect.


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