Emboss Resist

A few weeks ago I did a post on Heat Embossing for beginners. You can find that HERE if you are interested, but today I wanted to show you just one of many techniques that you can pair with heat embossing to create a beautiful card. When you combine heat embossing with distress ink blending, you get the emboss resist technique. Now Distress Ink Blending is not the only way to create an emboss resist, but it’s the technique I’m using today. When you apply distress ink over any heat embossed image, that image will resist the ink and stay true to it’s embossed color, in the case of today’s card white. This allows my white snowflakes to really pop against a colorful background for a gorgeous, colorful Christmas card! Watch the video below for the full tutorial!


Starting with a 4″ x 4″ piece of watercolor paper that had been prepped with an embossing bag, I randomly stamped the larger snowflakes in the “Snowflake Wonder” stamp set onto the paper with Versamark ink. I then came back in with the smaller snowflakes from the set and filled in the remain space, again with Versamark Ink. I then heat embossed the entire panel with white embossing powder and my heat tool. When embossing a large area like this, it is best to let your heat tool heat up first to help prevent warping.


Using my mini ink blending tool and Distress Inks in the colors of Evergreen Bough and Picked Raspberry I blended the two colors onto the watercolor paper. When choosing colors for ink blending, make sure they will blend well together. When these two colors overlap they create a nice purple.  Finally I splattered on Perfect Pearls mixed with water, using a paint brush. I sat this panel aside to dry and worked on my sentiment, doing a bit of selective stamping with two different colors of dye ink on a die cut circle. To do the two toned sentiment I used painter’s tape and my MISTI to make the process easier. When I was done with my sentiment I framed out the circle die cut with a hot pink cardstock frame that I die cut with two circle dies and used glossy accents to adhere it.


While my frame dried I started putting the rest of the card together. I mounted the watercolor panel onto a 4.25″ x 4.25″ white card base with the fold on top, using white fun foam and double sided adhesive. Finally, I mounted the circle sentiment panel with more fun foam and double sided adhesive to finish off the card.


This card was so much fun to make and again, could so easily be customized to your style by switching up colors, adding some ribbons, sequins, etc. The Emboss Resist technique is also a great technique to use with any number of other stamps sets as well!

If you’re interested in any of the supplies I used on today’s card you can find them all linked below! (Affiliate Links Used) Thanks so much for stopping by today! Happy Crafting!!

Snowflake Wonder Stamp Set – Inspired by Stamping

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