Hi everyone! Lisa here and this week I wanna share one of my favorite techniques with you: embossing resist.
Whenever I try to describe this technique to someone, they kind of look at me as though they think I'm insane (they probably do--doesn't bother me, happens all the time) and then they say, "It won't work". But it DOES.
Check out my focal image here, that's where I did the embossing resist.
See how the white stands out from the blue background? That's cause I embossed the stamped image with CLEAR embossing powder on white cardstock. You want a cardstock that's kind of thick (I really like Wassau Bright White but you can also use the Georgia Pacific stuff they sell at Walmart for under $6!) and has a smooth finish, no texture to it at all.
I prefer Versamark but you can stamp with any embossing ink. After heating the powder completely, let it cool for a few minutes so that when you rub the ink on, you won't take the embossing off! (Waiting also keeps you from burning your hands on the hot powder. Yes, I've done this myself, more than once.)
When your embossing is cool, take a makeup sponge or Tim Holtz ink blending tool and rub your favorite dye-based inks over the raised design. Your stamped image will stay white while the ink fills in the background, creating depth.
I call this card "Caged No More" 'cause the bird has escaped its cage and will soon be free.
I hope this card inspires you to try the resist technique out, you'll be a fan! Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting! --Lisa Bedigian