Variations of the Emboss Resist Technique

In today’s post, I’ll be showing projects made with the emboss resist technique and the NEW and gorgeous Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set.

It was so fun to use my new Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set to create today’s projects. There are just so many fun variations and possibilities with the emboss resist technique! Now in this post, you’ll see two finished cards and a third focal piece showing yet another variation of the emboss resist technique. I’ll explain how each of these pieces was created to get the different looks.

Here are my two finished Emboss Resist Technique cards:

Learn simple variations of the Emboss Resist Technique with the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set. Plus, see 8 additional project samples!

The essential variables:

  1. The Color of Embossing Powder and
  2. At what point(s) you add your background colors

For this first project, I started by applying some Seaside Spray ink with one of the amazing Stampin’ Up! Blending Brushes, to my Basic White cardstock. I then heat embossing the butterflies with clear embossing powder essentially trapping the color under the heat embossed images. Since the embossing powder is clear, you can see the color underneath. Next, the foliage images were stamped in Mossy Meadow ink with an image from the Very Versailles Stamp Set. My goal was to create a vintage look and the Mossy Meadow ink seemed like the perfect color. The script images were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink with second and third inking to create a subtle background element. This script image also comes from the Very Versailles Stamp Set.

Learn simple variations of the Emboss Resist Technique with the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set. Plus, see 8 additional project samples!

Can you see how the foliage and script images look like they are in the background even though they were stamped after my heat embossing was done?

The key to this effect is the “magic” of the Emboss Resist Technique!

Learn simple variations of the Emboss Resist Technique with the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set. Plus, see 8 additional project samples!

The heat embossed images simply don’t absorb any water-based ink that is stamped on top of them. As a result, the ink in these spots simply rubs off making it look like the stamped images are in the background. I just love the resulting multi-dimensional look that you get with the emboss resist technique!

Learn simple variations of the Emboss Resist Technique with the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set. Plus, see 8 additional project samples!

The next step is to add color to reveal all the beautiful detail in the butterflies. I’ve used the Blending Brushes with the following ink colors: Seaside Spray, Misty Moonlight, Night of Navy, and Mossy Meadow.

Learn simple variations of the Emboss Resist Technique with the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set. Plus, see 8 additional project samples!

Here’s how I added my colors:

My lightest color, Seaside Spray, was applied generously while also leaving areas with very little color as well. Then some Misty Moonlight ink was added to the center of each butterfly fanning out from the body into the wings just a bit. Next, some night of Navy ink was applied sparingly along the edges. Lastly, I used some of the Mossy Meadow ink along the top and left edges where the foliage was stamped.

The last step is to use a moist (not wet) paper towel to wipe the surface.

Wiping the surface will remove the excess ink, revealing the color under the clear heat embossed images. Remember, the heat embossed areas will resist the ink! Since I applied some Seaside Spray ink to the white cardstock as my first step, the butterflies are a mix of white and Seaside Spray on this focal piece.

Learn simple variations of the Emboss Resist Technique with the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set. Plus, see 8 additional project samples!

For my background piece I’ve dry embossed with the Brick & Mortar embossing folder and used my Blending Brush to add some Misty Moonlight ink to the edges. I love how the added color reveals so much more of the texture in the dry embossed piece of Seaside Spray cardstock.

Learn simple variations of the Emboss Resist Technique with the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set. Plus, see 8 additional project samples!

To make the focal piece for the card above I actually started with a ¼ sheet of white cardstock like the one you see below.

The whole piece was stamped, heat embossed, colored, and then cut down the middle, so I’d actually get two focal pieces and two cards out of the deal! Fun right?

Now you may not be able to tell from the photo below but for this piece, I actually did NOT add color to my cardstock before I heat embossed. I wanted to experiment with the different effects I could get with the emboss resist technique using clear embossing powder. I have also NOT removed the excess ink from the surface yet on this piece so at this stage it almost looks like I did add color to the cardstock.

Learn simple variations of the Emboss Resist Technique with the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set. Plus, see 8 additional project samples!

In the next few photos, you’ll see the transformation that happens after the ink on the surface is removed!

In the photo here, I’ve used my moist paper towel to remove the color from the surface of just my largest butterfly. Look how bright white this butterfly now is!

Learn simple variations of the Emboss Resist Technique with the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set. Plus, see 8 additional project samples!

In this next photo, I’ve used my moist paper towel to remove the color from the surface of the remaining butterflies. Now I can cut my card down the middle and make my two additional cards!

Learn simple variations of the Emboss Resist Technique with the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set. Plus, see 8 additional project samples!

For this last project, I started by heat embossing the butterflies with white, instead of clear, embossing powder.

The foliage images were stamped with an image from the Forever Fern Stamp Set which also works beautifully for this design.

Learn simple variations of the Emboss Resist Technique with the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set. Plus, see 8 additional project samples!

I used my blending brushes with the same ink colors, basically in the same way, as on the first card and focal piece.

Learn simple variations of the Emboss Resist Technique with the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set. Plus, see 8 additional project samples!

In this case, I used the whole finished panel as is, added a few coordinating ribbons and my card was done!

Learn simple variations of the Emboss Resist Technique with the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set. Plus, see 8 additional project samples!

Here are all three of my pieces made with the emboss resist technique:

The differences between them are subtle and all so pretty to me!

Learn simple variations of the Emboss Resist Technique with the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set. Plus, see 8 additional project samples!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my projects made with the emboss resist technique and that you’re inspired to go create your own!

Learn simple variations of the Emboss Resist Technique with the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set. Plus, see 8 additional project samples!

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Happy Crafting!

Melissa 🙂


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Project Dimensions:

White Embossed Butterflies Card

  • Card Body in White: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
  • Focal Piece in White: 4″ x 5-1/4″

Clear Embossed Butterflies Card

  • Night of Navy Card Body: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
  • Seaside Spray Layer: 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Night of Navy Focal Backing: 3″ x 4-3/8″
  • White Focal Piece: 2-13/16″ x 4-3/16″
  • White Inside Piece: 4″ x 5-1/4″

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