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Out of the Dark ~ A Version of Emboss Resist Tutorial

January 9, 2011

These days there are many fun and crazy techniques where you need an umpteen number of tools. Once in a while it’s nice to get back to stamping and inking basics that still turn heads. This technique reminded me of when I learned how to make Ukrainian eggs in elementary school. (It isn’t the same technique though I am trying to figure out how to adapt it to paper)
What I love about it is that it’s easy and fun!

You’ll need:
-white cardstock
-3 or 4 dye inks, I used Tim Holtz’s Distress Inks
-black dye ink (Black Soot Distress Ink)
-Ranger craft sheet
-clear embossing powder
-embossing ink
-background stamp
-baby wipes

I’ve chosen to use Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender, Tumbled Glass and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks for the base. You can easily use one colour to make it work but it’s fun with more! You can use sponges to add colour to create that soft effect.

Start with one colour, it doesn’t matter which one. Ink up your sponge then start with it sitting on the craft sheet and with a circular motion add colour onto the cardstock in spots around the cardstock. If it’s not looking the way you’d like right away, that’s okay there’s more colours to add and it’s better to start off with less and add more as you need it.

Add the next colour in the same manner as above. To get an even balance of colour throughout the piece, add the spots of colour in a triangle. (If you look just below my thumb, see the 3 pink spots? They form a triangle.)

Now add your next colour. (I should have left this colour out as it was a little light compared to the rest of the colours I chose to use)

And add your next colour.

Look at your work and if you need to add more colour, adjust it until you’re happy. On my piece I had gone back and added more Tumbled Glass to make it stand out a little more.

Next, ensure that the ink is dry by drying it with a heat gun or tool. Even though it may look dry give it a blast of heat. Distress inks stay wet a little longer than most inks.

Ink up your background stamp with embossing ink and make sure it’s nice and juicy.

Stamp your cardstock. I’ve flipped it over onto the stamp and pressed down with my finger tips all over to make sure that the whole piece has been stamped. (ignore the sticky notes stuck on the back, I’ll revisit that later)

Hold the cardstock down with one hand (I have to make do with one as the other is holding the camera) and carefully lift up one side to make sure it’s worked. Then move your hand over and check the other side.

Even though embossing ink is clear, you can still see where the ink has been transferred.

Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel also known as UTEE. When you look closely at the crystals they’re larger than regular embossing powder. Regular or fine embossing powder is great for more detailed images.

Sprinkle the UTEE on your cardstock.

Tap the sides of the cardstock to remove excess UTEE. Don’t flick the front or back, you’ll end up removing too much UTEE.

Melt the UTEE with your heat tool.

Wait a couple of minutes for the UTEE to cool and harden before moving onto the next step.

Now add the black ink in the same way as above. You may have to go over it a few times to get it all nice and dark.

Lookin’ good but it’s not done yet. (Apologizes for the hazy photo.)

Take a baby wipe and wipe off the ink from the embossed areas.

And there you have it! The technique is a form of emboss resist. From here you can use it whole or cut it up and use parts of it.

After making this card, I’ve got a few strips to use for another day.

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Now it’s your turn to get inky!! Post your take on your blog add the link in the comments section below, I’d love to see what you do with it!

Thanks for stopping by!


8 Comments leave one →
  1. Deana hayes permalink
    January 9, 2011 9:07 am

    Great one Spike, I love the finished card and using 2 circles together.

  2. January 31, 2011 11:00 am

    Hey Spike, can you use a paint gun heater or a hair dryer to melt the UTEE how hot does it have to be?

    • February 14, 2011 5:35 pm

      Hi Dena thanks for your question. I’m not familiar with the heat output from a paint dryer. (a paint stripper will probably work as it used for softening paint but I’m sure you want to keep a little bit of distance at first when testing it out) But a hair dryer won’t be sufficient enough to melt the UTEE. Then again if you can get your hands on some UTEE, I’m always the kind of gal that would give it a go to see if it works!

  3. February 2, 2011 10:33 am

    I’ve got to figure out if I can use this technique in clay – it looks wonderful! I came through your site via the OWOH website and got distracted by the beautiful tutorials.

  4. February 7, 2011 5:46 pm

    Oh that is just freakin’ awesome. Thank you! I can’t wait to come back and scroll through more of your blog…and then go play with the ideas! Yay!

  5. February 14, 2011 10:34 pm

    Wow. What a great technique. I think I need to look at more of your posts.
    Kyles =D

  6. February 21, 2011 4:47 pm

    That was interesting. Thanks.

  7. July 12, 2013 6:18 am

    Love this look! Thanks for sharing the great step by step.

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