Friday, July 11, 2014

Craft Stamper Challenge Reminder::Embossed Resist

Ever since I started working with the embossed resist technique last week I haven't been able to stop making things!  I used this technique many years ago when I first started making cards but it has been one of those things that I set aside and neglected for a long time now.  Every once in a while when teaching someone who hasn't seen it before I remember what it felt like to see that embossing powder melt for the first time!  I see the look of wonder in their eyes and know that, like me, they're hooked forever.  So for today here is another book mark using the technique but  with a twist.  Read on for the short tutorial.

I wanted a strong surface to work on so I chose 140# water color paper.  I started with spraying the paper with three colors of Dylusions Spray inks.  I sprayed Bubblegum pink, Vibrant Turquoise and Fresh Lime.

The colors may seem a little bright but I will be toning them down later.  Next I used VersaMark embossing ink with an old brayer type stamp for my pattern.  After applying the design I sprinkled Clear Embossing Powder over it and then tapped off the excess.

Wow!  Cool pattern!!  Watch what happens when I heat it with the heat gun to melt the powder.

Gone.......but not for long.  Using Black Gelatos is like magic.  I applied just this much and it was way too much.  No problem, bring on the baby wipes and watch what happens.

Now we have our pattern back.  I felt it was still too dark for me so I continued to wipe it down with the baby wipes until it looked like this.

At this point I started cutting the book marks to measure 3" by 8".  You can pick and choose the color combos that you want on your project at this point.  After I had cut several of the markers I wanted to dress them up a little more, add more texture.  I used Dina Wakley's word stencil for this and some modeling paste, carefully applying the paste with a small paint brush.  If any of the words get smeared just wipe them off and come back later when it is dry and reapply the words as necessary.

Now mat the colorful panel onto a piece of black card stock that measures a quarter of an inch larger all the way around the tag.  It was still crying out for more decoration so I pulled some ribbon out of my stash and a K & Co button with a bird's nest on it to put at the top of the mark.   Just enough to make it look like a very special book mark!  Now to find a new book to read.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you'll try your hand at this technique and share your results with us at the Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge.  Talk to you soon ~ Renee  xxx


  1. Love this Renee the colours are gorgeous. You can never have enough bookmarks, Elizabeth xxx

  2. That is SO COOL, Renee!! I have embossing powder and black gelatos calling my NAME now. ;)

  3. Fabulous Renee!! So that versa mark pad made that firework design in the background? And what is that little pen nub for? Learning as I go here- so glad you show your tuts! (tutorials that is) heeheexo

  4. Do you know that I have never made a bookmark, Renee? I am thinking that is just a tad strange, and promise to fix that...and soon! I love the background of your tag, as it provides the variegated color and interest! Thanks for sharing today! Always love seeing how you put something together!

  5. What a bookmark! Love the layered colors and stenciling!

  6. Great technique and a beautiful bookmark!

  7. Very clever Renee, i love your idea of applying black gelatos on your background of clear embossed flowers, and the contrast with the first colors is perfect! Love your bookmark! I will try this, thanks. :) Hugs, hope you get well! Coco