Embossed Stamp Resist Cards

The embossed stamp resist technique is fun, but I want to use it more often. It make your image stand out from your unique colored background with a white silhoutte.

At the same time, I have been trying to expand my “color comfort zone.” When I saw the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #277  using some of my favorites, I knew I had to play along! See below for the quick tutorial using these colors and the embossed stamp resist technique.
CC&S color277

See below for step-by-step instructions to use the embossed stamp resist technique for your next project.


  1. White Cardstock cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″.
  2. Card Base cut to 11″ x 4 1/4″ and folded in half. I used Calypso Coral.
  3. VersaMark Ink pad.
  4. Your choice of inks. I used Pool Party and Bermuda Bay for my blues.
  5. Stamps of your choice, but works best with large stamps with thick lines.
  6. Ink blender/sponge.
  7. Clear embossing powder.
  8. Heat tool. (Fun fact: When I first started out stamping years ago, I used the gas stove in my apartment to emboss. I wouldn’t recommend this technique, but as long as I didn’t scorch the paper, it did the job. I love my heat tool!)

Instructions for a embossed stamp resist card:

Stamp your image:

Using Versamark ink, stamp your large flower (Dandelion from Close to My Heart) onto your white cardstock. Quickly, cover the image with clear embossing powder and tap off the excess.

Using your favorite heat tool, emboss the image.

Versamark Dandelion stamp embossed clear

It doesn’t look like much yet.

Ink your background:

I rubbed my sponge over the lightest blue ink (Pool Party) and, in a circular motion, applied the ink to the top half of the cardstock. Start light with rubbing the ink, as you can always add more ink. Add ink right over the embossed image.

Then, apply the darker blue ink (Bermuda Bay) on the bottom half of the cardstock. Some of the ink may sit on top of the image and make it look dirty, but it can be wiped off with a damp paper towel.

Sponge color over embossed danelion stamped image

You can always add more ink!

Give it Texture:

To finish the image and gave it some extra texture, I spritzed water over the ink and added a few white sequins.

I used this same emboss/ink resist technique to create the sentiment banner in the darkest blue and adhered it to a larger white banner. Trim the excess. Lastly, use your favorite adhesive to adhere everything to the front of the Calypso Coral cardstock.

Embossed Dandelion Stamp Ink Resist Card

Of course I couldn’t stop with just one card.

A different card was created using a giant (retired) Stampin Up Dahlia stamp and Distress Ink in Evergreen Bough.

Tip: Use a small paintbrush to apply water to the petals and immediately dab with a paper towel. This will clean the white embossed image and petals and lift some of the ink

I’m also entering this card into the Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #297 Make your Mark , Crafty Cardmakers Embossing theme, Little Patch of Crafty Friends challenge, and the Penny Black “In the Garden” Challenge!

Please check out some of my recent tutorial posts where I used floral stamps! Masculine Card, Winged Challenge, and Paper Pumpkin Leftovers.

Wanna see an updated use of this Emboss Resist Technique? Click to see the tutorial below:

Octopus rainbow shaker card sea of textures

I hope this tutorial sparked some ideas for your paper crafts! Do you have a stamp that would be perfect for this technique?

Please comment below about what stamps you’ll be using!

Happy Crafting!!

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21 Responses

  1. Very nice! ☺

  2. Great resist stamping and lovely colour palette, many thanks for joining our ‘In the Garden’ theme at Penny Black and More June challenge.
    B x

  3. Your emboss resist technique looks gorgeous Laura and I love the texture you achieved with the sponged background.
    Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Carol x

  4. Wei says:

    Great embossed card, Laura! Thanks for playing along with us at CAS Colours & Sketches this week. Please come back with us again.

  5. Jeanne K says:

    Great technique and a wonderful way to use the colors. Thanks for joining us this week at CC&S!

  6. Josephine says:

    Beautiful cards.
    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers!

  7. Angela says:

    Great embossed design. Thanks for sharing it with us at Crafty Cardmakers and good luck with the challenge, Angela xXx

  8. Very beautiful card. Love the monochromatic look! Thank you for joining us at the ATSM challenges. Hoping to see you again soon. Nandini, DT

  9. Fabulous design and spot on perfect for our current challenge.
    Thank you so much for sharing with us
    Crafty Cardmakers

  10. I love the look of the white embossed flowers agains those beautiful backgrounds ;o) Gorgeous and elegant card ;o) Thank you for playing along with our “Wet or Dry Embossing” challenge at the Crafty Cardmakers! Have a wonderful day and happy crafting! Hugs, Maike

  11. Wonderful embossed card. Thanks for entering Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, good luck and hope to see you again.
    Denise (Owner of LPOCF)

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