I have been trying to expand my “color comfort zone,” so 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.
- White Cardstock cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″.
- Card Base cut to 11″ x 4 1/4″ and folded in half. I used Calypso Coral.
- VersaMark Ink pad.
- Your choice of inks. I used Pool Party and Bermuda Bay for my blues.
- Stamps of your choice, but works best with large stamps with thick lines.
- Ink blender/sponge.
- Clear embossing powder.
- 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!)
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. Using your favorite heat tool, emboss the image.
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, 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.
I finished the image and gave it some extra texture by spritzing water over the ink and adding 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. I adhered everything to the front of the Calypso Coral cardstock and trimmed the excess.
Of course I couldn’t just stop with one card. I created a different card using a giant Stampin Up Dahlia stamp and Distress Ink in Evergreen Bough. I used a small paintbrush to apply water to the petals and immediately dabbed with a paper towel. This lifted some of the ink and lightened the color of the petals.
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!
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 what you’ll be using!