I wanted to use up more of the supplies in my Simon Says Stamp September Card Kit so I popped over to the Friday Mashup Challenge Blog to see if the challenge could get my gears spinning. It did! The FM176 challenge this week is to create a project using the provided sketch, or to create a project using an emboss resist technique, or to mash them up and create a project using the sketch and emboss resist. Here is the sketch:
So, emboss resist is the process of heat embossing an image and then applying ink over top. The embossed areas resist the ink and stay vibrant. I’ve mostly seen this done with white embossed images, so I wasn’t sure if using coloured ink and clear embossing is strictly considered emboss resist, but hey, why not?
I cut a 4″ x 4″ white cardbase and protected the back of the card with some strips of Post-It tape. The Post-It tape also helped the card stay in place while I stamped and inked. Using one of the book stamps from the SSS To Thine Own Shelf set, I stamped with three colours of pigment ink from my Color Box Petal Point, Enchantment. To emboss, I used Ranger Superfine clear embossing power. I stamped and embossed one colour at a time and used my homemade anti-static bag in between each colour.
I wasn’t happy with how some of the books had embossed so I stamped over them with VersaMark ink and re-embossed to make sure my resist would work.
Once I was content with the embossed background, I used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and a makeup sponge to cover the whole card front. Just for good measure, I added some water droplets for a bit of a more distressed look. This ink came in the card kit and it’s my first time ever using Distress Ink. I think I might be hooked. My resist technique isn’t perfect but the Distress Ink helped smooth everything out and dried beautifully.
I used a scrap of patterned paper (also from the kit, October Afternoon, Public Library) and some stickers to finish off the card. I wanted to pop up the sentiment but since it was a sticker I rubbed some baby powder on the back before applying my foam tape to make sure none of the edges got stuck down.
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