Cardmaking, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen, Hello Monday

Embossed Resist With a Twist

Today’s project features a fun resist effect over layered images for creating a modern, abstract background! I’m also featuring the Quietude Color Palette.


  • This technique works best with CLEAR embossing powder over images stamped with clear embossing ink, such as Versamark, and colored pigment inks. All ink pads should be well-inked; dry ink pads will not hold the embossing powder to the paper surface very well.
  • I like to start by stamping solid images with clear embossing ink*, then layering textural images, bold or detailed images over the top in colored pigment inks. *It can be difficult to see where you’ve stamped with clear embossing ink; you may need to tilt your project in the light to see where those images are.
  • My 2nd layer of images (the spotted images) were stamped in black pigment ink for high contrast, but try stamping with different colors of pigment ink.
  • Apply clear embossing powder over all the stamped images last.
  • Take care that all embossing powder has been properly heated and melted (shiny and raised)–Tilt your project in the light to check! If you have any “sandy/gritty” areas, it means you missed a spot with the heat gun.
  • After the embossing has cooled, you’re ready to paint your colors over the top; the embossed areas will resist the paint.
  • If you have any residual wet paint sitting on top of the embossed areas, just use your clean paint brush to lift it off or a tissue to wipe it off.
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