Friday, January 8, 2016

Technique Blog Hop - January - Emboss Resist

Hello all, and welcome to this month's Technique Blog Hop.  This is the first in a year-long series of monthly blog hops focusing on techniques for card makers.  Each month we will feature a new technique . . . a new fold . . . a new product.  We've assembled a team of cardmakers who range from new to advanced, so you will see a great variety of cards and ideas. 

This month we will be focusing on the emboss resist techniques and WOW have we got some cool cards for you today.  I caught a sneak peek of them earlier in the week, and I can't wait to hop myself.

We love feedback, so please be sure to comment on each of the blogs in today's hop.  Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a prize drawing for a $25 gift certificate at the end of the year.

Now, on with my projects for the hop.I tried a couple of techniques, and the best advice I can give is not to give up on whatever artistic panels you create.  I'll admit a few hit the bottom of my trash barrel, but sometimes you need marinate on them overnight in order to see the creativity. 

First up for me is a card created using white embossing powder and "fill" images from a two-step stamp.  I white embossed the watercolor cardstock, and then used dye inks  to fill in the color.  I also sponged the blue background. 

I will admit that I struggled with this because the stamped fill was outside of the lines.  But I followed thru and finished the card, regardless.  I also sponged the blue background, and the green and pink colors went a bit out of the lines even more!  Note that I cut the finished piece into random panels and embossed the edges in gold. 

For my second card I wanted to try embossing an entire watercolor panel using a background stamp and then masking and adding color to an inner framed portion.  I'll admit that I struggled with this one as well.  I'm such a linear scrapper!  The embossing powder on this one was clear.   I used distress ink to watercolor the flowers and leaves. 

I do love looking at it close up, as opposed to from a distance.  That's when you can see that the embossing covered the entire panel.  

My third card was my favorite.  Can you say clean lines and linear?  This is right up my alley.  For this one I used a pre-embossed piece of cardstock from Stampin' Up.  I sponged dye ink over the panel and tried to stay darker on the outer edges.  I die cut the star images, and popped it over my white card base.  

 My sentiment spoke of "sparkle" so I added some sparkle in the form of the rhinestones in the stars and some black glitter embossing powder on the edges of the sentiment. 

And my second favorite was created using Kevin Oliver Color Bursts on watercolor paper.  For this one I embossed the dog and paw images first, and then spritzed the entire piece with water.   I then applied two colors of the Color Burst over the panel  Then more spritzing.  Then more color burst.  Maybe more spritzing.  Just play until you get what you want. 

I also sprayed with water that had Perfect Pearls . . . hence that sheen that is showing below.  

 I really love the contrast of shading on this panel.  I love the darker areas of the panel.

Up next is  Sharon at A Piece of Heart

I hope these will inspire some creativity, and I hope you find some time to create!

Here's today's line-up in case you get lost along the way
 Theresa  -
Kim  -
Claudia  -
Denise  -
Debbie  -
Sharon  -
Lisa  -
Jearise  -

Supplies Used - Happy Valentines Day
Cardstock:  Solar White (Neenah), Basic Black (Stampin' Up), Watercolor (Close To My Heart)
Stamps:  Beloved Bouquet (Close To My Heart)
Ink:  Cotton Candy, Topiary, Glacier (Close To My Heart) and Versamark
Other:  Gold and White Embossing Powders (Ranger), Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Supplies Used - Thanks So Much
Cardstock:  Solar White (Neenah), Basic Black (Stampin' Up), Watercolor (Bee)
Stamps:  Cover-a-Card Roses (Impression Obsession), Mini Messages (Mama Elephant)
Dies:  Mini Tags (Mama Elephant)
Ink:  Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, Pine Needles (Ranger Distress); Versamark
Ribbon:  Twine (The Stamps of Life)
Other:  Clear and White Embossing Powders (Ranger), Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Supplies Used - Sparkle
Cardstock:  Marshmallow (Bazzill) and White Daisy (CTMH)
Pattern Paper:  Irristibly Yours DSP (Stampin' Up)
Stamps:  Shiny Happy Sentiments (Lil' Inker)
Dies:  Stitched Stars (Lil' Inker)
Ink:  Juniper (Close To My Heart), Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Other:  Bitty Sparkles (Close To My Heart), Black Sparkle Embossing Powder (Ranger)

Supplies Used - Feeling Ruff
Cardstock:  Marshmallow (Bazzill), Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up), Watercolor Paper (Close To My Heart)
Stamps:  Love My Dog (Close To My Heart)
Ink:  Versamark, Merlot and Sepia Color (Ken Oliver Color Burst), Candied Apple (Ranger Distress Marker)
Ribbon:  Scallop Dot (Stampin' Up)
Other: White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Liquid Glass (Close To My Heart)


  1. Debbie, I love that first card. I know you went "outside the lines" but it's watercolor and I think it is cool and artsy. I love that you chopped it up and highlighted the pieces with the gold embossing powder. I've got to get my hands on some of the color bursts/powders. Great job on all the cards! Thanks for taking this journey with me.

  2. Debbie, these cards are all so lovely. The first one reminds me of that technique that's all the rage in wood sign making these days with the image cut into pieces the way it is. So great!

    It was fun hopping with you.

    A Piece Of Heart Blog
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  3. Debbie! I'm blown away. Not only have you rocked the technique but your creative card design is superb! I am so, so impressed! I love all your cards...I honestly couldn't pick a favorite! But your l'il pup stole me heart. It was fun hopping with you!

  4. You are to hard to yourself Debbie, I love all your cards. The first one is simply gorgeous and love everything you did to it. Your second one is a great use of embossing and I have to keep this in mind...third and fourth are great too! Love to see what ended up on the bottom of your trash barrel :-)

  5. Gorgeous cards! I like the panels embossed with gold. I need to try this. The color bursts made a great background! I think those could be fun. I could go so broke hanging out and trying the many things I am seeing in this blog hop.

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  7. Great cards! I love the split panels on the first card!

  8. Love love love the star and doggie cards. They are so cute!!

  9. Wow, your cards are all so different! I think my favourite one is the masked one. Love all of them.

  10. Oh my WOW! These are really good! I know it's not what you wanted, but the flower card with the colors going out of the lines makes me think of Impressionist paintings. I would never have thought it wasn't supposed to be that way. Great job and wonderful hopping with you.

  11. Your cards look fantastic I love how you did the star one :)

  12. Your cards are beautiful! The puppy card is so cute!!

  13. Debbie, I like all of them, even the ones that were not the way you usually do them. I, too, am a lineal card maker, but sometimes it is good to go outside our comfort zone. Great job.