For my project, I decided to use my favorite stamping technique, an embossing resist. I chose a wedding card because that's something sorta out-of-box for me, and I love a challenge.
I like the teal-turquoise ink color, I think it's unexpected and it's a stand-out against the white background.
Here's what you'll need to do an embossing resist technique:
- Heavy white cardstock. I've been known to use poster board in the past, but my favorite is Core'dinations Smooth, or Core'dinations Gemstones Collection in Diamonds, which is what I used here.
- Versamark ink pad
- Clear embossing powder
- Heat gun or heat tool
- Dye-based ink pad (I used Peacock Feathers by Tim Holtz)
- Any stamp (I prefer a background with a lot of solid space rather than fine details)
First thing you will do is ink up your stamp with the Versamark. If you're going to use a die-cut shape, such as the circles I used to create my rosettes, you'll want to die-cut the cardstock before stamping.
Next, pour clear embossing powder over the stamped image. Make sure you get a good coat of powder and shake off all your excess onto scrap paper or a coffee filter to return to the jar.
Carefully heat the powder with your heat gun. I like to move my gun around to ensure I don't burn my paper. The powder will be semi-invisible when it's heated, you'll have to tilt the cardstock in the light to see the embossing. If you miss any areas with the heat gun, when you go to ink it you'll see where you missed because the ink won't resist and the powder will smear.
Set your piece(s) aside to cool for a bit. I like to give them a good ten minutes just to make sure the powder is totally set, otherwise I could make it flake off when I apply the ink.
When your embossing has cooled,, take a sponge or an ink blending tool with a sponge on it, and apply your ink over the embossing. The white will show through and resist the ink, creating your dimensional, colorful image.
I make sure to run my sponge around the edge of the embossed paper too, to give it extra dimension.
In the case of these flowers, I used three circles for each rosette. After they were stamped, embossed and inked, I punched a hole in the center and stacked them with a rhinestone brad. Then I began crunching and wrinkling the circles until they formed wavy flowers. There's no rhyme or reason to this technique, you can make it as fluffy or as flat as you want.
I think the embossing resist adds a lot of dimension to these flowers, but you can use it for card backgrounds and all sorts of projects.
Thank you, Sincity Stamps, for giving me the opportunity to apply for your design team. I hope you liked what you saw!