No-Stress Distress Inks #6 – Clear Emboss Resist

Are you ready for another lesson today? I hope so, because I’m ready and rarin’ to go and excited to share the two projects for today. That’s right, two! I couldn’t help myself. They both showcase different aspects of the same technique. Here’s the video for today:

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Here are the cards for this lesson. I love this technique; it’s SO easy and creates backgrounds that look like it took magic to create. Love!

I love how this started out that flower pattern started out with just cream cardstock.

Supplies: Cardstock – Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream and Sweet Blush), Stamps – Hero Arts (S5472 Daisy Outline Pattern) and Papertrey Ink (Mat Stack 4 Collection), Crocheted Flower – American Crafts (Dear Lizzy Spring Collection), Flower Brad – American Crafts (Peachy Keen Collection), Flower Button – Pebbles (Ever After Collection), Ink – Ranger (Distress Inks in Milled Lavender, Victorian Velvet and Dusty Concord) and Tsukineko (Versamark), Embossing Powder – American Crafts (Clear Zing), Ribbon – Papertrey Ink (Raspberry Fizz), Label Punch – EK Success, Button Twine – Papertrey Ink (Rustic Cream).

I love how peaceful this card is. Emboss resist isn’t just for cardstock; it looks great on patterned paper, too!

Supplies: Cardstock – Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream), Patterned Paper – Basic Grey (Wisteria 6 by 6 pad), Ink – Ranger (Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans) and Tsukineko (Versamark), Embossing Powder – American Crafts (Clear Zing), Stamps – Hero Arts (F5158 Heart Winged Butterfly and CL497 Find Joy), Rhinestone Brads – American Crafts, Thread – DMC.

The Print-Out

Download the PDF for this Lesson #6 containing notes about the cards and techniques here.

Techniques covered in the video

  • Use a stamps with bold lines for the best results. You’ll get a final product with more contrast if you use light paper with darker inks.
  • Ink your stamp well with Versamark (embossing ink or another ink that stays wet for a while) and cover with clear embossing powder; heat with a heat gun (it’s best to invest in a heat gun – it’s by far the best way to make the powder melt but still stay in place).
  • Once the embossing powder is melted and cooled down, start inking as desired. I usually start with the lightest color and add darker colors in layers, focusing on the outside edges the most.
  • For quick initial coloring or a darker, vibrant color, use the ink pad di- rectly over the embossed image and then blend in with the blending tool.
  • Go over the embossed area with a tissue to wipe off the excess ink when you’re done for extra vibrance.


Tejal: Since these are water-based inks (they are, aren’t they?) will it affect my colored images? I only have sharpies to color and Watercolor pencils. No copics or prismas yet. Do I color before I blend or color after I blend? I do own Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils..those are permanent colors.. so that would stay better than any other watercolor pencils..Would love your two cents on it.

Answer: Yes, Distress Inks are water-based (as I believe most Dye inks are) and therefore will react with water. If you were to use a coloring medium over the top that contains water, it would react with the distress ink below. Therefore, if using watercolor pencils (even if they stay well, they are meant to react with water) or another water-based medium (like many scrapbooking markers), color first, let it dry, and then distress over it. The Distress Inks will react with water but won’t cause trouble if they are used over something dry.

As far as alcohol-based mediums go (like sharpies and copics), you can use them in any order with Distress Ink since they shouldn’t react with one another. I prefer to do all of my coloring first then distress last just to be save. Plus, I always feel like coloring is easier to mess up, so I do that first so I don’t have to re-do coloring and distressing if I need to start my image over. Hope that makes sense! If all else fails, try things out on a piece of scrap paper first and see how it looks and reacts. That’s what I do!

Melissa S: What’s your opinion on getting all the re-inkers for all the ink pads?

Answer: Check out what I said about that on this post.

If you have any other questions, let me know! If you have the question, chances are that others do as well. :) Thanks so much for stopping by today and always leaving such sweet comments. You make me smile soooo big.




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11 Responses to No-Stress Distress Inks #6 – Clear Emboss Resist

  1. Never thought about doing the resist over patterned paper. I have never tried the resist technique before. I will have to put it away in my bag of tricks for later. :)

  2. Gorgeous cards Brit. Love the colors you chose and the PP. I also love distressing and emboss resist and Distress inks:)) Thanks for taking the time out to make such informative videos.

  3. Holy carp! Someone just linked you up over at and not only do your videos rock but I LOVE your layouts over at Studio Calico. I just adore you funky, artsy style :)

    (BTW – if you are looking for any new challenges we have a DT call out for creative soup… figure it can’t hurt to mention it :) )

  4. I can’t believe how you do it – so much and so wonderful. These videos are most amazing. Thanks for sharing what it is very clear that you love. You rock!

  5. Thank you so much for taking time out to answer my questions…really really helps…off to watch the video!! Thanks so much again!

  6. You are such a fabulous teacher! I am loving every minute of these classes! I’m learning so much. Thank you so much for taking the time out to pass your knowledge on. Both cards are beautiful, but the butterfly one is stunning!

  7. Hi Brit,
    I love your classes; thank you SO much for them!

    And all I can say is WOW re that butterfly card; that’s one of the most beautiful cards I’ve ever seen!!!

    Well done and thank you, again :)

  8. thanks so much for this video :) totally helpful

  9. Rob

    Hi Brit,
    Thanks so much for the lovely video, I really love this technique and especially the one that you have done on the patterened paper. I will give this a try.

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