Emboss Resist Technique
I am ready to confess! This technique has quickly become my favourite. It's so easy and so effective. Even the cost of supplies is fairly low. All you need is a heat tool (around £15), watermark ink pad (VersaMark is my top choice, about £6) and embossing powders (WOW, Papermania and other brands, from £4). Ideally, I would also recommend to get an embossing buddy. It's great to get rid of any grease, dust or finger prints on your card because the embossing powder likes to stick to these, and you will end up with powder where you don't want it.
When making the card above, start with the front panel. You will need a white card measuring 10.5 x 14.8 cm (4 1/8'' x 5 7/8''). Rub the surface with the embossing buddy. It removes all the dust specks and grease. Use VersaMark ink with your stamp, and stamp multiple images. One of the great qualities of the VersaMark ink (or any watermark ink) is that it dries slowly, which enables you to stamp multiple images before applying the powder. You still need to be fairly quick though, so no tea or coffee break in between stamping and putting the powder on!
Once you have covered the stamped images with the powder, tilt the card and flick it lightly with your finger to remove any excess powder. If you do this over a folded A4 sheet, it will be easier to put the excess powder back in the pot. Now you are ready to heat the embossing powder up. Pre-heat the embossing tool for about 30 seconds before you use it to ensure it has a working temperature. Hold it above the stamped image about an 1.5'' away. Move the heat tool in circular motions. With most powders you should be able to see when the powder has melted. It goes from a powdery and grainy texture to a smooth, shiny one. White powder can be a bit tricky, but generally if the texture changed and the colour is brighter, it's ready. I love using golden embossing powder because of the dramatic, almost magical change, once the powder gets heated.
Make sure you always hold the opposite end of your card to the one you are working on. It gets really hot! Once all the powder has melted, let it cool down for couple of minutes. Get your Distress Oxide inks ready. I used Blueprint Sketch on all of the cards above and also Peacock Feathers on the 'Noel' card. Use the blending tool to apply the ink. Use circular motions to evenly distribute the ink, and be generous with the amount. Leave to dry or use the heat tool to dry it quicker.
I used a cluster of stars from the Holly Jolly Greetings set to cover the background. You can either do this by stamping them with white ink - this will give you a subtle background. For bolder background, use VersaMark and white embossing powder, and melt the powder with the heat tool. This can be done straight after you have heat embossed the snowflakes. Once cooled, you can apply the Distress Oxide inks.
Next, die cut a sentiment from the mirri card. I like to use adhesive sheets with any delicate or detailed dies. The sheet turns the die cut image into a sticker. It just saves so much time and hassle!
TIP: When working with the Distress Oxide inks, avoid using liquid glue. Any contact with liquid is likely to affect the inked surface, as the inks react with it.
Once you have your sentiment on, you can stamp additional sentiments on. Finish the card by layering the front panel onto a sheet of mirri and then onto your card base folded in half.
List of supplies:
Card base: 16 x 23.6 cm (6.5'' x 9 2/8'') Blueberry Bushell - Stampin' Up!
Silver Mirri Card - Hunkydory : 11 x 15.3 cm (4 3/8'' x 6'') + small strip to cut out the sentiment
White card: 10.5 x 14.8 cm (4 1/8'' x 5 7/8'')
VersaMark watermark ink - Tsukineko
Whisper White ink pad - Stampin' Up!
Night of Navy ink pad - Stampin' Up!
Seafoam White Embossing Powder - Papermania
Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide ink - Ranger
Blending Tool - Ranger
Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set - Stampin' Up! (available on ebay)
Expressions Thinlits Dies - Stampin' Up! (available on ebay)
Wonderful Wreath Framelits - Stampin' Up! (available on ebay)