How To’sday | Emboss Resist Technique

Today’s How To’sday by Jennifer Blomquist is awesome! You have made it look so easy – such a great effect!

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It’s a new year, and that means a good excuse to try new things.  One of the things I’ve recently rediscovered is heat embossing!  It always looks so classy on a project and here is another technique you can try to take your heat embossing up a notch with the Emboss Resist technique!  It is easy to do, and gives you endless possibilities using your favorite stamps, ink, and embossing powders.

To get started, you are going to need your basics:  Versamark ink, embossing powder, heat gun, stamps, and I recommend an embossing buddy (that little fabric pouch in the upper left corner of the photo). It holds some magic cornstarch-like dust that de-statics your projects and keeps stray embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it.

First, pick your image.  I like an image with lots of detail and gaps for color between the raised embossed part of the image.  Use the embossing buddy to destatic your paper and them stamp in Versamark. Cover the stamped image with your embossing powder of choice (I like white embossing powder) and heat with your heat gun.


For fun, you can stamp a coordinating image overlapping your heat embossed image.  This is your first hint of how the embossing is ink-resistant!

Now, to start inking up your image.  Grab a sponge – I like the porous yellow sponges that I can cut into wedges. You can use other sponges to get different densities of ink (the makeup sponges or sponge daubers will give you a darker, more concentrated look). I don’t recommend cotton balls or similar items because you tend to get stray fibers from the cotton ball that pick up ink and put it down where you don’t want it. Take your sponge and tap it on your ink pad to pick up ink. Then, starting from the center of your image, swirl the sponge over your heat embossed image in a circular motion. Keep spiraling out, tapping more ink when necessary, until you have covered your entire embossed image and have the color as dark as you want.

When you are done, you should have your embossed image resisting the color you sponged and the paper picking up the ink you wanted.

Another cool look you can get with this technique is to color in your image using this emboss resist sponging. Just start with your heat-embossed, stamped image. For a more subtle effect, use clear embossing powder.

Take your yellow sponge and squeeze it so the part of the sponge that picks up ink is fairly small. Tap that on your ink pad and color in parts of your stamped image using the swirling technique mentioned above.

Layer your colors until you have the look that you want. You may find that when you are doing this technique that the color you were sponging with seemed to have covered up and stained the embossed area. This is especially common with dark colors of ink. All you have to do is grab a paper towel or tissue and clean off the embossed area by buffing it off. I use the same swirling motion that I sponge with when cleaning off with a Kleenex.

Keep adding color and buffing off the embossed area until you get the contrast you want. Now just take your finished embossed pieces and show them off in a cute card or scrapbook page!

It just takes a little bit of experimenting and a few minutes, and you can end up with a card that has a lot of pop and wow factor.  One other tip: I usually do this with dye-based inks.  You may get a bit more staining and a longer drying time if you use pigment inks for your sponging. I hope you enjoy trying this out and have lots of fun!

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Jennifer, thank you so much for sharing with us today! Such a beautiful card. You are certainly going to stretch my heat embossing with these ideas!

If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To’sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to ksharrock@steals.com.

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo sketch Jade #4 from another Guest Designer!

2 Toned Embossing with Mask | How To’sday

So you have a nice stash of masks because they’re all the rage, super cute, and you just couldn’t pass up buying them. Problem is you aren’t exactly sure what to do with them. Well, fear no longer! Today scrappy wonder Kristy MacKeen shows us a fun and unique way to put those masks to use.

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As I’m sure we’re all aware, using masks is all the rage. I have misted with them, but I wondered how they would look as an embossed background.  I thought it would be fun to make the embossing two-toned to give my card a lot of impact without a lot of “gee-gah” (as my sister-in-law calls it). So I grabbed my mask, Versamark pad, embossing powders, blue painter’s tape, and set about to giving this technique a try.

I taped the mask to my mat so it wouldn’t move as I inked the paper.

I inked the Versamark (or embossing ink) pad directly on the paper. My pad is a little stickier than I expected, and the paper started to move as I was inking the paper so be careful!

To make a two-toned look, I sprinkled a little of the green powder on one half, knocked off the extra, and then sprinkled the blue on, making sure I overlapped with the green a little bit. Be careful when lifting and holding the paper so that you don’t smear the ink or knock some of the powder from where you really want it.

This is what it looked like when I got done with the powders, before I applied some heat.

And this is after I added a little heat. You can’t tell too well in this picture, but it came out better than I could have hoped – the blue is a smooth finish while the green has a rough finish, making the contrasting look better than I could have hoped for.

And this is the final product. I added a few mini-brads, some Sassafras Lass numbers, and a distressed cut from my Cricut machine with a scrap of green paper I had sitting on my table. The numbers/cut are popped up for a little extra dimension.

Thank you, Kristy, for the chance to share this technique.  I hope I have inspired someone to try a new technique with their masks.

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Thank *you* Kristy! I love that not only we get to put our mysterious masks to use but also the embossing powders which are all too often overlooked!  I love it!

If you have an idea that you would like to share for a How To’sday, please don’t be shy! Send your photos and directions to kristy@stealnetwork.com and I will get you added to the lineup.

Be sure to check in tomorrow to see what the fabulous Pearl Grand Prize will be.  It’s awwwwwwwwwesome! And then of course mark your calendars for this upcoming Friday which is our September Blog Hop. The designers this month have rocked it once again!

Have a great day!

Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folders | Monday Card Madness #101

If there’s one kind of embossing I’m actually quite fond of, it’s dry embossing. No ink, no powder, no mess! :) I love being able to give a flat piece of paper dimension with the simple crank of a handle. Today’s steal, the Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folders, are so much fun! I’m especially excited about the chevron embossing folder. Not only is it my current favorite print, but my current favorite print with dimension.

I just have to say, I had so. much. fun. making cards this week. Cards usually stump me for just a bit, but not these babies. I prefer a cleaner look with dry embossing to make the raised designs to really be the focus. I think that helped make these cards come together in a visually pleasing and super quick way.

Of course, the first template I reached for was the chevron print. A-maz-ing! I created this super simple thank you card by embossing a sheet of cardstock, trimming along the bottom of one of the rows of chevrons, and adding elements I cut out with my Silhouette.

I couldn’t stop at just one card using the chevron print so I made this card, which is probably my favorite card that I have ever made! I embossed a sheet of kraft cardstock, punched out some circles, then gently used my We R Memory Keepers Sweetheart Inkers and inked the raised portion of the embossing. I love how this turned out!

Next I used the the zig-zag embossing folder and made this thank you card using the same idea as the sketch for this week.

I was really enjoying the look of the embossing on the kraft cardstock so I carried on with that trend. I used one of the embossing folders from the “woven” collection to create this card.

I then finished up my card making spree with a cut out portion of the other embossing folder from the “woven” collection.

I cannot say enough loving comments about embossing folders. Now I need to get my little tooskey over to steal today before the “twirl” set is gone. That one totally has my name written all over it!

One more thing! If you don’t already know we love to give things away at ScrapbookSteals.com.

If you’d like to enter to win our September Monday Card Madness swag package:

  • Create any or all of the weekly Monday Card Madness sketches.
  • Post the card to our Facebook fan page, or any other online location.
  • Leave a comment on one of the Monday Card Madness blog posts with a link to your card no later than 11:59 pm, MST on Friday, September 28th.

Have fun creating a cute celebration cards! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got this week!

Epic 6 by Quickutz

If you missed out on the Epic 6 by Quickutz the first time then today is your chance to spend that holiday cash that you’re wondering what to do with!

The Epic is a wonderful little machine that makes die cutting and embossing a cinch. Especially if you are a scrapper on the go, that doesn’t like to port around electronic devices.

If you have any questions on how use the Epic 6 you can check out this blog post. You can see some basic directions as well as a few projects that I made using some of the dies and embossing folders.

I decided to ask around to see if anyone that picked up the Epic 6 last time would be willing to share some creations to spark the inspiration for today. Erica Bass was a superstar and stepped up to the challenge.

I love the layout that she created using the rainbow die.

And this card with the birdy and the sunbursts has got to be one of the cutest cards I have ever seen. Truly!

Thanks Erica for sharing your creativity with us. It’s always such a treat to be inspired by you.

Well, here’s hoping that you all have a happy and safe New Year and I will see you Monday with our next Monday Card Madness as well as the winner of our December card drawing.

Epic 6 by Quickutz

Every once in awhile a steal comes along of epic proportions. Today’s steal, the Epic 6 by Quickutz, definitely fits that bill!

I had such a great time using a good share of the dies and embossing templates that are available today. Before I show you what I made, let’s have a quick lesson on how to use the machine.

To Cut:

  • Use gray cutting platform.
  • Place die face up on top of cutting platform.
  • Place paper, patterned side face down on top of die.  This is especially important when cutting out alphabet letters.
  • Lay cutting mat on top of die and paper.
  • Roll through Epic 6 machine.

To Emboss:

  • Use the charcoal cutting platform.
  • Place paper inside of the embossing folder and cover with the cutting mat.
  • Roll through the Epic 6 machine.

Now that you’re a pro with using the machine, let me show you some ideas that you create using some of the dies offered today.

First I made this cute little card with the anime bird. I mean how can you possibly resist such cuteness? I paired it with the dots embossing folder, the waves border (love!), the nesting flowers and one circle off of the sunburst border. I love how it turned out!

Next I wanted to see if I could turn the houndstooth embossing border folder into a main element of a card. For this card I ran the same piece of paper through the machine, using the houndstooth folder, three times, carefully lining up the folder to create a consistent embossed pattern. I used a pice of the nesting rick rack squares and also a little strip of the waves border. Super fun and super easy!

Next I turned my “kid craft” brain on and created a poster to hang on our refrigerator, more for myself than for my kiddo. My son can write his current week’s spelling on the tablet. I figure this will be a fun way for him to practice his words as well as provide me a quick reference to drill him with his words over breakfast.  For this project I used the rainbow and cloud, sunburst border, waves border, nesting rick rack and the sketchbook alphabet set.

Now you’ll note the cute clouds on this poster. For two of the clouds I used the self adhesive vellum. Can I just say that as a former avid lover of printing journaling onto vellum that this is brilliance! As much as I loved using vellum for my journaling spots, I never loved how the adhesive would always show through. Problem solved! Not only can you create cute fluffy clouds with the stuff, but you can run it through your printer and have the perfect vellum journaling block ever! Thank you Quickutz! :)

Lastly, I created this layout page which I want to give to one of you!

The moment I saw the photo frame border and brackets I thought of how cute they would look on a layout. The strip can either hold photos or it would also make great spaces for journaling. Oh and did you see how cute the self adhesive metal sheets look for a portion of the title?

Now if you caught the part where I said that I want to give this layout to one of you, here’s what you have to do. Simply leave a comment on this blog posting by Monday, October 10th at 11:59 PM MST. I will pick a random winner and notify them by email.

So there you have it! Pretty Epic stuff, don’t ya think?

Have a great weekend and as always, scrap happy!