How To'sday | Emerging Color by Misty Buck

Stamping is most definitely not my forte. Thankfully for us we have an incredibly gifted stamper in our midst. Misty Buck has provided us with an amazing how to on emerging color with stamps.


Hello there all my scrappy sistahs. I'll do my best to turn you into stampy sistahs as well ;).

I put together a quick tutorial on a technique called “emerging color.” It is super easy and anyone can do it. I promise. The results are fantastic! Here we go.

Step 1

Choose a few stamps and create a background on a piece of white cardstock. You can make it random or orderly, it’s up to you. The stamps you choose should have detail and be small to medium. Let these dry for a few minutes or help them dry with a heat tool. I found this to be important when embossing later.

Step 2

Get your Versamark ink, clear embossing powder and a stamp that is more “solid” (meaning that it has a lot of flat surfaces without much detail). Cover the stamp in the Versamark ink and stamp it over your background stamps however you’d like.

Step 3

Cover your Versamark stamped images with the clear embossing powder, tap it all around and then shake it off back into the container. If your background stamps weren’t totally dry, they may hold on to a bit of the embossing powder, like they did in my sample, but you can use a small paintbrush and easily knock it off of the areas you don’t want it on.

This is how your image should look with the dry embossing powder stuck to it.

Step 4

Using a heat tool, melt your embossing powder just until it becomes shiny, being careful not to overheat.

Step 5

Gather your brayer and a complimentary ink color and begin inking over your paper until you reach a color saturation you’re happy with. I don’t think you can over ink. :)

Step 6

Using a very high-tech scrapping tool called “tissue paper,” rub it over your embossed images to remove any lingering ink.

And now you have a finished product that you can use for anything your heart desires.


Misty, thank you for this amazing technique. This actually makes me want to try my hand at emerging color.

If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us, please send it to We want to keep your ideas coming. Next week we have a great tutorial by Stephanie Umpleby on creating a photo collage.

Be sure to check in tomorrow morning for Mid Week Mojo.

Have a great day and scrap happy!

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