Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Welcome and Resist Embossing Technique

Hi everyone and welcome to the Wholly Scrap! blog!! I'm excited about getting getting our blog off the ground and our plan is to have regular posts here where it will be easier to share photos, projects, and tutorials. Please sign up to follow our blog (link on the right) so you'll receive notice any time we make a post.

Today, I'm starting out with a tutorial on resist embossing to show you how to create beautiful backgrounds for cards, scrapbook pages, and tags.

We'll start with the supply list; you'll need a VersaMark ink pad (you can also use any embossing ink, such as Top Boss), white embossing powder, a heat gun, stamp(s) (using an image with thicker lines, or a solid image will work best), blending tool, and Distress Inks.Stamp your image onto the tag and cover with the white embossing powder. I'm using an image from one of the new Tim Holtz stamp sets; Shabby French. (The store is carrying the new Tim sets!! PS...You should know now...I love Tim...) :-)

Use the heat gun to set the embossing powder. You'll know the powder is set when the appearance changes from matte to shiny.

Using a blending tool, lay down a layer of color on top of the embossed image. Darker colors work best for this technique as you'll get more of a "pop" from the white embossed area.Continue laying down different colors until your entire tag is covered. I used the following Distress Ink colors on this tag; Broken China, Mustard Seed, Brushed Corduroy, and Walnut Stain. The white embossed area will 'resist' the ink. Now here's another fun way to age your tags...

Using a spray bottle (I'm using the Mini Mister, which can be found in the store), spray water on the tips of your fingers. You'll need a good deal of water so that the water is dropping from your hand. Flick or drop the water onto your tag. Here's the end result...isn't that awesome!! You can hit the tag with a heat gun, if needed, to dry the water spots. To finish the tag, add more stamped images, sentiments, embellishments...whatever your heart desires! I added a crumbled piece of designer paper from one of Tim's new paper packs and a key from one of his embellishment packs.

I also created and added this vintage paper flower using another design from the paper pack. I'll post a tutorial on how to create these paper flowers soon!

All of these supplies used to make this tag can be found at Wholly Scrap! and if we're out of stock on anything you'd like, just let us know and we'll get more!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, leave us a comment with your thoughts, ideas, or any other technique you'd like to see!!


1 comment:

  1. I really like how you did this tag, I think I'll try it at a gathering I'm having tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!