Black Embossed Resist

Hello again! It’s Jennifer’s brother sharing a video she did awhile back but never shared. Enjoy…


Today’s video shares a fun twist on the embossed resist technique…and that is to add black! This really makes a bold impact that pops!

Black Embossed Resist Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

The embossed resist technique has been around for ages and is a favorite of many stampers. And the best part? There are so many twists you can do with the technique! Here, I applied black marker over the embossing for a bold look. I have done this before over patterned paper – love it!

Black Embossed Resist Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I started by stamping some floral images from Gina K. using a variety of dye inks on to some Neenah white cardstock. I created a two-tone effect by stamping first with a lighter ink and then stamping the same image again with a darker ink, but only after I removed some of the ink from the edges. If you don’t have two inks in the same color family, try using markers for one of the layers.

I stamped the same images again on top using VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. I used a black Tombow marker and applied it all over the panel. I like to work in small sections while doing this so I can wipe away the ink on top of the stamped image before it dries. The embossing will resist the black and trap the bright colors underneath.

Black Embossed Resist Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I have to admit – I struggled with the backgrounds of these cards. When all else fails, I like to do a tone-on-tone background using the same images as my focal point. I clustered a few of the floral images on one acrylic block and stamped them repeatedly to create a background. Using a foam pad from Sizzix under the paper helps give good impressions when stamping with large, solid images like these. I heat embossed the images using clear embossing powder to add some texture and shine.


Check these out, too:

  • Make sure to watch THIS video by Gina K. that shares a similar technique. She shared it after I created my video but before I got a chance to post it and the technique is very similar! (Great minds think alike, huh?) Her cards are STUNNING. Also, be sure to subscribe to her channel for incredibly well-done videos.
  • Check out THIS video that I did a few weeks ago… it was what inspired the one I shared today. It shows watercolor with embossed resist.
  • And THIS video shows more ideas for monochromatic backgrounds.


Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), Gina K Designs (GK) etc.

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68 thoughts on “Black Embossed Resist”

  1. Thanks so much for your sharing of Jennifer’s work, Mike, Such puts a lot of her heart and soul into her work and I am sure Jennifer appreciates you so much.

  2. These are uber gorgeous! I was looking at them on Instagram and couldn’t figure out how you did it… Now it’s like, DUH, this is so easy! Thanks for the fab tips!!

  3. I absolutely love this look and I have tried several ways to do it. I’m never happy with the way mine comes out because the embossing powder melts somewhat speckly and the black goes onto the surface of the flower. It is my embossing powder? Is it that I heat it too long? Or maybe not long enough? At first I thought it was the texture of the watercolor paper when I tried it with watercolors, but this time I did it on cardstock w/ink as you did here, and I got the same result. Sooo frustrated…..what are your thoughts Jennifer? Help please! It’s Ranger’s clear embossing powder that I am using.

  4. I was in the mood to try a new technique so this video came at the perfect time! After some experimenting,
    I clear embossed the flowers and leaves twice to give more resist. A Soot Black Distress marker didn’t work but a Memento Tuxedo Black marker worked perfectly.
    Thanks, Jennifer. That was fun!

  5. Thank You for sharing this for Jennifer 🙂
    THANK YOU to Jennifer for INSPIRING me with this EXCITING technique!!!

  6. Hello Jennifer,

    I really like the effect you got with this technique. I wanted to try it, but don’t know which Tombow marker you are using. I wasn’t listed in the supply list. Please let me know, so that I can make some of these cards.


  7. Joseph’s Coat Technique is one of the reasons I was attracted to stamping, but I struggled to get it right. I love the idea of using a black marker since the problems I had were mostly related to not being able to remove the black ink. Eventually, that worked just fine so I don’t know why it caused such problems in the beginning. I like this twist on the technique where you can be selective about the images and colors. The original technique was more random. Thanks for sharing the video with all the tips.

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