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. Thank you for sharing. I love this technique and will give it a try You make things look so easy in your videos.

  2. These are very lovely indeed Jennifer! That black really does make it pop. Thank you for sharing Mike! Hello to little Foxy as well! Hugs to you Jennifer ! Great cards & techniques!

  3. That really looks wonderful! When I saw the card before reading your explanation, I wondered how you managed to achieve such vibrant colors on black cardstock… Now I know the trick!

  4. Just love love this technique. Such a unique way to let your stamps pop. Thanks for making the video Jennifer and for Mike to put it on your blog.

  5. I am sending out a big thanks to you and your brother, Mike, for getting this post and video up on your blog. I know that blogging can be tricky even on the best of days. Your cards are so beautiful and I appreciate being able to look at them! I want to make a dress using the red card as inspiration, lol. This post was really timely, giving me the ability to rescue some card fronts that I had “messed up” and was about to toss. Adding the black to them made them look so wonderfully exotic. 🙂

    Hugs and prayers to you and your family. I hope that you are finding respite and peace.

  6. Wowza! Superb! Thanks Jenny for sharing this amazing technique and thank you Mike for keeping so many of us ladies happy!

  7. First of all, thanks Mike for stepping in and helping Jennifer out. I hope all is well and look forward to her return. This is a fantastic technique! I can’t wait to try it out. I have a lot of Close to My Heart stamp sets and they all come with a thin foam insert to protect the stamps. This is fantastic for putting your paper on when you stamp. It does the same thing as the sizzix pad. I use it for all my stamping and it helps me get a good impression every time.

  8. These are really beautiful. I’ve never seen this technique before. Love it!
    Now I must go watch Gina’s. Thanks for sharing both yours and her link!

  9. Beautiful cards, Jennifer, as always! I like the way you changed a few things. I don’t usually think of those things myself so you inspire me to look at it in a new way. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  10. Great technique and the cards are so beautiful. Can’t wait to try this myself. I love your videos. Thanks

  11. WOW; love how vibrant the card looks with the black background; gotta try this. Your videos are easy to follow.

  12. Thank you Mike for your fantastic cards. . love the black background under the flowers especially! Jennifer is so fortunate to have you help out! Thank you and please send hugs to Jennifer.

  13. Thank you Jennifer’s brother for helping out. Love this technique and will have to keep it in mind to try soon. Thanks for another wonderful video. Hope you are doing okay and will be back soon.

  14. Wonderful as usual! Really looking forward to playing around with this technique. Also, thanks for the link to Gina K’s video. She is also an inspiration. Hugs to your brother for stepping in when needed to lighten the load.

  15. Hi Jennifer. Miss you! Hope you and your family are well. Thanks to Mike for keeping the videos coming. I’m going to try this idea.

  16. I was very excited to see Gina’s stamps here on your blog.

    I also did a similar technique on a card a few weeks ago on my blog and I used Black Soot distress ink and I think that worked extremely well too since it does not dry fast at all and is nice and black!

    I love the layout of your card and hope you are doing well on your break.

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