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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.