Distress Ink Resist + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hello! I very excited to share a couple techniques with you – both using a form of Distress Ink resist. This post is also part of a fun blog hop!

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Resist is a classic stamping technique. Often resist is done with embossing ink on glossy paper (traditional resist) or heat embossing on regular paper (embossed resist). Today I show a third way!

Check out the two cards below. The one on the left was done on regular white carstock with clear sparkle heat embossing on white cardstock… and then covered with Distress Ink. The embossing resists the ink on top and gives bright, vivid results. The card on the right was done on regular white cardstock with embossing ink, but no embossing powder. The results? Soft, ghost-like images. Normally this type of resist is done on glossy cardstock, but today I show that you can do it on regular white cardstocks, too. Who knew?!

I used the flowers from the gorgeous new Altenew Amazing You Stamp Set on my first set of cards. For the example on the left, I did “embossed resist”.) I stamped the flowers on white cardstock with Versamark and heat embossed with clear sparkle embossing powder. For the right two examples, I did “distress resist”… I just skipped the embossing powder. I then applied lots of Distress Ink on top with my Ink Blending Tools. (You can try other dye inks.) I love the results! (I used three stamp sets for the sentiments – the Altenew Be Strong, Amazing You, and Halftone Circles Stamp Sets.)

I also added quick accents with various colors of Nuvo Jewel Drops. I can’t get enough of these! The Jewel Drops are clear with a tint of color. They dry so nicely. Oh, and that “crafty friends are the best” sentiment is from the Halftone Circles Stamp Set. A must-have…

For the next cards, I again used the Halftone Circles Stamp Set for the background and sentiments. The card on the left is “embossed resist,” and the card on the right is “distress resist”.

Here are two more examples, but with a rainbow look. I used the Altenew Smile More Stamp Set for the background and the Farmers Market Stamp Set for the sentiments. (This set has many great kindness sentiment combos!)

I think I want to make a million of these cards…

In the video I show how to create these lopsided card designs very quickly. Most of my examples are vertical, but I also did a few horizontal. For these, I used the Altenew Hello Sunshine Set for the background and “hello sunshine”… and the Simple Flowers Set for the “you make me happy”.

With the loud colors in the background, the simple design seems best. You could really use *any* stamps for the background, and a mix of sentiments on top!

And my last card shows that solid stamps work with the distress resist technique, too! These solid flowers are from the Altenew Floral Shadow Stamp Set and the sentiment is from Hello Sunshine Set.

I hope you give one of these resist techniques a try. It works great with Neenah White Classic Crest 80 lb. and several other cardstocks I tried!


I am part of a fun blog hop celebrating a HUGE new Altenew release. They have 18 new stamp sets, 18 die sets, and 12 inks available today! So many great products – be sure to check them out! You can find it all HERE.

Be sure to hop to the next stop… the blog of the uber-talented Therese Calvird. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Altenew Blog.)


How would you like to win a $30 gift certificate to Altenew? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 2/2/17 telling me if you have ever done a resist technique. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

Also, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by 2/2/17 at 11:59pmEST for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on 2/4/17.


Want to find the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk or from Altenew. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.

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850 thoughts on “Distress Ink Resist + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I’ve done traditional embossed resist several times before, but never distressed resist. Now I must give it a try! Your samples are beautiful 🙂

  2. I went ahead last night and did the reverse distress technique! While not exactly (by any stretch) like yours, I was able to keep the same structure with the embossing pattern and then did a solid color distress color. I had an angled piece on top with the saying. Overall I really liked it, and can’t wait until I can do the mult-color as you did yours. I love learning from you – thank you!!

  3. I’m addicted to your videos. I want to make everything that I see you do, but my budget just will not let me. I have tried the embossed resist and was happy with my results. Thank you for all the inspiration, honest information, and tips.

  4. Yes, I have done resist on my cards but not recently enough. Thanks for opening my eyes to this third option.

  5. I love using the resist techniques. I think I should start doing them more often! Thank you for sharing Jennifer!

  6. Wow! What an awesome release. Really love all the cards you made. I really am looking forward to trying this technique.

  7. I have done the Emboss resist but have not tried it in along time. I love how you did all these with distress ink, I don’t have distress but am looking forward to trying. Love the layouts, they are so unique looking. You have definitelygot me wanting to go back to trying the emboss resist.

  8. Love the bight colors you used on these and the white on top really pop! I have done the resist technique but usually don’t use bright colors. Will definitely have to try again. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. I have done resist techniques with my students with crayon and watercolor but I have never tried it on my cards.

  10. I love the halftone stamp set. I use the emboss technique quite a bit. It is a lot of fun. thank you for always sharing your creativity with with all of us. You are super talented!

  11. I hope this is where I leave a comment? I am new a this and luv everything about this blog!! Thank you so much for sharing! Hope to try some of your techniques tonight.

  12. Beautiful cards!! I love the ink blending on your backgrounds. So pretty! I love this concept for cards. Thank you!

  13. Never done resist stamping but it looks like fun! Thanks for sharing your fabulous techniques! Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. The colors are so stunning and beautifully blended! Wow! Thanks so much for your inspiration and your teaching and sharing. You rock!

  15. Hi ! I’ve tried ink before , but I’ve been curious about the distressed ink technique for quite some time
    And would love to try it out , but I’m not sure what to really get and that give away would be perfect starter . I love your cards and blog ! 😉

  16. I have not tried the distress resist technique as yet but since the materials fit so well with your 1/31/17 card bonanza I will be trying them at the same time. I love heat embossing but the idea of being able to use the embossing medium to ‘resist’ the ink (but leave a slight shadow of the color ) really appeals to me. It is one of those “why didn’t I think of that!!!” That’s why we love you Jennifer – you keep us on our toes!! Thank You

  17. I love your samples. I’ve done the embossed resist and the resist using glossy cardstock. It’s a great technique.

  18. I’ve only done the embossed resist technique, so I’m excited to try with just the embossing ink! Thanks for sharing all those amazing cards!

  19. The resist technique is one of my favorites. So happy that you’re demonstrating this technique so that others will use it.

  20. Truthfully, I may have only tried it at Archiver’s when they still had brick and mortar stores. Now that I see examples from you, I think I have to try it…just like I want to try everything you show us.

  21. Love the look, and so simple to do! The difference between the embossed resist and distress resist is so cool. I will definitely use this technique. Thanks for previewing all the new stamps from Altenew!

  22. I only have 2 Altenew stamp sets but I love them, and very much want MORE! lol. Thanks for another really fun technique. And any Distress product is always a favorite.

  23. I’ve tried several times this resist technic, for background cards ! And it’s always so beautiful ! And different each time !

  24. Hi Jen, Having so much fun with this technique. Have been stamping for many yrs so tried some of my many “brand X” inks which seem to work ok. The resist with Versamark is such an incredible result. I forgot how neat it was to do and will be doing more as time goes by. Thanks for all the inspiration you give in your very great videos. You are so professional and prepared (unlike some I’ve watched!).

  25. Hello Jennifer,
    I thanks for sharing. I love the colors you picked for the cards can you give me the list of color you used for each card. I only have a few of the distress colors and would like to add some from the one you used.
    Jenny Wolfley

  26. Jennifer, I enjoyed this technique so much when I first saw it. It has stayed with me and I found the perfect items to use this with just recently. I’ve tagged your post in my own so folks can find their way to your fabulous tutorial. Thanks for the amazing inspiration you offer our crafty lil’ world. (If you’d like to see the post, it’s here: https://craftykiwimama.blogspot.com/2019/02/the-paper-door-have-you-stepped-through.html) Hugs and happy crafting, Wends xoxo

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