5 Resist Techniques + GIVEAWAY

Hi! I will never forget the first time I did the resist technique mannnnnnnnnny years ago. It was like magic! Since then, I have discovered many more types of resist  and have shared them in videos. However, today I am pulling my five favorites together to share with you.

Resist Technique Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[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.]

Here are five of my favorite resist techniques:


“Traditional resist” is the most magical… creating smooth, soft images surrounded by color. For this technique, you need glossy cardstock or a coated cardstock, such as Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper… along with Versamark and dye ink.

Using Versamark Ink, I stamped several images from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero May Kit onto Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper. After heat setting it completely, I applied a generous amount of blue dye ink on top and wiped away the excess. The Versamark resists the ink and leaves soft images. Such a pretty look!

Resist Technique Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I added a Hero Arts My Monthly Hero May Kit die cut frame along with a few extra leaves and pearls.

Resist Technique Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


Another form of resist is “trapped” resist. This involves clear heat embossing over paper to trap color underneath… before applying a black ink on top.

I started by applying a rainbow of Distress Ink to white cardstock. I then clear heat embossed images from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero May Kit on top. Finally, I applied black ink over the images – covering it completely – before wiping away the excess. The embossing powder resists the black ink and allows the colors to show through. You can apply any color over the embossing but black is makes a big impact.

I added a simple die cut frame around the inking using a Hero Arts Nesting Rounded Rectangle Die.


Any heat embossed image will resist many types of markers, inks, and paints applied over them. I always find embossed resist techniques with white powder the most impressive.

For this card, I white heat embossed images from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero May Kit on white cardstock. I then pressed a Hero Arts Ombre Reactive Spring Day Ink Pad directly onto the images… covering it completely with ink. After wiping away the excess ink, I added drips of water. (This ink reacts with water and gives pretty results.) The white embossing stays bright white.

Resist Technique Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I again added a Hero Arts My Monthly Hero May Kit die cut frame and a few more added leaves. Although it is detailed, it comes together quickly.

Resist Technique Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another example using embossed resist with white embossing powder. This time I applied a light bit of dye ink on top with Tim Holtz Distress Blending Brushes.

Resist Technique Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I really like the look of the soft inking using the brushes.

Resist Technique Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


For a soft resist look, I like to use white pigment ink for the images.

After stamping images from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero May Kit with Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink on white cardstock, I heat set it completely. I then applied Distress Ink (you can use other dye inks, too) generously over the stamping. The white ink somewhat resists the ink on top, giving soft results. I love this for backgrounds!

I used the Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies to die cut the circles and added a sentiment from the new Hero Arts Swing By Soon Stamp Set. The bird is from the Hero Arts Bird and Banner Die Set.

Resist Technique Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


For the softest resist look, I like to use Versamark Ink. For my card, I created my own feather stamp from white craft foam using the Hero Arts Feather Die. I stamped it with Versamark Ink on white cardstock and heat set it completely. The image will disappear! I then applied a heavy amount of Distress Ink over it. The Veramark resists the ink a bit… leaving a ghost-like image.

For the background of this card, I used the gorgeous new Hero Arts Papel Picado Confetti Die and added pearls. I created the sentiment using the Hero Arts Hello Die and a stamp from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero May Kit.


Looking to learn more about resist techniques? Check these videos out:


This post is part of a blog hop showcasing the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero May Kit. This kit has a large stamp set, many AWESOME dies, a stencil, and more! The kit value is $74… but only costs $34.99! You can see all the details HERE. The kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. And they sell out fast! The stamps and dies are not sold separately. (Remember that Hero Arts does have a subscription option with FREE US shipping and $9.99 international shipping in case you never want to miss out on a kit. Find out info HERE.)

HERE is the kit. All this is valued at $74, but costs under $35…

There are also many great new products available that coordinate with the kit. Worth checking out! You can find them all HERE.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of one of my favorite cardmakers – Nichol Spohr. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Hero Arts Blog.)


Hero Arts is giving away a kit to a lucky blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. For your chance, leave a comment below and on all the blogs in the hop by 11:59pmEST on 5/13/18. (To leave a comment, head to my blog, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be shared on the Hero Arts Blog. Hero Arts will reimburse the winner if they already bought the kit.)


Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk or from Hero Arts. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero May Kit
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Swing By Soon Stamp Set
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Tree and Leaf Confetti Die
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Papel Picado Confetti Die
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Nesting Rounded Rectangle Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Bird and Banner Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Feather Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Hello Stamp & Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Therm O Web Purple Tape
[ SSS | ELH ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
Sizzix Big Shot Express Die Cut Machine
Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Ombre Reactive Spring Day Ink
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Dye Inks
[ SSS | HA ]
VersaMark Ink
[ SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink
[ HA | SSS ]
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
[ SSS ]
Distress Ink
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Blending Brushes
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Felt Alcohol Ink Appliator
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tonic Blending Sponges
[ SSS ]
Post It Tape
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ ELH ]
Darice Foam Adhesive Strips
[ SSS ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ GNK | SSS ]
Jewel Picker
[ SSS ]
Avery Removable Ahdesive Sheets
Anti Static Powder Bag
[ SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Ultrafine Clear Embossing…
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
[ HA | SSS ]
White Craft Foam

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298 thoughts on “5 Resist Techniques + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I love your videos and ideas so much! Thank you so much for all of the helpful information that you provide! I am very interested in trying the different resist techniques! Hopefully the kit is still in stock when I get paid again! Would love to win it!

  2. The black ink resist looks fabulous and. Perfect for those stamps! Thanks for the inspiration to try it!

  3. Thank You for the tutorial on resist techniques! Gorgeous samples and such inspiration! So appreciate you time and help!

  4. As always the Hero Arts stamps and dies are fantastic and Jennifer’s blog rocks!!! I love the cards so much!

  5. I love how you always refresh our minds with techniques. We often forget to think back to things we’ve done before. Love how these turned out!

  6. Beautiful cards Jennifer! I’m so excited that I actually have the supplies to try out your techniques!

  7. Nice to see multiple techniques for emboss resist. I have not done this technique in a while – thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Hello Jennifer, as always you give us your Best… Thank you so much for the insite of this stamp set… Brings me back to happy carefree days…

  9. Just learning this. Looks beautiful. Enjoy developing new techniques. Grateful for all your wonderful videos. My 9 year old niece has started card making. She enjoys receiving cards and wants to learn. Thank you!

  10. Thanks for the ideas. Beautiful set! It’s a pitty that the shipping costs (to Holland) are high. Otherwise, I would had bought it.

  11. I am so new to cards and I look at these and just dream of the day that I may be somewhere near to being as good. Thank you for the inspiration!

  12. Great ways to make cards, you always give us something new to try, thanks. The kit this month is great love the stamps

  13. Great techniques and beautiful results. Thank you for sharing.
    The kit is really beautiful this month. The add ons are cute as well!

  14. Love this kit so much! I just ordered it today…. Can’t wait for it to come! If I “win” it’ll just be sweet… my husband will be really happy! ha ha.

  15. Thank you for sharing your talents. This was initially a stamp set I didn’t really see myself using, but after watching your video, I see such interesting design ideas. Such a quaint set.

  16. Jennifer, you can do more with white cardstock than anyone I have seen. Every time I see your use of white on white or white to frame a colored background, I am blown away.

    Billie Sue

  17. thanks for the tips on resist. I’ve used some of them
    and others are new. Beautiful cards.
    thanks for sharing

  18. wow – ALL are beautiful!! The ombre backgrounds with the leafy frames are probably my favorites.

  19. Always love your videos and all the great information. Great cards with this new HA kits – thanks for sharing!

  20. I have never heard of this technique and will definitely be trying it now, these cards are so beautiful!

  21. Your cards show just how amazing this kit is!! I love the different backgrounds you created to highlight this wonderful die cut frame!! Thanks for showing us how we can use these inking techniques, too.

  22. Beautiful collection of cards Jennifer, have this kit ordered but now I’m really wishing I ordered that falling leave background, it looks so pretty. But the rest will work perfectly and cant wait to get started on the cards.

  23. The new Hero kit is very beautiful, and the cards your created are so very heart warming. Thanks for all the infos about emboss resist. A technique I haven’t done for a long time.

  24. Some of my first stamps are from Hero Arts! These are also some great new classics. I love your card ideas!

  25. Such a great kit! I always seem to about black resist and it blows me away every time! Thank you for sharing this great kit and your card ideas .

  26. I love the white ink resist technique just so soft and luscious.
    Hero arts you’ve done it again……simply a wonderful kit,

  27. Jennifer, you are so talented! Your cards never fail to disappoint. Thank you so much for the video on these techniques, too!

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