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. Great video. Love how you did all the examples of making such beautiful backgrounds.
    Great price on the kit too.

  2. I love these techniques and how versatile resist inking can be used. Thanks for some great ideas and showing off this beautiful new kit.

  3. Beautiful cards, Jennifer! Love all these techniques & can’t wait to try the ones that are new to me. What an awesome kit!

  4. These are wonderful. Ive been intimidated by resist technique but now feel confident to try it. 🙂

  5. I love watching and learning from your videos. I am really impressed with this release from Hero Arts!

  6. Resist is a favorite technique of mine too! Would LOVE this set…totally awesome!!

  7. What a beautiful set that can be used in so many ways and for so many occasions. Thanks for all the ideas; each is unique and beautiful!

  8. I have used many of these techniques. I love resist and the results. My Versamark is one of my best friends when it comes to card making. Thanks for the good ideas. This stamp set is so cute. Love it.

  9. Thank you Jennifer, beautiful as always and you make it look effortless! I absolutely love watching your videos and then trying out the techniques. Thank you again for sharing with us!

  10. All your cards are simply amazing !! Thanks for sharing these awesome techniques !

  11. Watched the video last night and saved it what wonderful techniques. Now i need to decide if i want the tree die for extra leaves.

  12. Cool resist techniques! Thanks for always taking the time to show old and new techniques to crafters. It’s always good to keep learning in this crafting community.

  13. I learned resist techniques many years ago, too–always some of my favorites! I tend to just use emboss resist, but I love the others & actually the feather card may be my favorite! Thanks for the reminder with this wonderful video!

  14. The resiste technique is awesome. Has been one of my favorite as well. I would love to win this set. : ) XOXO

  15. Who doesn’t remember the carefree days they spent in a swing as a child? This set brings back happy memories.

  16. Great WOW cards as usual, thank you for sharing! I’m totally making some of these when my kit arrives 🙂

  17. Beautiful Cards! Can’t wait till my kit arrives to try out some of these techniques.

  18. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing all your beautiful creations. Thanks for the great tips!

  19. As always, fabulous cards and techniques! Always appreciate the technique tips and tutorials!

  20. Beautiful cards. I love making resist cards. They turn out fabulous. I love this new Hero Arts May kit. Thanks for the tutorial.

  21. Fantastic resist techniques! I didn’t realize there were so many, just knew of the one using embossing – and not even the one that you did over rainbow colors! Wow! Love all of the cards! Thanks for all the great inspiration! Can’t wait to try some of these other methods!

  22. I always love watching your videos because you always have so many wonderful tips and ideas and you explain your techniques so well. The card samples turned out so beautifully. I love the color palettes that you used. Your cards really do justice to the new Hero Arts release. I bet they sell out of the release as soon as people see your video!

  23. Beautiful spring cards, just in time here in England for the sun to be making an appearance and encouraging the world to go outside x

  24. These cards are all so wonderful and lots of new resist techniques for me to try Hero Arts came up with another fantastic kit this month! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

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