Subtle Resist Techniques
Hello! Today I am sharing a simple way to create subtle resist backgrounds. You can do this with any stamps… and inks that you likely have already!
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I enjoy making backgrounds with my inks. And using VersaMark Ink for a subtle resist with dye inks always gives great, soft results. In my video, I show the technique with a variety of stamps and types of inks. Be sure to watch it!
I started my first card by stamping the Hero Arts Starry Night Stamp (SSS | HA) with VersaMark Ink on white cardstock. After heat setting it, I applied a heavy amount of blue Distress Inks with a Mini Ink Blending Tool. The VersaMark Ink slightly resists the color added on top. So dreamy! I find Distress Ink works very well for this resist technique.
I added black stamped images using my new favorite black ink – Altenew Obsidian Black Ink (SSS | ALT) – along with the Sweet ‘N Sassy Landscape Silhouette and Sweet ‘N Sassy Be Encouraged 2 Stamp Sets. That black ink stamps SO VERY crisp and dark!
Here is another card using all of the same products… just with different colors of inks and stamped image.
I kept these cards very simple, but did add a few tiny sequin stars for sparkle.
After making my last card, I had a small piece of subtle resist background left over that I didn’t want to let go to waste! I white heat embossed a flower from the Sweet ‘N Sassy Long Stem Silhouettes Stamp Set on top. For a bit of interest on the white notecard, I added a Sweet ‘N Sassy Be Encouraged 2 Stamp Set sentiment and stripes from the Simon Says Stamp Hello Darling Stamp Set.
And I have one last example showing this technique with Distress Inks. It also features the Sweet ‘N Sassy Hymn Blocks, Sweet ‘N Sassy Life in Jesus, and Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Faith stamp sets…. along with the Altenew Dotted Scales Debossing Die for the background.
Many types of dye inks work for this technique. Here, I applied Altenew Ink with Picket Fence Life Changing Brushes over Sweet ‘N Sassy Birds and Blooms images stamped with VersaMark Ink. I also used a sentiment from the Sweet ‘N Sassy Be Encouraged Stamp Set.
By the way, I used the The Stamp Market Made With Love Stamp Set to add messages to my matching envelopes.
Some dye inks give a softer resist result. Here I used Gina K Designs Ink over VersaMark Ink and it looks magical! This features the Sweet ‘N Sassy Wetland Grass and Timeless Hymns Stamp Sets.
My last example is bold in real life! This uses the Poppy Stamps Butterfly Wings, Sweet ‘N Sassy Long Stem Silhouettes and Timeless Hymns Stamp Sets.
Those soft butterflies in the background add a lot to this simple card…
I hope you will give this fun technique a try! See you soon.
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