Today's "Try a New Technique" challenge was a double resist: combining a Versamark Resist with an Emboss Resist. Here's how I made the following card:
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View the card and see the supplies I used here, at my gallery: Double Resist.
And here's how you can recreate this look. First, you start with a...
Emboss Resist: Stamp on sheet of Glossy paper with VersaMark ink. Sprinkle some clear embossing powder over your stamped images and heat with an embossing gun. Your embossed images will resist any ink you apply to your cardstock. But we aren't to that point yet. Next you need to do a...
VersaMark Resist: Stamp with VersaMark on your Glossy paper. The VersaMark will resist ink that is applied to it all on it's own. But if you layer enough ink on top of your images, they will start to absorb some color and you'll have a nice, soft look. Allow the images to dry (this might take several minutes). I let mine sit about a half-hour while I did other things.
Now, using a sponge or a brayer, apply Classic ink all over your paper. The VersaMark-ed images will resist the ink and leave a faint image. The embossed images will resist the ink as well and leave a bright white image. You may need to use a paper towel or baby wipe to get any excess ink off of your embossed images. I used three colors to create the card above Rose, Orchid and Saffron.
An important point to remember is that you must stamp all the images you want to emboss first. Otherwise, if you try to stamp your VersaMark resist images and then the images you want to emboss, you will get embossing powder on all your images. That would be a big mess!
When playing around with this technique, I found that at first I was applying my ink too lightly so all of my flowers were white! I had to keep playing with my card until I got the concept: there should be flowers in the background and flowers in the foreground. So I added layer upon layer of ink and now I'm quite pleased with the result.
I hope you enjoy this idea, too!