Basic to Beautiful: Heat Emboss Resist (with Video Tutorial!) | Terrific Tags with Michelle

by Michelle

Hello there, Michelle here with another edition of Terrific Tags with Michelle. Today, I am going back to basics with one of my favorite techniques – heat emboss resist.

If I feel like if I am struggling with my mojo, this is my go-to technique, as I always get beautiful results!

Heat Emboss Resist

Heat Emboss Resist Card Idea

I started off my card by taking a sheet of Lagoon Solid Cardstock and popped it in my Stampwheel. I prepped the cardstock with an anti-static powder tool and then stamped the floral stamp from Mini Delight: Light My World on top using Embossing Ink.

I applied Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and heat set. The sheet was then cut down to 3″ x 4 1/4″. I placed the panel onto a Sticky Mat and then added ink blending on top, focusing the color around the edges of the panel and leaving the center light (the color of the cardstock).

Heat Emboss Resist

Ink Blending Fun

I started off by blending Volcano Lake Ink using a Small Blending Brush. I then added Lagoon Ink, followed by Emerald (all three from the Sea Shore Fresh Dye Ink Collection). To add some extra darkness, I added Jet Black Fresh Dye Ink to the very edges using a Micro Blending Brush.

As you add the inks on top, they resist the embossing powder. I did use a dry cloth to remove any excess from the image to make sure the lines were kept bright white.

This is such an easy technique to go from basic to beautiful!

To add some extra interest to the panel, as well as some shimmer, I splattered Sterling Silver Metallic Watercolor on top using a Size 4 Fine Watercolor Brush, before setting it aside to dry.

Heat Emboss Resist

Tiny Tag Sentiment

I took the ‘you are awesome!' sentiment from Mini Delight: Light My World and stamped it onto more Lagoon Solid Cardstock using Embossing Ink. I applied Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and heat set.

I took one of the sentiment label tags from the Terrific Tags Die Set and first cut it into a strip, I then turned the die the other way around to die cut an arrow edge on one side. To make it match with the image panel, I again used the heat emboss resist technique.

First, I added ink around the outside edges using Lagoon Ink and a Micro Blending Brush. I then used the residual black ink from the brush I used previously. To finish, I added Emerald Ink around the edges. I removed any excess ink from the embossing with a dry cloth.

Heat Emboss Resist

Finishing Touches

I pierced a hole in the arrow edge to create a tag and added strips of cardstock on the back to add dimension, adhering the layers with Glue Tape.

I adhered the image panel onto an A2 size white card base with Instant Dimension Foam Tape. I then adhered the tag on top. I created a mini bow using Silky Lilac Metallic Thread and adhered it on the tag with liquid glue.

I hope I have inspired you to go back to basics with heat emboss resist to create basic but beautiful card projects!

Do you like doing heat emboss resist on your cards? What is your go-to technique? Comment below!

You can watch the full process video by clicking the image below or watch it in HD on YouTube.

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What's your go-to technique? I would love to hear in the comments! Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you have a wonderful day!


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Debby Allen May 4, 2024 - 12:52 PM

This is such a pretty card Michelle! I am definitely going to give it a try!

Altenew May 8, 2024 - 1:21 AM

We’d love to see your take on this!


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