Layered Embossing Resist

by Svitlana Shayevich

Hi there!

Svitlana is here and today I want to share a simple technique of layered embossing resist.  This technique is combination of clear embossing resist and inking, repeated several times. Clear embossing traps everything underneath and opens limitless possibilities for creating complex designs.

I created a foliage background using this technique and then cut it to create two cards out of it. At the end of this post you can find the video showing this technique.

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To create the background I used leaves from Beautiful DayVintage Roses and Vintage Flowers stamp sets. I used stamps that represent first, or bottom if you will, layers.

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First I clear embossed several leaves on white cardstock panel. I didn't stamp a lot of them as wanted to stamp more during further steps and didn't want the background to become very busy.

After clear embossing the first layer I inked the whole panel with Morning Frost ink. Then I put my panel aside and left it alone to dry. I needed the panel to dry completely so another layer of embossing powder only stuck where I wanted it. You can see me in the video doing a simple test just pouring embossing powder over the panel to see if it still stuck all over the place.

After my panel dried I started clear embossing the second layer. And inked my panel with Morning Frost ink afterwards.  And I didn't really like how the second embossing layer stood out so decided to ink the panel with Evening Gray ink.

For the third layer of foliage I just stamped the leaves with Evening Gray ink. Removing some ink excess with a paper napkin.

In the end result layer that I did first looks positioned in front, and the last stamped layer is kind of positioned in back.

Card_20160322_01After all my stamping and embossing were done I took one optional step – ironed off the embossing from my panel. You don't have to do this, the result would be almost the same. I just want my panel to be completely flat, without any relief. If you do want to take this step – keep in mind that your iron should be set on dry mode and the highest temperature. I used a teeny-tiny iron I bought specially for craft purposes (just because of its size), but any iron can be used here.

After my panel was ready – I die cut it using a rectangle die and created two cards using these pieces.

For the first card I adhered one piece to a card base, cut another panel from white cardstock, stamped sentiments from Thinking of You stamps set using Evening Gray ink and adhered it over adding a piece of foam between the card base and the panel.  For the second card I adhered another piece of the background I created earlier to a card base and stamped a sentiment from the same stamps set using the same ink.

For my background I did only two layers of embossing, but you definitely can have more layers, depending of decried design.  And of course you can use absolutely any colors for this technique. I just wanted to create this background in gray for two reasons. First – I really love gray and was excited when Altenew released new gray inks. Second – I wanted to create cards with rather calm design, to be handed for not so happy occasions (you know this type of cards is better to have on hand as is hard to make the moment you could need them).

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Kerri Hortle March 22, 2016 - 09:23

I have done the emboss resist many times before, but have never thought to layer it as you have done. Excellent thank you!

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Svitlana Shayevich March 23, 2016 - 15:36

Thank you, Kerri! It’s a bit more time consuming but totally worth it!

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Michele March 22, 2016 - 09:47

Svitlana, this is so stunning. LOve the colors!!!
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Svitlana Shayevich March 23, 2016 - 15:50

Thank you, Michele!

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Kathy H March 22, 2016 - 09:58

Really beautiful cards!

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Svitlana Shayevich March 23, 2016 - 15:54

Thank you a lot, Kathy!

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Mary W March 22, 2016 - 10:00

It’s like a batik technique for fabric. Great idea!

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Svitlana Shayevich March 23, 2016 - 15:55

Oh my.. Batik!!! I had such a hard time making up the name for this technique, which indeed is batik. Thank you!

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Pai Meng March 22, 2016 - 10:28

gorgeous!

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Svitlana Shayevich March 23, 2016 - 15:55

Thank you, Pai!

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Holly Saveur March 22, 2016 - 10:36

SUPER gorgeous!!

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Svitlana Shayevich March 23, 2016 - 16:29

Thank you, Holly!

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Clelie March 22, 2016 - 11:40

Svitlana, love the cards…love the colors!…and have never layered with this technique before! Thanks for the wonderful video and all the great tips!

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Svitlana Shayevich March 23, 2016 - 17:22

Thank you, Clelie! Glad you liked my video. This technique is simple, just a bit time consuming.

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Jan Castle March 22, 2016 - 12:23

Excellent use of this technique…beautiful and unique! Thank you for sharing!!!!!
Paper Hugs,
Jan

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Svitlana Shayevich March 24, 2016 - 11:36

Thank you, Jan! Hope you’ll give it a try!

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Nandini March 22, 2016 - 12:38

Love the cool technique and the idea of making two cards simultaneously.

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Svitlana Shayevich March 24, 2016 - 11:36

Thank you, Nandini!

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May Park March 22, 2016 - 15:27

Amazing technique and your cards turned out so beautifully!!! Thank you for sharing your video! It was so worth watching!

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Svitlana Shayevich March 24, 2016 - 11:45

Thank you, May! Your words made my day!

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3kidmama March 22, 2016 - 16:18

Your cards are SOOO elegant! I never thought to do more than one color with the emboss resist technique – genius! Thank you for sharing today.

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Svitlana Shayevich March 24, 2016 - 11:50

Thank you a lot! I love gray colors. They often provide great result.

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Lindsey L March 22, 2016 - 17:20

What a cool technique! Gorgeous results!!!

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Svitlana Shayevich March 24, 2016 - 11:51

Thank you, Lindsey!

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Sue Brannan March 22, 2016 - 18:15

What an amazing video, you make it look so simple and so many fab but simple tips especially for not wasting card….haha. The cards look amazing so effective….Ive seen many videos but this one was special, thank you for sharing.

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Svitlana Shayevich March 24, 2016 - 13:28

Thank you a lot, Sue! Your words made me flash :) You’re so sweet!

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Sveta Fotinia March 22, 2016 - 18:44

wowowwowwo! these cards are amazing and technique! Thanks for this video – very interesting and helpful!

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Svitlana Shayevich March 24, 2016 - 13:44

Thank you, Svetik!

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ElizStewart March 22, 2016 - 18:45

FABulous video! Definitely need to try this! Will try this!

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Svitlana Shayevich March 24, 2016 - 13:50

Thank you!

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Celeste Goff March 22, 2016 - 18:58

Wow Svitlana! These cards are absolutely gorgeous! I love the subtle layered look of each step!

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Svitlana Shayevich March 24, 2016 - 13:51

Thank you, Celeste!

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Deborah Moss March 22, 2016 - 22:57

I love embossing and haven’t tried it in this fashion. The cards were beautiful and absolutely appropriate for life’s somber moments. I can’t wait to try this technique for making some masculine cards to. Thank you for the technique/tip!

Oh, Svitlana, can you share what you used with the (dry setting) iron…paper? fabric? paper with wax paper?
Thanks again for a wonderful tutorial!

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Svitlana Shayevich March 24, 2016 - 13:58

Thank you, Deborah! I hope you’ll give this technique a try.
In your questions do you mean what I put on top of my embossed panel? Just a piece of scrap printer paper. Just make sure that side that goes onto embossing is clean.

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Deborah Moss March 25, 2016 - 10:52

Thank you Svitlana for your reply. Will try this today. :)

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Deborah Moss March 25, 2016 - 10:53

Will try this today. :) Thank you Svitlana for your reply.

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HelenK March 23, 2016 - 00:17

Lovely cards Svitlana!

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Svitlana Shayevich March 24, 2016 - 13:59

Thank you, Helen!

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KimberlyRae March 23, 2016 - 12:08

Love those grey inks and your card!

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Svitlana Shayevich March 24, 2016 - 14:00

Thank you, Kimberly!

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Marti T March 23, 2016 - 15:27

These cards are so simple and elegant – I’ve done the technique many times over the years but never with these results. I love the graphic design, the angled white card, the use of the “forgotten” grey tones and the simple sentiment in black.. very very nice.

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Svitlana Shayevich March 24, 2016 - 14:24

Thank you, Marti! With this technique I think the main tip would be to oversee the final result. As what comes first – is positioned in the very front. I have a couple more ideas for this technique, will try to implement them in close future :)

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diana March 23, 2016 - 17:18

Great cards and technique! ;-)

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karenb March 23, 2016 - 20:20

Wow! What a gorgeous technique! Thank you for the awesome video and examples. :)

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Svitlana Shayevich March 24, 2016 - 14:44

Thank you!

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Maureen Reiss March 23, 2016 - 21:55

Really beautiful technique!!!

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Svitlana Shayevich March 24, 2016 - 14:45

Thank you, Maureen!

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Maria Giselle March 25, 2016 - 16:05

I would love to try your technique! I’ve been foreseeing a similar background but just couldn’t come up with how to do it. With your video, now, I think I know how to create it! Did you iron on the last part just to flatten the embossing? I tried ironing once but I didn’t like the result. I think it is because I used a regular iron. I love the neutral colors of your card.

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Svitlana Shayevich March 30, 2016 - 10:07

Thank you, Maria! Hope you’ll give it a try. I was ironing in order to remove embossing as much as possible. Embossing powder is melted from an iron heat and is transferred to a paper I covered my panel with. And yes – it flattens the embossing as well. This technique needs some practice, but is not very difficult. My iron is a regular iron, a travel one. I just bought it because of size, so it doesn’t take a lot of space on my room. You need to have your iron in the highest temperature, in dry mode (no steam). And while ironing – give embossing powder time to melt and be transferred to scrap paper. When it just starts melting – the scrap paper will be kind of stuck to the panel. But when “transfer” is finished – you will be able to remove the scrap paper easily. It sound difficult, but in fact just need practice. You’ll feel the right point of ironing.
Hope this helps :)

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Becky Smith March 26, 2016 - 08:42

Love this technique, and your design and color choice are wonderful!

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Svitlana Shayevich March 30, 2016 - 10:07

Thank you, Becky!

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Bev LoPinto March 26, 2016 - 10:53

Great tutorial and beautiful cards. I definitely want to give this a try.

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Svitlana Shayevich March 30, 2016 - 10:08

Thank you a lot, Bev!

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LauraJane:) April 6, 2016 - 20:07

Cool technique!!

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Svitlana Shayevich April 11, 2016 - 17:33

Thank you, Laura!

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Melodie April 8, 2016 - 12:34

Very cool.

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Svitlana Shayevich April 11, 2016 - 17:34

Thank you! :)

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Mary H. May 2, 2016 - 19:51

Svitlana, this is simply stunning & so classy! I have this flower set, and would never have thought to try this. Also love the way you’ve used the die cut to make such an interesting front. Just lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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Svitlana Shayevich May 5, 2016 - 17:27

Thank you a lot, Mary!

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