Monday, November 18, 2013

Embossed Resist With Masking

Last month, we showed this card created by Inky artist Nancy Baier as part of a "Try It Different" Tuesday post:

Nancy had used her 11201MC Wildflower & Weeds Clear Set from the Handcarved Autumn collection:

I wasn't sure how she'd achieved that cool "batik" look, and she couldn't exactly remember either. (She'd made a ton of sample cards for us with her stamps, including this one, several weeks the answer eluded us both.)

One of our loyal Inky blog readers, Sue D, graciously agreed to do some experimenting for us. Both she and Stamping Sue guessed it was some form of a resist technique, so that was the starting point.

Sue gathered up her supplies, including various ink pads, heat embossing supplies, and the same stamp set:

First she chose one of the wildflower images to created a background with VersaMark ink, and then she heat embossed it with clear powder:

Next she created masks of several additional stamped images, and placed them onto the background piece:

Using Distress Ink and a blending tool, she covered the background with blue and green for the sky and grass:

This is what her panel looked like after peeling off the masks:

Finally, she stamped the same images in the masked areas:

Here is a finished card that Sue made using the same technique, including a saying from 11104MC Simple Sentiments Clear Set (by Michelle Pearson):

Bonus: If you'd like to download a PDF file of Sue's process, click here.

To my eye, this method produces similar results compared to the original project. The embossed images on Sue's version look shiny and a bit brighter, while Nancy's background appears more matte and the silhouettes are a bit less solid.

After submitting this project, Sue emailed me with a couple of comments. "I was wondering about the shine on mine, too," she said, "and I just read where you can iron the embossing powder off after you have done all your inking. You place your finished piece on an old towel, put printer paper over and press gently with no steam and not a lot of movement. I just tried it on one of my sample pieces and it works!"

She continued, "Also, most emboss resist instructions mention buffing the embossed images with a paper towel or rag after inking. I forgot to add this step because I usually forget to do it! By handling the piece the ink probably comes off on my hands so I never notice it being a problem--that is, if you don't mind inky fingers!"

Regardless of whether you use an iron or not, I think both cards are equally pretty, and I appreciate Nancy and Sue's contributions. I love how the masking creates a white border around the colored images...that really makes them stand out, don't you think?

Hope you feel inspired to give it a try yourself, Inky friends!

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