Learn how to make emboss resist squares for card making.

Learn how to make emboss resist squares for card making.

Julie Heyer Julie Heyer

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Create two gorgeous cards made with emboss resist squares featuring the Reef Stamps. This is one of my favorite inky techniques. I was inspired by a card I saw recently on Pinterest to revisit this fun technique. Pin-spiration strikes again!

Emboss Resist Squares Reef Cards

(The finished size of each card is 4.25x5.5", unless otherwise noted.)

Emboss Resist Squares Tutorial

Dust white watercolor (or mixed media) paper with anti-static powder.

Add images from the Reef stamp set on the panel with Watermark Ink. (Trust me, they are there!)

Sprinkle the images with white embossing powder and tap off the excess in a tray.

Apply heat to the images to melt the powder.

Gather a variety of water-reactive inks. I chose Distress and Distress Oxide Inks in shades that compliment the  Reef color palette.

Starting with the lightest colors first, apply ink to the panel in a circular motion with an Ink Applicator Brush.

Continue covering the entire panel of embossed images with ink, until the desired effect is achieved.

Wipe off any excess ink with a clean, dry cloth.

Trim the stamped panel into 1.5" squares.

Let's take a look at the finished card samples.

Create a grid on an Aqua panel with the embossed resist squares. Wrap waxed cord around the panel and tie it in place. Stamp the sentiment with Ocean ink on an Aqua scrap; mat with Gold. Layer onto a Gold card panel, then add to a Yellow card base.

Line up three squares in a vertical orientation on a white strip. Mat with Gold and Aqua. Stamp the urchin images on the Green card base with Sandstone ink. Adhere the layered strip to the card base. Top with a sentiment stamped with Ocean ink, matted with Gold.

I hope you'll give this fun technique idea a try! We'd love for you to share your finished artwork on our Club Scrap Chat Group on Facebook. Not a member of the group yet? Simply answer a few questions and we'll process your request in no time.

Reef Stamps

Reef Stamps


Our premium clear photopolymer stamps are ready to use; no prep is required. The stamp sheet measures 6x8" and includes 18 individual images and phrases. Deeply etched for high-quality impressions Clear substrate for easy positioning and accurate stamping Non-yellowing and… Read More

CS Watermark Ink Pad

CS Watermark Ink Pad


This clear ink creates a "watermark" effect on all kinds of papers. Ideal for use with embossing powders and for resist techniques. Create watermark or light shadow images on uncoated card stock Use for Batik-like dye ink resist effects on… Read More

Reef 12x12 Plain Paper

Reef 12x12 Plain Paper


12x12" premium plain scrapbook papers, sold individually, by the sheet.… Read More

CS Hybrid Ink Pads

CS Hybrid Ink Pads


Exclusively Club Scrap®, this hybrid craft ink combines the most exceptional ingredients of both pigments and dyes for a fine, crisp, fast-drying image! Don't forget to stock up on re-inkers!… Read More

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