Sunday, August 11, 2013

White-on-White embossing technique

Yesterday I was reading through some paper crafting blogs and saw a technique using white embossing powders and Distress Inks.  Once I find the post I will update here.  I decided to try this but did most things differently so essentially made this my "own".   I think of it as using embossing as an ink resist technique by using white on white (white, opaque embossing powder on white paper).  Below I have outlined simple steps:

Materials needed:
- White Embossing Powder (I used Whispers Opaque White Embossing Powder), 
Embossing Ink (Ranger Emboss It)
Background Stamp (I used Carbonated Background from the Hero Arts Basic Clippings CollectionAcrylic Block (I used the Tim Holtz Acrylic Grid Block Set).  
Ink Daubers (I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stains in Vintage Photo, Bundled Sage, Gathered Twigs, Pickled Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Shaded Lilac,  Peacock Feathers and Bronze)
Water Mister
(I used  Ranger Inkssentials  mini mister)
Heat Gun

- Circle stamp

Step One
Stamp with embossing ink, cover with power and then heat set"

Step Two
Dab paper with Distress Ink Stain Dauber in first color (Distress Stain Peacock Feathers)
Step ThreeDab paper with Distress Ink Stain Dauber in the second color (Distress Stain Bundled Sage) and then Mist generously

Step Four
Dab paper with Distress Ink Stain Dauber in the third and forth colors (Gathered Twigs and Vintage photo).  Mist generously and move paper around so the ink moves from side to side.

Step Five
Dab with all colors until covered.  Top with Bronze Distress Stain and then mist and rub with a cloth.  Gently and evenly dry paper with a heat gun.

Step Six
Trim sides and ink sides if desired).  Finished!
I have not finished a card with the bronze "patina" background but I did finish the mat.  For this I added Liquid Pearls in bronze and edged the sides in bronze ink from a Colorbox metallics pigment ink pad set.I plan to add a stamp to the middle to cover where the stamp missed the page.

See the picture below to see all of the finished papers.  I came up with three designs, one striped, one mottled Patina and one mottled "tie-dye". 

For this one I decided to use the front.  I rounded the corner and inked the sides in a lilac Tsukineko ink pad as you can see in the finished project.  

I added a border with fuschia and light lemon Bazzil card stock.  The sentiment (from Micheal's) was stamped on White card Stock and mounted on
Vintage Collection Retro Mod Squad fuchsia paper and then large circle punched die cut with a stamp from the Stampin' Up Circle Stamps collection

 Next I wanted to share how to use the back of the design.....For this project project I colored in the circles and then used the back side for the background.  Again the corners were rounded and the sides were inked but this time with both the lilac Tsukineko ink pad and with a hot pink Versa Color ink pad.


Back Side

Finished Card!!!
NOTE:  I am entering this in the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge which this week is to create your own background using stamps

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial!  If you use any similar techniques feel free to link them up here :)


  1. Cute cards, and I LOVE the backgrounds! Thanks for the fun tutorial, and thanks for joining us this week for the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge!

  2. This is fabulous MaryBeth! I love all the colours of inks you tried! Thanks for playing along with our Timeless Tuesday Challenge last week! I hope you play along with again this week!