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Old 08-15-2006, 03:27 PM   #1  
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Default ARRRGGGHHH!!!! Emboss resist


I have tried this technique half a dozen times. I have followed all your wonderful hints and instructions and still, NOTHING. I am using a light cardstock, using an anti-static aid, then I am stamping my pad in Versamark. I am pouring clear EP over the images, tapping off the excess. I heat up the gun till hot, then get a nice, hard glossy finish. I take my dark ink and sponge over and around the image(s). Then I buff with a paper towel.

Waaaaah!!!!! It doesn't work for me. I either do not get a white image at all, or I get a 'faint' white image, but you can still see my chosen color on the shiny EP.

I am not giving up. Am I missing something? Regular cardstock, right? Not glossy?

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I am by no means up on this technique but I have always thought you needed to use glossy paper for this. Maybe try that and see how it works. I'm going to do a search and see if I can find the instructions.

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OK. I checked the techniques forum and the one thread I read did NOT specify using glossy paper. So I am thinking I'm wrong. Should have checked there first before I opened my mouth! Sorry!

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You can use either glossy or regular, but it will be much more vibrant with glossy. If you don't have any glossy handy, at least maybe try with Whisper White...that has a bit of coating that will help a little bit.
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Personally, I think it turns out much better with glossy cardstock, but that really is just my opinion. Better luck to you.
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I have tried this technique half a dozen times. I have followed all your wonderful hints and instructions and still, NOTHING. I am using a light cardstock, using an anti-static aid, then I am stamping my pad in Versamark. I am pouring clear EP over the images, tapping off the excess. I heat up the gun till hot, then get a nice, hard glossy finish. I take my dark ink and sponge over and around the image(s). Then I buff with a paper towel.

Waaaaah!!!!! It doesn't work for me. I either do not get a white image at all, or I get a 'faint' white image, but you can still see my chosen color on the shiny EP.

I am not giving up. Am I missing something? Regular cardstock, right? Not glossy?


I think the reason you are not getting a white image is because you are not using white cardstock. I love anything to do with embossing. I have only done this technique with white cardstock. If you want to use light colored cardstock I would suggest using white embossing powder over top of your image that way you won't be able to see the chosen color of your cardstock on the shiny EP. Hope that helps.

P.S. I am going to resist embossing with a light colored cardstock just to see how it works.

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I'm so glad you've started this post! I always get a "muddy" embossed image in the end, and I've tried all sorts of different strategies for removing the dark ink from it (short of puttin the whole thing in the freezer before gently wiping... hmmm.. now there's an idea! lol)
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I'd use glossy card stock and choose images that aren't as detailed...more bold. Some of the floral sets, the shapes, simply circles, etc work good for this technique. There may be a tutorial in the SCS resources that might offer some additional tips.
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I don't think I've tried this technique before, but have sponged over vanilla EP and used a sanding block or fine grit sandpaper to get the excess ink off of the embossed image. Good luck!
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That is strange that you get muddy images. I never have that problem. Are you using a more solid stamp? What ink do you use to sponge or brayer over your images? Do you use classic ink?
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Yes, I am using the SU Classic Ink Pads and a solid stamp. Basically been practising with a solid Happy Birthday stamp on a small piece of CS since I'm wasting so much! Maybe, when I get to a workshop in the fall, I'll have to get my demo to watch what I am doing and see if she can figure it out.

I did notice someone posted, saying, they too got "muddy images". This happened last time and was actually a step up for me! Before I was not even getting any of the stamped image come through.
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I'm stumped too...
only things you didn't cover...

use super clean stamp
fresh , not muddy, versa ink.
should be like runny honey on warm toast.
and, for a splitsecond, stick the stamp down to the paper annoyingly when you stamp!

then pour on ep (I'd use detail) and wait a sec...
then dump

heat and then try, try again...

use a q-tip to get ink off image after sponging or brayering,
slightly dampened q-tip may work too

fresher classic inkpads may work better too... I've noticed a difference from seldom used colors...harder to get off. Use a re-inker to get the pad juicy.

just tryin' to help...

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Old 08-16-2006, 11:01 AM   #13  
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I am so happy! After trying numerous times, I finally got the emboss resist technique to work. The problem was the cardstock. While I was using white, it was not SU's CS. I got it from Michaels. I went and got a piece of SU Lilac and tried the technique. Couldn't believe it when the stamped image came through sharp and "lilac" (not white) in this case!! Next time, with my on-order white SU cardstock, I will be seeing white images.

Thanks to Michelle who e-mailed me privately and asked if the CS was Su's.

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Are you trying to do the cracked glass technique? You have to put it in the freezer for 10 minutes crack, then put your ink on and buff off.
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Yes, I am using the SU Classic Ink Pads and a solid stamp. .....
I'm still stuck back here, lol. Classic ink does not emboss. You either need versamark or craft ink to emboss with. That could have been the basic problem right there, at least some of the time. What did you use for your last, successful attempt? Did you switch to versamark by any chance?
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Thanks all for the great tips above and thanks Denise for starting this thread! Denise, I've always only used SU cardstock and still get muddy images. I've not tried the q-tip for removing ink (BB) from the EP. Going to go give that a try. Thanks!
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I'm still stuck back here, lol. Classic ink does not emboss. You either need versamark or craft ink to emboss with. That could have been the basic problem right there, at least some of the time. What did you use for your last, successful attempt? Did you switch to versamark by any chance?
I think she was saying that she used Classic ink as the color OVER the embossing, not as the ink she was using to emboss with....

And now here's another story we can all tell the world to explain the absolute FABULOUSNESS of SU cardstock!!!
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I have tried this technique half a dozen times. I have followed all your wonderful hints and instructions and still, NOTHING. I am using a light cardstock, using an anti-static aid, then I am stamping my pad in Versamark. I am pouring clear EP over the images, tapping off the excess. I heat up the gun till hot, then get a nice, hard glossy finish. I take my dark ink and sponge over and around the image(s). Then I buff with a paper towel.

Waaaaah!!!!! It doesn't work for me. I either do not get a white image at all, or I get a 'faint' white image, but you can still see my chosen color on the shiny EP.

I am not giving up. Am I missing something? Regular cardstock, right? Not glossy?

The only thing I do different is use "white" EP , rather than clear????
Mine come out perfect.....give that a try?
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I would use classic inks over your embossed image then wipe it off. However Basic Black and Basic Brown classic inks are permanent and maybe are not coming off as well as the other classic inks thus leaving a muddy look. Just a thought.
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