Burned Batik

by Beate Johns

This is a fun and easy way to make a batik background.


  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Embossing Ink
  • Stamps, Taylored Expressions Friendship Blooms used here
  • Heat tool
  • White Cardstock
  • Distress inks (Two or more)
  • Blending tools


  1. Step 1

    Rub your Embossing Buddy over the entire piece of White Cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Stamp your images on cardstock with Embossing Ink.

    Bolder images work better for this technique.

  3. Step 3

    Add Embossing Powder over your stamped images.

  4. Tap excess powder off.

  5. Step 4

    Start heating your images with your Heat Tool.

  6. Don't stop when the powder is melted, but heat it until most of the shine of your embossing powder is gone.

    Check the back of the cardstock. Your embossed image will have "soaked" through.

  7. Step 5

    Start sponging your first ink color over your embossed background.

  8. Apply your second color.

  9. Step 6

    Continue sponging color over your background until it's completely covered and you are happy with the look.

    If you are not using Distress inks, but other dye inks, you might have to spray your cardstock lightly with water before starting to sponge.

  10. Step 7 (Optional)

    Stamp a subtle texture over your batik background.

    Once you are done with sponging and stamping your embossed cardstock, wipe over it with a paper towel or piece of cloth. The embossed parts will resist the ink sponged/stamped over it.

  11. Step 9

    Finish your card.



    Alternative Heating
    If you have trouble like I did to "melt" the embossing powder, try going over the image with your iron. Put your embossed cardstock on your ironing board and cover with copy paper. Heat iron to medium heat and set to no steam. Go over your card. That should help to overheat the image.

    Experiment with Colors
    Try using various color combinations or altering the embossing powder used. Gold or copper might look really neat!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Burned Batik. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

My utee is really melting out of is shape so 2 speak, helllllpppp,lol
nina  |  Mon Feb 4, 2008 at 2:43 PM
Love this technique! Im a silk painter, so I have used the batik method for that. Thank you for showing me how I can pull my silk painting techniques into my card/stamping world.
Sherry Henifin  |  Mon Dec 1, 2008 at 6:11 AM
Lovely card! Great idea! Will have to try it.
Thanks for sharing.
CRAFTY-LIZ  |  Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 6:36 AM
Great tutorial Beate. Love the final look of your card! TFS
Brenda  |  Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 9:55 AM
What is the purpose of "burning" the embossed images? Otherwise, this is simply the emboss resist technique. Sorry if this is a stupid question...
Linda  |  Mon Aug 22, 2011 at 2:06 PM
The overheated image doesn't shine anymore. The sponged over background looks a lot softer, then with embossing resist.
beate  |  Mon Aug 22, 2011 at 6:30 PM

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