Debossed Die Resist

by Dina Kowal

Use the impression of a cutting die for a resist technique.


  • Watercolor paper (Fabriano Medioevalis stationery used here)
  • Wafer die (Impression Obsession DIE515-YY Sunflower Background used here)
  • Die cutting machine
  • Multi-purpose (adjustable) platform
  • Embossing pad
  • Bone folder
  • White crayon or oil pastel
  • Water soluble medium (Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, Color Burst and Brusho used here)
  • Clean water and paintbrush
  • Water mister
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: Impression Obsession DIE291 All-in-One Frames - Rectangles 2, A13341 You Are Enough, B13451 Miss You)


  1. Step 1

    Prepare the die cutting machine for embossing. For the Big Shot, open the multi-purpose platform to Tab 1.

    Lay down as follows from bottom to top:
    Multi-purpose platform
    Cutting plate
    Silicone embossing pad
    Watercolor paper
    Die, cutting surface down
    Cutting plate

    Run the sandwich through the machine, following manufacturer’s instructions for use.

  2. Step 2

    Remove the card from the sandwich. The lines of the die should have impressed into the card without cutting through.

  3. If there are any creases in the card, smooth them with a bone folder.

  4. Step 3

    Turn the card over so the impression is raised.

  5. Using the side of an unwrapped white crayon or oil pastel, rub over the raised lines until they are coated with the medium.

  6. Step 4

    Apply a water soluble medium to the open areas of the image.

  7. Blend with a wet brush as needed. The crayon or oil pastel will resist the water and coloring medium, and stand out as an outline.

  8. Step 5

    Touch up or fill in the image until all areas are colored to your liking. Additional layers of color can also be added.

  9. Step 6

    Use the panel to complete a card or other project.

  10. Step 7

    For another coloring option, complete steps 1 through 3 above, then sprinkle watercolor powders over each area of the image.

  11. Step 8

    Mist the card with water. The water will activate the powders, and the crayon or oil pastel will keep the colors isolated where they belong.

  12. Use a brush to direct color or fill in more detailed areas as needed.

  13. Step 9

    Use the panel to complete a card or other project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Debossed Die Resist. 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.

Beautiful card!!! This is such a great technique and I love the die you used for this project! (I just hope to get half the gorgeousness when i attempt it.) smile Thank you for sharing
Karen Shirey  |  Wed Sep 27, 2017 at 4:32 AM
Another winner - you continue to amaze me with the techniques you provide. Keep them coming!
Kathy Stacy  |  Wed Sep 27, 2017 at 5:23 AM
What a great idea! Love to learn new ways to use supplies and tools I already have. Can't wait to try this technique.
Becky Y  |  Wed Sep 27, 2017 at 5:25 AM
Thanks, Dina. I will love trying this out, Beautiful results.
Prissequito  |  Wed Sep 27, 2017 at 5:54 AM
I can't find my white crayon and could only get a slightly "chewed looking" silver grey oil pastel at a local store but I am going to give it a go. I was wondering whether a candle would work?
Jay Bee  |  Wed Sep 27, 2017 at 6:05 AM
Ooh, please give it a try and let us know!
dina  |  Wed Sep 27, 2017 at 6:43 AM
wow, great technique, can't wait to try it out smile
Christine  |  Wed Sep 27, 2017 at 7:20 AM
This is amazing!
Sarah Fleming  |  Wed Sep 27, 2017 at 7:51 AM
Both cards are beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial. I am thankful to learn new things smile
Shari Czerwinski  |  Wed Sep 27, 2017 at 8:23 AM
What an awesome idea!
Viki B  |  Wed Sep 27, 2017 at 10:56 AM
No joy with the candle and actually despite a large number of dies I don't have many that would work with this technique - love yours though!
Jay Bee  |  Wed Sep 27, 2017 at 12:00 PM

You always amaze me with your talent, your willingness to share your techniques, and your smooth voice.

I'm going to try both techniques to start. Then I'm going to use a brayer to coat the raised lines with Versamark, then add clear matte embossing powder, and heat set. It will be interesting to see the difference compared to using a crayon or oil pastel.

Thanks for sharing!

Beth  |  Wed Sep 27, 2017 at 9:04 PM
Oh, wow! Dina, what a fabulous video, and you make it look so simple and doable! I think I could actually do this and already have an idea! Thanks again for sharing your creativity and great video tutorials! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Thu Sep 28, 2017 at 10:35 AM
You always make it look so easy, which is why I always give it a try! Unfortunately, mine never come out as beautiful. I will give this another try if I can find a different die. The butterfly just didn't work for me. I may borrow a friends die that I think might work better!
muscrat  |  Thu Sep 28, 2017 at 7:03 PM
wow .. awesome :D
mogu mook  |  Fri Sep 29, 2017 at 10:44 AM
Love, love, love this. Will be buying a white crayon and finding a cool die as soon as I can. TFS
Nancy Williams  |  Sat Sep 30, 2017 at 4:24 AM
I, too, only have a candle, so may try leaving the die on the back of the paper as I “color” the raised lines so it supports the embossing better. Beautiful card! I love the brilliance of the watercolor powders, too.
Lynn Wynn  |  Sat Sep 30, 2017 at 5:48 PM
I've never heard of water color powder before. Is it available at most art supply stores?
dmcg  |  Mon Oct 2, 2017 at 6:38 PM
Your cards are beautiful, and I love the technique. Thanks for sharing it, Dini!

Beth Burns  |  Sun Oct 8, 2017 at 2:32 PM
this is awesome
mogu mook  |  Wed Nov 15, 2017 at 11:50 AM

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