Double Stencil Resist

by Dina Kowal

Use embossing ink to create two resist backgrounds with a stencil.


  • Cardstock or watercolor paper, 2 card-sized panels (140# Fabriano Studio Hot Press watercolor paper used here)
  • Stencil (A Colorful Life Designs 020156 Glasses used here)
  • Versamark or other embossing/pigment ink
  • Tape
  • Sticky note
  • Die cutting machine
  • Embossing pad
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Heat tool
  • Coloring medium and applicator (Distress Oxide inks and Taylored Expression blender brushes used here)
  • Paper towel
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Impression Obsession supplies used here: CL1028 Real Adult clear set, DIE481 Large Glasses, DIE967 Stitched Square Frame; copper thread, foam tape)


  1. Step 1

    Secure a cardstock panel to the back of a stencil with washi tape.

  2. TIP:
    Attach a sticky note to the back of the card panel - this gives you a clean place to hold on to keep the panel in place while inking.

  3. Step 2

    Press a Versamark or other embossing pad through the stencil, coating the stencil with ink as well as inking the design onto the cardstock.

  4. Step 3

    Prepare a sandwich for your die cutting machine, laying down a rubber/silicon embossing mat, plain cardstock, and the stencil with the inked side down. Lay a cutting plate over the top and adjust with shims as needed for your die cutting machine.

  5. The stencil will create an imprint into the cardstock as well as transferring the embossing ink.

  6. Step 4

    Apply clear embossing powder to the panel and heat to activate it.

  7. Step 5

    Apply embossing powder to the inked panel from Step 2 and heat to activate it.

  8. Step 6

    Apply a wet coloring medium over the panels (markers, watercolor, ink, mists). The embossed stencil pattern will resist the medium.

  9. Use a paper towel to buff any excess coloring medium off of the embossed areas.

  10. Step 7

    Use the panels to complete cards or other projects.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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I really liked that. I'm off to give it a try. TFS
happyscraps  |  Wed May 6, 2020 at 3:29 AM
Dina, I love these!
Craf-tee  |  Wed May 6, 2020 at 4:44 AM
Such a clever idea to dry emboss and heat emboss at same time, doubling the usefulness of your stencils without doubling the work. I'll have to try this soon.
vgpeterson  |  Wed May 6, 2020 at 6:19 AM
Running the stencil through a die cutting machine to get a reverse is a new one for me - thank you! And what a cute stencil.
bjeans  |  Wed May 6, 2020 at 7:08 AM
I am relatively new to papercrafts and I never knew you could use a stencil to emboss, very cool, I will be trying this technique for sure. Thank you and hope you and yours are well and happy.
soozyb13  |  Wed May 6, 2020 at 8:20 AM
Wonderful idea Lydia! Love the glasses stencil, too.
JRHolbrook  |  Wed May 6, 2020 at 10:48 AM
oops, I meant Dina not Lydia. It's the "a" at the end of your names that messed me up! LOL
JRHolbrook  |  Wed May 6, 2020 at 10:49 AM
I love the double use - positive and negative effects! Thanks for the tutorial!
stamperbairb  |  Wed May 6, 2020 at 11:06 AM
Love this technique and your video, Dina -- as always. What a fun way to get two great cards at once. Really love the eyeglasses! Hugs! xoxo
CherylQuilts  |  Fri May 8, 2020 at 11:47 AM
Great technique! Can't wait to try it!
Essie Cards  |  Wed Jul 8, 2020 at 5:17 PM

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