Dry Emboss Alcohol Resist

by Lori Craig

Create a beautiful glossy cardstock background with an embossing folder and alcohol inks.


  • Embossing folder (Spellbinders® M-Bossabilities™ used here)
  • Glossy cardstock
  • Embossing ink pad (Versamark used here)
  • Embossing powder
  • Anti-static pouch
  • Heat gun
  • Alcohol markers (Copic Markers used here)
  • Air brushing system or air spritzer
  • Alcohol blending solution (Copic Blending Solution used here)
  • Cotton swabs or felt pads


  1. Step 1

    Dry emboss a piece of glossy cardstock using an embossing folder.

  2. Step 2

    Prepare the supplies needed for heat embossing on the embossed sheet of cardstock.

  3. Hint:
    For dry embossed patterns with a lot of open space, rub an anti-static pouch, like the Embossing Buddy, over the cardstock before proceeding. (Random speckles of melted embossing powder will only contribute to the unique look of the individual piece, however, so this step is a matter of personal preference.)

  4. Step 3

    Gently tap and rub the Versamark pad over the top of the dry embossed cardstock, being careful to keep ink out of the recessed areas.

    A juicy ink pad will reduce the need for squishing the ink onto the cardstock and help keep it only on the raised areas.

  5. Step 4

    Sprinkle the cardstock with clear embossing powder. Tap the excess powder from cardstock back into the jar.

  6. Step 5

    Using a heat gun, melt the dry embossing powder to reveal a shiny surface on the raised areas of the cardstock.

  7. You'll love how shiny the raised areas of your cardstock have become.

  8. Step 6

    Using an air compressor or spritzer and alcohol marker, gently spray over the cardstock.

    Removing the cap off of the back end of the marker while airbrushing will help ink flow through the pen and provide a more consistent spray.

  9. Optional: Use more than one color of ink to add interest and depth to the background.

  10. Step 7

    Apply a small amount of alcohol blending solution to a cotton swab or felt pad. Dab it onto scrap paper to ensure that it's not over-saturated with liquid. The cotton should be damp, not dripping. Gently remove ink from the raised areas to reveal the white surface underneath.

  11. Step 8

    Use the finished embossed panel to accent 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 Dry Emboss Alcohol 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.

Such a beautiful card and very simple to make.
Thank you!
Sandra Peers  |  Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 5:49 AM
Lovely card, and I really enjoyed the video, thanks for sharing.
Donna Whitten  |  Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 8:47 AM
Gorgeous! BUT.... Can I use like an TH Sponge dauber thingie if I don't have an air compressor?
Kelli Hull  |  Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Very pretty!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 1:04 PM
Hi, Kelli! You could use sponge daubers to apply ink. You would have a little different "finish" to how the ink appears on the cardstock. smile Thank you!
lori  |  Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 3:26 PM
This turned out beautifully, Lori!
Bev Gerard  |  Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 3:46 PM
How beautiful! Love the idea. I can use daubers too cause I don't have a sprayer, but this turned out so gorgeously -- thank you!!!!
Rosy Newlun  |  Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 4:57 PM
Could you put the alcohol ink in a small fine mist spritzer bottle? You'd probably get a little different look.
Deena Sheranko  |  Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 9:09 PM
Hi Deena! Give it a try, and post your results in the gallery for us! There are lots of variations that will work.
Dina K  |  Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM
So beautiful! Excellent tutorial!:-)
Maria Patrick  |  Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 9:06 AM
Fascinating, I have never even heard of embossing paste, I would love to try this technique.
Linda Nazaruk  |  Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 3:19 PM
Love this look for a background. Thanks for the tutorial. I DO NOT use my airbrush system enough. I will be pulling it out for sure now.
Linda Compton  |  Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 11:41 PM

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