Embossing Resist

by Beate Johns

Emboss images on light colored cardstock, then apply darker ink to make them "pop".


  • Embossing ink
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Embossing Buddy™
  • Heat Tool
  • Powder Tray, or paper to catch embossing powder
  • Stamps (Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Season of Change used here)
  • Light colored cardstock
  • Waterbased Dye Ink darker then your cardstock color ( Wild Honey, Tattered Rose and Peeled Paint Distress Inks used here)
  • Blending Tool,Sponge, Stipple brush or sponge brayer
  • Paper towel


  1. Step 1

    Rub Embossing Buddy over entire piece of cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Ink stamp with Embossing Ink and stamp on cardstock.

  3. Step 3

    Pour embossing powder over stamped image, making sure everything's completely covered.

  4. Step 4

    Tap excess powder off. Collect remaining powder in either the Powder tray or on a piece of scrap paper and pour it back into the container.

  5. Step 5

    Heat powder with heat tool until it melts into a shiny cover. Let cool.

  6. Step 6

    Sponge ink over your cardstock. You can also use a stipple brush or the sponge brayer for this step.

  7. Cover your entire piece of cardstock.

  8. Step 7 (Optional)

    To add more depth to the stamped images, try adding more in the same color used for sponging.

  9. Step 8

    Use a paper towel or rag to buff ink off embossed images. The embossed images will resist the sponged ink.

  10. Step 9

    Finish your card.


Your Turn

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

Embossing buddy is the way to go! I tried the dryer sheets even two different kinds of dryer sheets and it did not work at all --I never have a problem with my embossing buddy! I am a demo so I should of just ordered it in the first place but I am also a little frugal too hehehehe! If anyone in Canada needs help ordering one - I accept paypal no problem happy to help!
Kathryne  |  Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 4:01 PM
I made an embossing budd with corn starch and a small square of fabric. Works great.
Bobbi  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 6:45 AM
Even with the baby powder, or cornstarch or whatever you choose to put in the pouncer, I still have the haze from that product.

Has anyone tried the dryer sheet and does it really keep the stray embossing powder at baby?
Julie Hollopeter  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 12:30 PM
I have tried the dryer sheets and my embossing powder will not even stick to the card at all. Thought of making an embossing buddy using corn starch but I see some have not had good luck with that either. Just what is n the embossing buddy. Thanks
Tammy  |  Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 3:42 AM
Jackie & Bobbi - THANK YOU for the home-made embossing buddy ideas! I purchased mine at Michael's but had I known I could have made it myself I would have gladly done so to save a few dollars!
Chrissy  |  Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 7:13 AM
What a glorious card! I'm going to try it!
kathyc/northcarolina  |  Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 6:56 AM
I love this tutorial-very easy to follow. Thank you.
Jane Holmes  |  Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 6:42 PM
If you put a teaser in Pinterest, you will get a lot of visitors to this interesting site. My wife loves this artwork, and i will show her how you did it. thank you for sharing!
mike  |  Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 7:52 AM
Well done Jackie:)
Jane Holmes  |  Thu May 10, 2012 at 11:33 PM
As I designer I've been interested in embossing images, thanks, the result was beautiful!
MelissaJane  |  Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 5:11 PM
What is embossing buddy?
MaryAnn  |  Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 5:07 AM
Thanks for the tutorial. I will try it this week. Becky
Becky Alberter  |  Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 9:08 AM
Thanks for the tutorial!
Becky Alberter  |  Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 9:12 AM

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