Emerging Color

by Beate Johns

Try this little twist on Embossing Resist for a simple WOW.


  • Dye ink (lighter and darker colored)

  • Versamark™

  • Solid stamps

  • Brayer

  • Clear embossing powder

  • Heat tool

  • Paper towel


  1. Step 1

    Stamp smaller solid stamps in lighter colors all over cardstock. Flower images were used here, but shapes work well, too.

    Let dry.

  2. Step 2

    Ink main image with Versamark™ and stamp over smaller images.

  3. Step 3

    Pour clear embossing powder over Versamarked image and tap off excess powder. .

  4. Step 4

    Use heat tool to melt the embossing powder. Let cool.

  5. Step 5

    Ink your brayer with a darker dye ink and apply ink to entire cardstock piece.

  6. Step 6

    Continue to brayer, adding more color to cardstock until satisfied. Let dry.

  7. Step 7

    Take a paper towel and wipe ink off of embossed

  8. Step 8

    Take a more detailed stamp and an even darker dye ink color and stamp over cardstock. Here, the swirl stamp from the stamp set "Priceless" was used. A large background stamp or wheel would work as well.

  9. Step 9

    Wipe any excess ink off of embossed flower again.

  10. Step 10

    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 Emerging Color. 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.

Great technique! Can't wait to try it when I get home on Tuesday. Thanks grin
Nena Shaw  |  Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 7:02 PM
This is just too cool!
Karla  |  Wed Jan 30, 2008 at 6:36 AM
Oh wowwww!!!! it is really gorgeous!!! I love it.
Karla  |  Tue Feb 12, 2008 at 4:57 PM
I tried this and it actually worked for me. Great results , thanks.
bonnie  |  Wed Feb 20, 2008 at 5:00 PM
Gosh, it makes me want to cross that set off my list!!!!!!
What's a girl to do!!!
Dina Anker  |  Fri Apr 25, 2008 at 4:42 PM
From what set is the large Dalia From?
Tammy  |  Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 5:51 AM
I love it! I just bought that stamp set so I'm looking forward to trying this technique! Thanks for sharing!
Karen  |  Mon Jul 21, 2008 at 3:11 PM
WOW! Thank you so much!
Carrie  |  Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 5:55 AM
I missed something between steps 4 and 5. What happened to end up with the beautiful dahlia instead of the individual flowers?
Margaret Mizer  |  Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 8:19 PM
Hi Margaret,
In step 2-4 I stamped the bigger flower over the smaller flowers in Versamark and heat embossed it with clear powder. Then I brayered over the entire image with a darker ink. The heat embossed flower will resist the darker ink, letting the smaller flowers underneath shine through.
Beate  |  Wed Feb 24, 2010 at 5:21 AM
What a great technique. Thanks so much for sharing it. Can't wait to try it out this weekend.
Karen  |  Fri Feb 25, 2011 at 7:37 AM
This totally rocks! Never knew how this was done until now! smile
Debby Dugger  |  Fri May 27, 2011 at 8:21 AM
Hi, I am fine until I wipe it off... the color just blends in and I don't have a define embossed image. I looks like Its part of the background as well, just shiny where I embossed. Not sure where I went wrong. How can I get my embossed image to stand out. I am using clear embossing Powder. Am I not wiping it off fast enough?
Angel Petrie  |  Tue Nov 4, 2014 at 6:39 PM
This is just so beautiful! I can't wait to try it smile Thank you for sharing your talents!
Annie Envall  |  Thu May 14, 2015 at 9:42 AM
I have just tried this using glossy white paper. The supply list does not indicate cardstock at all, much less what kind of cardstock. Could you let me know what kind of cardstock this is meant to work on?
jeanne3579  |  Fri Mar 27, 2020 at 6:41 PM
Looks like she used Whisper White cardstock from Stampin' Up - that's a 'regular' smooth card. I hope that helps!
dina  |  Fri Mar 27, 2020 at 6:54 PM

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