Joseph’s Coat

by Melissa Stout

Use this technique to create a gorgeous multi-colored background.


  • Glossy White Cardstock

  • Spectrum Pad

  • Black Dye Inkpad (Or other dark color)

  • Spectrum Pad™

  • Versamark™ Pad

  • Embossing Buddy™

  • Clear Embossing Powder

  • Heat Tool

  • Brayer (I use 2: 1 for Black only, 1 for all my other projects)


  1. Step 1

    Brayer the Spectrum Pad™ of your choice on to the glossy white cardstock and allow it to dry.

  2. Step 2

    Rub the Embosssing Buddy™ over the cardstock, then randomly stamp your images with Versamark™ ink.

  3. Step 3

    Pour clear embossing powder over stamped images, and heat to emboss with your heat tool. Allow to cool.

  4. Step 4

    Brayer black dye ink over cardstock to cover completely.

    Tip: I reserve one brayer for use with black ink only, because it is nearly impossible to clean. I keep a separate attachment to use with all of my other ink colors.

  5. Step 5

    Wipe excess ink from stamped images to make them POP!

  6. Step 6

    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 Joseph’s Coat. 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.

That is cool, can't wait to try it out. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Traci  |  Sat Jun 7, 2008 at 12:24 PM
I've seen a card made like this before, but I could never figure out how to do this technique! Thanks so much for sharing. Its beautiful!
Karen  |  Sat Jun 28, 2008 at 11:29 AM
very nice card i am lookingforard to trying this technique.very nice work thanks for sharing it with all of us-
mama g  |  Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 4:25 PM
Really neat project idea!
Wendy Bellino  |  Sun May 10, 2009 at 2:11 PM
I love your card...
Nellie  |  Sat Jul 25, 2009 at 9:47 AM
It reminds me of being a kid & coloring with lots of different pencil crayons, then covering it with black crayon & using a toothpick to scratch designs off! Love how you replicated this with stamping!
Charlene  |  Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 8:35 AM
I was wondering if you can use the glossy white photo paper as well?
jennifer  |  Thu Aug 26, 2010 at 1:26 PM
Wow love your card and will definitely try this technique
Margaret (Marg) Mortimer  |  Wed May 17, 2017 at 4:07 PM
This looks fun and look forward to trying this for fallfest!
Jeannie aka Lv2grdn  |  Tue Oct 10, 2017 at 2:29 PM
I don't have any spectrum ink pads but i am going to try it by sponging different colors onto the background. Anybody tried it this way?
lesley  |  Sat Jan 9, 2021 at 2:33 PM

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