Layered Batik Resist

by Dina Kowal

Layer heat embossed images and transparent color, then lift the embossing to create a batik effect.


  • Durable cardstock or smooth watercolor paper (hot press paper works well)
  • Stamps (solid or silhouette images work best)
  • Embossing ink (Versamark used here)
  • Heat tool
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Transparent coloring medium (dye or spray inks, water-soluble markers, watercolors, Gelatos, etc.)
  • Iron
  • Sheets of newsprint (unused coloring book or telephone book pages also work)


  1. Step 1

    Choose several solid stamps to create a scene or design. Determine how you will arrange the scene or design, which images you want to appear brighter or closer, and which should fade into the background or appear further away. Plan on some of the images overlapping to create depth.

  2. Step 2

    Select coordinating colors in a medium of your choice to build your scene or design. The colors will be layered over one another, so choose colors that will blend together well, either a monochromatic set (varying shades of one color) or a collection of all warm or all cool colors.

    Transparent inks or watercolor mediums (paints, Gelatos, Distress or watercolor markers, etc) work well for this technique. VersaMagic multi-surface chalk ink is used for this sample.

  3. Step 3

    Stamp the first image or layer of images using embossing ink to begin building the scene or design from the foreground. The first images stamped will appear to be at the front of a scene, and will be most prominent in a design.

  4. Emboss with clear powder and heat to set.

  5. Step 4

    Sponge or brush your lightest color over the embossed image(s) and the surrounding area, using a medium of your choice. Do not worry if color sticks to the embossed image.

  6. NOTES:
    --The color used in this step will be the color of the next embossed image(s).

    --Always be sure your panel is fully dry before moving on to another layer of embossing.

  7. Step 5

    Choose the stamps that will create the next layer of images. Stamp, emboss, and heat the images.

    Overlapping the previously embossed images is fine, and will give depth to the scene.

  8. Remember – these images will appear to be just behind the first layer of stamped images, and will take the color added to the panel in step 4.

  9. Step 6

    Again, sponge or brush color over the embossed image(s) and the surrounding area, using a medium of your choice. Do not worry if color covers the embossed images.

  10. Step 7

    Repeat these steps of embossing and adding color until the scene is completed. Remember to dry the panel fully after each application of color.

  11. NOTE:
    Repeated heating may tend to overheat previous layers of embossing. This causes the powder to soak into the paper instead of remaining on the surface. This does add some authentic imperfection to the batik effect of the technique, but be aware that overheated embossing powder will not resist color well. Overheated images will not be as clear after the final step of removing the embossing powder.

  12. Step 8

    Sandwich the completed panel between several sheets of newsprint. A telephone book works well for this step.

  13. Using a hot, dry iron, press the panel through 1-2 sheets of the newsprint, until the embossing powder lifts from the panel and soaks into the sheet above. Keep the iron moving so as not to scorch the paper.

    Move the card to another area if the paper seems saturated with embossing powder. Continue heating until no more powder transfers.

  14. Step 9

    Use the panel to complete 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 Layered Batik 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.

What a great tut! Love this technique! Great card!!
~amy~  |  Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 3:17 AM
Dina...this looks like so much FUN and I can't wait to play with this technique! TFS
Joanne  |  Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 3:30 AM
What a great tutorial! Can't wait to try it. Never would have thought of this on my own.
snowowl  |  Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 5:21 AM
Just love the look and can hardly wait to try it!! Thanks
Thea  |  Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 6:19 AM
Looking forward to trying this technique! And thanks for all the tips, and sharing your "mistake" in the video. I learn so much from (my own) mistakes!
cocomum  |  Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 6:43 AM
Great tutorial, thank you for all of the tips!
Chriss Blagrave  |  Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 7:07 AM
I love this look! I can't wait to try it out! Thanks for sharing.
Kay Oxford  |  Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 9:24 AM
Great technique. Definitely one to try.

Thank you
Jill Newton  |  Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM
Awesome! Beautiful cards, thanks Dina!
Kathy Harrison  |  Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 10:08 AM
Those inks work so slick, but I don't have them. I have Stampin Up Classic pads and Distress inks. Would either of those work and which would you prefer? Thanks.
Mary Doerder  |  Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 8:35 PM
Either of those would work fine, Mary! Sponging the ink on works really well too.
Dina K  |  Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 8:40 PM
Looks fantastic...can't wait to try it! It's not like my iron sees a lot of action these days on clothes! wink
Megan Linden  |  Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 12:18 AM
Fabulous video. I love how you showed us your mistake but kept on going. This technique really takes card making to the level of art! Love it. Thanks for sharing.
Tara B  |  Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 4:53 AM
Background techniques are my latest obsession (until the next cool thing comes along wink. This is one I'm definitely trying tonight! Thanks your sharing!
Bev W  |  Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 2:11 PM
I love it!!! I'm still new to this cardmaking world but love the tutorial. I think it's something I can accomplish and Thank God I actually have everything you used! grin
Eugenia L. Pitts  |  Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 5:58 PM
This makes a really cool background. Gonna have to try it. Thanks for the excellent tutorial.
Gareth Pottinger  |  Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 11:53 PM
I love this card. What is the stamp set with the flowers? It looks almost exactly like a stencil I own and have had no luck with.
sally furness  |  Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 6:40 PM
Sally, the set is called Peaceful Wildflowers - it's from My Favorite Things.
Dina K  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 7:00 AM
I love how your embossed flowers and layers of color created such a soft, ethereal scene, Dina! Great tutorial and samples!!!
Rosy Newlun  |  Sun Oct 26, 2014 at 10:02 PM

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