Puzzle Piece Resist

by Beate Johns

Combine die cutting and embossing resist to create unique backgrounds. Technique courtesy of Jennifer McGuire


  • Dies, Spellbinders Hearts One dies used here

  • Background Stamp, Simon Says Stamp Very Special used here

  • Colored dye ink, London Fog and Lady Bug Memento Inks used here

  • Blending tools or sponges

  • Embossing ink

  • Clear Embossing powder

  • Heat gun


  1. Step 1

    Stamp background stamp on white cardstock in embossing ink.

  2. Step 2

    Pour clear embossing powder over the image and tap off access powder.

  3. Step 3

    Heat emboss the powder until it is melted.

  4. If you use a thing background stamp, repeat steps until your entire cardstock piece is embossed.

  5. Step 4

    Place your dies on your embossed background. Adhere with repositionable adhesive.

  6. Step 5

    Cut and emboss your shapes out of your embossed background.

  7. Step 6

    Carefully remove the adhesive and your die cut shapes. Sponge your background with one of your colored inks.

  8. Step 7

    Sponge over your die cut shapes with another ink color.

    You can leave the die on to keep a white rim around your image, or you can take it off and sponge the entire shape.

  9. Step 8

    Adhere your background to your card base.

  10. Step 9

    Add adhesive to the back of your die cut shapes and adhere them back into place on the background.

  11. 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 Puzzle Piece 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.

Very nice card. I just love all the tips to make lovely, complicated cards so simple. I love this site, and the number of creative people involved with it.
Margaret Reilly  |  Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 7:27 AM
This is just SO FUN! Thank you for this new idea.
Priss  |  Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 7:29 AM
love this fun card technique
Robyn Stiffler  |  Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 7:38 AM
What a fun technique! I can hardly wait to try it!
Stephanie Perry  |  Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 9:32 AM
Love it, Beate - I'm going to try this this week. What fun!
Cindy  |  Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 10:01 AM
This was SO much fun. Here's my card (I can't get it to the right gallery at SCS.)
prissequito  |  Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM
SO super snazzy! :D
Bev Rousch  |  Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Wonderful technique, must try this. Thank you for sharing.
Susan Pyra  |  Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Love this idea! Going to have to give it a try!
Michelle VanWiggeren  |  Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 2:46 PM
This looks so fun. I can't wait to try it. So grateful for the video because I didn't understand how to do it with the written instructions but now they make perfect sense!
Kristine  |  Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 3:04 PM
What a wonderful card. Very clear instructions. Thank you
Alex  |  Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 5:09 PM
I love this idea! Fresh ideas to use what we already have on hand!
Pam  |  Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 10:06 PM
very interesting!
Janet Rubas  |  Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 6:51 AM
Saw Jennifer's card too and loved the technique. Especially like the colors in your card. Thanks for the tutorial.
conil  |  Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 10:04 AM
Love this, Beate! Had to give it a try and I know I'll use it again!
Julie Warner  |  Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Oh this looks like fun! Thanks for the idea and another great tutorial smile
Adriana Benitez  |  Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 7:16 PM
Hi Beate,
I have a question about cutting out embellishments. What is the rule, or is there one? I see some cards with the flower, etc. cut out with a little white line around it, and then again without any line around it. I'm doing some shaped cards that if I leave a line on the decoupage pieces they won't line up with the base of the card. What are your ideas on this subject. Thanks, Ann
Ann Lauzon  |  Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 2:51 PM
Your videos are great. Thankyou for taking the time to help us all out there. I have a question about downloads. Do you have some where
we can get the patterns you use in your tutorials?
Pamela Soucy-Chartrand  |  Sun Mar 3, 2013 at 1:55 PM
what kind of repositional adhesive works well with dies?
Jean Kanack  |  Mon Mar 4, 2013 at 8:15 AM

To adhere dies to cardstock so they don't move, I use Scotch removable tape.

To adhere masks in place, I use HERMA DOTTO repositionable adhesive.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Mon Mar 4, 2013 at 9:29 AM

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