Irresistible Ink Resist Techniques

Ink resist techniques are starting to become very popular. These are great ways to maximize the use of your stamps, embossing folders, and stencils or dies to make unique backgrounds.  The cards below use techniques I’ve seen Christopher Alan, Jennifer McGuire, and Gina K. use.  Resist techniques are one of my favorite things to do on a card. No two cards are ever the same using these techniques.

The technique Christopher Alan & Jennifer McGuire use are very similar; however, they refer to them as Joseph Coat and Ink Resist. You start by preparing a background by applying either ink or water colors to the paper until it’s fully colored (or at least the areas you want covered are covered). You can apply various colors or just a single color. Allow your paper to dry or use your heat gun to dry it. From here you will want to stamp your images or background stamp in Versamark onto your now colored paper and emboss in clear embossing powder.  After your image is embossed, you will take a black ink and sponge ink applicator to your image. I rub in a circular motion until the whole image has been gone over and then wipe off the paper with a paper towel. From here you can leave as is or apply another coat. As you see below, I have played around with different top (distress) coats other than black and have had some pretty cool results.

            Gina K’s technique is done by crumpling up a piece of wax paper roughly 5×6”, opening it back up, then embossing it with an embossing folder. I would pick a folder that has image designs in it for the best results. From there sandwich it in between two pieces of a layering white card stock 5×6”. (I’m thinking you could use a color too for a different look) Next take your sandwich and place it inside a piece of copy paper that is folded in half the short way. Next you will iron this sandwich pressing firmly for about 30 seconds moving the iron around. I used the hottest setting. Just be careful you are ironing on a safe flat area. Once done, open up to see your layers. The image will appear very lightly. Be sure to keep the image side up. From here you can pick a color of choice and start distressing over your ironed image the same way as the above technique.  On this card I also used a butterfly die cut out of a soda can. Most dies will cut throw a tin can or other material then just paper. Stay tuned for another blog post on how to optimize your dies. (This won’t be featured in a GIU post). 

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