Emboss Resist Thank You with Jolly Friends

Thank you card with Emboss Resist technique featuring the Jolly Friends stamp set from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Emboss Resist Thank You with Jolly Friends

I find the emboss resist technique to be very relaxing. It’s the inking part, where you spread vibrant colors all over your paper without worrying about staying in the lines; I just love it!

It was a crazy busy week, which sadly knocked my posting schedule all askew (sorry!) and I needed to get back in the groove. When I sat down to create a couple of cards, I didn’t want to worry about doing anything that required me to be super precise or needed a lot of thinking.

The emboss resist technique was the perfect solution. It is quick and loose and provides the opportunity to use bright cheerful colors.

Thank you card by Natalie Lapakko using the Emboss Resist technique. Features Jolly Friends and Happy Happenings stamps from Stampin' Up!

Emboss Resist Technique

Emboss resist is a great technique to make a background panel. It’s a bit like making your own designer series paper. You choose the patterns and the colors and if it isn’t perfect, it’s okay, because you can add other stuff on top of it. Here’s the steps:

  1. Select a stamp (or two) to make a pattern.
  2. Ink up your stamp with VersaMark ink and stamp in a pattern on Whisper White paper. It is somewhat difficult to see, since you are stamping white onto white. Slightly crooked or uneven stamping is perfectly acceptable; this is a background!
  3. Stamp the entire background at once. This ink dries very slowly, there isn’t really a danger that it will dry out if you do the whole panel at once.
  4. Sprinkle the paper with white embossing powder.
  5. Heat with an embossing heat gun to melt the embossing powder.
  6. Select two or three ink colors that will blend together. Colors that are next to each other in the rainbow will generally blend well. Primary colors will blend well with most colors (except colors that are exactly opposite them). If you aren’t sure, try blending them together on a piece of scratch paper to see what they look like when they are mixed.
  7. Add ink colors one at a time with a sponge or a dauber using circular rubbing motions. I always start off the edge of the paper, because when you first set the sponge down, it tends to leave a blob of darker colors.
  8. Add the first color in a shape or pattern, then use the other colors to fill in the gaps. I tend to use a letter, like ‘s’, ‘c’, or ‘v’ as my starting shape. This particular card started as a Pool Party backward ‘S’.

Faux Emboss Resist Technique

If you don’t have all the tools for embossing, you can still do the inking part of this technique! You would just have a smooth inked background. You can stamp on top of that with Whisper White Kraft ink. White ink is a little less crisp than embossing, a bit like chalk drawn on a chalkboard, but it is still pretty!

Thank you card with Emboss Resist technique. Features Happy Happenings and Jolly Friends stamps from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

 Card Directions

  1. Create a emboss resist panel on a quarter sheet of cardstock with Jolly Friends hat stamps and Pool Party, Blushing Bride, and Rich Razzleberry ink.
  2. Cut and score a card base in a coordinating color. (It doesn’t show on the front of this card, but will be visible when it is opened.)
  3. Trim the emboss resist panel to the same height as the card base, but 1″ (2.5 cm) more narrow.
  4. Cut a piece of Basic Black the same height as the card base, but 7/8″ (2.2 cm) more narrow.
  5. Adhere the emboss resist panel to the black panel.
  6. Cut two strips of A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper about an inch (2.5 cm) wide. Adhere these to the outer edges of the card base. Trim off any excess.
  7. Cut a strip of Basic Black about 1″ (2.5 cm) wide. Trim it to fit across the emboss resist panel. Wrap a blushing bride Glitter Ribbon around it and adhere it to the back. I used snail adhesive, but tear tape probably would have worked even better.
  8. Tuck a second piece of ribbon underneath the left side of the first ribbon and tie a knot. Adhere the black strip and the ribbon to the emboss resist panel. Arrange the ends of the ribbon so they point down. If needed, use a glue dot to make the ribbons stay exactly where you want them to stay.
  9. Stamp the “thank you” sentiment from the Happy Happenings stamp set onto Whisper White cardstock with Smoky Slate ink. Die cut it out using a circle from the Stitched Shapes framelits.
  10. Adhere the sentiment to the card with a dimensional.
  11. Add a couple of rhinestone embellishments for some sparkle!
  12. Finally, adhere the emboss resist front panel of the card to the card base.

Thank you card by Natalie Lapakko with the emboss resist technique. Features Jolly Friends and Happy Happenings stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

Snowy Color Combination

I didn’t want to think to hard for this card. I store my ink pads in a box top (fancy, right) in stacks based on color. I’ve got a pink and red stack, an orange stack, and so on up to the purple stack. For this card I just grabbed the top three colors from the pink, blue, and purple stacks. I knew these would blend well, since they are analogous or next to each other on the color wheel.

Even though it was a somewhat random selection, I really like how these colors turned out. The paleness of the Blushing Bride and Pool Party are very wintery, and the Rich Razzleberry blended them together so nicely.

In the card, I used a pretty light touch with the rich razzleberry so the purple doesn’t overpower the other colors. To get a lighter version of a color when you are blending, after you ink up a sponge, rub it off on scratch paper until it starts getting lighter before starting to add the ink to the card.

Color combination: Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!


Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry, Smoky Slate (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Happy Happenings, Jolly Friends (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: White embossing powder, embossing heat gun, sponge, rhinestones, Blushing Bride Glitter Ribbon (from the Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack) (c) Stampin’ Up!

Card and color inspiration by Natalie Lapakko. Featuring Jolly Friends and Happy Happening Stamps from Stampin' Up! Colors: Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate, Basic Black.

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3 thoughts on “Emboss Resist Thank You with Jolly Friends”

  1. Hi Natalie, i found your comment on my page and directly went on to yours.
    I love your colourful creations. It´s obvious you know how to deal with it 🙂 – just gorgeous!
    Thank you for your wonderful comment on my blog.

    Many greets from Bavaria,

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