Technique Tuesday – Emboss Resist

Hello Crafters! Todays card is all about the Emboss Resist technique. I’ve used watercolour paper and some Tim Holtz distress inks to make a beautiful water coloured scene.


I really love the effect of embossing an image on to white water colour card stock using clear or white embossing powder and then applying watercolours over the top to reveal the image. The embossed areas will resist the ink and appear white.

My favourite thing about this technique is just how easy it is to achieve such great and professional results.

The inks used in this card are are all Distress ink pads by Tim Holts. You can press the ink down onto a slick surface and add some water to create a water colour paint.  The colours I see are, Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon & Salty Ocean. You can see in the video below I like to use a weekly tablet organiser to have lots of small pots of water when I am water colouring.

After I applied the ink and dried the surface I applied some water droplets over the top to wick away the ink and create some lighter spots within the card. To really create some depth to the background I also flicked some ink droplets over the top of the paper.

To finish off the card I mounted the water coloured piece on to some blue card stock and then applies this to a white card base. The last finishing touch was to add some sequins using a matt glue so it doesn’t show up as a glossy smudge on the card around the sequins.

To watch the video just click below.


  • Simon Says Stamp – Sailing stamp set
  • Fiskars Stamp Press
  • White Embossing powder
  • Heat tool
  • Tumbled Glass distress ink
  • Mermaid lagoon distress ink
  • Salty ocean distress ink
  • Paint brushes
  • water colour card stock 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 inches
  • WRMK Crop-a-dile Corner Chomper
  •  Blue card stock 5 3/4 by 4 1/2 inches
  • White card stock 9 1/2 by 6 inches scored in half
  • Double sided tape
  • ATG
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matt
  • Sequins
  • Optional – wooden base to paint on top of

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s