You can’t Resist this technique!

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Good day! As always, thank you for your lovely comments on my last post.

Before I begin, I would like to share a little joke. When I first got the assignment for this card, I asked aloud, “What’s ‘color resist’?” My husband replies, “Make a black and white card and say that you resisted using colors.”  Well, I guess that’s one way to look at it! But I will stick to using my lovely colors….


So the card for today showcases the color resist technique. Unlike what my husband thinks, color resist is the resist of color going into the paper due to a layer of wax, an embossing/watermark ink, or a layer of melted embossing powder applied to the paper.  My card will showcase the latter: color resist with embossing powder.

This card is rather easy to do and takes about one hour or less to complete.

I started with laying my background stamp onto the center of the card.  Unfortunately the stamp was not large enough lengthwise, so I decided to place it at a 90 degree.  Before stamping, I brushed the cardstock with my powder tool because I will be using embossing powder later.  Using my stamping tool, I stamped with VersaMark ink onto the white cardstock.

Tip! If the embossing powder is sticking onto your cardstock on places where there is no VersaMark (or similar), using a powder tool or “anti-stick” powder will help.

Setting up my stamping tool.

Afterwards, I sprinkled Ranger Silver Pearl embossing powder. This is a beautiful embossing powder that is semi-translucent and will pick up the color it is on. Since I’m using it on white cardstock, it gave a silvery white pearl look. Anyway, I then melted the powder onto the card with my heat tool.

Look hunny, I resisted using colors…for now.

Next it was time to add color with my trusty Distress Oxides and an ink blending tool.  Starting from the center, I used Broken china, Wilted violet, Blueprint sketch, and Seedless preserves. When the colors were all blended, I wiped off any ink sitting on the embossing with a dry microfiber cloth.

*angelic choir* COLORS APPLIED!!!

The next step was to cut out the pre-printed vellum that says “HAPPY birthday to you”.  I used a stitched circle die to do this. I wanted the vellum to be raised up, but applying foam tape behind the vellum would not look pretty.  So I decided to cut out the center flower and glue the vellum directly onto it.

Tip! Add glue behind the letters so the glue will not show through the vellum.

Cut cut, snip snip, stick stick!

I then die cut a smaller circle from 1mm craft foam for raising the center flower and also cut off the space between the center flower and the rest of the background so that when I raise the center flower, it gives the center more dimension. But at this point, I felt the card needed more to it, so I die cut some leaves and twigs from gold cardboard paper and vellum.  I added the leaves and twigs behind the center flower.

Finally, I put everything together on a pearl purple cardstock.  I added the rhinestones before I stuck the center flower on so the leaves and twigs would not get in the way.  So here you have it, my purple-indigo color resist birthday card!

*angelic choir 2* Makes you want to touch your computer or phone screen.

The color resist technique is so easy to do and you can make beautiful cards very quickly with it!

If you’ve done the color resist technique or have any questions about it, please feel free to comment below!

Have lots of fun crafting and create happiness today!

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