Friday, August 18, 2023

Embossing resist technique using stencils

Hi All,
I am currently in love with making Artist Trading Cards (ATC's). They are the perfect, bite sized piece of art to create when you are stuck in a rut or only have 10 minutes to create. I like having a load of background cards already made for when inspiration strikes - so today I am showing you how I create my backgrounds for my future ATC's. 

Embossing resist has been around for ages, but it is usually created using stamps. I decided I wanted to create larger patterns for my backgrounds, so I grabbed my trusty stencils and an embossing ink pad and let loose. 
I started with 2 pieces of A4 yardstick and randomly painted patches of colour all over them. I then placed a stencil down on the dry paint and pressed an embossing ink pad over sections of the stencil. I then poured clear embossing powder over the ink, tapped off the excess, then heated the powder until it was melted and shiny. 

Once the embossing powder had cooled, I then painted over the top in darker colours to get the resist to occur. Gently wipe off any excess paint on the top of the embossing powder - as acrylic paint will dry permanently on anything - including plastic. 

I decided I wanted to have a contrast on my background, so I repeated the embossing process - using white embossing powder this time. You could use any colours you have - metallic, or electric brights would look amazing! Once everything was melted and cooled, I then added some mark making stamps over the background to add a little black into the  piece. 

Finally, I cut my backgrounds up into ATC sized pieces (2.5 x 3.5in) and added them to my pile so that I can create small pieces of art when I am ready. 
Here is a full video showing the step by step process of creating these fun backgrounds:

This process is so much fun and would be perfect for card fronts, die cuts, journal pages, bookmarks and so much more. You are just limited by your imagination. 

The stencils used in these backgrounds where:

Happy Creating,
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