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Embossed Resist Background Technique

Here’s A technique that will utilize your handy embossing machine.


In case you don’t have one yet, I’ll tell you a bit about what they do. They emboss a design or pattern onto a piece of cut card stock by placing the piece of card stock into a folder with the raised design. You then run the folder thru the machine which squishes the design onto the card stock leaving a raised impression of the design. They vary in price, but you can get a small one under $40. They’re most popular amongst card makers. But I like to use them for artist trading cards or to glue the embossed paper into my art journals.



Emboss resist mixed media background technique



So, here we go:



  • Card stock

  • Spray ink

  • Ink pads

  • Embossing machine




First, you want to cut your card stock so that it will fit in the embossing folders. They’re surprisingly small.


Using card stock for background techniques


Then you spray the card stock with your glimmer mist or ink spray of your choice.


Spray ink on card stock to make cool backgrounds for paper art



I like to use more than one color.


Create backgrounds with inks



Using inks to create artist trading card backgrounds



After that dries, grab your embossing machine and folders and run the card stock and folder through your machine.


How to use an embossing machine



You should get a raised impression like this:


Use distress inks to dry embossed areas of card stock



Then you lightly rub your ink pad over the raised impression.


Use distress inks to dry embossed areas of card stock


It ends up looking really cool.


Dry embossing card stock for paper crafts


I found that the distress ink pads worked way better. But here I used a thicker ink pad in gold.


How to dry emboss card stock


And here they all are:


Tutorial on how to dry emboss card stock








And here are two more background techniques that use spray inks:


Dry embossing for artist trading cards and other mixed media
Dry embossing for artist trading cards and other mixed media



Dry embossing for your art


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