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Make Your Own Resist Designer Cardstock

You may have noticed that I LOVE to use beautiful resist card stock designs in my art, I may be a tiny bit addicted!  The reason that I love this is because it looks simply stunning when used in combination with Starburst Sprays from Lindy's Stamp Gang!   The last time I posted a resist card I had quite a few people ask me about the paper I used - which happened to be discontinued :(  This can be a bit of a problem as I have purchased are not always available anymore, so what can you do - well why not make your own, it's quick, simple and allows you to have exactly what you want! 

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First I'm going to make something that looks a lot like the card I used for my last resist project, muted tones on white card - this is the look I'm going for..


First you will need to gather a few supplies:

  • Pale or clear embossing powder, I'm using Lindy's Stamp Gang Angel Wings Jade
  • White or light coloured card with a super smooth finish
  • Waterproof Stamp Pads: I used Ranger's Archival Ink in Watering Can & Jet Black
  • Versamark Watermark ink pad (or equivalent clear sticky ink)
  • Assorted stamps - some with fine details (I like text stamps and swirls like the Juliet Flourish plate from Green Pepper Press) and others with bolder designs for the resist pattern like the repeating lattice from the Jumbo Zinnia set from Stampendous.


To Create the Resist Background Card:

Step 1:  Ink fine detail stamp using light grey (or colour of your choice) waterproof ink and stamp across the surface of your cardstock.

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Step 2:  Ink script stamp in black, stamp off onto scrap paper (to lighten) and then stamp onto card.

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Step 3: Ink bold stamp using Versamark ink and stamp across the surface of your cardstock, you can do this over the whole piece of card - or just certain sections depending on the look you are after.

NB: You may want to use an embossing buddy (aka anti static bag) before stamping with watermark ink to reduce the stray sparkles left on the card from the embossing powder.

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Step 4:  Cover watermark ink with embossing powder, tip excess back into jar and heat with embossing gun/tool to set.  I used Lindy's Stamp Gang Angel Wings Jade

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and the finished result is an elegant looking resist card with a beautiful subtle shimmer,
ready to use on your next project!

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Hmm - a little plain for you?  Want to jazz it up a little?  Well if that's the case here's the Sparkle Tart version of this technique with a little more color and sparkle of course!


What I used for the Resist Background:

Step 1: Choose a color combination (this needs to work with your finished piece,
so it's best to know what you want before you begin) and then choose an embossing powder,
that with will either match or compliment your ink colors - I'm using Madonna Robe Blue Gold.

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Step 2:  Like the original version, stamp a fine detail stamp (I used a flourish)
in a pale colour, and then add text in a darker colour. 

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Step 3: For a bolder resist design, try using a stencil and applying the watermark ink to your background THROUGH the stencil.

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Step 4: Cover with embossing powder, tip off the excess and heat with an embossing gun/tool.

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and you end up with this gorgeous background with colour and sparkle.

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I've decided to create a cute and funky card using my background, I've kept to the same colour theme that I used to create the Resist Background - purple, aqua and white.


And for the card elements:


I've sprayed my custom resist background with Starburst Sprays in Tea Pot Purple and Blue Hawaiian Blue and then patted dry with a paper towel.  Isn't that colour stunning!  Applying these darker colours over the background does make the original pattern, less obvious, but gosh it's pretty!  

If you're more the visual sort then you can watch this whole process below - it's in full HD if you'd prefer to watch on a larger screen - apologies for the sound I'm waiting for a new microphone to arrive :)

NB: If you wanted to see more of your background, I'd suggest choosing paler colours of Starburst spray, or spritzing the card with water before spraying to dilute the colour slightly.

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I've used Embossing Powder from Under the Boardwalk set: Pop Rocks Purple and Tilt-a-Wheel Teal, to coat some metal flowers (teal blue) and the adorable bird charm (purple).  I've coloured the paper flowers, wooden hearts and material feather with Flat Shot in Pop Rocks Purple and Starburst Sprays in Tea Pot Purple and added a hint of Blue Hawaiian Blue to the center of the feather.

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My finished card looks like this, I love how well the Lindy's colours work together!

PS - those NEW embossing powders I mentioned are not transluscent like the others,
these look more like enamel and are completely opaque!

Make your own resist 2gPlease Note: without the special two-toned Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powders, you will not get the shimmer on the embossed design like I have on my samples, though you will still get a really pretty result.

Enjoy playing with this technique and remember to try spraying your Starburst sprays over the top for a stunning background!