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Technique Spotlights: Ghosting and Emboss Resist

When I started preparing for What's Up! Stampers last week, I had full intention of creating a card using the Ghosting technique. In days gone by, we did this technique using Glossy White cardstock. This is how we did it:

Stamp images on glossy cardstock with Versamark ink. Let dry. Ink brayer with desired color of ink and roll over the cardstock.

The process is simple, and the results really popped. This is evident with my sample technique card I made years ago.

When I tried this technique, though, with regular Very Vanilla cardstock for Wednesday's Facebook Live event, the Versamark ink soaked into the paper more and didn't pop quite as much as it did when using glossy. Since Stampin' Up!® doesn't carry glossy cardstock anymore, I just decided to go with it. The look is more subtle, but still beautiful. Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Lost Lagoon ink - colors in the Inked Botanicals Designer Series Paper I used on the card - really make a beautiful backdrop for those flowers.

The finished card is incredibly simple:

The paper sizes for this card are as follows...

Thick Very Vanilla cardstock:

- 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored in half at 4 1/4"

Very Vanilla cardstock:

- 2 1/2" x 4" (focal piece)

- 2 3/4" x 4 1/4" (layer)

- Punched piece using the Inked & Tiled Punch Pack

Inked Botanicals Designer Series Paper:

- 4" x 5 1/4"

-1 1/2" x 5 1/2"

Although the look wasn't exactly what I was going for, I ended up loving it. However, I thought it would be a good idea to share another option with a bolder floral. That other option is the Emboss Resist technique.

As the old technique card states,

Emboss images on Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock using white or clear embossing powder. Sponge ink over and around the images using one or more colors. Remove excess ink from the embossing using a tissue.

I stamped the flower image in Versarmark ink, and embossed it with clear embossing powder, as suggested on the technique card. I used my Blending Brushes (as I did on the Ghosting card) to apply the color, and just look at that embossing make the color pop!

You can watch as I made those cards on my Facebook page. Also, a few years ago I wrote a blog post focusing on the Emboss Resist Technique, and I used the technique to make one of my favorite cards of all time. I just love how it turned out. To see the card and read all about it, click here.

For a list of all the supplies I used on the beautiful cards in this blog post, scroll to the bottom. Each product even is connect via a link to my online store.

Happy techniquing!


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