January Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the January Technique Blog Hop:

January Technique Blog Hop

This is the first in a year-long series of monthly blog hops focusing on techniques for card makers.  Each month we’ll feature a different technique, card fold or product.  This month we will be focusing on emboss resist techniques and WOW have we got some cool cards for you today.

We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced so you’ll get a great variety of cards and ideas.

We really love feedback so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in today’s hop.  Each comment on the 12 hops throughout the year will be entered into a prize drawing for a $25 gift certificate from Blitsy.com  at the end of the year.

Now, to my projects:

In my many years of crafting, I’ve never tried emboss resist technique and was both eager to try and intimidated by the thought of it.  I wanted to try several variations and here are the fruits of my labor:

First up, a constellation!  The focal image has been embossed in white and I’ve created the night sky background around it using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

Your Birthday Star 1

This card was created using the Star Gazer and Star Gazer Additions from Papertrey Ink.  I really love their stamps and dies and they have a great Design Team…they’ve made me spend a pretty penny over the years with their inspiration.  I stamped the image with VersaMark and embossed with Stampin’ Up’s White.  And can I say I just love Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  Here’s a helpful link about them.  I have the mini pads and they’re working fine for me.  I have specifics in the gallery, but I did want to share a few tidbits of information with you:

  • As much as I LOVE it, I discovered using the MISTI is not totally foolproof as I naively hoped.  I had my Whisper White panel held down securely with magnets (I thought), but the VersaMark ink is very sticky and my panel shifted slightly.  I caught it and thought I got it back in exactly the same position, but I didn’t.  As a result, my greeting was slightly crooked.  Rather than toss the whole thing in the trash, I stamped the greeting again on White Vellum with Midnight Muse and placed it over the boo boo…and no one but you and I know it!  Don’t tell, okay?
  • I learned through my mistake when stamping the focal image that pressing hard to get a good image is a bad idea when you have a stamp with fine detail as this one does.  Pressing firmly caused me to lose the detail, so I had to stamp several times to get really good coverage and keep the image clear.  Fortunately, I already learned the MISTI problem I had previously and made sure that didn’t happen with the image.
  • I cut a Darice Sticky Back Foam Sheet slightly smaller than the focal panel and attached it to the back using my ATG.  I removed the protective covering from the sticky back and attached it to the Whisper White card front.  I use this rather than Dimensionals or Double Sided Tape as it’s easier and provides a solid backing.

Next I made a panel to span the front of my card with an embossed embellishment and a sweet little sentiment.

You're So Thoughtful wm 1With this card, I wanted to try sponging with Stampin’ Up Classic Ink Pads to compare it to the Distress Inks and I found blending to be a bit more difficult than with Distress Inks.  You can see  in my finished piece the blending isn’t smooth, though I still think it looks fine; it reminds me of sky.

I wanted to try emerging color, so that’s what I did on this feathery card.  The end product is so not what I had envisioned in my mind’s eye.

Feathered Greetings wm 1

I water colored in peachy orange colors and greens first.  Then I stamped.  I tried using White Pigment Ink rather than VersaMark before applying White Embossing Powder.  Finally, I sponged Concord Crush over top.  I expected the area between the feathers to look the color of the ink…which would be the color of the card base…NOT.  It got very dark, almost black.  I did some misting with water.  Still too dark!  So I dotted it randomly with a copper leaf pen, though I don’t think you can see that in the picture.  It improved the background as the copper catches the light and sparkles.

  • I learned you have to be careful when combining colors.  Make sure you test it on scrap before you commit to it so you don’t end up with a muddy background.

Since Valentine’s Day will be here in a little over a month, I thought I would make a card in honor of the occasion.  I opted for a suspension card, so-called because the hearts are suspended in the opening on the card front.

Heart Strings 1

I used water-color pencils this time.  I colored in and around the hearts and then punched them out.  While you can find the specifics in the gallery, I did want to share a little something with you about the embossing folder I used, which was part of a Hello Kitty set.  The folder wasn’t large enough for the panel so I opened it up and laid the panel over the recessed side and used it like a Scor-Pal which worked out very well, I simply shifted it to continue the pattern.

If this technique still intimidates you, there is a way to have the appearance of emboss resist without the embossing.  You can use paper like Irresistibly Yours by Stampin’ Up, which is card stock with an overall pattern of clear gloss which acts just like embossing.  Here’s a great video to show you several ways of coloring this type of paper.

My Report Card for this technique:  I’d say I need a lot more practice before I can produce cards I’m really happy with, but I’m glad I had the opportunity to try it.  If not for this blog hop, I may never have.  I sure hope we inspire you to give it a try and, if you do, please be sure to share your cards with us!

So now you’re off to visit the talented Claudia and she’s got fantastic projects to share with you!  I got a sneak peek, so I know!

And here’s today’s line-up in case you get lost along the way:

Theresa – http://scrapsbygracie.blogspot.com
Kim – http://katydidcards.com
Claudia – www.ClaudiaHenderson.blogspot.com
Denise – http://www.craftconfectionery.com
Debbie – http://pawstoscrap.blogspot.com
Sharon – http://piece-ofheart.blogspot.com
Lisa – http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com
Jearise – http://lorbysworld.blogspot.com

I’m also submitting one or more cards to the following challenges:




33 Responses to “January Technique Blog Hop”

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  1. Kim, I love all of your cards but the last one with the float hearts .. absolutely stunning! It was fun hopping with you.

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  2. Theresa says:

    Wow Kim, for your first time doing emboss resist you did a great job. All the cards are super cute, even the one you think is to dark. I love how the dark background makes the feathers pop.
    Thanks for taking this journey with me.

  3. Claudia Henderson says:

    Gorgeous cards Kim. The first one is stunning and I like what you have done with the other two. But definitely my favorite is the heart one too, awesome idea.

  4. Sami says:

    What a cool idea for a blog hop! I’ve always wanted to try playing with distress inks but haven’t taken the plunge yet. I absolutely love that last suspension card!

    • Kim&Katy says:

      I agree Sami about this being a great idea for a hop! I’m going to learn a lot this year! I hope you join us every month. If you haven’t tried distress inks and just want to dabble before you make a major investment, I definitely suggest the mini pads.

  5. Lynn McAuley says:

    Four gorgeous creations, Kim!! The emboss resist cards look divine, and I love the suspended hearts in your pretty Valentine!

  6. janet gillen says:

    I never made a suspension card, so that is definitely going on my to list. I love your card.

  7. I love your cards and always look forward to seeing your creations!

  8. Lisa K says:

    Your cards are lovely, even if you covered things and had issues. I like them. The suspension card is something I have never tried. Maybe I will sometime.

  9. Debbie says:

    Oh Kim, I love that you tried different inks. It is fun to explore. Even though your second one didn’t blend, it is gorgeous. I love the colors and the layout. Just beautiful. And your suspension card is adorable.

  10. Tina Hewett says:

    Love all of your cards, my favourite is the one with the butterfly.

  11. charligirl88 says:

    All the cards are great, qnd I love that you experimented and learned so much. Ok now… I must have that Stargazer set from Papertrey Ink! I am so looking that up. As for the MISTI, do you still think it’s worth the big bucks? I’m still on the fence to buy it… just waiting…

    • Kim&Katy says:

      Isn’t that a great set. If you get it, be sure to get the add-on set, too. Not trying to spend your money for you, but you might as well get all the components! Yes, I do think the MISTI is worth the expense. I actually stopped using my stamps because if anything was slightly askew, I wouldn’t use it. This makes for precision stamping and you can go back and restamp if your image is blotchy…another thing that happened to me all the time. They do have a smaller version now…maybe you would prefer that. I have the bigger one and none of my stamps are that big, even the background stamps.

  12. punknscrap says:

    These are all totally AMAZING Kim, I love the techniques you have used and the cards are absolutely wonderful.

  13. Nikki C says:

    Your cards look wonderful. I press to hard sometimes too causing me to redo for my embossing but I love wow for how they have their superfine to keep those details sharp 🙂

  14. Shelly Schmidt says:

    WOW- for the first time doing emboss resist, your cards as just awesome. I just love the feather card Love the suspension hearts too- fabulous!

  15. anne bente says:

    wawwww så super flot ♥

    10000 tak for at du deltager på Card and scraps udfordring.

    knuzzzz ♥

  16. Your cards are so beautiful! I love them all but, my favorite is the flower card with the butterfly.

    • Kim&Katy says:

      Thanks, Sarah! It’s funny how wide ranging everyone’s tastes are. Each one of the cards I shared was a particular favorite of someone…even the card I thought was a flop!

  17. cmfranco says:

    ALL of your cards are beautiful here…but the hearts on the twine is just spectacular (and a lot of work!). Thanks so much for playing along with this week’s Amusing Challenge! I look forward to you joining us again this next week. 🙂

  18. Kim, I really like how you experimented and gave us your wisdom from those. I like to see how others fix their mistakes, because I do that all the time and hate to waste what effort I have already put in the project.

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