Stencil Emboss Resist – 3 FUN WAYS to use your stencils!

– Hi everyone, welcome
back to my YouTube channel. I am here to show you
three different examples of something to do with
your stencils today. I’ve kinda been on a
stencil-buying kick recently, heads up, you’ll probably see
a lot of stencils in my cards and in these videos for
the next little while. Because I’m acquiring all
of these fun, new stencils, I’m looking for ways to use
them, and this is just one of the techniques that I’ve seen done that I thought would be really
fun to show you guys today. I’m going to be showing
you three different ways to do emboss resist with
your stencil images, so I’m gonna walk you
through a metallic embossing, I’m gonna walk you through
using clear embossing powder, and with the clear, I’m
actually gonna show you how to use that with watercolor,
and also with ink blending. So, I hope that gives you guys some ideas, let’s get into it. The first card I’m working on is the one with the heart shape. So I’ve taken one of the dies
from the Nested Hearts Die Set from Simon Says Stamp, and
used it to cut out the shape out of some masking paper. This masking paper is
from Simon Says Stamp, and it is cut to 4 1/4 by 5
1/2, so it’s the exact size of my finished card, and
so I positioned that heart exactly where I wanted
it on the final card. I’m now going to place the
mask on top of some cardstock. This is Neenah Classic Crest
Solar White 80-pound cardstock, and I’m very carefully
placing this heart mask over the cardstock here, and I’m adhering just
one side of it first, and then wrapping it around,
and adhering the other side. The way I’ve cut that mask is it has the release paper on the back, and the release paper is actually
cut into different strips so it makes it easy to
apply to your project. So now I’m going to get into
the actual stenciling part, so I’m gonna put down
my Tonic Easy Clean Mat, and this is going to not
only protect my work surface, but it also gives me a slick surface that I can clean the ink
off of really easily. I’m taping my paper down
to my work surface here. You could also tape it to your stencil, and I’ll show that in the second example. I’m using the Bold Blooms
stencil from Newton’s Nook. This is a great stencil because
it has some nice, wide areas that are open, but there’s
also a lot of areas in between those images for
some blending to happen. So, I’ve taped down the stencil as well, and now I’m gonna take some VersaMark ink. You can use whatever
embossing ink that you prefer, I just really like to use VersaMark because it’s very sticky,
and it stays sticky for a little bit of time,
so you don’t have to rush when it comes to applying
your embossing powder. So, I’m kind of squishing
it down over the stencil and giving it a little wiggle, and that makes sure
that it gets all the way into the crevices in that stencil. So I’ve removed that
stencil, I’m gonna take this off my work surface here. The mask is staying there,
the mask is not gonna move ’til after I’m done blending, so I’m going to be doing my
heat embossing over the top. This is some clear embossing
powder from Ranger, and I’m just sprinkling that
on over all of this heart area, you can kinda see it when
I tip it in the light, and then I took my heat tool, and I melted the embossing powder until it was smooth and shiny. Sometimes with clear embossing powder, especially on top of white cardstock, it’s really hard to see,
so just tip it in the light and when it turns shiny,
you know it’s been melted. I’m going to use some different colors from this 2018 add-on of mini ink cubes from Gina K. Designs. I’m only going to be using the
colors that are in this set, so I’ll have the set linked down below in the supply section. Starting out with the color Sea Glass, and I’m using some Life
Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fences Studio,
and I’m blending that on here right at the bottom. I’m gonna keep all this
blending in real time, but I will speed it up for the other card that I have blending on,
but I just wanted you to see about how long it takes to really blend and get these colors moving. I’m now using a Plum
Punch, and I’m making sure I overlap those areas, and you can see where that embossing powder was applied. It’s resisting the color. You get a little bit of a faint, kind of ghosting of the color,
like a really pale purple going over this, but for the most part, it resists that ink completely. I’m now using Coral Reef up in
that top corner of the heart, and I just want a really
good mix of color. I think if I was to do
this blending again, I would blend on more
of that Sea Glass color, because in the end, I realized that I kind of lost the blue shade, but it turned out okay, it wasn’t so bad. I’m now using Lucky Clover,
which is a little more of a brighter green. It’s kind of a mid-tone bright green, not like really lime-y
or whatever (laughs). So now I’m using Key
Lime, which is more lime, and it’s much more yellow and green, and I’m kind of blending
that over that area. Trying to not blend too much in the center because I don’t want the
colors to turn muddy, but I’m gonna stop the
blending here for a bit, but we’ll come back after
I remove the mask, though, because I realized that I
wanted some more intense green or teal shades. So now I’m peeling up this mask, and because this mask has so much area that is stuck down to the cardstock, and because I have ink-blended it, I can’t really use this mask again, so I’m gonna go ahead and
just dispose of this mask, but if you have any masks that you’ve used that don’t curl up like
this when you remove them, stick them to something like a table or even just onto a page
protector or some packaging, and then you can reuse that mask later. So here’s where I decided to add a little more color in here. I’m gonna bring in some Tranquil Teal, and kinda just intensify that
green shade over on the side. It’s not gonna turn
real, like blueish-teal because I am blending right on top of those other green shades, but I did like having that
color intensified a little bit. So I cleaned up my work surface there, and then I used that baby wipe to sort of wipe off some of the color off the embossing, and
that just slides right off. It does leave a little
bit of that color ghosting that I was talking about before behind, but for the most part, it
cleans it up really well. So for the greeting on this card, I’m going to use a stamp
set from Simon Says Stamp, this is the Amazing Stamp Set. All of the greetings
on my three cards today will come from this same exact stamp set, and for this first greeting, I have this kind of large,
stacked words design, and I’m going to stamp and heat-emboss in white embossing powder
onto black cardstock. This is Licorice Twist
cardstock from Bazzill, and I’ve just stamped
that in a VersaMark ink, I’m applying some
Alabaster embossing powder from Brutus Monroe, this is just their white embossing powder. I’ll heat-set that until
it’s smooth and melted, and then I cut these pieces
apart into little tiny strips, I wanted to spread that greeting out so that it takes up more space on my card. For the card base, I’m using
some of that same cardstock that I used for the actual blending, except this is the thicker version. This is 110-pound Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock. Trim down that blended piece so it was just a little bit
smaller than my card front, so the finished size of the blended piece is four inches wide by 5 1/4 tall. Put some foam adhesive on the back of that just to pop it up off the
surface of my card front, and then I adhered all of
those little tiny strips of the greeting, and I just
put some thin foam strips behind those to adhere
them down onto the card. So, now I’m gonna move
on to my second card, I’m gonna do some more ink blending over some embossed resist. I’m using the Love Circuit
stencil from Heffy Doodle. This one has not as many open areas, so I thought this would be really cool for some metallic embossing,
because the smaller areas will have the metallic detail. So this time, I’m taping
my paper to the stencil. This is so that I can pick up the stencil and move it around if I need to, so this is just another way to make sure things don’t move around while you’re actually using the stencil, and I’m gonna ink-smoosh
my VersaMark ink pad right on top of that stencil just like I did with that first example. This time I’m going to be using
some gilded embossing powder from Brutus Monroe,
it’s a nice gold shade, and after I’ve removed that stencil I can just sprinkle this embossing powder over the top of this design. This is kinda cool because it’s almost
like a background stamp, so you can get this
really intricate design, but it’s a stencil, so
it’s even more versatile. I’m hitting that with my heat tool until it’s smooth and melted. You can see how that gold embossing powder shines in the light. I’m now doing a bunch of ink blending like I showed you before. This time I’m blending from the outer edges of the cardstock. I’m starting with the color Key Lime, and just bringing that in. My idea is to have the most intense color be coming from the heart
shape in the center. So, now I’m going to take
the color, Sea Glass, and I’m gonna work this
out from the center and it turns very green once it hits the more yellowy-green
shade on the outer edges, but I wanted to have
this kind of blended look coming out from the center of that heart, so I’ve sped up the video four times, so this is pretty speedy
compared to the blending before, so it does take a little bit of time to do all this blending,
but completely worth it, because this really is the main focal area of the whole card design. So I’m gonna switch to
a more intense color. I’m gonna switch over to Tranquil Teal, and I’m gonna blend that
out from the very center, and I’m trying to get that coming out, blending out, and I actually blend out quite a bit past the center. I probably could have skipped that Sea Glass color in the end, because I really did kind of
blend over that entire color. I’m gonna add some more intense green. I didn’t like how it wasn’t
quite transitioning as much, so I’m gonna use Lucky
Clover, and just go around that kind of ring of blue, and
add more of this green shade. This is gonna give it a much
more intense green shade as it transitions from the
blue to that yellow-green. Okay, so after I had
all the blending done, I trimmed down this piece, just like I did with the first card, so it was 5 1/4 tall by four inches wide, and then I used some foam
tape to adhere that down to the front of my card. To finish off this card, I cut, I stamped and heat
embossed another greeting from that Amazing stamp set from Simon, and than adhered that with some foam tape. Okay, so for my third card, we’re in the home stretch here, I’m gonna do some water-coloring, so I’ve switched to watercolor paper, and I’m using the Leaves
stencil from Simon Says Stamp. This watercolor paper is Strathmore, and I’ve taped down my stencil directly onto that watercolor paper, and I kinda went around the edges so that it would protect the paper while I add my VersaMark ink on top, doing that same kind of
ink-smooshing and a wiggle, coming down onto that stencil, making sure I get all those
crevices on the stencil design, now applying some more clear
embossing powder from Ranger, heat-setting that with my heat tool, and then I’m gonna go right into kind of a watercolor technique, but I’m gonna be doing some ink-smooshing. Starting out with the color, Key Lime, smooshing that down onto
my work surface here. Once again, this is the
Tonic Easy Clean Mat, it’s a nice, slick surface
to do this technique. I then used Tranquil Teal,
and also some Plum Punch, and then I’m going to use some Coral Reef down here at the bottom. After I have these smooshed
onto my work surface, I’m going to take a spray bottle, this is the Distress
Sprayer from Tim Holtz, we just sprayed all that
ink so it was moving, and then I’m going to
press my watercolor paper face-down onto the surface,
and I’m gonna walk my fingers over this and then kinda lift it up. You get this really fun watercolor effect. So I’m going to spray
a couple of these areas to get the color moving
just a little bit more, and then I’m gonna take a baby wipe and I’m gonna try to
sop up some of the color that’s collecting on top
of that clear embossing, just ’cause I don’t want it
to dry right on top of it, and then use my heat tool to
speed up the drying process. This is just the first layer of color. I’m going to clean up
my work surface here, and I’m just going to
use individual colors now so that I can target the areas
where I want those colors, starting out with that Plum Punch. I’ll smoosh that onto my work surface, spray it with my spray bottle to get those colors really moving, and then I can smoosh my
paper right down onto that, and that just puts the purple
in the areas where I want it. This is a way to control where
the color is being added. So I dried all of that
Plum Punch that I added, and added another layer after that, and then I moved on to Tranquil Teal, and I’m gonna add a little
bit of blue to some areas where I think it needed
a little more detail. The thing that’s kinda cool
about using inks for this instead of watercolors, or
instead of Distress inks is that the inks from
Gina K., and from Simon, and Lawn Fawn inks, those
inks that really dry back, they’re waterproof inks,
so after you dry them onto your project, they’re
not going to come back up when you wipe over them with a baby wipe, so I can really wipe all of
the ink off of the surface of the clear embossing powder, and it’s really not going to
disturb that inking around it. I’ve created a 5×7 card base out of some Neenah
Classic Crest Solar White 110-pound cardstock, and
then I used some foam tape to adhere my watercolor piece
down onto the card front. So for the greeting on this final card, I wanted to use one of
the larger greetings from the stamp set, so I’m
gonna kinda place the stamp set over the top of the card to figure out where I want it to be, and kinda plan in my mind how
I wanna use this greeting. So I decided I wanted to
have it overlapping the areas where the leaves are, so
I’m gonna use some vellum, stamping onto the vellum
with the VersaMark ink, and then I’m going to
do some heat embossing, so I’m gonna use some
white heat embossing, this is the same
alabaster embossing powder that I used on the black
cardstock for the greetings in the previous cards, and after I have that alabaster
embossing powder applied, I’m gonna shake the excess off, and then hit it with my heat tool until it’s smooth and melted. So when I placed this vellum
piece over the top of my card, I realized that it was sorta getting lost. It didn’t have enough kind of color behind it
to really be noticeable, so I knew I needed to double or triple up the layers of vellum, so
in order to do vellum, I’m gonna use the Xyron
Creative Station Lite machine. They sent this to me, oh
gosh, I think it was even a couple years ago, and I
haven’t really used it much, and so I broke it out. Now, this can do five inch wide adhesive, but you can also put in
the three inch refill, so a three inch adhesive rolls, so I have the three inch roll in there, and you can put that
right through the machine. Now, there is a blade on
the back that cuts it, but for whatever reason,
my blade’s not workin’, and so I’m using my X-Acto
knife to cut it off, and now I have adhesive
over the entire surface of that vellum, and
this is going to make it so I can double or triple
up the layers of vellum without the adhesive showing. This is why I like using
a Xyron machine for this. I have a little Xyron
Create-a-Sticker machine, but it’s only two inches wide, so it really couldn’t
accommodate this large greeting, so I think I can anticipate
myself using this Creative Station Lite more in the future just because now I really love
doing these vellum greetings or embellishments like this. So I have two layers of vellum now, and I’m gonna do one more layer of vellum, so I’m gonna run this
through that Xyron machine one more time, and then I can adhere it to the vellum again, and then I will have
three layers of vellum, and that’s really going
to help my greeting stand out on top of that somewhat busy watercolor background. So I’m gonna place this down, and then I have three layers of vellum. So I’m gonna go around with my scissors, and kind of carefully cut this out, leaving a little bit of a
border around the words. I want a little bit of that vellum showing around those edges. So after I have this
entire greeting cut out, I’m then going to run it
through my Xyron machine for a third time. This is going to put
adhesive all on the back, and this makes it so when I
adhere it to my card front, no adhesive will be showing. You could do a similar technique
by taking some liquid glue and smooshing it all over the
back of your embellishment, making sure the entire vellum is covered, and then placing it onto your card front. Okay, so I’m peeling that off, this basically made it
one big, huge sticker, and then I’m pressing that down
onto the front of the card. So, when I do watercolor
backgrounds like this, I love adding some sequins on top because it really makes it
shine, and makes it look kinda magical to me, so I’m
using some Darice sequins, these are the Crystal color sequins, and I love these in particular because they kinda take on
whatever color is beneath them, so it’s really kinda cool, I’m using the eight-millimeter
and the five-millimeter, and once again, everything
will be linked down below in the supply section if
you wanna check those out. So here are all three cards using some stencils for emboss resist. Hope you guys enjoyed these card examples, I think they’re colorful and fun, and I also loved using those
inks from Gina K. Designs. Thanks so much for watching today, I just wanna remind you
about all of the supplies that I used today, including the stencils and the embossing powders,
and everything I used today is listed down below in
the video description in the supply section,
and I’ve included links to online stores so you can
find those items really quickly. Onscreen, I’ve got two more
videos for you to check out, these are some fun cards with stencil use, I hope you guys will check those out. Like I said before, I’m gonna be using a lot of stencils coming up,
so if you like to play along, you might wanna pull
out all those stencils out of your stash. Thanks so much for watching today, and I will see you guys in the next video.


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