Inking and Embossing Techniques for Card Making


With ink pads, embossing powder and stamps, you can create a masterpiece on a little card sized canvas with a variety of Inking and Embossing Techniques. After almost 20 years, inking and embossing techniques never gets old to me! I am always creating and playing with these mediums and incorporating them into my card creations.

hand stamped cards using Inking and Embossing Techniques

The Natural Flourishes Stamp Set was the star for these two cards. I love these thick lined image that are wonderful for coloring techniques as well as heat embossing techniques.

hand stamped cards with white embossed leaf images Inking and Embossing Techniques

Emboss Resist Technique

The first card was created with my all time favorite technique, Emboss Resist. First, ink your stamp with WOW Embossing Ink, stamp and pour White Embossing Powder over the image. Then use a heat tool to emboss the image.

To quickly “color” this image, I used a direct-to-paper ink swiping technique over the image. The white embossed image resists the ink and stays white, while coloring the cardstock for a striking look!

We also did a little “die surgery” by cutting apart the “You're My Person” Die cut to create the “you”. Such a fun finished product! We'll save the “person” and use it on the second card!

This card was inspired by a card by one of our Brand Ambassadors, Angela Simpson, as well as a card I created here. I love creating my own custom cardstock by using the direct to paper technique with my inks!

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hand stamped card with Inking and Embossing Techniques

Faux Bleach Technique

I started this card by Embossing the leaf with a gorgeous chunky embossing powder from WOW. You can achieve a look like this with many of the powders and glitters in the WOW line, view the selection here in the shop.

Then I ink blended Martini and Fiesta Blue Ink over the embossed image with a Large Blending Brush. With my Waterbrush I painted inside the leaves which “activated” the ink and I was able to blot the color up with a clean paper towel. This gives a bleached look which really makes that embossed image POP!

Inking and Embossing Techniques with the Natural Flourishes stamp set

I also flicked Opal Colors watercolor paint by Gansai Tambi on the background to add texture and luminescence.

Which inking and embossing technique is your favorite? Looking for more ideas? Head over to this blog post to see more inking techniques using the Natural Flourishes Stamp Set!

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