What’s more classic than the combination of navy and white? A few years ago, Stampin’ Up! used the Night of Navy and Whisper White combination in a selection of Designer Series Paper and card samples in their catalog. That inspired me to use navy and white in my card projects. I love this combination of colors because it is so crisp. It can easily be masculine, feminine or patriotic.
The emboss resist technique is a great technique. The smooth surface you get from the melted embossing powder resists the ink. You can use any dye- or water-based medium for this technique. You can make sprays made from reinkers and water. You can use Brusho and water. You can watercolor with your inks over the embossed images. All of these ways will work. I chose to use my Night of Navy ink pad and sponges. I also like to use the Direct to Paper method to apply the ink to the cardstock.
Be prepared with lots of pieces of Whisper White cardstock. This technique can be a little addicting. You will want to try it with tons of your stamps to see the magic when the images appear as you apply the ink. I will make cards with these backgrounds and show them in another post. All supplies are linked at the bottom of the page.
How to Make the Emboss Resist Background
- Rub your Whisper White cardstock with an Embossing Buddy (antistatic powder tool). This step is very important. Any stray specks of embossing powder will be very obvious on your finished project.
- Stamp your images with Versamark ink. You can make a specific pattern or stamp randomly. Both look good. If you have trouble seeing where you have already stamped, hold your paper in the light at an angle. There should be a slight glare where you have already stamped an image.
- Cover your images with clear or white embossing powder and tap off the excess. Use a scrap piece of paper (or your favorite method) to catch the extra embossing powder. Make sure all of your images are completely covered with powder. Use a small, dry paint brush to remove any stray flecks of embossing powder.
- Put away your excess embossing powder! Make sure the lid on the powder container is closed.
- Use your heat tool to melt the embossing powder. When the powder turns shiny, move to another area. If you keep heating one area too long, you can burn the embossing powder and your cardstock. Watch your fingers! The heat tool is hot.
- Allow the melted embossing powder to cool for a moment. It is still soft for a few seconds after heating and can smear
- Cover your work surface with a large scrap piece of paper. Junk mail or grid paper works well for this.
- Apply Night of Navy ink to the entire surface of the Whisper White cardstock. You can sponge the ink onto the cardstock with a stamping sponge, a sponge dauber or a sponge brayer. You can also drag your ink pad directly across the surface of your cardstock. It is natural to have slight variations in the ink coverage. Add more ink for a deeper color.
- Take a soft cloth or a paper towel and buff the ink from the top of your embossed images. You can slightly dampen your towel with a little water to help remove the ink.
- Set aside your backgrounds to allow the Night of Navy ink to dry.
- Cut your cardstock to the appropriate size and apply to your project.
- Your fingers will get inky. Make sure you wash your hands before moving on to another part of your project.
- Don’t skimp on heat tool or embossing powder quality. You want a heat tool that gets very hot. You cannot use a hair dryer because it doesn’t get hot enough to melt the powder. You want an embossing powder that melts quickly and smoothly, leaving behind a nice, shiny finish. Both the Stampin’ Up! heat tool tool and embossing powders will give you a good result.
- Make sure your ink pads are juicy. You need a well-inked Versamark pad to get good stamped images. The embossing powder sticks better if your Versamark pad isn’t dry. You will use a lot of Night of Navy ink for this project, especially if you make more than one. Reink your pads as needed during the project.
- You can vary the amount of ink you add to get a streaky or mottled look.
- Cut pieces of cardstock slightly bigger than you want to use in your final project, if possible. For a 5 1/4″ x 4″ layer, I start with a piece of Whisper White cardstock that is 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″. I can then trim it to size after I have completed the emboss resist technique. The edges of the cardstock can sometimes have fingerprints or other imperfections that don’t look so good. This leaves some room for them to be trimmed off.
- Warm up your heat tool before you start to melt the embossing powder. This will help melt the powder more efficiently without warping the cardstock as much.
- The heat tool can blow loose embossing powder all over the place, so make sure to replace any loose powder into your container and close the lid. Otherwise, you might have a big powdery mess to clean up.
- I like to use the sponge dauber to apply ink. I apply about 3 or 4 layers of ink to get the depth of color I like. The fastest way to apply ink is using the Direct to Paper Method. Direct to Paper also uses the most ink so you definitely will need to reink your Night of Navy ink pad.
- I like to place a piercing mat under my cardstock when I stamp with photopolymer stamps or large background stamps. This helps get a crisp, complete image when stamping.
- I was looking at my finished pieces laying in a pile and thought it would be great to make a navy and white themed photo album. Hmmm, there’s a thought for a future project….
- Stamps: Colorful Seasons–both snowflakes
- Sheet Music clear-mount or
- Petal Palette clear-mount or wood-mount
- Post Script clear-mount or wood-mount
- Beautiful Bouquet –both clusters of small flowers
- Swirly Bird–medium line swirl, two small solid image swirls, small 6 petal flower; splatter dots would also be fun
- Flourishing Phrases clear-mount or wood-mount–large flower and leaf flourish
- Ink: Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad and ink refill
- Stampin’ Emboss Powder–Clear or White
- Embossing Buddy
- Stamping Sponges, Sponge Daubers or Sponge Brayers
- Heat Tool
- Whisper White Cardstock 8 1/2″ x 11″ or 12″ x 12″
- Stampin’ Pierce Mat for stamping large images or photopolymer stamps
- Grid Paper or large pieces of scrap paper to catch embossing powder and protect your work surface
- Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist to clean your stamps
- small paint brush for removing stray embossing powder
- soft cloth or paper towel to remove ink from images