December 18, 2021


It had been quite awhile since I'd done an emboss resist card, and, to be honest, I was hankering to do one for the Christmas season.

I grabbed this pretty retired set with large open poinsettias, figuring it would be perfect for the vision I had in my head. Starting with a piece of white cardstock that measures 4" x 5 1/4", I did one flower at a time, first of all, rubbing the area well with my good old Embossing Buddy (where would we be without these treasures?) I stamped one poinsettia in VersaMark ink, then sprinkled it with gold embossing powder, heating it with my Heat Tool. Once the first flower was done, I moved on to the next one, overlapping the first one just a bit, heat embossing the gold powder. I proceeded like this, flower by flower, until the cardstock was filled with pretty gold embossed poinsettias.

The next step is, for me, the most work. Maybe it's because of the arthritis in my hands, but when I finish a project such as this one, my hands ache for days. But, I love the results, so the ache is worth it once in awhile.This step is the sponging on of ink so the gold embossed flowers can resist the color.

I used one of the Blending Brushes to add these colors in stages: Cherry Cobbler, Mango Melody and Melon Mambo inks. I left some areas on the lighter side, while I darkened others for a nice contrast. For the centers of the flowers, I added a bit of Daffodil Delight.

I angled this shot so you could appreciate the beauty of the gold embossing. 
Isn't that a classy look? 
Heat embossing is still, after all these years, probably my favorite technique.

To finish off the card, I used another old retired die for the label, after embossing the sentiment again in gold. I punched holes in each side of the tag and added gold cord through the holes. Separating the strands for a uniform look, I adhered the cord to the back of the emboss resist piece, popping up the tag itself with a couple Stampin' Dimensionals.

The piece was finally added to a white card base.

Do you often indulge in the emboss resist technique? Do you find it beautiful and satisfying?



  1. Very pretty card! I have yet to use the emboss resist technique, but seeing your card, it's about time I did. Maybe when I have my craft room up and running again! (The floors will be replaced sometime soon. After that comes some painting of rooms and the bathrooms and kitchen remodel. Looking forward to the finished product...not the process! {smile})

    1. Thanks! There are really quite a few ways to do an emboss resist. Go to YouTube, Pinterest, or Google and look for Emboss Resist Technique. Such fun stuff!

  2. this is very pretty - thanks for sharing with us a Creatively Crafty Link Party

  3. Beautiful card Linda! Hope your Christmas was merry and bright!
    Happy New Year to you! xoxo :-)

    1. Thank you so much! And I hope your Christmas was wonderful and that the new year is better for all of us!