Card Making Tutorial - Emboss Resist Technique

Simply Colorful Cards – Retirement, Spreading Happiness and Simple Hello theme

You might wonder why these 3 cards are on the same post.  They have more in common than meets the eye because I used the same technique (and many of the same supplies) on them, but with lots of variation.  That's one of the BEST things about making cards, right?  One is leaning more towards a clean and simple style while the other two are more saturated with color.  You can substitute whatever stamps and ink colors you already have.


I got a last minute request for a retirement card last night and it gave me the perfect excuse to whip out and use a new alphabet set from Sunny Studio Stamps called “Sweet Script”.   A quick look through Pinterest gave me the idea to create a mnemonic of the word “retire” as the focal point.  

CAS style retirement card

The letters in this set are smaller than many I’ve worked with, so on one hand I could get a longer word in a shorter space but (ha ha) it took some patience to line up and maneuver those teensy things.

  • Started with a 4” x 5” inch piece of smooth white cardstock
  • Layered three thin strips of Washi Tape right next to each other about ½ “ away from the left edge. 
  • Attached stick it adhesive to a piece of craft foam large enough for the die in the next step – about 2” wide x 4” tall
  • Cut out fun foam with the Bigz Lattice Die **tip – save the foam pieces that pop out because the letters that spell “retire” will be glued on top of those
  • Cut out a piece of patterned paper with the same die to be glued on top of the fun foam piece
  • Stamped the letters spelling out “retire” in black Versafine ink onto the inserts left from the prior step with patterned paper (flipped over so that it's black ink on top of white)
  • Stamped the words to complete “read”, “enjoy”, etc on small white strips of paper with Versamark ink
  • Heat embossed the strips with white embossing powder
  • Applied 3 different shades of Distress Inks – Barn Door for red, Squeezed Lemonade and Cracked Pistachio on top of the strips with foam applicator tool. 
  • Trimmed word strips as needed to fit into the spaces.
  • Added pop dots under the edge extending out and used Multi-matte medium to glue down the edge right next to the starting letter.
  • Layered it onto a piece of yellow cardstock, added foam tape underneath, and attached to a top folding white A2 card base.  


I started out with the thought of using a simple yellow and white color scheme, but it evolved into something better when I decided to add some gorgeous coral and create a sunrise (or sunset J) effect all around the edges of the white card front.  

Starting with a 4" x 5" piece of white cardstock, I again relied on my Distress Inks to create a yellow base (Squeezed Lemonade) around the edges and brought it towards the center, leaving a white area in the center for my sentiment.  I then layered on Abandoned Coral on the outer portion towards the edges and used a B&J Art stamp called Klamath Circles (again using Abandoned Coral) to randomly stamp accents all around the “frame”.  The B&J Art Stamp company specializes more in Southwest themed cards; however this stamp is versatile and would suit many types of cards.  Below is a picture of the stamp.

Honeybee Stamps has some very lovely sentiment collections.  I used the “Happiness Set” to create the sentiment using the same emboss resist technique as follows:

  • Stamped the large word happiness in Versamark ink
  • Heat embossed with white embossing powder
  • Applied Squeezed Lemonade  Distress ink over the word and wiped off any ink that stuck to the word  

To get a saturated colored look, I twisted and pressed the round applicator tool into the pad so I did not have to spend a lot of time building up color.

  • Fussy cut around the embossed word
  • Added some abandoned coral to the edges to make it pop  
  • Created top and bottom sentiment pieces using the same technique as the main word except coloring only with Abandoned Coral 
  • Used foam tape and pop dots under all the sentiment pieces to separate them from the card front
  • Attached the finished card front to an A2 top folding card base


This card design is inspired by a recent Jennifer McGuire video on creating easy and quick backgrounds.  It uses the same technique used on the prior two cards.  Starting with a white card base, I used a background stamp with Versamark ink, embossed in white and applied a heavy coat of Peacock Distress Ink from top and bottom and faded a bit as I reached the center.  I cut out a space for the sentiment with one of the rectangle stitched dies from My Favorite Things. 

The sentiment was created using a die inlay technique. These are the steps for getting all the parts ready for assembly.

  • Die cut rectangle with My Favorite Things die from white cardstock
  • Colored a separate strip of white paper (about 2" x 3") with Peacock Feathers Distress ink
  • Die cut “hello” word die from the colored strip
  • Die cut "hello" word die from the white rectangle done in the first step (important - save the little bits that cut out from the letters "e" and "l" - you will need them later)

Assembling the sentiment piece:

I glued a small piece of white cardstock underneath the white rectangle, which left adhesive exposed.  I then pressed the turquoise colored word into the space.  This is where you need the little "bits" of white paper to glue back into the spaces left by the "e" and two "l"s in the word die cut.  

To finish the card, I attached to a white A2 card base and added a little sequin bling.

Hope you have enjoyed learning more about how these three cards went together.  I'm hoping to start video tutorials to accompany these posts, but need to get a bit more practice in until that happens.  

I have posted links to products used in this tutorial for your convenience.

Happy Crafting,


P.S. be sure to check back on Wednesday - I will have a new post on a very cute and fun shaker card with a pineapple theme.  The finished card is already posted in my Instagram feed if you have to look now!! :)

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