Forever Blossoms Resist Technique
Happy Monday, my friends! I have been thinking about and playing with older stamping techniques lately. You know, the ones that were so cool when you learned them, but you’ve forgotten about them as you’ve learned and had fun with even newer techniques.
Today’s card is a technique I loved when I was a new demonstrator – the resist technique. There are so many different ways to do a resist. Basically, anything that “resists” the ink works. There’s waxed paper, embossing powder, Versamark, and tons more. My favorite was stamping on Glossy White Cardstock, then using a white crayon to color portions of an image before inking over it. I started wondering last week if we could do that on Basic White Cardstock since Glossy White has been discontinued (again). Honestly, next time Glossy White comes out, I’m going to ask all my friends to flood the internet with ways to use it. Some of the most fun techniques work best on Glossy White and I was giddy when it came back. Of course, I spent three days in a dark room in the fetal position when it retired again. (Ok, I’m just kidding. I was too excited about all the brand new products to get that depressed about losing paper. Although it was a bit disappointing.)
But back to my question, can you create a crayon resist with Basic White Cardstock? As it happens, the answer is yes! Yes you can.
Here are my “practice sheets.” They’re actually backwards, because I started with the one on the right. Instead of a crayon, I used a Fine-tip Glue Pen to cover a few of the blossoms. I wanted to use something Stampin’ Up!® carries in the catalog. While it was drying, I tried the crayon and a White Pencil.
For both examples, I stamped the flowers in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Basic White Cardstock. For the one on the left, I used a White Pencil for the bottom blossom and leaves and a white crayon for the top half. Note that “White Pencil” is not one of our Watercolor Pencils. I’m not sure if that will work, but I will try and let you know! These are the “artist pencils” made by the same company that made the crayon. The company’s name even starts with the same first letters as “crayon.”
After the Multi-Purpose Glue dried, I used my Blending Brushes to add Granny Apple Green and Coastal Cabana Ink over the stamped images. When I was finished, I used a tissue to buff the images a little bit.
As you can see in the photos above, all three mediums worked really well. My favorite, of course, is the one using glue. It’s a tiny bit raised and very shiny and was a great resist medium. It also covers well, and you can easily see where you’ve covered while you’re working. It’s harder with the pencil and crayon, and while you can see where you’ve covered if you have great light, you have to do a lot of gyrations to get the light just right. The drawback to the glue would be the drying time, but that wouldn’t take as long if you use a thinner coat.
All that said, I wanted to create one with more fall colors – even though dogwoods are a spring flower. (These are dogwoods, right? I am not much of a gardener.)
I didn’t have a lot of time, so I used the white crayon for this card after stamping in Memento on Basic White Cardstock. The ink colors are Cinnamon Cider and Mango Melody, and I love the way they work together. The stamped layer almost looks like suede or leather. I die-cut the image using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies, then layered it to Cinnamon Cider Cardstock that had been run through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine with the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder. It’s all added to a Mango Melody card base with a little Gray Granite Baker’s Twine. I think the black sequins are from an old Paper Pumpkin Kit. They were on my table, begging to be used.
This card took less than 15 minutes to create! It was a super quick anniversary card, but it can be adapted for so many occasions!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!