Dramatic Backgrounds With Emboss Resist

Hello Artsy Friends! Did you join in our Facebook live demo last Thursday evening? I’m usually live every Thursday night at 8 PM EDT. Last week I shared tips and tricks for creating dramatic backgrounds using the emboss resist technique.

I created a card using this technique with Colorado Craft Company’s Majestic Moth dragonfly on a slimline card, Catherine Pooler inks, and my new Zig Twin Tip Art Markers. You can see the YouTube video below:

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The final embossed layer of gold takes the entire background over the top!

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Can you find the different layers of embossing, and how blending ink darker and darker adds drama and interest?

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I’ve been tearing vellum instead of cutting it lately. I love the organic, deckle edge it creates.

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What do you think? I am obsessed with this embossing technique right now. Thank you so much for watching my video today. Love and artsy hugs!


Products Used (affiliate links denoted with *):

* Colorado Craft Company Majestic Moth

Brutus Monroe Gilded Embossing Powder

Ranger Clear Embossing Powder





9 thoughts on “Dramatic Backgrounds With Emboss Resist

  1. Erin, this card is amazing. Would love to learn your feelings about the Zig markers. I have all of the Copics (I know they aren’t the same) I have Zig clear color water colors, and the Arteza water color markers. Not in love with any of the water color markers. Just wondering if I can do this technique with Copics? The vivid colors in the dragonflies is phenomenal. I might have to invest in them if you think they are worth it!


    1. Hi Anne! Great question! I too have Copics, Altenew Artist Alcohol Markers, the Zig water color markers, Tombow markers, and now the Zig Twin Tip Art markers. I love the Zig clear water color markers, and now the Zig Twin Tips as well! You can definitely color with Copics and get a similar blended effect. You can even use Copics with most dye inks, such as Catherine Pooler’s. However, I would not use the VersaFine Clair inks with your Copics (as I used to stamp the dragonflies here). VFC are a pigment ink and may ruin the Copic nib. I think I am going to give my Tombow markers away, because I love the Zigs so much. Finally, I have not done a direct comparison personally, but I’ve heard that the colors of both Zig sets are very similar. I will have to spend some time investigating this further. Thank you so much for your kind words! Let me know what you decide!


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