Monday, 13 June 2016

Muse #170 - Let Your Dreams Take Flight

Hi there

I'm delighted to be your designer over at Muse this week and hope that my card will inspire you to play along.

I chose some Distress Ink colours I've not used before and decided to make a background using the layered emboss resist technique. There are a few steps involved with this technique but you can get some great results.  So I hope the colours, design, technique or perhaps layout will give you some inspiration to create and link up this week.

I started with a panel of white cardstock, stamped some butterflies in VersaMark and heat embossed in clear powder.  I then blended over the entire panel with Distress Ink in Tattered Rose, resisting the original butterflies which popped out in white.  I then made sure the ink was completely dry with a little help from my heat gun, and free of static by using an EK Success powder tool before stamping more butterflies, again embossed with clear powder.  I then blended over the entire panel once more, this time with Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet, making the pink/peach butterflies pop up from the background.  Finally, after making sure the ink was dry and free of static I stamped the final layer of butterflies and heat embossed in clear.  These give a tone on tone effect over the final background colour.  The panel was then cut down slightly and matted onto some peachy cardstock and a sentiment strip was made from the same cardstock, with the sentiment embossed in white.

I liked the glossy butterflies here but I've also seen tutorials of this technique where, at the end you can remove the gloss of the embossing by using the 'ironing off' technique.  I've not yet tried this but as I understand it you place your embossed panel face up on a cloth or towel, cover with some paper and then iron over it, and the embossing powder transfers to the paper leaving your project with a matt finish.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Honey Doo Crafts - Beautiful Butterflies; Clearly Besotted - Flutterby Dreams
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Ink - Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet
  • Embossing Powder: Rubber Stampede - Clear; Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Coloured Cardstock: Papermania Solid Cardstock

Thanks so much for visiting today, I hope I've inspired you to play along at Muse this week.


  1. How fun! For a few weeks now, I've been meaning to try this technique. Your beautiful butterfly card may be just the incentive I needed. I've tried ironing off the embossing only once but it's really easy to do.

  2. Oh wow! What a technique! This card is absolutely beautiful Anita!! :)

  3. Gorgeous inspiration card, Anita! You did an amazing job on the layered emboss resist technique, and your color palette is just beautiful! Thanks so much for the step-by-step tutorial...I can't wait to try it!

  4. Absolutely beautiful! I do like the pretty layers of butterflies!

  5. Your card is just wonderful and so beautifully creative. I too appreciate the how-to-do.

  6. I'd forgotten about this multi-layered embossing technique, Anita. Thanks for reminding me. It looks wonderful with all those butterflies.

  7. Anita...fabulous instructions! I am off to give it a try! Thanks ever so much!


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