I am a teacher and part of that job is about being a cheerleader for your students. My students are in high school and have been reporting to me the amount of stress they have been under for college, grades and all the other stuff that we had to go through too. I wanted to make cards for my students to let them know I'm in their corner. I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire's campaign to share kindness within your community.
But what to do with this stamp...Immediately Emboss Resist came to mind. I decided to do the resist two ways...one was to emboss with clear embossing powder and use Distress Inks all over the image and the paper and the other was to cut out a mask and only use the Distress Inks on the USA image itself leaving the rest white.
Embossing Techniques - Resist
When embossing the first thing you need is an anti-static powder tool. I use the Anti-Static Powder Tool from EK Success which I find to have a lot of powder and is easy to apply. Second, you need a good Embossing Powder. I am of the mind that less is more so I only have a few colors in my stash with Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder to be a go to. The Hero Arts brand melts quickly and evenly. Third, you need a sticky ink and VersaMark Ink is the way to go.
After embossing a few cards, I used some Distress Inks in a rainbow of colors. I cut out a mask from some regular paper that masks off the outside of the USA image so I could just ink up the image itself and not the background. The Distress Inks I used are: Seedless Preserves, Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw and Tea Dye. I wanted different colors to match the regions of the US: tea dye for desert, salty ocean for coastal regions, scattered straw for the plains and when the blue and yellow Distress Inks mix they make green for the forested regions. I also did a straight rainbow across the USA but again only used a few Distress Inks allowing them to blend to create the secondary colors. If you feel like you are having trouble getting the Distress Inks to blend, you can use water or even a shimmer spritz like Tsukineko Sparkle Spray to help the blend.
These cards were very quick and easy to make and I'm inspired by them. I gave some to my students who needed a word of encouragement as they work their way through high school and onward to achieve their dreams. I listed the supplies I used below and some may contain affiliate links which help to support this blog; thank you for your support. Please comment below as to which card you like better: the Rainbow or Overall Distress Inked. Have a great day and happy crafting!
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