Trapped Ink Emboss Resist

I have another card to share that I created for the May event going on over at StampNation. Our last challenge for the event featured a gorgeous tropical mood board as inspiration. I was particularly inspired by one of the photos which featured some gorgeous green leafy wallpaper and a mirror with a very ornate gold frame.

To achieve the look of the multicolored leaves in the inspiration photo, I used the trapped ink emboss resist technique. It’s very similar to the Joseph’s Coat emboss resist technique, but this version is done in multiple layers instead of just one. The most important key with the trapped ink technique is to work from light to dark with the ink colors.

Here’s the card I created from the mood board using the trapped ink emboss resist technique.

Mel's Card Corner | Trapped Ink Emboss Resist

I started with a panel of white cardstock and used a mini ink blending tool to sponge on some Mint to Be ink from Catherine Pooler Designs (CPD). If you don’t want to take the time for ink blending, you could do a direct-to-paper inking instead.

Once the background was covered, I stamped several leaves from the Leave Me in Paradise stamp set, also from CPD, using VersaMark ink then heat embossed them using clear powder. After letting the embossing cool down a bit, I once again pulled out the mini ink blending tool and sponged the entire background using Aquatini ink from CPD. The embossed leaves on the Mint to Be layer will resist the Aquatini ink resulting in Mint to Be leaves showing through the darker ink.

After letting the Aquatini ink dry for a bit, I stamped more of the leaves on the panel using VersaMark ink. Since I was only using three colors of ink, I filled in all the open spaces on my panel at this point then heat embossed them again using the clear powder. You could use more than three inking layers if you want, but I found when I tried using a fourth or fifth ink color, the ink would eventually start to bleed through the back of the card stock due to being so saturated. To avoid this, the most I would really recommend is three or four layers of ink.

Mel's Card Corner | Trapped Ink Emboss Resist

After the embossing over the Aquatini layer dried, I sponged on my final layer of ink which was All That Jazz from CPD. Once the panel was covered, I used a dry cloth to wipe over all the embossing to remove any excess ink which really helped the trapped ink colors pop even more.

For the sentiment, I used the hello die from the Ways to Say Hey Dies from CPD. I die cut it once from the trapped ink panel and again from a piece of gold mirror cardstock from Tonic.

I created a top-folding card base from white cardstock. I adhered the upper portion of the trapped ink panel to the card base aligning it with the top of the card. Next, I inlaid the gold hello die cut into the opening on the trapped ink panel. Using a jewel picker, I added the centers of the letters from the trapped ink hello die cut inside the letters of the gold hello die cut. Finally, I adhered the bottom portion of the trapped ink panel below the gold hello and that completed the card.

Mel's Card Corner | Trapped Ink Emboss Resist

Even though it isn’t really clear the embossed portions are tropical leaves, I didn’t really want to let the beautiful trapped ink hello die cut go to waste. The embossing and trapped ink give a really nice pop of color and texture to this fine line die cut.

I quickly created another top-folding card base from white cardstock. zi adhered the trapped ink die cut about a third of the way up from the bottom of the card to create a very quick clean and simple card. Never let those unused die cuts go to waste!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope you enjoyed the project I’ve shared. Until next time …

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