If you haven’t tried an emboss resist background card, you will be after you see today’s card! Such a simple technique with gorgeous results! You’ll be able to pat yourself on the back and hang up your artist in residence shingle right away!

Here’s why I love to see this art technique on cards.


  • beautiful
  • different
  • versatile

Do you agree?

Make a Beautiful Emboss Resist Background with Ink Refills
Easy Emboss Resist Technique and Watercolour

The Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set is one of my favourites. I used it on this easel card and this unique card too.

Here I’ve stamped it onto Fluid 100 Watercolour paper with Versamark ink and embossed it with White embossing powder and my Heat Tool.

Once it was dry, then the magic started! Let me give you some tips so you can make your own.

Emboss Resist Background Card

Use a Stamparatus

Since watercolour paper is a little bumpy, to get a great stamped impression, use a stamp positioner like the Stamparatus. This way you can ink and stamp as many times as you need to to get a full image.

Then remove your paper from the Stamparatus and sprinkle it with white embossing powder.

Heat It Up

Be sure to fully heat the embossing powder so there are no “uncooked” spots. I show you exactly how in this video.

Gorgeous Emboss Resist Background with Ink Refills
Use Ink Refills to Colour Watercolour Paper

Use Lots of Water

When it comes time to watercolour, water really is your best friend.

For this card, I spritzed it all over with clear water first with my Stampin’ Spritzer. Then I used my flat Water Painter brush to move the water around and make sure the entire piece of paper was covered.

Less Is More

Next I added small drops of ink refill onto an acrylic block and picked up tiny bits of colour with the large pointed brush and dabbed it where I wanted it to go. I started with colouring the sunflowers.

Then I used the large flat brush to pick up some colour and brushed it onto the other areas.

I found I needed to spritz my paper a couple times so it stayed quite wet as I was applying the colour.

Important! Make sure you leave your art piece to dry a good long while before attaching it with liquid glue to the card.

I love the mix of dark and light colours in the flower petals.

How to Make a Beautiful Emboss Resist Background with Ink Refills
A Soft Mix of Colours Makes a Beautiful Card

One of the things about watercolour is you want to avoid perfection!

What do I mean by that?

The charming part of this kind of art is you’ll never get two watercolour papers the same. Try to just go with the flow and don’t overwork your paper.

Try Emboss Resist and Watercolour

If you’d like to learn a few more easy watercolour techniques, you might like to give my Watercolour Backgrounds for Card Makers Online Class a try. It’s an inexpensive and non-intimidating way to try out 5 different techniques, including one a lot like this one!

Here are the supplies I used on today’s card.


See You Soon

It’s been fun sharing my tips for creating a lovely watercolour card like this one. Be sure to drop by to see what techniques and tips I’ll be sharing with you in my next blog!

Make a Beautiful Emboss Resist Background with Ink Refills
Try Emboss Resist and Watercolouring for a Pretty Card

I’d love to hear you gave this emboss resist background card a try – drop me a line anytime at [email protected] and let me know how you like playing with it!

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