Introduction to Rubber Stamping - Resist Technique

Playing with rubber stamps can lead to a number of simple but effective techniques.  This page covers the basics of resist, there are many ways to get a resist, and it might be something that is familiar to you from your childhood days of painting over wax crayons, and the paint not 'sticking' to the wax.

Jackie  Okey-Dokey used versamark as a resist on - check out the Versamark page.  

The stamping section on the forum has lots of advice on techniques: rubber stamping forum

Heat Embossed Resist 
The first two cards that I have made here I have stamped with versamark and the I have used white embossing powder, I have not yet added a step by step for heat embossing..

..basically you need to stamp with versamark, sprinkle on your embossing powder, shake off the excess, a light tap should should it out.  Then heat with a heat gun, or if you are just starting out holding it over a toaster or even trying a hot air paint stripper.  This is an excellent way to practice heat embossing as the finish doesn't have to be perfect.

Once you have stamped and embossed your design, you can then colour it.  Anything that you use should not stick to the embossed pattern and can be wiped off. 

In the samples here I used Ranger Distress inks.  I put the ink pads onto a reusable baking sheet (mine were from Poundland), and just wiped some of the ink onto it.  I put a few different colours onto the sheet - making a 'paint palette' of colours.  I then lightly spritzed with water.  Then I took my card an smeared it in the various colours in different places.  You just need to play and see what appears.  It does dry a bit differently, I always think for the better.   Once done just leave to dry. 


resist technique with rubber stamps

resist technique with rubber stamps

However once you have made your embossed pattern you can ink your pieces in many different ways, you could try smearing chalk ink pads, or following Calv's tutorial and using Distress Inks with foam. Just try any ink pad direct to the paper, experimenting is the key!

I used ready cut oval card that I have had in a box for years, you could make a sheet of this technique and then cut out with die cutter or punches to a shaped of your choice.

I have used a couple of different daisy stamps on this design, the preivous one I used one swirl stamp randomly stamped.

Wax Crayon Resist 
With this technique it works well with glossy/smooth card.  I first stamped my design using a black waterproof stamp pad.  Let it dry - if you have a heat gun you can speed up this process with a quick blast over the design.

When it is completely dry take a white wax crayon, and follow the design where you would like to highlight, I pretty much followed all of the lines in these designs.  It is not always easy to see where you have try and do it in a logical order!

Once you have been over all of the lines, you now need to ink up the card. This time I used a piece of foam any should be fine, I did use cut and dry folded between my finger.  Dab the foam onto the ink pad, and then wipe it all over the design.  Then with a clean piece of cotton wool  or kitchen towel and then wipe over the design and the ink should rub away from the wax - leaving the white of the card to show through. 

resist technique with rubber stamps

This is the same technique - just using a different stamp

resist technique with rubber stamps

  Crafts by Carolyn October 2009