Saturday, 16 April 2016

2016 #7 Fossil Resist ATCs {by Alison Bomber}

 2016 Topic 7: Resists

Hello all, it's Alison here from Words and Pictures. I've not been around much lately but I couldn't resist joining in with the Resists theme, and it gave me the excuse to get two of the PaperArtsy Minis I've coveted for ages - finally giving in to temptation (like Oscar Wilde, I can resist everything but temptation!). Regular followers of mine will know that clear embossing is a favourite thing of mine - I love its glossy dimensionality - and it works brilliantly as a resist for the inkiness to follow.

I ended up creating a quartet of ATCs with these fabulously detailed stamps... one pair with the fossils lying in state in a fusty wooden drawer in some zoologist's collection...

... and one pair where they are in a kind of dream of the world they used to inhabit.
I started by cutting ATCs from some off-white card and stamping the fish fossils - Ink & The Dog Mini 100 and Ink & The Dog Mini 101 - in Versamark before embossing with clear embossing powder.

ID Mini 100
ID Mini 101
(You'll see I created a spare pair in case of problems or other ideas!)

For the zoologist's pair, I applied Distress Inks to the ATCs with a blending tool - Antique Linen followed by Vintage Photo and some Black Soot around the edges - keeping some damp paper towel nearby so that I could buff away any excess ink from the bones as I went. Then I did some spritzing and flicking, and also sprayed some Distress Marker splatter to add to the aged look.

I added some vintage script - the zoologist's notes, taken from the Ink & The Dog Words Plate 4 - stamped in Distress Ink so that it could also easily be wiped away from the bones. And finally I added the rub-ons to label the collected specimens, as well as the word stickers which I shaded around with more ink.

Ink & The Dog Words Plate 4

For the underwater pair, I applied my ink differently - pressing the chosen colours - my usual blue/green suspects, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, I think - onto the craft mat, spritzing with some water, and then dipping and smooshing my ATCs until I liked the look of them.

I used the branches from Hot Picks HP1008 as seaweed, again stamped in Distress Ink so that the paper towel could spring into action to remove any excess from the embossed fossil.


I painted some Snowflake Fresco paint on to my craft mat and then used the top of a paintbrush cover and the other end of the paintbrush.. "stamp" my columns of bubbles.

I always enjoy the gleam of the clear embossing in sunlight...
... and it gave me great pleasure to fit in just a little bit of Resistance in my brief few days at home recently. Heat embossing and inks are my favourite, but there are so many ways to create a resist, so I hope you'll be inspired to play with some Resists too. Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Alison x
Words and Pictures

Great smooshing Alison, a fabulous way to blend colours. The embossing resist is so magical, appearing all glossy and bright from under the ink. Great to see both colour options too, showing that these stamps work equally well in a vintage or a bright project. ~Darcy

We would love to see how you interpret this Resists topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #7: Resists, on this page HERE.
All of our bloggers love to see your twist on their ideas,  particularly if you were inspired directly by their post. 
All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Resists link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, April 17th 2016. The winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


  1. your clear embossing resits are perfect - love the skeleton fishes swimming in their underworlds!! glad you got some playtime.

  2. Such effective projects, Alison, love both the vintage look and the blues and greens,

    Lucy x

  3. Beautiful, love the white in combination with the Distress Inks!

  4. Gorgeous ATCs, I love the skeleton fish.

  5. Wonderful ATCs, Alison. Now I'm tempted by those minis too! You've made such a beautiful job of both these styles. Perfect word choices too! xx

  6. Wow Alison, they are wonderful, I could really believe the first two were found in a old drawer in a museum! x

  7. Embossing is always a winner! Love your fish scenes Alison, they remind me of x-rays so it's a bit like having underwater x-ray vision!

  8. These are fantastic! Thanks for showing the steps for how you made them.

  9. Absolutely beautiful! Barbara

  10. Love these. Very cool effect! And great stamps.

  11. WOW - simply great, both pairs! The mini stamps are exceptional. Thanks also for the tutorial.
    best wishes, Irmgard

  12. Absolutely stunning effects Alison, and a great tutorial! Glad you found time in your busy schedule! xxx

  13. A beautiful interpretation of the resist topic Alison.....funny, I was playing with the same stamps this week in an underwater world. Tempted to say "great minds think alike", but would be elevating my status somewhat! Xx

  14. Fabulous inspiration and gorgeous projects, thank you x

  15. Marvelous Alison,
    beautiful with the embossed fishes -lol- and the wonderful background, on all 4 of them.
    Little amazing art pieces.

    xoxo, Dorthe

  16. Love how you used these fabulous stamps Alison! Just about my favourite resist technique I think and so easy to do. What an imaginative way to use these stamps. Excellent ATCs!

    Lesley Xx

  17. So so beautiful Alison! Amazing pieces !!!
    oxo Susi

  18. Fabulous resist work with those beautiful stamps!

  19. Oh my gosh, Alison! How insanely cool! I will so have to dig out my Fred Mullet stamps and give this a try! Love it to death!

  20. These look brilliant Alison!! Thanks for sharing the how to and reminding me about clear embossing - havnt done in ages. Hope all going wonderfully with you. Nicola x

  21. I love too this way of doing resist... always so efficient and beautiful! I simply adore these four ATCs, great technique of resist, and above all wonderful stamping (never seen these fossil stamps before, just discovered them thanks to you Alison... they are great!!!). Thank you for taking the time to write this post and show this adorable project despite your very busy schedule Coco xx

  22. Alison! stunning ATC's! I'm not a lover of fish, but I do love fossils (after all, I AM one!) and you have done a fabulous job of making these look so beautiful! Hugs!

  23. So sorry for lated commented. These are very stunning ATCs, beautiful resists of embossing and great background. I tried resists of embossing and painted acrylic for the background, It was not to resist clearly. I will use water paint to the next. Thank you for share. xx

  24. I absolutely love these Alison!! Fabulous atc's!!wish we were swapping- I'd be in for these!!