Clear Emboss Resist Technique for Light it Up Blue Blog Hop

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Today I am participating in the “Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness” blog hop and I’m one of the sponsors!  Raising awareness for WHAT Autism and Aspergers IS and how it shows up in different people is close to my heart.

In the video, I’ll talk about this a bit more, then I’ll make this card using the:

Clear Emboss Resist Technique Video Tutorial

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I love when I can stretch a card design and go from simple to still simple but adding techniques!

The card base is 4-1/4 x 11, the black layer is 4 x 5-1/4 and the white layer on top is 3-3/4 x 5.

Stamp the images, add clear embossing powder, heat, then spray water on your cardstock.  Make a color palette with Distress Inks and add color with a water brush.  It’s THAT easy!

Clear emboss resist technique

There is a big ole blog hop going on for Light It Up Blue - click here to check it out!

What is Aspergers Syndrome?  In a nutshell, it’s basically a (big) gap between intellectual skills and social skills.  In school, the child with Aspergers sails through…grade-wise.

Socially?  Things are much harder.  Starting conversations, engaging in conversations and making friends is a challenge for a child with Aspergers.  Actually, a large social circle isn’t even what a child with Aspergers wants.  A few close friends, or even “compartmentalized” friends is much preferred (there are neighborhood friends, sports friends, school friends…and they do not cross).

A child with Aspergers may not pick up on social cues, look like s/he is engaged in a conversation, and even look like they are not having fun (when in fact, they are having a great time!).

Aspergers is a wide-spectrum disorder…meaning, there is a long list of symptoms, but those symptoms can vary widely between people.  Just because a child isn’t exhibiting all the signs and symptoms, doesn’t mean they don’t have it.

We may not even be talking about your child.  Not everyone is made the same, so the next time you see a child, teen or even an adult that is quiet, doesn’t look you in the eye, or doesn’t meet your expectations of social behaviors…they may have Autism or Aspergers.

If you’d like to learn more, check out these resources:


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Have a fabulous day!

  • Leigh Penner April 2, 2015, 8:18 am

    This is gorgeous! I love it!

  • wendy April 2, 2015, 8:23 am

    stunning card, great tutorial !

  • Tenia Nelson April 2, 2015, 8:24 am

    I LOVE your cards and thanks so much for hopping and sponsoring!!! You ROCK, Miss Lady!!!

  • KT Fit Kitty April 2, 2015, 8:25 am

    Gorgeous cards! Love the watercolour background on the first one! Good info you shared – thank you!

  • Connie Mercer April 2, 2015, 8:28 am

    gorgeous! Love the technique instructions~

  • Kath April 2, 2015, 8:33 am

    A fabulous card and a great blog hop!

  • janet gillen April 2, 2015, 8:36 am

    your cards are very clean and crisp – I am definitely wearing blue today.

  • Amanda April 2, 2015, 8:48 am

    I love this easy, but looks amazing! Pretty card!

  • Julia Aston April 2, 2015, 8:48 am

    what a lovely watercolor technique with the clear embossing – so pretty!

  • Dana W April 2, 2015, 8:52 am

    Fabulous card!! Love the pop of the white with the blue watercolor!!

  • Ann April 2, 2015, 8:59 am

    So long since I tried this technique – your results are stunning. Hope the hop is a huge success. It is for such a good cause. Happy Autism Awareness Day. Ann xxx

  • Annette Witherspoon April 2, 2015, 8:59 am

    Very pretty! I used a similar technique for my bokeh card!

  • Yolanda Garrido April 2, 2015, 9:11 am

    What a great card!! Nice Blog Hop!!

  • Lee-Anne April 2, 2015, 9:11 am

    Beautiful card, Catherine! Love it! Thanks so much for being a sponsor!

  • Krissy April 2, 2015, 9:34 am

    Beautiful card!!! Thanks for all of your great videos!

  • Valerie April 2, 2015, 9:46 am

    Awesome background and beautiful embossing!

  • jerrie April 2, 2015, 9:47 am

    How pretty is your card!! Thanks for posting the video, I have friends that have children with Autism. Loved the tutorial on how to stamp and color with DI.

  • Lizzy Smith April 2, 2015, 9:55 am

    These are beautiful! I love the stamp set you used, very pretty. TFS Lizzy

  • c April 2, 2015, 10:16 am

    Your blue emboss resist creation: perfect x awesome! Fabulous card!

  • sue April 2, 2015, 10:20 am

    Thank you for the video; when one looks at the card, one imagines (at least I did) that a lot of work was required. Watching the video – I’m thinking that maybe I could do it too. Going to give it a try this weekend.

  • Laura Cox April 2, 2015, 10:28 am

    Such a perfect watercolor look on this card….beautiful!

  • Judy Humphrey April 2, 2015, 10:39 am

    I love the blending of the blues in this card. Where did you get that nice little storage case for your sequins?

  • Jessica April 2, 2015, 10:50 am

    Great job I really love this card. Thank you so much for being part of this blog for such a great cause!!

    Jessica Lynn

  • Barbara April 2, 2015, 10:52 am

    Beautiful card!

  • Miriam Prantner April 2, 2015, 11:01 am

    Gorgeous emboss resist, I love that watercoloring!

  • Jessica April 2, 2015, 11:12 am

    I love your card and your thoughtful post! The watercoloring is beautiful!

  • Melissa Beattie April 2, 2015, 11:41 am

    Beautiful card!

  • Mary Demmons April 2, 2015, 11:48 am

    Beautiful card!

  • Harriet Skelly April 2, 2015, 12:08 pm

    Thank you for posting about Aspbergers. My daughter, now 25, was finally diagnosed with Aspbergers when she was 13 years old. She has had a very hard life already because at that time Aspbergers was hardly known and like you said it was mostly diagnosed in boys.
    Your card is gorgeous!

  • Heather North April 2, 2015, 12:37 pm

    Thank you for your valuable insight and information about Aspergers. You described several children I know and love. Your card is a beautiful tribute to this awareness campaign. Thanks for jumping on board and doing your part to help make this world a better place. <3

  • Jeanne H April 2, 2015, 12:44 pm

    Thank you for all the information about Aspergers. You probably have helped others understand it more and that is so needed. Also, great card. I love blue in all its forms!!

  • Veronica Zalis April 2, 2015, 12:50 pm

    Catherine, your card is stunning and what a neat technique! Thank you for being a sponsor and Thank you so much for joining the LIUB Blog Hop!

  • LauraJane:) April 2, 2015, 12:54 pm

    LOVELY emboss resist in Blue!!
    Thanks for sponsoring LIUB.

  • Sarah Anderson April 2, 2015, 12:59 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous card

  • Jackie April 2, 2015, 12:59 pm

    Beautiful! What a great cause.

  • D.Ann C April 2, 2015, 1:10 pm

    I love that fab technique as it always looks elegant! Thanks for sponsoring the autism awareness hop!

  • Stacey Schafer April 2, 2015, 1:13 pm

    awesome technique, Catherine:)

  • Linnea April 2, 2015, 1:32 pm

    love the blues!!!

  • Debbie Bassett April 2, 2015, 1:38 pm

    I love blue and I love your videos, sounds like a win-win situation to me!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • Yuki April 2, 2015, 1:47 pm

    Both of your cards are gorgeous!

  • Irene Grau April 2, 2015, 2:00 pm

    So lovely! Thanks for the video, too.

  • Sharon Lamper April 2, 2015, 2:07 pm

    I love the card you made autism awareness day. Great job.

  • Ruby N April 2, 2015, 2:43 pm

    This is beautiful!!!

  • Mary-Anne V. April 2, 2015, 3:01 pm

    Very pretty card…love the cascade of blue.

  • Jingle April 2, 2015, 3:19 pm

    Your card is beautiful! The background looks fantastic!

  • Jen Carter April 2, 2015, 3:28 pm

    Love your watercoloring & embossing!

  • Ann April 2, 2015, 3:33 pm

    Beautiful card, love the Distress Ink background with the white emboss resist on it.

  • Shelly April 2, 2015, 3:37 pm

    Absolutely, gorgeous cards! Love!

  • Michele K. Henderson April 2, 2015, 3:43 pm

    I just love this technique! Beautiful card, and great tutorial!

  • Nina-Marie Trapani April 2, 2015, 3:44 pm

    LOVELY card Catherine! I love your watercolor resist, and the light blue tones are so pretty.
    Nina-Marie :)

  • Eva April 2, 2015, 4:20 pm

    Beautiful card!!! Thanks for video.

  • Penny H April 2, 2015, 4:28 pm

    Your cards are so pretty, I love the freshness of the blue and white especially :)

  • Liz McAllister April 2, 2015, 4:41 pm

    I love this technique. Thanks for the video.

  • Anne fromFrance April 2, 2015, 4:43 pm

    I was delighted to find this blog hop in aid of Autism as our 8yo son has low spectrum autism. He is a wonderful boy, much loved by many. Both your cards are brilliant! Thank you to all the sponsors for supporting this cause.

  • Karen April 2, 2015, 4:59 pm

    I’ve always wanted to learn this technique so I’m yayy happy to see this here on your blog!

    Thank you!


  • Linda Grady April 2, 2015, 4:59 pm

    As a mother of an autistic son, I want to thank you for participating in World Autism Day; I’m wearing my blues. Love your videos and appreciate how you always share lots of tips and ideas to make the cards pop.

  • Taunya Butler April 2, 2015, 5:27 pm

    Such gorgeous cards made by gorgeous, talented YOU!! I have visited your blog before and I am always impressed with the warmth that is here and how very talented you are!! Love that you share so much with us so we can learn from your talents!! Thanks so much for participating and supporting this hop!! I hope you have a REALLY GREAT day!!!

  • Brandi R April 2, 2015, 5:37 pm

    Gorgeous cards! Thank you for joining in the hop today ♥

  • ️️Chriss Blagrave April 2, 2015, 5:56 pm

    Beautiful Catherine!

  • Karen Marcotte April 2, 2015, 5:57 pm

    Love this technique I will have to try it.

  • Laurie Alexander April 2, 2015, 6:09 pm

    Love your card and your technique…can’t wait to try it! And, what a great video!

  • Pam April 2, 2015, 6:37 pm

    What a gorgeous card! Great blog hop.

  • Liz Cavill April 2, 2015, 6:50 pm

    Gorgeous cards. I love the effect of the watercolouring on the first one. xx

  • Christine Smith April 2, 2015, 6:57 pm

    Fab video and I love both cards. Wonderful blog hop for a wonderful cause. Your talk on it was brilliant! xxx

  • Deb April 2, 2015, 7:17 pm

    Thank you for sharing! Beautiful card and wonderful and important words :)

  • Dawn T April 2, 2015, 7:25 pm

    Awesome Catherine. The touch of sparkle looks good. And the beautiful watercolour background is just perfect. Thanks for sharing. Plus your insights into Autism and Aspergers are very thoughtful :-)

  • Cathy P. April 2, 2015, 7:48 pm

    I love the watercoloring behind the white embossing.

  • Wanda Cullen April 2, 2015, 8:16 pm

    Gorgeous card and many thanks for the great tutorial!

  • Vickie Y April 2, 2015, 8:50 pm

    Love the technique you used with your blue card. Gorgeous!

  • Dana Joy April 2, 2015, 9:04 pm

    Oh I LOVE your card Catherine. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

  • VikiB April 2, 2015, 9:15 pm

    I love how your card turned out! So pretty ! Thanks for a great video too. It is nice to learn more about autism.

  • Tracie Pond April 2, 2015, 9:29 pm

    Thank you, Catherine, for sharing with us your beautiful card.

  • Kristina Beagle April 2, 2015, 9:45 pm

    Beautiful! Happy World Autism Day!

  • Theresa April 2, 2015, 9:46 pm

    As always, your cards inspire me. I am so excited you are participating in Light it up Blue. My nephew is autistic and he hold my heart in his hands. Thanks for bringing awareness. Hugs!

  • Sandie Strickland April 2, 2015, 10:19 pm

    This card is super beautiful! I have two children with autism. Thank you for supporting this cause.

  • Sue D April 2, 2015, 10:26 pm

    Lovely cards!

  • Janice Hilton April 2, 2015, 10:47 pm

    Wow. I just love the combination of embossing powder and watercolour. Thank you especially for the information about Autism Awareness.

  • Jill D April 2, 2015, 11:10 pm

    Great cards and a wonderful video…thanks for sharing.

  • Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) April 3, 2015, 12:08 am

    Both of your cards are Beautiful. I really love the watercolor look of the blue one. Thank you for being apart of this hop and sponsoring and supporting.

  • Terri Burson April 3, 2015, 12:35 am

    Eeek, this is so beautiful. I adore this technique. Thanks so much for sponsoring the LIUB hop today!

  • Mynn xx April 3, 2015, 4:17 am

    These cards are totally brilliant! LOVE the fun images you used and the beautiful blue on the watercolor resist card, too! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  • Jessi April 3, 2015, 4:38 am

    LOVE. I just love the cards. And the facts you included are so very true. Thank you so much for being a sponsor for this hop that is making my heart sing :)

  • Sarah G April 3, 2015, 7:50 am

    Love your elegant watercolour resist card! Just fabulous – great to see you on the blog hop :)

  • Liz Lumsden April 3, 2015, 10:18 am

    Thanks for helping make us more aware of autism and sharing your technique. Both of your cards are awesome!

  • Monika Reeck April 3, 2015, 10:32 am

    wooow your blue card I adore the technique you have shown and the result so elegant blue card..and the second card so lovely too
    great Post..
    hugs, Monika (I love and proud to join this hop and hope you like to hop back to my card it is #155)

  • Snazzyjj April 3, 2015, 10:37 am

    Love your card, video and wonderful explanation of Aspergers.

  • vanessab April 3, 2015, 11:24 am


  • Sue McRae April 3, 2015, 1:14 pm

    What a quick way to make a fab card!

  • Mary R April 3, 2015, 1:22 pm

    Thanks for helping to Shine the Light, Catherine. Both cards are pretty, but I like the blue one best because it looks a bit more random.

  • Kris in Alaska April 3, 2015, 3:06 pm

    You know, emboss resist is new every time you do it! That makes it the perfect technique.

  • Carol McGregor April 3, 2015, 3:12 pm

    I love this card. Thanks for supporting Autism Awareness Month.

  • Paula April 3, 2015, 4:06 pm

    really love the watercolor card with the clear resist technique – NICE!

  • Chrissy L April 3, 2015, 5:03 pm

    I will totally be trying this! Fabulous!

  • Lieve April 3, 2015, 5:21 pm

    What a beautiful card for the Light-it-up-… blog hop (the other one is a beauty too) !
    Thank you for sharing and explaining. I’ll give it a try.
    Great that you are a sponsor of the blog, and that you take time in your video for the information about autism.
    Happy Easter !

  • Becca Cruger April 3, 2015, 6:32 pm

    WOW! Love that inky splash of a background! Thank you for being such a class act and sponsoring this amazing hop!

  • Rachel Winn April 3, 2015, 8:28 pm

    What a gorgeous card! Thank you for sharing your knowledge, both the techniques and the information on Autism and Aspergers where great things to know.

  • Wombat April 3, 2015, 11:05 pm

    Beautiful card and thank you for the tutorial as well.

  • Rufus April 4, 2015, 12:44 am

    Just wanted to say how pretty this turned out. Thanks for the info on the hop have been enjoying everyone’s creations. And I happen to love the color blue. Lots of info to which is helpful.

  • Amber P April 4, 2015, 12:48 am

    Awesome card! Loving this hop! My baby boy (14-year-old, Jake) has Autism, so this is close to my heart!

  • ~amy~ April 4, 2015, 6:00 am

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • D~DesignsByDragonfly April 4, 2015, 2:16 pm

    I loVe your beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing them and for the technique video.
    Thanks for sponsoring and helping to raise Autism Awareness.
    Crafty hugs,
    DesignsbyDragonfly {blogspot}

  • Lynn Hardy April 4, 2015, 11:11 pm

    I love you blue card – I also used Distress inks for mine (#131). Thank you for sponsoring the hop too – it’s much appreciated!

  • Lynn Hardy April 4, 2015, 11:38 pm

    Just lovely!

  • shartl April 5, 2015, 12:08 am

    Love the clear resist technique for a soft and dreamy look!

  • Denise Bryant April 5, 2015, 12:08 am

    Beautiful card! I enjoyed the video and gave it a thumb’s up!

  • TracyM #6773 April 5, 2015, 8:40 am

    DELIGHTFUL cards, INTERESTING insight in things to look out for and FABULOUS tutorial Catherine!!! I am always fascinated seeing distress inks in action :)
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and for being a sponsor of this AMAZING event for a great cause :)

  • Christine Dring April 5, 2015, 11:38 am

    Wow! Beautiful cards! Thank you so much for being a sponsor to this amazing blog hop!

  • Helen F. April 5, 2015, 2:16 pm

    Beautiful cards! Thank you for sharing this video!

  • Ashley N Newell April 5, 2015, 6:47 pm

    This is gorgeous! Thanks for the video and tips!

  • Lucy E. April 5, 2015, 9:18 pm

    Your card is awesome!
    Thanks for the tutorial and for
    sponsoring the Light it Up Blue
    blog hop :-)

  • deena April 5, 2015, 10:12 pm

    What a fabulous card. So glad to participate in such a fun and talented way to raise awareness.

  • Teresa April 6, 2015, 7:51 pm

    Another inspiration. Thanks

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