Monday, June 8, 2009

Joseph's Coat Stamping Technique

Today I wanted to share the technique called Joseph's Coat ~ I think I've seen it by a few other names but that's the most common. It's a pretty easy technique usually done with a brayer. I don't like using a brayer because I hate spending all the time to remove the black ink from the roller after you're finished. (yes, I'm lazy that way!) I'll be sharing an alternative to the brayer today, some finished examples tomorrow and a "faux" Joseph's Coat technique along with those examples later this week.

Joseph's Coat Rubber Stamping Technique


White Cardstock (glossy or matte)

Dye Ink

Ink Blending Tool (optional)

Rubber Stamp(s)

Clear Embossing Ink

Clear Embossing Powder

Heat Gun

Black Pigment Ink

Brayer (optional)

Dry Cloth

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1. Apply the dye ink to the entire piece of cardstock. Some people choose to use a brayer to apply the inks in a linear pattern, I like to mix it up a bit and dab on colors here and there using the ink blending tool. Either way works well.

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2. Stamp desired image(s) using clear embossing ink.

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3. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat...

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4. Once the embossed image cools, apply black ink to the entire sheet of cardstock. Some people use a brayer, I like to use a more direct method and rub the ink directly onto the cardstock. Either way works, it's just personal preference.

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5. After you have inked the desired area, wipe the excess ink off of the embossed image.

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You'll be left with an amazing colorful image to incorporate into any number of fun projects! The addition of the black ink really makes the embossed images just pop off the paper.

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Pretty cool huh?

Be sure to check back tomorrow for a few examples of how to incorporate these images into finished projects!


  1. Very Cool!!!! Never have embossed -- you explained this nicely.

  2. Oh wow, this is beautiful! I really need to get myself that heating thingy and some embossing materials...


  3. Gorgeous!

    Question for you - when I do this technique (or any emboss resist technique really), when I am done inking over the top and then wipe the excess ink or paint or whatever coloring medium I am using, I end up taking some of the ink I laid down off so it turns out blotchy. I was using a baby wipe but figured it was the moisture from that that removed the ink so I switched to a dry paper towel or soft cloth. Do you know what I am doing wrong? I love these techniques and want to do them!

    Thanks, Roni.

  4. Zounds Roni! This technique is cool AND simple!!! Can't wait to try it out...
    Also, I'm glad you read the more recent entry that told how to use only a dry cloth to rub the embossed image so as not to remove the black ink!

  5. Fantastic tutorial, as I said in a previous post, you make it look easy :) & thank you for sharing your wonderful samples.

  6. I've finally been home long enough to try this technique and I love it! You can see what I did here.

  7. Thanks for sharing such a cool technique
    Beccy x

  8. What a fabulous blog!
    I really love it! I'ts reminded me of my own 'inky-fingers' days and given me the nudge to get back to my messy other self!

    I immediately made a project with it and have provided several links to Ink Stains throughout!

    Here's my project

    I'll be a devoted regular from now on!



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