Monday, January 27, 2014

Embossing Paste

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing two cards that I made yesterday with the lessons I learned at my stenciling class.  I had a lot of fun playing with the embossing paste and learned several ways to enhance the paste which I will use later.

The embossing paste is easy to use and easy to apply with my palette knife.  And while I had all the supplies handy, I thought I'd make up several different versions.  I ended up with five card fronts - two of which I have made into cards and will share with this post.

The first card (above) turned out really interesting.  As with all experimenting, you just never know what's going to happen.  I cut a sun stencil using my Silhouette Cameo - this one is perfect for embossing paste, as it is the negative.  Only every other ray is exposed on the stencil.  So I started the card by sponging a Whisper White card front using my favorite SU! "sun" colors (I love sponging!).  I taped the stencil over the sponged card front and added the embossing paste.  I thought it would look great with the white embossing paste rays.  Little did I know that the paste would absorb the color from my sponging - I LOVE how it turned out.  The paste rays ended up being a pale yellow shade - perfect!  More learning ... :)  I see that I didn't spread the embossing paste evenly ... or maybe I jarred it when removing the stencil, so the paste rays were a little ragged - but I like the look. :)


The second card is a CASE of Debby Hughes' card from the class.  I just loved the look of her card.  I changed up a few things to make it my own ... but it is the same layout.  I love the white embossed strip of dots on the white card front - subtle but adds lots of texture and depth.  I did make a mistake on this card ... I was supposed to spray mist BEFORE adding the stencil and embossed paste dots, but I was so excited to start adding paste to card fronts that I forgot that step. :)   I misted afterwards and I didn't like the mist on some of the dots, so I "fixed" it by filing off the tops of the dried dots with an emery board to reveal the white underneath.  Worked pretty well.

For the spray, I mixed tempting turquoise re-inker and a few drops of Shimmer paint, plus rubbing alcohol this time instead of water in my mister - thanks for the tip Rita!! :)  Worked great!  Misted a little on my card and then used a lot on the butterfly die-cut.  I added two flourish die-cuts (the die was a gift from my friend Peggy - thanks Peggy) and mounted the butterfly on top.  I added a pearl to the center of the butterfly and three more pearls randomly on my card front.

I still have three more card fronts to work with ... later.  More lessons from today and ideas are spinning around in my head.  Off to do some playing in my studio! :)

I'm going to enter these cards in the ATS&M Challenge (#79 - CAS).

You're Pure Sunshine Card:

Stamps:  Sunny Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Whisper White (SU!)
Ink:  Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Black (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Silhouette Cameo (for cutting stencil), Big Shot, Square Nesties (Spellbinders), embossing paste, palette knife, sponges)

Hello Butterfly Card:

Stamp:  Where your Heart is (Simon Says)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Smoky Slate
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Flourish # 6 (Crafty Ann), Kaleidoscope butterfly die (Memory Box), embossing paste, palette knife, Dot stencil (Crafter's Workshop), rubbing alcohol, shimmer paint, mister, pearls


  1. Fabulous cards Loll, your paste backgrounds look awesome. I love the colour of your sun card and how the rays are faintly coloured and your butterfly card is stunning! TFS your tips along the way. I'm going to try the mist recipe with rubbing alcohol too (I only have distress ink reinkers).
    Cathy x

  2. Loll, you've certainly made the most of this class...these are stunning! Love that dot stencil and the soft pretty!

  3. I totally love the second one - I'll be keeping it in my favourites for future reference! Make sure it goes on SCS as I already know I want to list it on the CAS Favorites thread!

  4. These are stunning, Loll. The class seems great! Both cards are very artistic and the 3d effect of the paste adds lots of interest. Beautiful work!

  5. Two gorgeous cards Loll. Love the way the embossing paste took on the ink colour in the first but absolutely adore the second (I love Debby Hughes work as well!). Can't wait to see your next creations.

    Karen x

  6. This is superbly stunning :) guess what even I have made a few cards using modelling paste but u are always amazing, thank you for sharing with us at ATSM!!

  7. Absolutely Stunning cards Loll. I love the effect of your embossing paste. All just perfect. TFS

  8. Oh, these are definitely the best yet! What material are you using to cut the stencils with the Cameo? I LOVE this ray stencil. Still hadn't had a free moment to start my classes, but I've been enjoying your homework & Brenda in IN too! You ladies are doing just fabulous. Hope I can even come close when I {sigh} get a calm moment to sit down. TFS & Hugs

  9. I love these cards. I must have my friend show me embossing paste! I think I "need: it~

  10. Stunning cards, both of them. Great job.

  11. These are gorgeous designs..... I really love the warm sunshine, looks like making your own stencils is fun :0)

  12. I can tell you're having fun with this class. Your first card is stunning, and I love your take on Debby's card. I've been playing around myself using the various techniques and I'm hoping to upload a few cards tomorrow. I CASEd Debby's card of day 1 and I'm absolutely thrilled how that one turned out...

  13. Great cards! I have some white embossing paste...I think I need to get it out and have inspired me!

  14. I haven't tried using paste yet, (I'm taking the same classes) but your cards are truly inspiring--especially the butterfly one!

  15. Oh My! Both cards are extraordinary. I love the serendipitous effect of the ink melding with the moulding paste. So sunny. The second card is so soft and gorgeous. Happy creating Loll.

  16. Hi Loll, these are lovely, love them both but my favourite has to be the Butterfly one.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  17. Just beautiful!!! Glad to have you share with us this week at Addicted to Stamps and More, we sure hope to see you back again soon :)

  18. These are just amazing Loll. Embossing paste sounds scary to me but you have made such wonderful CAS designs. The second is my fab the white stencilling gives such an elegant look. Thanks for joining us at ATSM

  19. Gorgeous cards, Loll. Isn't putting into practice what we're learning fun? I love the softness of your white card and how cool that the embossing paste picked up the sponging on your first card!

  20. Wonderful card Loll, you have given me some ideas, or some push I should say to go and PLAY, I bought a snow falling stencil and embossing paste in December and have not played with it much, so now I think I will, after seeing your beautiful card.
    Thanks for sharing and the idea!!! Again Terrific card!!

  21. These are both fabulous, Loll! If you'd never mentioned about the colour leaching on the sun rays, we would been none the wiser. And I love how you fixed your spritzing with an emery board!! Very resourceful!

  22. My goodness, Loll, I think I'm learning more from your posts than from the classes. Love that bright yellow sunshine! It makes me feel warmer! And the butterfly card is gorgeous and feminine. If I get a chance, I'm going to give that paste a try!

  23. Congrats on your win Loll - very well deserved with this amazing card - hugs xx

  24. Beautiful cards, thank you for sharing. What brand embossing paste did you use?

    1. Hi Kiwigirl. Your comment came in as a "no-reply Blogger" so I wasn't able to reply directly to you. Hopefully you'll check back to see the answer. I used Dreamweaver embossing paste for this card. It's the best I've found. Wendy Vecchi embossing paste is the same quality. Loll :)


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