Adding Texture and Sparkle

Feather made with white embossing paste

Feather made with white embossing paste

I have been curious about using embossing paste. I have seen some online tutorials using embossing paste and stencils and decided to try this technique.

Products Used:

  • Dreamweaver Stencils White Embossing Paste
  • Dreamweaver Stencils Black Embossing Paste
  • Faber Castel Glass Bead Glitter Gel
  • Masking Tape
  • Various Stencils: feather, dandelion and swirls
  • Copper mica powder
  • Mini squeegee (you can use a plastic knife too)
  • A plastic tub or sink to put the stencils in after they are used.

Types of Paper Used:

  • Hot Off the Press Printed scrapbook paper
  • Generic 80 lb cardstock
  • Hunkydory Adorable Scorable (350 gsm)
  • Suede paper
  • Foil paper
  • Cardstock die-cut
Using embossing paste with a stencil

Using embossing paste with a stencil

Using Embossing Paste and Stencils:

Tape down the stencil to your choice of paper using stencil tape, masking tape or washi tape. I have used washi tape and masking tape for the examples that I am showing.  Washi tape works very well because it is low tack. If you use masking tape, you can remove some of the stickiness by sticking the tape on a mat, table, your skin or clothing a couple of times. It is best if you tape the top down first, the bottom next, and the sides last.

Using a mini squeegee, plastic knife or palette knife, take some embossing paste out of the bottom. A little bit goes a long way for this process. Apply a thin layer of embossing paste to the stencil, making sure that you get the paste into all of the design areas. It is helpful if you press down toward you in a slight angle. Scrape off as much excess paste from the stencil.  Remove the tape from the sides first, then the bottom and use the top tape as a hinge to carefully lift up the stencil. Now put that stencil in some water right away to clean it up.

Dandelion on foil paper using black embossing paste

Dandelion on foil paper using black embossing paste

There are a lot of things you can do to the embossing paste while it is still wet: add glitter, mica powders, glass beads, or brush chalk lightly across the top. You can also mix paints, inks, mica powders, etc. into the paste before you swipe it across the stencil. You can just use your craft mat or an acrylic block to do the mixing (I don’t recommend using paper; the paper might mix up into the paste).

Glass Bead Glitter Gel

Glass bead glitter gel and copper mica powders on Adorable Scorable

Glass bead glitter gel and copper mica powders on Adorable Scorable

I am not a glitter fan. I hate using glitter. But I do like shine. I thought that I would try Glass Bead Glitter Gel and see if I could get the same effect as glitter without having the glitter get into my teeth.  This is a nice translucent product. It goes on white and dries clear leaving lots of shine behind. I mixed some copper mica powder into the glass bead gel and got a fabulous effect. You can also spread the glitter gel directly onto the paper for some background texture. I spread some of the gel on a cardstock die-cut and got a fantastic shiny effect.

I recommend trying these products if you haven’t yet. They add some very nice texture to your scrapbook pages and cards, not to mention other home décor items.

Blue suede paper with glass bead glitter gel and a swirl stencil

Blue suede paper with glass bead glitter gel and a swirl stencil

Flower die-cut covered with glass bead glitter gel

Flower die-cut covered with glass bead glitter gel

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