Monday, July 24, 2017

Embossing Paste Pizzazz, Part 1

This post is a follow-up to my online class I hosted Sunday about Stampin' Up!'s Embossing paste. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to try it out with my mom. We were impressed with how amazing the finished project looked, and how easy it was to apply.

That night I experimented with the paste, trying things I've seen others do, and I ended up creating a variety of backgrounds that I created into cards to share. I named all my "techniques" myself. I don't think there are official names.

I used a variety of reinker colors, you can use any you'd like. The embossing paste and heat tool is only for the Embossed Embossing Paste, but you can use the heat tool to dry the paste if you want, but it's not really necessary. 

Technique #1: Plain Paste

The easiest way to use embossing paste is white on cardstock. All you have to do is scoop a bit of paste out of the jar and apply it to the mask like frosting. Here is my finished card:

I am in love with those little clouds. I think baby card when I see them, so I made a pink hot air balloon card. The Powder Pink paper from the Fresh Florals was a perfect choice for the the balloon. I just added some Whisper White and Powder Pink to the back in stripes. I used the Hello Baby stamp from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set on a banner from the banner duet punch.

Technique #2: Partial Background Plain Paste

To add some pizzazz, you can also do a partial background by spreading the paste in a smaller area than the whole card front:

Fro this one, I used Bermuda Bay Cardstock as my background and simply spread the paste on part of the mat. I added a Berry Burst Daisy stamped in Berry Burst, a couple of Lemon Lime Twist leaves, a little ribbon and a tag from the Pretty Label set. The center of my flower has a Pumpkin Pie center punched out with a gold faceted gem on top. A quick, easy, and stunning card.

Technique #3: Colored Paste

My third technique is another basic way to use the paste by adding a little color. I used Berry Burst, which seems to be a go to color lately. I just love its bright boldness. For this technique, I mixed a tablespoon or so of paste with a couple of drops of reinker. Then, I spread the paste across the entire template. Lift up the mat, and Voila!. The image is amazing. My mom said that it looks like I cut and pieced a paper design. Very cool. 

Here's my card: 

I wish the colors showed up better on this picture. But, it really is stunning. I stamped a daisy (I just can't stop myself) in Pool Party on Whisper White and stamped a Daffodil Delight Center. For the half one, I cut around the center of a the flower to trim excess petals. My stems were hand cut out of garden Green. The ribbon is Soft Sky Classic Weave Ribbon. 

Tomorrow, you can stop by for more details on the other 3 techniques- the more advanced ones. 

Happy Stamping!

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