Sue here today, with a new technique I’ve been enjoying using on my scrapbook pages. Embossing paste adds an interesting dimension and texture to your cards and layouts. It is spread through a stencil to create a raised surface. I like the way embossing paste adds dimension without a lot of bulk. It’s a fun technique to learn.
You will need these materials to use embossing paste on your projects:
- embossing paste (comes in a variety of colors, I have white and silver)
- stencils (another stash item to start collecting, beware!)
- removable masking tape (I use washi tape because I have a ton of the stuff)
- pallet knife(s)
2. Use your pallet knife to apply a layer of embossing paste over the surface of the stencil. Use gentle sweeping movements, like icing a cake, to push the paste through all the holes of your stencil. You can apply as thin or thick a layer as you want. (if you end up with some paste where you don’t want it, you can use a clean pallet knife or craft knife to scrape the unwanted paste from the surface of the page)
3. Carefully wipe off any surplus paste and return it to your jar of embossing paste. Remove the masking tape and carefully lift the stencil from the page. Clean your stencil and pallet knife right away to avoid the paste hardening on them!
4. Leave your page somewhere flat to dry. This could take anywhere from 20-40 minutes, depending on how thickly you have applied the embossing paste.
This technique looks especially nice on dark paper, don’t you think? Another of my favorite looks is white-on-white. As a clean and simple scrapper, I love being able to add a few splatters while having complete control over where and how much goes on the page.
If you decide to try this technique, there are plenty of examples on Pinterest. Allow yourself time to play with your embossing paste on scrap paper, or try it out on a card first. Give yourself permission to experiment. Who knows? Embossing paste and stencils may become a new staple in your scrapping repertoire!
Please come back tomorrow as we wrap up the week with a final new technique from Jenny Larson!