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Grab Bag – Colored Embossing Paste

April 24, 2017

Hey, thanks for joining me today.  I’m working out of my Grab Bag today, which is a box near my desk where I put all of the projects I started but didn’t finish.  So instead of showing you a tutorial of how to create the background, I’ll just explain what I did, and show you the finished card.  If I have enough responses, I’ll go back and create a tutorial with more pictures.

I used Dreamweavers Pearlescent embossing paste for this.  It’s pretty thick, and you need to use it with heavy cardstock.  I taped my watercolor cardstock to my work surface with painter’s tape, and taped a 6 x 6 stencil from the dollar store (deal of the day!) over it.

I removed some of the paste from the jar, and mixed it with Picked Raspberry Distress Reinker.  Then I used a palette knife to spread the paste over the top half of the stencil.  I quickly mixed more of the paste with a drop of Peacock Feathers Distress Reinker.  The reinker is so concentrated, you don’t need much.  Then I spread it over the bottom half of the stencil.  Where they blended, I got a beautiful purple hue.

When the paste was dry, I trimmed the panel in half, and made 2 cards.  For the first one, I mounted the panel onto a piece of pink cardstock, and then onto a teal card base.  I used a Martha Stewart punch to make lots of butterflies, and glued them all over my card with Glossy Accents.  I didn’t add a sentiment, but this card is so pretty, I don’t think it needs one.

On the second card, I turned the card base on it’s side, and added pink scalloped trim.  At this point, the card was starting to look a little too cutesy and sweet for me.  So I die cut the word “You” from black cardstock, and heat embossed it in clear.  The die and matching stamp set are from Avery Elle.  I added the die cut to the card, and stamped the sentiment underneath.  Finally, I added a trio of butterflies as accents.


Oh, and the best part?  The shine the paste adds to the cards.  I angled them so you can see it.  Have you ever used embossing paste?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you next time!