Decorative Masks

I have always loved the look of embossing. In fact, the very first tool I purchased was the embossing machine. I was enamored by the texture and designs. Embossing makes it so easy to add depth and dimension to your cards with very little effort.  So when Stampin’ Up! came out with embossing paste I knew I had to try it!

Embossing paste involves the use of decorative stencils and some quick drying paste. And it really does dry quick…within minutes! Simply lay the decorative mask (otherwise know as a stencil) on your project. Grab a palette knife and spread the embossing paste over it. For this particular project I used the new Shimmery White embossing paste. I love the glittery look to the paste when it dries.

To make this card, simply start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Rich Razzelberry cardstock. Using the Sweet Soiree Decorative Masks and the Shimmery White embossing paste, add two large flowers to the Rich Razzelberry cardstock. Let dry and embellish as desired! Give it a try! You will love it!

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Hang Your Stockings

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stocking were hung by the chimney with care… And aren’t they adorable? I can’t believe Christmas is less than a week away!  How exciting!

These cards were super fun to make! All of the stocking and embellishments I added to this card came from the die set that coordinating with the Hang Your Stocking stamp set.  However, I also used the fun little boxwood wreaths. Simply open them up to create garland (instead of a wreath) and adhere them to your card with glue dots.  But before you do all of that, you need to create the embossed background for your card. The embossing paste works perfect with this stamp set, in fact, I had envisioned this card as soon as I saw the new embossing paste and the brick decorative mask.

So the first thing you need to do is gather your supplies. You will need a jar of embossing paste, some decorative masks (stencils) and something to spread the paste with like the palette knives. Lay the mask on a piece of cardstock. For this particular project, I used a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. Grab some of the embossing paste from the jar using the palette knife. Spread the paste across the template so that it fills in the pattern. Now you don’t have to fill in every inch of the template with paste. I actually just spread the paste across the template on an angle leaving a few open spots on the cardstock.

Once you spread a thin layer of embossing paste across the cardstock and you have a design that you are happy with, remove the template and let the embossing paste dry. It dries pretty quickly so while you are waiting for your project to dry, go rinse off the template and the palette knife. It cleans up nicely with warm soapy water. Oh, and cover the paste too! Now you might have noticed that the embossing paste on my card is dark brown, not white.  Yes, you guessed it!  You can make the embossing paste whatever color you want!  Simply scoop out some paste, put it on a silicon mat, and add a few drops of ink to it. Mix the ink drops into the paste and continue to add a drop here and there until you achieve the color you are looking for. How fun!  There are so many great uses for the embossing paste and I’m super exciting about the NEW embossing paste coming out in the 2018 Occasions catalog!

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Birthday Blooms

One of the things that first attracted me to stampin’ was embossing. I was immediately drawn to the beautiful textures and the simplicity of creating with embossing folders. My very first purchase was an embossing machine! I love adding a variety of different textures to my cards. So when Stampin’ Up! came out with their new embossing paste, I knew that I had to try it!   For this project, I used one of the decorative masks to create a fun backdrop for my card. It is so simple to use and the possibilities are endless!

The embossing paste is white. You probably noticed that the little diamond background is pink in color. Well, you can add little drops of ink to the embossing paste and create all sorts of different colored backgrounds!  Now I didn’t want to change the whole container of paste pink, so I simply place some of the paste on a silicon mat and mixed in the color I wanted. Then I spread the colored paste across the diamond shaped decorative mask until I achieved the look I wanted.  The clean up is quick and easy too!  Just rinse the mask, palette knives and silicon mat under some warm soapy water.  Just a little tip…don’t wait too long to clean your tools as the paste dries pretty quickly!

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Dragonfly Dreams

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  It’s been a busy couple of days around here as I try to prepare for a 50th Wedding Anniversary for my parents! Lots of things to do before next weekend! But in between all of the party planning, I have been doing a bit of crafting! In particular, I just can’t seem to put down the new embossing paste!  I am absolutely hooked! As soon as I saw this new product, my mind immediately went to the dragonfly. I knew it would look amazing with a brick wall textured background. And it does!

You might have also noticed that I did a bit of sponging in the background of the brick wall.  The sponging really highlighted the brick wall and gives it a bit of a worn or vintage style look. The embossing paste is super simple to use. There are a variety of different decorative mask, stencils and even detailed thinlit patterns that you can use to create some fun textured backgrounds for your projects.  I really love that the embossing paste dries quickly too….within minutes!

You will love the realistic texture and look you get with the embossing paste. For this particular card, I simply spread the embossing paste on an angle across the decorative mask, sponged it with a bit of soft suede ink and embellished the center of the brick wall with a fun sprays of greens and the dragonfly.  I highly encourage you to check out this fun new product! Get creative with it!

 

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Decorative Mask Embossing

Now you can have the look of embossing without the use of heat or a machine! I couldn’t believe it myself! Well, the new embossing paste from Stampin’ Up! allows you to add fun textures to your projects just by spreading the paste over various decorative masks, templates or stencils!  It’s a great way to add depth and dimension to any project.  Plus you can change the color of the paste simply by adding a drop or two of ink!  My first thought when I saw this paste was how easy it would be to add large textured designs to scrapbook pages now…like this design!  Although it doesn’t all fit on the card, the entire design would fit perfectly on a scrapbook page.

For this particular project, I decided to use the medallion decorative mask to create a fun background for my card.  To use the embossing paste, simply scoop out a little bit of the paste with one of the palette knives and place it on a silicone mat. Silicone mats are perfect for this because it makes clean up easy! The paste is white so you can use it as is or you can add a drop or two of ink to the paste to add color to your textured design. I added a drop of calypso coral ink to mine. Lay the decorative mask over your project and spread the paste across the decorative mask. Once you have the desired look, remove the decorative mask and let dry. The paste dries within minutes so be sure to clean off the decorative mask, knives and mat under warm water.

Then just decorate your project as desired!  It’s easy to use and a lot of fun!  I see so many possibilities with the embossing paste. You can even create your own templates but cutting out fun designs with some of those detailed thinlits you have on hand.  Get creative with it! Enjoy!

 

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