Today’s post is all about how to make a textured background with embossing paste. Have you seen this stuff? It’s easy to miss in the new catalogue. If you saw it on page 201, you might think Stampin’ Up! Is getting into hair gels, but this is way cooler than that! I paired it with our medallion decorative mask and came up with this card.

textured background with embossing paste

If you’re like me, you might run your hands over cards you receive that have texture on them? Yeah, weird I know, but I don’t think I’m alone! Think about when you get ones that have heat and dry embossing. Right? Well, the embossing paste is in the same category. It just BEGS to be touched!

At first, I thought this paste was going to be really gritty, but it’s actually quite smooth with just a bit of tooth. Once it’s dried, run your fingertips over it for a neat sensory feel. While it will work to apply it thickly, I liked it best with a fairly thin layer over the mask. Just enough to create an opaque colour on the cardstock. The thicker the layer you apply, the heavier your card might become. Not that the layer of paste I have here is heavy at all. I was quite surprised it was as light as it is!

And while you can use the paste on its own for a white background (think snowflakes!), I added ink to coordinate with the Berry Burst cardstock. Once my paste had dried, I decided I didn’t just want a background. I wanted this to BE my card. With the popularity of the Eastern Beauty Suite, you can make even bigger medallions with the decorative mask just like this one.

textured background with embossing paste

It was super easy to mix in the ink refill. Two drops and it combined so quickly with the paste using the palette knife. I wanted to have light and dark parts to my image so I didn’t mix the ink in completely. You can see the two tone look I achieved by doing this in this photo.

textured background with embossing paste

One really important tip! Clean your mask immediately after pulling it off your card. It dries VERY quickly and once dried, it’s there for good! Stampin’ Up! did a super job of showing us how to use this paste. Here’s a video to give you the “how to’s” and some more ideas.

Here are all the essentials to create a textured background with embossing paste, along with what I used for my card.
So if you like the look and feel of heat or dry embossing, applying embossing paste is just another variation. It dries quickly, it can be coloured, it creates a raised surface, and it will go through the post as regular mail. So why wouldn’t you try to create a textured background with embossing paste to add a new – and neat – look for your cards?

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