Embossing Paste with DIY Frozen Treats Stencils

Embossing Paste with DIY Frozen Treats Stencils

Stampin’ Up! now offers embossing paste for a fun way to add actual texture to your cards. I made three masculine cards today using a Do-It-Yourself stencil made with Frozen Treats dies.

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Cool Treats stamps and Embossing Paste from Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Whisper White

The calendar page flipped to June and suddenly someone turned up the knob on the temperature around here. We went from mild to hot and humid almost overnight. It’s a great time for cards that feature something cool, like ice cream.

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Cool Treats stamps and Embossing Paste from Stampin' Up!

Embossing Paste

Something else that is really cool is embossing paste. It’s a great way to add texture to your cards. It’s white, but you can mix in ink to add color. Here’s a couple of ways you can use embossing paste:

  • Scrape it over a stencil to add a patterned texture
  • Add it directly to the background or to small die cut shapes for a frosted look
  • Mix in glitter or add it to the top while the paste is wet to make it sparkle
  • Add embossing powder to the top of the embossing paste, experiment with heating it before or after the paste has dried
  • Make your own stencils

DIY Stencils

You can make your own stencils using your favorite dies so it coordinates perfectly with whatever project you are working on! Here’s how:

  1. Choose a thick, stiff paper for the stencil. I used watercolor paper. You could also try thick cardstock or a double or triple layer of regular cardstock. (Vellum and thinner papers warp and tear from the moisture of the paste.)
  2. Die cut holes in your paper. I used shapes from Frozen Treats Framelits to make popsicle and ice cream scoop shapes (more on those scoops another day).
  3. Apply embossing paste through the holes with a palette knife.
  4. Throw away the stencil. You possibly can get a second use out of them if they don’t get too messy.

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge #102!

It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to play along with Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenges. This week it worked out! Hooray!

Guys like homemade cards, too! My cards today feature clean and simple designs, bright colors, bold sentiments, and even a little bit of bling (but not too much). I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t put pearls or rhinestones (or even ribbon or lace) on a masculine card as long as it isn’t overdone.

I love sentiments like “You’re cool” because they are so versatile. It works for a birthday, a thank you, or even Father’s Day.

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Cool Treats stamps and Embossing Paste from Stampin' Up!

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Cool Treats stamps and Embossing Paste from Stampin' Up!

Card #1 Directions

  1. First, cut a Whisper White card base.
  2. Next, cut a quarter sheet of Whisper White. Then, with black ink, stamp the Diagonal Stripe stamp. Cut two strips off the bottom of this, about an inch wide each.
  3. Cut a piece of Lemon Lime Twist the same height as the card base and 1/2″ (1.2 cm) more narrow.
  4. Make your own stencil: cut a piece of watercolor paper about the same size as the card base. Die cut three popsicles using Frozen Treats Thinlit Dies in the position you want them on the final card.
  5. Make sure your workspace is covered. Use washi tape to hold your Lemon Lime Twist panel in place. Lay the stencil over the top of it and use washi tape again to hold the stencil in place.
  6. On a flat plastic surface (silicone mat, stamping block, recycled plastic lid, etcetera) mix a little embossing paste with a drop of Daffodil Delight ink from a reinker and another little bit with a drop of Lemon Lime Twist. You don’t need a lot of ink to add color: it’s very concentrated.
  7. Apply white, yellow, and lime colored embossing paste in three bands across the stencil.
  8. Remove the stencil and let the paste dry. (It’s pretty fast.)
  9. Meanwhile, stamp the sentiment from Cool Treats (it’s two pieces) onto Whisper White cardstock with black ink. Fussy cut it out.
  10. Cut a this strip of black cardstock (mine was about 3/8″ or 0.9 cm wide). Rub it with a bone folder until the front and back of the cardstock separate.
  11. Fold the black strip (rough side out) into a zig zag or ruffled pattern and adhere it across the right side of the popsicles. (They are probably dry by now.)
  12. Adhere the sentiment on top of the black strip with a dimensional.
  13. Add a couple of rhinestones (or pearls) in a, approximate triangle shape around the focal point.
  14. Arrange the two black and white striped pieces opposite each other on either edge of the card base and adhere them down.
  15. Adhere the Lemon Lime Twist panel to the card base with dimensionals. Make sure you add extra dimensionals behind the sentiment to help support the top layer.

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Cool Treats stamps and Embossing Paste from Stampin' Up!

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Cool Treats stamps and Embossing Paste from Stampin' Up!

Card #2 Directions

  1. First, cut a Crumb Cake card base.
  2. Next, cut a piece of Whisper White about 3″ by 3-1/4″ (7.5 x 8.1 cm). You could also make this a square to simplify the directions. Adhere this to the card base.
  3. In black ink stamp the sentiment right below the white rectangle. I recommend using a stamp positioning tool, such as a MISTI or a Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement.
  4. With black ink, stamp the Diagonal Stripes stamp on Whisper White cardstock. (If you made card #1, you’ll have a leftover piece!) Cut this to about 1-1/2″ by 3-3/4″ (3.7 x 9.4 cm). Use dimensionals to adhere it across the white square.
  5. Die cut a Crumb Cake cone and a watercolor paper ice cream scoop using Frozen Treats Thinlit Dies. Frost the ice cream scoop using a drop of your favorite color ink mixed with embossing paste. Like this:Frosting and ice cream scoop with colorful embossing paste, by Natalie Lapakko.
  6. Adhere the cone and the scoop to the card using dimensionals.
  7. Add a couple of pearl embellishments in an approximate triangle shape around the focal point.

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Cool Treats stamps and Embossing Paste from Stampin' Up!

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Cool Treats stamps and Embossing Paste from Stampin' Up!

Card #3 Directions

  1. First, cut a Lemon Lime Twist card base.
  2. With black ink, stamp the Diagonal Stripes stamp on Whisper White cardstock. Cut this to about 3-1/4″ (8.1 cm) square.
  3. Next, cut a two pieces of watercolor paper about 4″ by 2-1/2″ (10 x 6.2 cm).
  4. Make a DIY stencil with 3 popsicle shapes in a row using one of the pieces of watercolor paper .
  5. Make sure your workspace is covered. Use washi tape to hold the watercolor panel in place. Lay the stencil over the top of it and use washi tape again to hold the stencil in place as well.
  6. On a flat plastic surface (silicone mat, stamping block, recycled plastic lid, etcetera) mix a little embossing paste with a drop of Daffodil Delight ink from a reinker and another little bit with a drop of Lemon Lime Twist. You don’t need a lot of ink to add color: it’s very concentrated.
  7. Apply white, lime, and yellow colored embossing paste in three bands across the stencil.
  8. Remove the stencil and let the paste dry. (It’s pretty fast.)
  9. Meanwhile, stamp the sentiment from the Cool Treats stamp set (it’s two pieces) onto Basic Black cardstock using VersaMark ink.
  10. Sprinkle on white embossing powder, tap off any excess, and heat with a heat tool until the powder is melted.
  11. Fussy cut out the sentiment.
  12. Adhere the sentiment over the embossing paste popsicles with dimensionals. (They are probably dry by now.)
  13. Arrange the panels on the card base.
  14. Adhere the striped panel flat and the popsicle panel with a few dimensionals. Make sure to put extra dimensionals behind the sentiment to help support that top layer!
  15. Add a few rhinestones in a triangle around the sentiment.

A Pop of Color

Neutrals with a pop of color are a great option for masculine cards. I really like black and white, which adds a lot of contrast and really makes a card pop! Almost any color can be added to black and white for a colorful masculine card (probably not pink, but it depends on your guy). I really like this new In Color: Lemon Lime Twist. It’s fun and funky for guys (and for girls, too).

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black , Whisper White, Crumb Cake

Materials

Cardstock: Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Crumb Cake (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Watercolor paper

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, Daffodil Delight reinker, Lemon Lime Twist reinker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Diagonal Stripe, Cool Treats (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies:  Frozen Treats Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: white embossing powder, heat tool, embossing paste, pearls, rhinestones, dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-Jig (c) Stampin’ Up!

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

By Natalie Lapakko

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