Frozen Treats Four Ways with Embossing Paste

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring embossing paste and Frozen Treats Thinlit dies from Stampin' Up!

Frozen Treats Four Ways

Summer is in full swing and it is hot, even up here in the normally frozen northland. With a toddler in the house, we have a pretty steady diet of popsicles this time of year. For my cards today I combined Frozen Treats Framelit dies that carried over from the Spring catalog with something brand new for the summer: embossing paste!

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring embossing paste and Frozen Treats Thinlit dies from Stampin' Up!

Adding Color to Embossing Paste

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring embossing paste and Frozen Treats Thinlit dies from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Berry Burst, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Basic BlackHomemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring embossing paste and Frozen Treats Thinlit dies from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Berry Burst, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight, Crumb CakeHomemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring embossing paste and Frozen Treats Thinlit dies from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Berry Burst, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight, Basic BlackHomemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring embossing paste and Frozen Treats Thinlit dies from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Berry Burst, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Basic Black

Embossing paste is really, really fun. (I used two ‘really’s so you know I’m telling the truth.) It has the consistency of frosting, and it takes about the same amount of ink to color embossing paste as it would take food coloring to color frosting. Just don’t get confused and try to eat it. Yuck.

For each color I mixed up, I used about a teaspoon of paste and 2 drops of ink from a reinker. Using less ink will give you a lighter color and using more ink will give you a darker color. For example, I used perhaps a drop too much of Peekaboo Peach, so it looks very orange in these cards.

Once you add color, you can spread embossing paste straight onto your paper for a unique texture or you can use a stencil to create textured patterns.

Start Small

Start with a smaller amount than you think you will need. You can always make more, but you can’t uncolor it once it is colored. I mixed up what I thought would be enough paste for one card and I actually had enough for four cards!

Fast Drying

Embossing paste dries quickly. If you do have leftover paste, use it right away so it doesn’t get dried up! Keep some extra paper ready to go in case you have extras. I made all the embossing paste backgrounds for these cards in one sitting, then turned them into finished cards later.

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring embossing paste and Frozen Treats Thinlit dies from Stampin' Up!

Enjoy a Scoop Card Directions

The first seven steps will be the same for three of the four cards today!

  1. First create a DIY stencil: cut a piece of watercolor paper the same size as a card base. Use Frozen Treats Framelit Dies to die cut several ice cream scoop shapes in the watercolor paper. Some of the shapes can go off the edge of the paper.
  2. Next, cut a Whisper White card base.
  3. Cover your workspace. You can use a piece of scrap paper, a silicone mat, or a smooth, flexible cutting board.
  4. Tape the card base in place using washi tape, then tape the stencil in place on top of it.
  5. Mix a small amount of embossing paste with three different ink colors: Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, and Berry Burst.
  6. Use a palette knife to scrape and smooth the colored embossing paste over the holes in the stencil. Color each scoop one of the three colors or experiment with mixing the colors together.
  7. Remove the stencil and discard it. (The best feature of DIY stencils is you don’t have to worry about cleaning them.) Set the card base aside to dry.
  8. Die cut an ice cream scoop from watercolor paper. Optional: frost it with extra embossing paste OR add color to it using a watercolor wash in a coordinating color. Let the scoop dry, too.
  9. From Crumb Cake, die cut a cone. I used two pieces: one solid piece and one checkerboard piece that overlays on top. Adhere the cone pieces and the scoop piece together.
  10. On Whisper White cardstock, stamp the Diagonal Stripe stamp with black ink. Cut a strip about 3/4″ (1.8 cm) tall and the same width as the card base. Adhere this strip to the card base about 1/3 of the way up.
  11. Cut a strip of Basic Black cardstock about 3/8 (0.9 cm) wide. Rub the strip lengthwise between a bone folder and your finger until the front and back pieces of cardstock start to separate. Carefully peel the two layers apart to reveal a soft textured inside.
  12. Loop a piece of Basic Black Baker’s twine around two fingers. Staple this to the card, right along the bottom edge of the striped paper.
  13. Arrange the textured black strip in a ruffled pattern and adhere it just below the striped paper (covering the staple).
  14. Attach the ice cream cone using dimensionals.
  15. On Basic Black cardstock, stamp the sentiment “Enjoy” inside a circle from Tabs for Everything using VersaMark ink. Sprinkle it with white embossing powder, tap off any excess, then heat with a heat tool until the powder melts.
  16. Punch or fussy cut out the sentiment, then tuck it just behind the scoop of the ice cream cone. Adhere it with a dimensional.
  17. Add pearl accents in a triangle shape around the focal point.
Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring embossing paste and Frozen Treats Thinlit dies from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, watercolor paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, Daffodil Delight Reinker, Peekaboo Peach Reinker, Berry Burst Reinker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Tabs for Everything, Diagonal Stripe (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Other: white embossing powder, heat tool, embossing paste, Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine, pearl embellishments, palette knives (c) Stampin’ Up!

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Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring embossing paste and Frozen Treats Thinlit dies from Stampin' Up!

Sorbet Spread Card Directions

This is the simplest card of the set and is the best one to save for the end. It’s perfect for using up the very last little bits of embossing paste.

  1. First, cut a Crumb Cake card base.
  2. Next, cut a Whisper White panel 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Spread your remaining Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, and Berry Burst embossing paste directly on the white panel.
  4. Use the palette knife to scratch a zig zag line into the wet embossing paste. Then, set it aside to dry.
  5. Wrap a piece of Linen Thread in a double loop. Staple it to the center of the Whisper White panel.
  6. Die cut a Crumb Cake cone and a Whisper White ice cream scoop using Frozen Treats Framelit dies. Adhere the cone and the scoop together.
  7. Attach the ice cream cone to the card using a dimensional. It should cover the staple.
  8. Adhere the Whisper White panel to the card base.
Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring embossing paste and Frozen Treats Thinlit dies from Stampin' Up!

Materials

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

Ink: Daffodil Delight Reinker, Peekaboo Peach Reinker, Berry Burst Reinker (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Other: embossing paste, Linen Thread, palette knives (c) Stampin’ Up!

Click on the images below to see the materials  used to make this card in my online store. Each purchase you make there helps support Stamp Witch Blog!

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring embossing paste and Frozen Treats Thinlit dies from Stampin' Up!

You’re the Cherry Card Directions

  1. First create a DIY stencil: cut a piece of watercolor paper the same size as a card base. Use Frozen Treats Framelit Dies to die cut several popsicle shapes in the watercolor paper. Some of the shapes can go off the edge of the paper.
  2. Next, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 3/8″ (0.9 cm) smaller than a card base.
  3. Cover your workspace. You can use a piece of scrap paper, a silicone mat, or a smooth, flexible cutting board.
  4. Tape the Whisper White panel in place using washi tape, then tape the stencil in place on top of it.
  5. Mix a small amount of embossing paste with three different ink colors: Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, and Berry Burst.
  6. Use a palette knife to scrape and smooth the colored embossing paste over the holes in the stencil. Color each popsicle one of the three colors or experiment with mixing the colors together. I was aiming for an overall ombre effect with this card, gradually changing from yellow, to orange, to berry.
  7. Remove the stencil and discard it.  Set the Whisper White panel aside to dry.
  8. Next, cut a Peekaboo Peach card base.
  9. Then, cut a Basic Black panel 1/8″ (0.3 cm) smaller than the card base.
  10. Stamp the black panel with the Diagonal Stripe stamp using VersaMark ink, making sure the outer edges are stamped cleanly. (The center doesn’t matter as much, since it will be covered.)
  11. Sprinkle white embossing powder over the panel, tap off any excess, then heat with a heat tool until the powder melts. Use a clothespin to hold onto the paper so your fingers don’t get burnt!
  12. Adhere the embossed striped layer to the card base.
  13. On a piece of black cardstock, stamp the sentiment from the Cool Treats stamp set. Emboss with white embossing powder, then die cut it out with a circular die. The sentiment should be to the far left of the circle shape, not in the center!
  14. Next, cut a curved edge on the bottom of the Whisper White popsicle panel. I used an extra large circle die (non-Stampin’ Up!). Some other options would be to trace a circular lid on the back, or use a compass.
  15. Adhere the popsicle panel to the card base.
  16. Use dimensionals to attach the sentiment circle, making sure the entire sentiment fits on the card. Trim off any excess from the right side using the card edge as a guide.
  17. Tie Basic Black and Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine in a bow, then attach below the sentiment using a glue dot.
  18. Add Tangerine Tango enamel shape hearts as accents. I used a zig zag pattern to place the hearts on this card.

More color mixing tips

My Peekaboo Peach embossing paste got pretty dark in color, because I got too excited about adding drops of color. As a result, it it somewhere between Peekaboo Peach and Tangerine Tango, so it coordinates with both equally well. That’s why I was able to use Tangerine Tango embellishments.

When you mix your own colors, it can be a little unpredictable… but it also gives you a lot of versatility. With one ink bottle, you can have a whole spectrum of color tints!

You can also mix different inks together to make whole new colors. I started with a pretty pure Berry Burst color, but as I went along, it got more and more mixed with the peach to make more of a watermelon pink color.

If you know ahead of time that you are going to let your embossing paste colors mix together, try to choose colors that will mix well. Choosing all warm colors (red, orange, yellow) or all cool colors (green, blue, violet) will work well.

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring embossing paste and Frozen Treats Thinlit dies from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Peekaboo Peach (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark, Daffodil Delight Reinker, Peekaboo Peach Reinker, Berry Burst Reinker (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

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

Other: white embossing powder, heat tool, embossing paste, Baasic Black Baker’s Twine, Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine, glue dots, Brights Enamel Shapes, palette knives (c) Stampin’ Up!

Click on the images below to see the materials  used to make this card in my online store. Each purchase you make there helps support Stamp Witch Blog!

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring embossing paste and Frozen Treats Thinlit dies from Stampin' Up!

Hi, Ice Cream Card Directions

Phew, final card! If you’ve been reading all the steps carefully, you’ll notice that the first seven steps of this card are the exact same as those for the first card. All you have to do is change a few small embellishments and you’ve got a totally different looking card!

  1. First create a DIY stencil: cut a piece of watercolor paper the same size as a card base. Use Frozen Treats Framelit Dies to die cut several ice cream scoop shapes in the watercolor paper. Some of the shapes can go off the edge of the paper.
  2. Next, cut a Whisper White card base.
  3. Cover your workspace. You can use a piece of scrap paper, a silicone mat, or a smooth, flexible cutting board.
  4. Tape the card base in place using washi tape, then tape the stencil in place on top of it.
  5. Mix a small amount of embossing paste with three different ink colors: Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, and Berry Burst.
  6. Use a palette knife to scrape and smooth the colored embossing paste over the holes in the stencil. Color each scoop one of the three colors or experiment with mixing the colors together.
  7. Remove the stencil and discard it. (The best feature of DIY stencils is you don’t have to worry about cleaning them.) Set the card base aside to dry.
  8. Die cut an ice cream scoop from watercolor paper. Optional: frost it with extra embossing paste OR add color to it using a watercolor wash in a coordinating color. Let the scoop dry, too.
  9. On Crumb Cake cardststock, stamp a checkerboard cone stamp from the Cool Treats stamp set, then die cut it out. Adhere the scoop and cone together.
  10. From Basic Black cardstock, die cut the letters H and I using Large Letter Framelit Dies.
  11. Die cut a scalloped oval shape using Layering Ovals Framelit Dies.
  12. Use dimensionals to attach the letters to the oval first, then use another layer of dimensionals to attach the oval to the card. Hide the dimensionals behind the letters so they aren’t visible from the front.
  13. Adhere the ice cream cone using dimensionals.
  14. Finally, add pearl accents. I arranged mine in a diamond shape.
Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring embossing paste and Frozen Treats Thinlit dies from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, vellum, watercolor paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight Reinker, Peekaboo Peach Reinker, Berry Burst Reinker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Cool Treats (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Large Letters Framelit Dies, Frozen Treats Framelit Dies, Layering Ovals (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: embossing paste, dimensionals, pearl embellishments, palette knives (c) Stampin’ Up!

Click on the images below to see the materials  used to make this card in my online store. Each purchase you make there helps support Stamp Witch Blog!

Challenge Inspiration

I often get inspiration from challenges, and other times I am lucky enough that a post I already had planned is perfectly timed to play along with a challenge. That second scenario is the case today!

For even more Cool Treats inspiration, check out What Will You Stamp Challenge #125!

The design team has a whole bunch of super ideas for how to use the Cool Treats stamp set this week!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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9 thoughts on “Frozen Treats Four Ways with Embossing Paste”

  1. Ummm… just wow Natalie. Such gorgeous projects. I love all of them – such vibrant, fun colours and designs. Thanks for including all of the hints. Thanks for joining us this week at WWYS?

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