Nov 17, 2006
Another Friday… another cupcake (that doesn’t go to your hips… YAY for that!). Happy Cupcake Day…and TGIF! It has been a long week for me and I’m definitely ready for another weekend! I promised a new technique yesterday and here it is… embossing paste! Have you heard of this technique to be used with dry embossing templates? I saw it demonstrated at the stamp convention I went to last weekend and it gave such a cool effect that I went ahead and bought everything I would need to do it myself. To do this technique you will need: 1) dry embossing templates (or classy brass as SU! calls them) 2) chalks (Poppin’ Pastels) 3) translucent embossing paste (the one with the blue label) 4) small spatula 5) small and stiff paint brushes 6) mini squeegie. Start off by taping your embossing template to the cardstock with removable tape. Then use the stiff brushes to color in the stencil with chalks. It is recommended that you use circular motions of the brush to apply the chalk. Next, apply a thin coat of the translucent paste directly onto the stencil with the small spatula as if you were frosting a cake. Remove the excess paste from the stencil with the mini squeegie and return to the paste jar. Lastly, remove the stencil from the cardstock and be very careful not to shift the stencil or the paste will smear. I suggest removing the tape first and then lifting the stencil straight up off the paper… no sliding! The idea of this technique is that the embossing paste will get into the cracks of the stencil and create a really cool raised image. And the paste dries completely clear so you can see the colored chalks that you used. After I removed the stencil I also applied dazzling diamonds glitter before the paste dried. It is super sparkly IRL! The paste takes about 30-40 minutes to dry. After the paste dried, I filled in the cupcake with chalks and outlined with markers for a little more definition. The cherry is also covered with Crystal Effects. The colors are Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, and Certainly Celery. I really like this color combo and will definitely be using it again! The background is stamped with Seeing Spots, the celebrate sentiment is from Everyday Flexible Phrases, and the happy birthday sentiment is from It’s Your Birthday. The patterned paper is SEI Winnie’s Walls, the little charm clips on the cupcake image are Making Memories, and the adorable cupcake charm is from Manna!! Thank you so much, Manna for your sweet card, the cupcake stamp, and the adorable little charms! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for looking!