DIY Embossing Paste

This DIY embossing paste is easy to make, easy to use, and cleans up great!  I used this with the seasonal (retired) decorative masks that Stampin’ Up! offered as part of the holiday season.  I heard that this might be a product that will be offered in the future, but if not, here is a recipe for you to use now!  If you’ve ever used cornstarch, you know it dissolves easily, but its used as a thickening agent, so this paste is smooth and thick.  To color, just put a quarter size dollop on a plate, add a drop or two of reinker, and fold the paste over and over until the color is infused into it.

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Here’s the recipe:

1/4 cup cornstarch
1 Tablespoon elmer’s glue
1 Tablespoon white acrylic paint
1 Tablespoon (more or less to suit your needs) water

Don’t be alarmed when your DIY embossing paste starts to get a bit hard.  Just stir, stir, stir until it becomes liquid-y again.  I have mine in some 1/2 cup tupperwear containers with well fitting lids.  I started to emboss with a regular non-serated knife, but it didn’t work well for some reason.  I remembered my silverwear set coming with butter knives, and those worked wonderful!  Since I’ve never used them for their intended purpose, I did not feel bad about regulating them to paste duty lol.

You’ll want to tape your cardstock and mask (or use any stencil that you can get at Hobby Lobby or whatever) down using washi tape.  Washi tape (or painters tape, if you have that) won’t stick to the paper, so it won’t tear your paper apart!

A tiny bit of embossing paste goes a long way.  Go in one direction-I started at the top of the mask and used downward strokes to fill in the mask holes.  Then, use the flattest side of your knife to clean up the paste that bubbles up or is caught on the side of the mask holes.

To make the ombre effect card, I used Old Olive, Hello Honey, and Pool Party reinkers.  I made 3 little piles of paste on a plate, and added a drop or two of reinker to color the paste.

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You may have some trouble getting into a rhythm at first, but use some scrap paper to practice.  You’ll get better!  After a couple of just…bad looking ones, I realized I was using too much paste.  Once I started using a lot less, my messes were gone and the cards started looking cool!

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I used the new So In Love suite of products for this wedding card!  The Lace Doilies are just awesome-they are double sided with one side Whisper White, one Very Vanilla!  I used Very Vanilla for this card, along with some Very Vanilla ribbon and an floral embellishment (Falling in Love Embellishments).

Hope you try this DIY Embossing Paste recipe out!  Let me know how it works for you!

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Teresa | 6th Jul 17

    Wow!!!! What beautiful projects. Thanks for the inspiration

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