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Video: Textured Embossing Paste (and Those Cards I Don’t Love)

Hello! Today’s video shows how to add a bit of soft texture to your embossing paste. I also talk a bit about “those cards I don’t love.” I know we have all been there – where we create something that we don’t feel so good about. But me? I never pitch it. Here’s more….

So, yes – I don’t love this card. I like the elements on it… the products and techniques used. I just don’t love them together. However, here’s the thing…

I think of cardmaking like cooking. With cooking, sometimes I make something that is SUPER tasty and I am thrilled. Woot! Sometimes it is just so-so and some of the family likes it and some don’t. But the meal serves the purpose… the family gets fed and their bellies get full. And then there are times that what I cook is just not great. But we eat it… and it serves it’s purpose and fills the bellies and I just never make it again. Cardmaking is the same. Sometimes I try something and I love it. I happily send it to a friend with a smile on my face. Sometimes I am just ok with it and I put it in the mail and hope the recipient likes it more than I do… which I find is often the case. And sometimes when I really don’t love it, I send it anyway. And guess what? It serves it’s purpose. It makes someone smile and fills up their soul. Job done. 🙂

(This being said – I don’t do the cooking this family. My hubby does. LOL.)

So… back to the card-that-I-don’t-love-but-am-hoping-my-friend-does. 🙂 I first inked over a raindrop stencil and added my favorite sparkle embossing powder. (This is one of the parts of the card that I don’t like. I just feel the raindrops are too dark. If I were to do this again, I would just put Versamark over the stencil and add the sparkle embossing powder. This would cause lighter, sparkly drops.)

I then added white embossing paste over a cloud stencil, making sure to put it on thick and an uneven. (This is unusual for me as I normally like a smooth finish to my pastes using a tool such as the Dreamweavers Embossing Paste Spreader.) I immediately added the same sparkle embossing powder. Normally I would let the paste dry for some time before heat setting the powder – to avoid bubbling the paste. However, this time I DO want that bubbling so I could have some fun texture. As I added heat  to the piece, the embossing paste and powder dry and somewhat bubble, giving a soft and subtle textured effect. Perfect for clouds!

After doing the background, I decided to keep the rest of the card simple. I die cut a yellow sun and stamped a greeting from the My Favorite Things Blue Skies Ahead stamp set. (This set has lots of great encouraging sentiments.)

That’s it! And although this card isn’t the tastiest I have ever made, it did get the job done. 🙂

Enjoy!

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87 thoughts on “Video: Textured Embossing Paste (and Those Cards I Don’t Love)”

  1. Thank you for sharing your card even though you don’t love it. I think it is a pretty card but it’s not a typical Jennifer card so I can understand why you don’t like it so much.

  2. I love your card! Thank you for sharing it even though it isn’t your favorite. I always learn something new in your videos and this is priceless.

  3. Thanks for sharing. I noticed your MFT stamp set is one of the larger ones, what sleeve size are you using to store the bigger sets? Love your stamp storage system and wonder what you do with sets that don’t fit in the Avery Elle stamp pockets.

    1. here is what i do. i will try to add in a video sometime.
      i take an avery elle sleeve and cut two pieces of plastic from it that are slightly smaller than the pockets themselves. i take my stamps off the plastic they come on and put it on one of the ones i cut. this will allow them to fit in the AE sleeve. then i stamp the images on white cardstock and put it in there so i know what they are. 🙂

  4. Whats not to love about this card……it came from you! Im with you Jennifer anyone who receives a homemade card is always so appreciative ( in my experience ). Thanks for all that you share with us in cyber land we appreciate all your videos..Deb

  5. Thanks for the embossing paste ideas. Like you, I make cards sometimes that I just don’t like. I keep them though and usually have a reason to send them later.

  6. I like it… I think you’re right about maybe not doing the ink under the raindrops, but it’s not as “inedible” as you think 😀

  7. Lucky gal, having husband who cooks! Love your attitude about ‘not loving it’ cards. I need to adopt that attitude instead of putting pressure on myself for ‘perfection’. And I do like the card!

  8. Wow…embossing paste! I must have nodded off and missed this stuff. Now that I am up to speed on the latest tecniques, does anyone know if its possible to “tint” the white paste?

  9. I think any card that someone has taken the time to make themselves is good with me. We all have different tastes and we all like different styles of cards…some prefer CAS or shabby chic and then others will tell you they prefer lots of detail and embellishments. I think it is great that you teach us all the different techniques — I certainly wouldn’t know as much about this hobby if you were not out there teaching us. I am not really confident about alot of the cards I make — so it is nice to hear a pro say “this is not favorite”. You have given me a lightbulb moment in that everything does not always work out the way we want it to, but oh well – just move on to the next one and learn from it. Thank you for that!

  10. I like this card! It is pretty. I sometimes create cards that aren’t my normal style and I am unsure of them but others appreciate them! You always do beautiful work and the techniques are great! Thanks!

  11. Great use of that bubbling “accident” that happens with wet texture paste. I agree about the clear embossing ink probably being dark enough but someone will love it anyway. 😉

  12. Thanks for sharing your card, I love the techniques and the sentiment. Also, I like your card, it would definitely bring a smile to my face!

  13. Jennifer, lovely card. I’m loving those new stencils. I have to try embossing paste. You give a lot of great advice on how to make them work. The bubbling effect works very well with the clouds. Everyone seems to appreciate a handmade card, even those I don’t love, as you say. It’s good to have a reminder and as some others have mentioned, it’s nice to see a professional have the same apprehensiona bout a card as us peons! 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway possibility too. I’m liking the new setup at SSS quite a bit more. The search feature is much better and the larger photos (for some products at least) make the products much easier to see. This is especially important for stamps since we want to see the detail of them! Would love to win.

    Thanks for sharing your inspiration. I appreciate all your videos.

  14. I think it’s wonderful when you show us that even professionals can do cards that they consider so-so. I love the puffy clouds technique but would have done fewer on my card. Question: What is the tape runner you use? You seem to run it over open spaces and can pull up something you’ve stuck down easily.

  15. I personally like the card! But I do understand what you are saying about cards you don’t like yourself, usually, I pitch them but I guess I could take a lesson from you and make do with them anyways. Thank you for sharing the techniques and I am loving the stencils. Hope you have a very blessed craftin’ day! Sheryl

  16. I really like the dark raindrops.
    I know the feeling about not always liking cards once they are made. Sometimes what I have pictured in my head is not what shows up on the card – but no one ever complains.

  17. Wow! The greeting is one of my favourite senteces ever! I always think that when I’m under hospital visits stress. Love the embossing technique with the past and the heat gun, I really want to try it.

  18. I think this card is sweet, but I think we all have days we don’t think we’ve done as good a job as others; or things haven’t turned out as we pictured and we are a tad dissatisfied. Glad that you are keeping it to use.
    I have a question, and you might have been asked this before, but is modelling paste the same as embossing paste? I’ve seen that in the paint isle of a local store, but can’t find the embossing paste as such here in Australia – at least near where I live.
    Thanks

  19. Jennifer, I learn something from every one of your videos – whether it is a new product, a technique, organizing/storage idea, or your kindness and attitude regarding your creativity and your family. I love the sentiment on this card and have used it frequently. Presently, it is very applicable to my life as my husband and I face difficult issues with grown “children”. Each day, we must be thankful for all the good things in our lives and try to not let the clouds of difficulty overshadow those. Thank you for the inspiring words.

  20. Maybe the sentiment needs to be in dark blue or a softer grey? or maybe even a yellow? I make cards I don’t like all the time lol.. I hide them away and when my Mom comes over she ferrets them out and absconds with them, making me feel like they must not have been as bad as I thought 🙂

  21. Thanks for the lesson. I cannot tell you how many cards I have set aside because they just aren’t up to snuff…I think I will take them out and send them now. 🙂 BTW I think your card is fantastic, I would love to receive it.

  22. Jennifer. I really like your card, but I also appreciate you letting us in on the good an the bad from your perspective. After you talked about the raindrops I thought – ok, that’s a great idea to try. But anyone would love to receive this card!

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