Video: DIY Stencils and Colored Embossing Paste + Giveaway!

Hello! Today’s video shows DIY stencils and colored embossing paste. Both are easy and such a great way to stretch your supplies…

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]

Creating your own stencils is very easy. I used a large sunshine die to cut two pieces of cardstock and layered them together. This “stencil” works very well with embossing paste.

For the colored paste, I pressed yellow ink onto my craft sheet and mixed in some white paste. You can do this with pretty much any ink you may have! You can also try coloring paste with paints.

To prevent too much contrast between a plain white background and the bright yellow paste, I first stamped the background repeatedly with Soft Vanilla ink and a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Watts Up stamp set. (This is part of the new April Card Kit. This is my favorite yet. SO good.) I then used the “stencil” and colored paste over the background and immediately added sparkly embossing powder. The paste holds the powder well and when heated, leaves the paste with a fine shimmer.

I used my favorite embossing powder – Liquid Platinum – to create the lightbulb on vellum. In my poor planning, I didn’t leave a place for a stamped sentiment! Oops. So I die cut a “love you” sentiment and stuck it right on top of the card. Love this solution.

And I will be honest – this card wasn’t my first try. I created a piece and wasn’t thrilled with it. (There wasn’t enough room in the center of the rays for the lightbulb.) However, I very rarely pitch anything! So I saved the piece and turned it into this bonus card…

When in doubt, add a red die cut heart covered with Wink of Stella shimmer and Glossy Accents. 🙂 The sentiments on this card are also from the SSS Watts Up set.


A few weeks ago I shared how I store my favorite embossing powders… and I showed it again in this video. I am *really* happy with this system and how compact it is. I use small containers with a cable clip stuck in the lid to hold a mini spoon. Many people have emailed me since the cable clips I used are no longer available on Amazon. I checked out two other options that work well. One is a tiny little clear clip that pinches the spoon in place. The other is a slightly bigger clear clip that would hold a bigger spoon as well as the mini. Both work fine. Here you can see all three options attached to the lid of the container – the small clear, the big clear and the original. All are great and hopefully something will work for you…


Here is a look at the new April Simon Says Stamp Card Kit I used for this card. And I have a kit to give to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 3/20/14. Good luck!

Also, I have a few winners to announce! The three lucky folks who will get a Winnie and Walter stamp set are: Janis in ID Yasmine and Joanne M. The winner of the Bossy Joscie giveaway is Elizabeth Lumsden. (I emailed each of you.)

See you soon.


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589 thoughts on “Video: DIY Stencils and Colored Embossing Paste + Giveaway!”

  1. Love the great techniques you showed here with this card. I love reading your blog and watching your videos. Thank you for all the creative inspiration & the chance to win set an awesome kit. 🙂

  2. The technique is awesome. I look forward to receiving your newsletters because they are filled with great info on products and techniques. You always keep up with all the latest awesome crafting tools. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I can’t believe how timely this is. Just this morning I was thinking about coloring modelling paste and wondering how best to do it and, Voila! here you are showing me how. Thank you.

  4. Thanks for telling us you sometimes “salvage” a first attempt of a card. I’m hoping to try stenciling very soon. The April Kit from SSS is another winner.

  5. I keep having to go back and read over the list of contents in this fantastic goody package. What a great beautiful kit!!! Thank you for offering it to one of your “fans”; you’re the best!!

  6. Thank you so much for the chance to win this card kit – I love the light bulb stamp and the sentiments. Your cards are beautiful! I always learn so much when I visit your blog, and I love that you share helpful information about products that you use. Thanks again, and happy first day of spring (today is also my father in-law’s 99th birthday!) YAY!!!

  7. Thanks again for sharing another fun technique, for the links to the containers/spoons, and for the chance to win!!!

  8. Hi Jennifer,
    Great card and thank you for the wonderful tips you give in your instructions. Just wanted to let you know that the Ativa Clips can be found at Office Depot for $7.29 for a pack of 15.

  9. I love this April kit and how you used the lightbulb stamp along with all your creative ideas and techniques. Awesome inspiration once again. Thank you for sharing your God given talent!

  10. Love this card kit! Hope you use it in another video! Do you think the larger heart will coordinate with any dies out there?

  11. Jennifer, I just wanted to again thank you for your inspiring video. I tried my hand at making my own stencil and coloring my white embossing paste! It was so much fun! THANKS for all your creative ideas!

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  13. Thanks for the information about the cord clips, Jennifer. I think this will solve a long standing problem for me. You’re so generous.

  14. This card is creative genius. I would have no idea what to do with those light bulbs, but wow. This just blew me away. Really love the stencil paste coloring too. Thanks for keeping me away from the dreaded “crafter’s block” where I sit in my studio staring blankly!

  15. Thanks for the great tips on coloring and using embossing paste. Have to get the sparkle embossing powder~beautiful results with it.

  16. I love that stamp set. The lightbulb is my fave. I am a huge fan of yours and I love all of your videos! Thanks always for the inspiration!

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