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. 🙂

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

  1. Well it filled my soul with sunshine so I’d say it was tasty enough. *wink* I know what you’re saying about the raindrops standing out but it really adds to the bold bright feeling! I’m the same in that when I create a card and don’t necessarily like it (glad I’m not alone in this!) I will still blog it and then move on. Often others like it more than me and that makes me feel that maybe I’m not such a bad cook after all. 🙂

  2. I know what you mean about the card/meal serving it’s purpose. I think your card would cheer anyone’s day up! BYW, I recently tried your embossing paste/with iridescent sparkle embossing powder—LOVELY!!!!! I’m afraid I’m becoming an addict! Thank you for beautiful ideas.

  3. It’s refreshing to hear that even you don’t always love everything you create! I see what you’re saying, but I like your card anyway and I’m sure your friend will too.

  4. I think the clouds effect is great–and I love the sentiment. I would love to receive this card too–it’s very bright and cheery. I would definitely send this to my daughter–she’s a “dance in the rain” sort of person–always has been!

  5. What’s not to love. I actually like the raindrops. The clouds came out beautifully. This is a “must try” for me.

  6. This card would cheer me up if it came in the mail! I love the layered look of a flat stenciled layer and then another layer on top of it with paste. For a rain storm your clouds are very cheery! =)

  7. Gotta laugh! I wasn’t really fond of the raindrops either. LOL. I probably would have cut out a couple of the clouds and slapped them on another card! The techniques are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. It validates us all to know that we aren’t the only ones who don’t always produce a “wow” on the first try. 🙂

  8. Love your videos. Thanks for showing something you don’t like. It’s nice to see that experts do things they don’t always just love.

  9. I love this card!! It made me smile as soon as I saw it!! It was nice however to hear that you don’t always love everything you make…..because I don’t either! This card was awesome though!! Love it!!!

  10. My friends and I recently tried the technique using the embossing powder over the embossing paste. We really liked the results and the cards were definitely keepers. I try to recycle parts of cards that I’m not happy with and have saved some that way! Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Can I say I’m relieved to hear you sometimes don’t like cards you make!? I often go through stages where I can’t make anything I like! Love the analogy that it serves a purpose. Great card love the texture! Xx

  12. I like the card and I am sure it will serve it’s purpose. Thank you for all the tips on embossing paste. Hope all went well with your husband at the Boston marathon.

  13. I like the card, actually. The clouds are kind of neat. I think it would perk up someone s day for sure. Thank you

  14. Love your fluffy clouds and sparkly raindrops – your card made me smile! Great techniques as always 🙂 I think that a card made with love will always serve its purpose but I do get frustrated when they don’t turn out how I want….I should just put them in the post and move on 🙂

  15. I like your card – thanks for sharing it – even though it isn’t one of your favourites. We all learn from making something we’re not totally happy with and I think that’s part of the journey.

  16. Love the clouds, they look so lofty! I like the raindrops too. Not much to dislike on the card as usual it turned out fantastic! TFS

  17. Thanks for a great video I like the card I think lighter rain drops might have not showed up as well with the big fluffy clouds but I do understand what your saying I think we all have made cards that when we are finished we are not crazy about them but like you I try to fix them or let them be but never throw them away you have a great out look that way thanks Jen

  18. It makes me feel so much better that even Jennifer McQuire creates things she’s not crazy about. Makes me feel a little more normal ; )

    but that being said, it looks so fun! Love all the texture!

  19. I think the background and sentiment are fine–it’s the bright yellow sun that’s distracting and doesn’t seem to work.

  20. Oh, I think all of us have created a card that seemed to evolve into something we didn’t really like. You are soooo incredibly talented that anyone who receives a card from you, I’m sure they treasure it. And I love your card.

  21. I just bought ALL of these products from MFT a week ago. I love the card. Thanks for posting it … to show that we CAN live with cards that aren’t our favorites. I’d love to get this and I’m sure your friend I’ll too.

  22. That sentiment about filling someone’s soul really spoke to me; that’s such a beautiful idea. I’ll remember that next time I’m less than excited about a card. I literally did LOL about your husband being the cook and not you!!!

  23. I just had to read this to my husband who cooks Sunday-Friday (Saturday is my day to cook). He said, “that sounds like something you would write!” I love your cards and your videos. Thanks for being an inspiration to us all.

  24. Jennifer……………..I love this card. I love the puffy, sparkly clouds and the darling rain drops.
    Please send the card to me! LOL!!!

    Seriously what a great idea for making the clouds puffy and adding much more texture to the embossing paste. The whole idea is wonderful!!!!

  25. Thanks for a great video, as usual. Thanks for being real about your frustrations with certain cards and for your healthy attitude about that. So good to hear and reassuring, too.

  26. THANK YOU for being so open & honest with us Jennifer – like many others, it makes me feel like there is hope for me yet, because this happens to me all too often, my hands don’t always create what is in my mind.
    That being said, I really do like your card, the colours, textures & sentiment are lovely and your tutorial is so helpful, it is tempting me to try new techniques & products and teaching me what (& what not) to do – THANK YOU 🙂

  27. I want to eat those clouds! I just started playing with embossing paste this weekend, clouds are definitely on my list now!

  28. I have found myself in the same boat Jennifer. What I try to do is figure out just what I can change to make what I don’t love better. Thanks for your honesty about this card; it still was a great tutorial.

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