Monday, March 30, 2009

Monday Rendezvous - Make Your Own Embossing Paste

Hi!! My name is Rosemary and for this Monday Rendezvous I am going to show you how you too can make your own embossing paste. You will surprised how easy it is and so economical too. With your chalks, you can make your paste any color you want and not have to worry about not having the right store bought color.

This photo shows the supplies you will need to make your own embossing paste and to do your project. Yep, you see that right, it's spackle!!! You can find this in your supercenter or hardware store. I think I may have gotten this at Walmart and it is not expensive at all. Maybe a couple dollars!!. This says 'fast'n final lightweight spackling'. Also shown is painters tape, chalk, plastic knife (lost my better craft spatula), embossing plate, paper plate and glitter.

Ok, we are ready to get started!! Set your embossing plate on the cardstock you want to work with. Using painters tape, tape all four sides.

Take some of the spackle and put it on the paper plate. Put the lid back on the tub so the spackle will not dry out. You are now going to make embossing paste!!..Take how much you think you may need; I always work with more just to be sure. The way I get my color is to take my old chalks and scrape some of the chalk with the knife over the paste. You determine how much color you want to work with. Remember you can always add more chalk and if it's too dark, just add a little more of the white spackle. Now, you want to keep mixing until all the color is evenly mixed and the texture is creamy.

Yes, this is the same blue..the camera changed the color!!..Take your knife and start putting the embossing paste on your embossing plate until the design is completely covered. Once it's all applied, start swiping if off. Keep doing this until the only paste showing is that in the design itself. Be sure to wipe your knife after each swipe. Keep working until it looks like the next photo. If I had used an embossing plate that didn't have a design so close to the edges, I wouldn't have to bring it out so far. The main thing, no matter what embossing plate you are using, is to cover all the design.

Be sure to check those little edges. You may need to reapply a little to fill it in. Yep, sometimes you will swipe away and it will pick up where it shouldn't. No problem, just fill it in.

While still wet, sprinkle glitter over the design. Then, remove the painters tape working backwards. Lift the embossing plate and there you will have your finished design. Soak your plate immediately for easy cleanup.

Here is the finished card all set and ready to go!! Cuttlebug embossing folders swiss dot and textile were used to give the card extra texture.

Here is a close up of the card; you can see the raised embossing. Pretty..isn't it??!!

Some of you asked how I did the icing on my Be Inspired #24 project and now you can see how easy it is to do!! Follow step 3 with mixing your color (chalk) until creamy and mixed well. This time, transfer a glob of paste to your icing area. With your fingers, you will mold the icing until it looks like the real thing. I tapped a few times with the knife to give it a more puffy effect. While still wet, I sprinkled some pink glitter, let it set and then lightly sprayed the glitter with hairspray to hold it all in place. You will find the heavier the cardstock, the better since your cardstock will 'warp' a little. You don't notice it in the final project thought.

Now that you can see how easy this is, I would love to see your card, layout or project!! We luv comments :)

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Jackie said...

Hello Rosemary, thank you so much for your very clear tutorial. I will have to see i8f I can get some :o)
Jackie xx

joni said...

How fantastic!!!! I so love this technique!!!! I'm definitely going to have to give this a shot....I have chalks from way back when and I was thinking of getting rid of them...what was I thinking! LOL
Thanks for a great tutorial for sure!

texmorg said...

Next time my husband goes to the hardware store I will have to go with him to get some filler. Poor him I am sure this is his getaway like craft is mine. Thanks for a great tutorial, I WILL be experimenting.

AUsome mom said...

Well, isn't that just too easy! Thanks for the tut! The actual paste costs more than this AND you don't get it in the colors you want. Great job!

Perky Nihilist said...

What a wonderful tutorial. I always have that spackle on hand and am thrilled to be able to add it to my crafty supplies.

The glitter really makes it special.

Dawn W said...

Sweet idea and great instructions! I need to try this one. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas.

Eveline said...

Great tutorial. I'll have to find out what "speckle" is in Dutch! But the results look great.

spikescreativeside said...

Roe that is sooo cool! Thank you for sharing!! I will be paying more attention the next time my DH wants to go to the hardware store! LOL Cheers!


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Anonymous said...

Wonderful class, Rosemary...thank you. That is definitely something I will give a try...I already have everything I need! Thanks again.

KimmyS said...

WOW WOW WOW - I simply ADORE this effect. What an awesome way to emboss.
Thanks so much for the tutorial

JennK said...

Wow that is so cool!! I love this technique...I think I might have some of that filler already!! Great tutorial!

Christine said...

Love this technique. I have tons of embossing plates that I don't use 'cause I can't find the paste. I'm going to be doing the cupcake thing too!!!

Gail's Card Cafe' said...

Thank you so much for sharing! I so many chalks that haven't been used in like for ever!

Elaine said...

that is sooo cool!

Michael House said...

Hi, is 'Spackle' the same as polyfiller in UK? Great effect.

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

WOW!Q Rosemary this is sheer genius! I have everything I need to make it an unused stencils. What a delight your tutorial & your talent is. Thank You!!! :O)

Terri said...

Thank you! What a great idea. I can wait to try it :)

Michael House said...

Hi Rosemary,
Thank you for your response and kind comments on my blog from UK. It sounds as though 'Speckle' is what we call Polyfiller in UK! I shall have a go.

Mrs J said...

Such a cool techniqe Rosemary! It looks so effective! Will have to try this one out!
Hugs Mrs Jx

CreativeBusyHands-Scrapbook Freebies Search said...

This is so cool, and pretty. Can't wait to try! Thanks for sharing.

Tami B. said...

You are a genius, Rosemary. I already have all the ingredients to try this technique. I always thought the embossing paste was too much money, but I love the look of it. Beautiful.

Beth said...

Hey Rosemary loved your little tutorial I gave this a try yesterday but am not finished with it will let you know when I have something done. Thanks for the inspiration and such a clever idea.
Hugs Beth

Nathalia Castellon said...

This is so fabulously simple with such realistic and yummy results! Thanks for sharing this technique Roe!

melody said...

oh how cleaver, wish i had seen this befor i spent money at nec on the paste

SJDWolf said...

Love the tutorial! Cant wait to try it, thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hi ~ I don't really have any chalks that I want to use for this technique. Do you think I can use cake coloring paste? It's not a powder but highly concentrated wet substance.

Crafty-liz said...

That is a lovely tutoral. Thanks for sharing.

AnnaJ said...

Roesmary you are so talented.Thanks for the class.


Myrna said...

I have read and re-read these instructions and forgive me if I seem a little dense but I don't understand how the glitter and spackle can be transferred from the embossing plate to the card stock underneath. Am I missing a step or just not understanding correctly the instructions? Please help me as I would really like to use this method!
Thank you.

Precious said...

Hello, that is a very brilliant ideal. Now instead of chalk can you use ink? Also, will this mash when inserting into envelope? Lovin' it.

Linda's Cricut Adventure said...

Thank you sooooo much for sharing this inexpensive way to emboss. It is much appreciated by both my friend and I. Cheers.

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aileen (mum) said...

Rosemary thank you so much for this. I am in Australia and couldnt find embossing paste here and itsso expensive especially to pay postage as well and all along its just spakle. Cant wait to try it. Brilliant

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great tip thanks a lot