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Monday, March 18, 2024

Stencils And Embossing Paste Technique With Glitter-Part 2


So, we are still having fun using the stencil from Altenew. But this time we are adding an extra element to the mix. We have added iridescent glitter to the card and then used the watercolors to give some extra definition and shine to the project.

Unlike the card in Part 1 of this tutorial, we are using glitter. Instead of "repelling" the watercolors, the color is absorbed into the glitter. When it is dry, you get color with a glittery effect that is stunning. 

You can use any watercolors you have, but in this case, quality can make a difference. The better watercolors have more pigment in them, so the color in the end result will be more vivid.

Supplies For The Cards In This Tutorial

  • Palette knife
  • Altenew Embossing Paste
  • Watercolor cardstock
  • Iridescent glitter
  • Mega Bloom stencil
  • Watercolor Pan Set
  • Mahogany Bark Crisp Dye Ink
  • Deep Iris Crisp Die Ink
  • Altenew Fancy Greetings stamp set
  • Altenew Shine Like A Diamond stamp set
  • Obsidian ink
  • Craft mat.
  • Watercolor pen
  • Low tack paint or painter's tape
  • Beige or white cardstock-90 to 110 lbs.
  • Colored cardstock
  • Beige cardstock
  • Double sided tape
  • Craft mat or parchment paper.

This technique is so easy to do, yet the results are stunning. This mixed media technique is sure to be one of your favorites! This is a wet technique so you will want to cover your work area.

  1. Place your craft mat on your work area.
  2. Cut and fold the cardstock base to the size needed.
  3. Cut the panel to the same size as the front panel of the card.
  4. Cut the watercolor paper just slightly smaller than the card front.
  5. Place the stencil over the watercolor paper panel. You can secure it with some low tack tape. 
  6. Spread the embossing paste over the stencil and spread evenly. You want to make sure that you cover the entire stencil with the paste and get a good even coverage. 
  7. Place any remaining paste back into the jar and make sure to close the lid.
  8. Carefully remove the stencil from the paper. Make sure to wash the stencil and the palette knife with warm water and some mild dish soap as soon as possible.
  9. Remove any leftover paste from your workspace and dry the area.
  10. Place a piece of copy paper or cardstock on the work surface. The paper is used to collect any leftover glitter.
  11. Sprinkle the glitter all over the embossing paste. Make sure to cover all of the embossing paste.
  12. Tap the back of the panel to allow any excess glitter to flow off the project.
  13. Set the panel aside to dry.
  14. Once the panel is dry, you can start coloring it with your watercolors. I used two colors for each of my cards to get a shadow effect. 
  15. Color both the flower areas as well as the background. 
  16. Once the panel is dry, you can use double sided tape to attach the colored cardstock the base.
  17. Then using the double-sided tape attach the watercolor panel to the colored cardstock panel. 
  18. Add a sentiment.
  19. Add sequins or gems as desired.

Color Variations

You can create any color combinations that appeal to you. In this last example, I used purple as my primary color. Instead of using colored cardstock, I opted to use glitter paper. The variation possibilities for this technique are endless. In Both Part 1 and Part 2 of this technique challenge, you can customize with color for any special occasion. Think about a special birthday, a get-well card or a special Mother's Day card.

Another variation would be in the sentiment. Instead of using stamped sentiments, you could opt for die cut sentiments instead. Cut several die cuts with white paper. Then cut one for the top out of a paper like a glitter paper or a metallic paper. Glue the layers together. Once the die cut is dry, adhere it to your card. 

Make sure to apply the embossing paste evenly to the stencil. Place any left-over paste back into the jar and close the jar tightly.

Make sure to wash the palette knife and the stencil with warm water and mild dish soap as soon as you are finished using them. If the paste is left on them too long, it will harden and will be more difficult to clean off. 

Use a scoreboard to measure and mark your card base.

You can cut the watercolor paper yourself or use precut watercolor paper pieces. I like the precut pieces. The edges are sharper, and they save a bit of time.

Make sure that both the glitter and the embossing paste are dry before adding the watercolors.

So, the question is, will you challenge yourself to give this technique a try? We sure hope that you do. It is a fun technique, and the results will surprise you.
We would love to hear from you. Use the comment section to ask any questions, tell your thoughts and ideas. 

Till next time, Happy Crafting!


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