September 28, 2016

Texture Paste + Embossing Powder ft. STAMPlorations

Cards in Envy: Favorite / Joy Clair: Winner / HLS Mixed Media Favorite
Fall is right around the corner, so I'd like to share a fall-inspired card for today. :) I thought about making a Thanksgiving card so I searched for sentiments that are thanks-related. And this one from STAMPloration's Fond Expressions 2 fits perfectly. The "heartfelt" part inspired me to use the Rows of Hearts stencil along with my Memory Box heart nesting dies. So yup, this card is full of lots of hearts! <3 

The colors and kraft card base is inspired by this month's CASEplorations card. I like how there's a light blue shade among the warm colors, so I decided to add a green heart in my card as well. It's surprising that a green heart doesn't look odd at all! I'm actually quite pleased with this color combination. I also totally love the idea of repetition; so I cased her cascading cups with my cascading heart layout. Did you notice that I incorporated the banner element into my sentiment? Like the case card, I heat set my sentiment in white embossing powder. White always look good on kraft!

First I die cut three hearts from a sheet of masking paper. Then I laid the stencil on top and secured all sides with micropore tape. 

After applying a layer of texture paste, I sprinkled some gold embossing powder while the paste is still wet. I really think the gold tone matches and enhances the warm tone of a kraft card. And it adds some interest to this relatively simple design, too!

When the paste is dry after a 20-30 minute wait, I heat embossed the parts with the powder. I watched Jennifer McGuire's comparison video on embossing paste and texture paste before, so I knew that I'll get some bubbles from heat setting the texture paste. Even though the uneven texture is cool, I personally prefer a smooth, even look. So I'm planning on getting the embossing paste and trying it with heat embossing soon. 

Now it's time to add some color. I wanted to keep this design clean so I'm only sponging on the raised area. You can do this by piecing the masking paper and stencil back on to the card. This will keep the kraft areas covered and only the embossed areas exposed. I sponged several shades of distress inks onto each of the hearts and made sure they blended together to give the ombre look. 

I can rarely finish a card without adding some extra shine with my wink of stella. (I actually tried misting Perfect Pearls but the result isn't as outstanding) I love how the tiny gold sparkles match the tone of the gold embossing powder. I hope my card has warmed your heart and brightened your day a little. Thanks for stopping by, xoxo. 

Challenges Entered: 
CASEplorations September / SSS: Powder Power / SSS: ATGMFT Sketch 300

Cards in Envy: Fall theme/color / Joy Clair: Color Inspiration / YNS Color Challenge #48

AAA Cards: Masking / Memory Box #16: Stencils / HLS Mixed Media: Distress

SSS: STAMPtember & Autumn Colors / Penny Black & More: Add a Sentiment / STAMPlorations ATG

STAMPlorations Spotlight I was inspired by Cornelia's post to create your own stencil. 


  1. Lovely card! I really like the stenciling and texture against the kraft. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Cards In Envy!

  2. Great card and thanks for the details of how you achieved this beautiful look.

  3. this is another lovely card using what sounds like fun techniques! thank you for sharing another of your creations with us at penny black and more. unfortunately, to be entered in the prize draw, our challenge must be mentioned in your post with a link back to the challenge blog.

  4. Very, very cool take on masking. I love all the color and shine and texture. Fabulous card and take on the challenge. Thanks for linking up and playing along with us at AAA Cards. Please come back again!

  5. What a beautiful card! I love how you've created all that shimmery gorgeous texture and the colour palette is fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

  6. What a cool take on our CASE card. Love those colors and that yummy gold on kraft. Thanks for playing with us at CASEplorations this month!

  7. Simply gorgeous, love all your hearts and yummy texture. Great CASE of Ksenija's card! Thanks so much for playing along at CASEplorations. Good Luck! :-)

  8. Jessie, what an amazing design! Love your take on CASEplorations challenge. It's true, a green heart looks really great. - Sweet Kobylkin

  9. Love the stencilling and Kraft aspects!
    Thank you for sharing with Happy Little Stampers!
    Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!

  10. LOVE the pop of gold on here!!! amazing!! thanks for playing with Cards In Envy!!!

  11. Just BEAUTIFUL!!! SO glad to have you with us!! :)


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