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Technique: Using Embossing Paste

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Embossing paste is a texture medium that can be used for a multitude of different techniques. Use it with stencils or spread it on your project for a little freestyle texture. It can also be mixed with paints, powders and items such as glitter.

When using embossing paste, you don't need a lot of tools. Basically, you just need a jar of the paste or texture medium of your choice and a palette knife, craft spatula or a simple craft stick to spread the medium.

To use the paste with a stencil, lay the stencil flat on the surface of the project and scoop a small amount of paste with your palette knife, spatula or craft stick. Slowly smooth the paste over the stencil and scrape the excess off by continuing to drag the tool over the surface. You can put the extra paste back in the jar to use on another project. Clean your stencil and palette knife or spatula with a baby wipe or damp paper towel immediately so the paste doesn't dry on either. If you're using a craft stick, you can toss that in the trash. The paste will dry fairly quickly if it's not overly thick. You can speed up the drying process with a heat gun, if desired.

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Adding color or sparkle to the paste is simple. Start by placing a small amount of paste onto a paper plate or craft mat. Add a bit of pigment powder or acrylic paint to the paste and stir with a craft stick until all is incorporated. Use the paste as you normally would. You can also paint or ink over the paste after it dries.

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Finally, try using the embossing paste in a free-form manner on your project to create a whimsical background for your project.

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Embossing paste can be found in the paint aisle of most craft stores. Look for embossing paste, texture paste or texture medium. Have a little fun and try adding a little texture to your projects.