Saturday, 15 February 2014

Crazy 4 Challenges Purple Onion Camera Card & Homemade Embossing/Texture Paste Recipe & Tutorial

 The challenge over at the 'Crazy 4 Challenges' blog this week is to make a card based on a sketch. I flipped the sketch on its side, and came up with this design...

I loved making this card, and playing with some fun techniques. First off I used a Stampin' Up stamp set to make the pink ink splatters, using Stephanie Barnard's ColorBox 'Guava' ink - it is incredibly juicy, lovely, bright ink!
Then I added some embossing/texture paste, using an American Crafts chevron mask. I'm really pleased - I've seen this paste used from time to time and love the effect of it, but the paste is pretty expensive to buy. I'd seen some recipes to make your own, and finally had a go a couple of weeks ago, only I didn't have the right ingredients, so I made up my own and it worked A TREAT!! I'll go through my method for making it, below.
 Also for the card, I used some stamps from Purple Onion Designs' fabulous 'Paislee Press Photographer' stamp set, which I cut out by hand and layered up a bit.
Finally I added a few Prima Sugar Dots and sequins.


The recipes I'd seen on the internet called for either Bicarbonate of Soda or Talcum Powder, neither of which I had on hand, so I decided to give it a go with Cornflour (This is UK Cornflour - I think the US equivalent is Cornstarch). I used:

1/4 cup Cornflour
1 Tablespoon PVA glue (white all-purpose school glue)
1 Tablespoon White Acrylic Paint (Craft paint)
Some water

I just put the ingredients (except for the water) in a bowl and started mixing it with a spoon, and I added a splash of water at a time as I mixed, until the consistency was right.

 Hopefully this picture will give you an idea of the correct consistency - it's really quite stiff, and holds its shape completely - no 'flopping', 'melting' or 'oozing'!!
It's not so stiff though that it cracks or looks too dry when you spread it.

I transferred my paste into a small plastic tub with a lid, and then used an old store card to pick up a bit of the paste and scrape it over a stencil (also called a mask), which was laid over a card. I don't think it matters if you don't get the paste neatly covering right to the edges of the stencil - I like how it looks with the pattern just fading away towards the edges a bit.
Here are a few of my first attempts - I loved them! It's really easy to do!
I imagine you could also add different colour paint - or a few drops of ink, to make all kinds of colour pastes.

Once the paste had dried (it didn't take too long - perhaps 10-15 minutes) I tested out my paste for durability. I really tried bending/scratching it, and it held together really well - no crumbling or flaking off at all.
I made the paste a couple of weeks ago, and got it out again tonight, to make the camera card above. I thought maybe the paste would have dried out in that time, and it had dried out a little bit, but was still perfectly usable. Very happy with my experiment!!
Pretty, hey?!

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  1. What a fun card, love that you made your own embossing paste

  2. SO cool that you made the paste yourself! I've had my store bought embossing paste for a while & lucky for me it hasn't dried out. I've tried spackle from the hardware store, but that did dry out. Such cute cards & I can't wait to see what you're doing with the experimented cards.

  3. awesome 'pasting' and I love the colorful splatters in the bkgd

  4. Thanks for the great tutorial. I tried the recipe, only substituted the cornflour with talcum powder. Turned out really great! Can't wait to experiment more with it.

  5. Great card. Thanks for the recipe. I must try it. It looks like it worked great, even with very detailed stencils.

  6. wow thank you so much and you are right ,that texture past is high in price i will make this and now i need to get some of them stencails you are useing...that look good I bought some the other day at michesle and the was so thin that when I put the past over them they bend and now they wont lay down right that what i get for now known what to get Thank you for the recipe you gave us....
    MaryR in The USA

  7. Thank you for sharing this!!! I just tried it and it work so well!!!

  8. Thanks, this was a great recipe.

  9. Excelente opción.Se ve hermoso aplicado.Se podrá usar para elaborar cuadros con texturas,para decorar paredes ?

    1. Hi, I'm sorry, I've never tried it on walls. I think it would apply on walls very well, but couldn't say how long lasting or hard wearing it would be.

  10. I know it's a long time since you posted this, but I wanted to say thanks as it works really well!

  11. Thank you for posting this recipe for the embossing paste. I've been trying to work with simple white school glue to make some templates out of but it's just too runny. This will be so nice to have and share as well.

  12. How talented you are. And your cards even more so. Thank you for sharing this easy recipe to make home made embossing paste.

  13. Thank you so very much for sharing this simple and effective DIY recipe for embossing paste! I can’t wait to give it a try🤗