Saturday, September 14, 2013

Falling for embossing paste

Lame, lame, lame.  Oh well.  There you have it. 

The September challenge on the EverythingWendyVecchi Yahoo group is to use embossing paste.  Now that Wendy has out white, translucent, black, gold and silver there's not much you can't do to colorize them even further.  You can add or cover with paint, re-inkers, Perfect Pearls, glitter, and archival inks.  I opted to use white and translucent on my #8 black tag.

I used Wendy's new Layered Tree stencil and white embossing paste for the leaves, let air dry, then did the trunk and branches, again letting it air dry.  I used distress inks and markers to color them.  The leaves start out yellow at the top and gradually go to red at the bottom but it doesn't show up very well in the photo.  Sorry because IRL it really is lovely.  I did texturize the paste by tapping my knife lightly on the paste before it dried.  Note: In hindsight I should have done the trunk and branches first so the leaves would pop out instead of the trunk.  Such is life.

The 2 Fancy Flowers stencil was strategically placed in the upper right hand corner for the sun.  Who'da thunk?  I used translucent paste so I could smudge Claudine Hellmuth's Yellow Pastel, Dab of Yellow and Modern Red on the 'rays' to mimic the heat of the sun.

From a piece of cut 'n dry foam I created a cloud and stamped it 4 times using Snow Cap Pigment Ink.  Once dry I  used the Broken China Distress Marker to outline it and make the clouds look puffier, more rounded.

I stamped the sentiment (*I love a day with a happy ending) from Sentimental Art in Snow Cap Pigment Ink on black card stock then framed with brown card stock that had a distress brown ink smudged around the edges.  Glued that to a flat pick and instant yard sign.

Using an o-l-d Sizzix die I cut grass from scraps of kraft core'dination and sanded them and curled them so I could add them in layers to the front of the tag.  A snippet of ribbon to the top and I'm outa here!

*This sentiment is perfect for this week.  We had 2 days with happy endings.  Monday I learned I will have my cataracts removed and special lenses implanted so that I may not have to wear glasses any more except possibly to read.  After 50 years I am more than ready!  Wednesday we learned that my husband's lung cancer is in remission!!!! 


  1. What a fabulous week you've had - so pleased and happy for you! Love the embossing paste too. I don't have Wendy's but do have some other paste so hoping to join in the challenge this time (it's been too long!)

  2. Great tag! Congrats on your good news, I'm very happy for you.

  3. Looks terrific, Susan. Love the way you did the sun!

    I'm so happy for you and Walt on the wonderful news.

  4. This is a stunning tag, and I am so happy to hear that Walter is doing so well, and that you are upbeat about your surgery!

  5. Love this idea! That flower stencil as the sun is brilliant! Thanks so much for joining the MAC!

  6. LOVE the flower stencil as the sun! AND, that tree is my favorite stencil!