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Wednesday’s Card: Using Embossing Paste

Embossing Paste

Hi All!

Yes, I said “paste“. I’m okay with getting inky. But generally, I’m not too keen on products that are messy, including glitter, gesso, sprays, and all that gooey stuff. Maybe because they have a little bit of unpredictability to them. Whatever the case, I am stepping out of my comfort zone here. It’s good for you, right? I’m glad I did – this paste is very cool. You can use it lots of different ways, but for this card I used it with a Layered Flower Stencil.

I was at the Great American Scrapbook Convention here in the Spring and the Tim Holtz booth was demo’ing this paste. I thought, yes, I can do that! It has taken me about 5 months to finally step up and take the plunge into this messy paste. Honestly, it really wasn’t that messy at all. Kind of like going through childbirth is not as bad as thinking about how bad it’s going to be. Okay, maybe that’s being out of your comfort zone on a whole different level. But anyway… here is a close-up of the texture created by the paste:

Embossing Paste

It dries pretty stiff with a little bit of sponginess to it. Although I haven’t tried it myself, you can supposedly color the dried paste with Copics. For this card, I just inked it up. The paste also comes in other colors: black, gold, silver, and translucent. If you really want to get adventurous, you can color it with reinkers. Here is another one I did using Picked Raspberry:

Embossing Paste

By the way, did you notice my supplies list? I’ve been wanting to start using images for a long time and finally got around to doing it. You’ll see that I give two links for most of the supplies – one is to Ellen Huston and one is to Simon Says Stamp. I know everyone has their favorite store. Speaking of which… I placed a very large order at Ellen Hutson over the weekend with lots of holiday goodies in it! It shipped first thing Monday (how awesome is that for response time?!), and it is scheduled to arrive today! Nevermind that I still have stuff from my previous order that hasn’t been used yet. All in good time. 🙂

Enjoy and have a great week!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Layered Flower Stencil
Layered Flower Stencil
Embossing Paste
Embossing Paste
Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set
Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grunge
Hero Arts Thinking of You Stamp Set
Hero Arts Thinking of You
Sizzix Lines and Circle Embossing Folder
Lines and Circle Folder
Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink
Squeezed Lemonade
Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
Peacock Feathers
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Sponges
Stampin’ Up! Sponge
Eclipse Masking Tape
Eclipse Masking Tape
Stampin' Up! Blender Pen
Blender Pen
Ink Foam Applicator
Ink Foam Applicator
Distress Markers, Full Set
Distress Markers
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals


  1. wrote on October 2nd, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Renee C.

    Love, love, love these cards!! Very inspiring and the video is so helpful – thank you 🙂

  2. wrote on October 2nd, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Sonya van Stee

    gorgeous as always! And, by the way, you have a very soothing voice… I could listen to your videos all day!

  3. wrote on October 2nd, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Anna Jernigan

    LOVE these cute cards! I am just freaked out that you are using Embossing Paste today, because, a friend and I who both watch your videos, were JUST talking about the pros and cons of using the paste, and BOOM! here you are using it just today in your Wednesday card! How weird is that? I always loved the look, she was more on the fence, but shhh, I think your gorgeous flower convinced her to maybe give it a try! Isn’t that a hoot?
    I love both versions, can’t choose between each one, they are both soooo sweet!
    BTW, thanks for helping me unknowingly convince a friend to try a new technique! How funny!
    Missed ya, been busy here, but in a good way…………but, hopefully able to be at the computer more, and I have quite a few Wednesday Cards to catch up on. Sounds fun to me, with my cup o’ Joe, and watching and learning from Darlene, one of my fave’s………..thanks, for your fantastic videos!
    Have a great week!

  4. wrote on October 2nd, 2013 at 12:29 pm


    Two orders from the stores. Yikes. Have you considered sharing some of the items with us?

  5. wrote on October 2nd, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Diana W.

    Another stellar Wednesday. I have been thinking about using the paste, but have been a bit afraid to jump in. After seeing what you did, I think I will try it. Thanks for giving me the boost I needed. Counting the days until next Wednesday. Thanks again for sharing your talents.

  6. wrote on October 2nd, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Maria A. Rodriguez

    I love the look of this embossing paste, I need to get me some and give it a try. I love both cards Darlene, it’s so hard to pick a favorite, this looks really fabulous. I also love the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, I’ve been eyeing it since it came out but, to be honest, it didn’t really grab my attention until I started seeing lovely cards made with it. Thank you so much for another fantastic video, I love the fact that you introduce us to many techniques and products to help us expand our stamping and crafting horizons. Have a great rest of the week.

  7. wrote on October 2nd, 2013 at 1:07 pm


    I do love that texture the embossing pasted gives. Wonderful idea!!! And great looking card!

  8. wrote on October 2nd, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Debbie Flaherty

    I so love your videos and your voice has such a calming effect.. I have learned so much from watching all your videos. Look so forward to my inbox on Wednesdays. Keep up the awesome work, it’s beautiful.

  9. wrote on October 2nd, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Meli Isen

    Very cute…I love the whole “mixed media” feel of your card!!!

  10. wrote on October 2nd, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Mary, Wausau WI

    What a great tip on using the blender pen to “create” a peacock feathers marker! A great way to
    s-t-r-e-t-c-h supplies!!!

  11. wrote on October 2nd, 2013 at 11:32 pm


    Brilliant ideas, Darlene! Just love how you used the embossing paste, stencils and ink! Fantastic cards!

    I’ve watched your videos on You Tube for quite awhile now and finally hopped over here to see your blog. Wanted to let you know that your voice is so easy to listen too – love your videos! 🙂

  12. wrote on October 3rd, 2013 at 6:32 am


    Nice cards! TFS how you used the two-step stencils to create the textured flower. Love the look. 🙂

  13. wrote on October 3rd, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Robin in WA

    I’m so glad you did a video on the embossing paste. I’ve watched several videos on this stuff and I’ve purchased my jar, but have yet had the nerve to give it a try. Maybe today will be the day! I’m feeling more confident today! Cute card. I love the details you give your cards. Thank you!

  14. wrote on October 3rd, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Gloria Taylor

    What a lovely and easy card to make for any ocassion. Love the idea using embossing paste with distress ink, thanks once again…looking forward for next week’s demo.

  15. wrote on October 6th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Melissa D

    Great stencil to use for something like this. Love the idea of the alternating space on it. Love the colours as always and great tips once again. I am assuming this is very similar to texture paste?

    • wrote on October 6th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Melissa, I’m not familiar with texture paste, but from the name, it sounds like it. 🙂

  16. wrote on October 6th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Kari Webster

    I’ve been wanting to dive in and give the embossing paste a try too, and like you it is out of my comfort zone. I am tempted to give it a try though, because the dimension looks amazing! I love that you did a haul video too! I will always be a fan Darlene!

  17. wrote on January 11th, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Renee VanEpps

    Such beautiful cards Darlene! Just finally bought some embossing paste, so hoping you do more videos with it! Great job on the picture supply list!

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