Thursday, July 30, 2015

Playing With Paste and Oak Leaves

This week, the Stampendous Team is using the theme "Playing With Paste".  Now, as a former Dreamweaver Team member, I use paste a lot, so many projects could work with the theme.  But then, I got to thinking--how often do I PLAY with paste?  And what does that mean to me?  This "Molten Magic" Technique is a real blast.  You get to use glitter and embossing powder on paste, and when you heat it, it all bubbles up and makes a one-of-a-kind image in front of your eyes.  What could be more playful than that? 

Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Scotch Removable Tape
Scotch 1/2" Adhesive Tape
Heat Embossing Tool
Distress Blending Tool
Distress Ink in Tea Dye


  1. Cut the card stock to 9 1/4" by 5 1/2"and create a fold on the top.
  2. Cut brown paper to 4 5/8" by 5 1/2" and adhere to the front of the card.
  3. Use removable tape to adhere the Oak Leaves Stencil face up on top of a piece of ivory card stock.  Make sure to put the initial strip of tape all the way across the top of the stencil, creating a hinge.
  4. Use the palette knife to place a strip of Gold Embossing Paste across the bottom edge of the paste spreader.  Make sure you have a long enough strip of paste to cover the entirety of the Oak Leaves image from side to side.
  5. Place the bottom edge of the paste spreader directly on the top edge of the stencil with the paste facing you.
  6. Pull the paste spreader towards you across the stencil.  (Think of a squeegee).  The embossing paste should completely fill all the wells in the stencil.
  7. Use the palette knife to remove the excess paste from the spreader and place back in the container.
  8. Carefully remove the tape from the sides and bottom of the stencil, leaving the hinge on top.
  9. Lift the stencil from a bottom corner, like a door and then remove it entirely from the area.
  10. While the paste is still wet, quickly sprinkle the embossing paste, glitters and mica powders over the leaves and acorns that you want to add color to.  If you are careful and only use a small pinch at a time, you can somewhat control where the different colors go.
  11. Use your heat tool above and below the pasted card stock to dry and bubble the paste.  The areas you focus the heat on will bubble the most.  I chose to add a little more texture to the leaves than the acorns.  Be careful not to get too close to the glitter, as you can scorch it, changing the colors.
  12. Trim the ivory card stock close to the leaves image.
  13. Distress the card stock with the Distress Ink and Blending Tool.
  14. Cut brown card stock about 1/2" larger than the ivory card stock in each direction and adhere the leaves image onto it.
  15. Cut rust paper to 4 3/8" x 5 1/4" and adhere the leaves image to it, leaving room for the raffia.
  16. Tie the raffia around the rust card stock.
  17. Adhere the rust card stock to the background.

    Now that I have shown you my card, please go look at the rest of the Stampendous Team that are posting with paste today:
    Alison Heikkila (DW)Louise Healy (DW)Lyn Bernatovich (DW)Pam Hornschu (DW)Kristine Reynolds (DW)Lea Kimmel Fritts (DW)Laura Drahozal (DW)


  1. Love the texture and wonderful autumn feel!!!

  2. Awesome color and texture on this, Laura!

  3. This turned out beautifully! I love the added ep and glitters.

  4. Glad you figured out you play with paste all the time! This molten magic technique is a great way to play and in such fabulous fall colors! Thank you for playing with the theme this week!

  5. This is a perfect use of the molten magic technique! It really makes the leaves look so realistic!!! It is one of my favorite paste techniques!!! TFS!

  6. EXCITING technique, FABULOUS texture and BEAUTIFUL card!!!