Using Embossing Paste with Metal Stencils or even plastic….
This technique looks especially good on dark card stock. It has a sharper edge to it than either dry or thermal embossing and, like dry embossing, it can also be stencilled with colour. The different pastes have various qualities.
- When using embossing paste on the metal stencils, you need to work quickly, because the paste sets up in 20-40 minutes and you don’t want it to dry into the fine bridgework of the metal stencils.
- Make sure you are working on a hard flat surface and the stencil needs to be flat against the surface, because, if it is bent, the paste will pull under the bridges and smear.
- Starting at the top tape the stencil down around all four sides in a clockwise direction, with Woodware Stencil Tape (code 2812). Mask off any areas of the stencil that you do not want included with the tape.
- Pick up the paste on the bottom of the metal palette knife and smooth over the stencil’s cut out areas as if applying icing to a cake. Now the paste on the stencil is about 1/8″- 1/4″ thick. At this point, scrape off the excess paste until all the holes are filled evenly and the stencil surface is smooth.
- Immediately remove the tape in an anti-clockwise direction leaving on the last piece. Use it like a hinge to lift off the stencil. This gives you a chance to check the coverage. If you have missed a bit you can place the stencil down again in the same position. It is important to clean the stencil off immediately, so drop it into a bowl of water until you have time to scrub it with a vegetable or nail brush. If there is a film or residue of paste on the stencil, use a rubber stamp cleaner that removes permanent inks. Apply it generously and scrub with a dry paper towel.
- Set aside the paste project for 20-40 minutes and, when dry, put the cleaned stencil back in place and stencil with a variety of mediums to add colour.