Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Sponged Mask Embossing Paste Technique

I discovered this technique quite by accident and I have used it exclusively since for colouring the embossing paste I use. There is no waste and no mess, and I don't have lots of little pots of coloured paste which might dry out and be useless.
it's a simple technique - those are often the best.

  1. use any ask and a sponge and apply one colour of ink over the mask- this can be on your project or on a scrap piece of paper
  2. position the section of mask with the ink on it in the position you wish to have the coloured paste on your project
  3. take a small amount of paste with a clean palette knife and spread it over the ink coloured mask
  4. the paste will become coloured as you spread it - you can move the colour around, and sometimes your finished area will be variegated colours
and that's it!

Here's a few samples of cards using that technique - I applied the sponging on a scrap piece of paper

For this Crushed Curry card the mask had two colours sponged onto the mask.- Dapper Denim and Crushed Curry. How cute are the little motifs from In the city (Hostess Set)

This sample shows the ombre effect you can achieve with varying amounts of ink applied to the mask- it is a kind of random effect and different every time- a bit like the magic of watercolouring.

 And on this sample I sponged directly onto the card. moved the mask slightly and applied the paste directly.

I'm also entering this card in the Just Add Ink Challenge #365 for this sketch.
And the last sample used a lighter colour ink on the mask  (Pool Party) than the background ink wash colour (Bermuda Bay) to create a very subtle effect.

I hope you found this useful and that you'll give it a try. 
The Embossing Paste is just so much fun to use.
 Of course for a rich deep colour I would still mix with 1 or 2 drops of ink.
Happy Stamping and remember

"don't just post online
post something pretty!"



  1. Well that's A pretty impressive lineup Liz. You are having loads of fun with the paste, they are awesome. Love the effect of the double masking on your JAI entry...very cool! Thanks for sharing at Just Add Ink. Xx

  2. Very cool - great selection of techniques with the paste. I really love the way the papers look too. Chantell Just Add Ink

  3. Very impressive assortment of designs. You make it look easy - and beautiful.
    Any chance you could share the name of the stamp set the Happy Birthday in the Pool Party and Bermuda Bay card? I really like the font and size, and have looked through the catalog a few times looking for it, with no success.
    Thank you for sharing your discovery and your talent!

    1. HI Susan, thanks for your lovely comments. it is a fun way to play!! The sentiment is from the 2017 Sale a Bration Designer Tee set - I also love the "when in doubt STAMP" sentiment from this set.


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