When I was at Scrapbook Expo yesterday Cyndi and I stopped at a booth where embossing with a paste was demonstrated. It was really a pretty interesting demo and Cyndi and I were both hooked...bait, line, and sinker! You know how it is...you see something demonstrated that looks great and then you get home and it's a disaster and NEVER turns out the way it was demonstrated! Know what I mean? Well, thankfully this was pretty easy to duplicate but took a little bit of trial and error for me.
The product is called Tessler Dimensional Elements and there is a website listed on the container which is http://www.tesslerstamps.com/ but I was unable to find the paste on the site. The paste comes in two types: a clear, glossy gel and a white matte paste.
To use it you select your stencil (I used brass stencils) and postition them on your cardstock. You want to use a removable tape to anchor it....the woman at the booth said blue painter's tape worked fine and I had some of that on hand so brought it out:
Don't try to be skimpy with the tape because it also helps protect your paper (tip from the experienced there, by the way!).
Once your template is secured you can open the tub of glop (I love that technical term!)...the kit I bought came with a little plastic applicator that looked similar to a knife.
Begin to spread the glop over the template...the more the merrier! But you really don't need a ton at your personal party here...a little goes a pretty long way!
Once you have good coverage you can use your applicator to smooth off the excess:
Once your item is dry you can secure the template back over your embossed image and use inks to dab in your color with small paint dabbers. I used pigment inks so I was able to add a little glitter at the end while the inks were still wet for a little extra shine.
Here are some samples of finished images:
I would imagine you could put a small amount of the paste in another container and then add some drops of ink to color it. I didn't try that, though...I really liked the white matte paste against the dark backround. The trees above on the black were not inked at all.
It was fun...and easy...and the result was really nice. I'd definitely recommend this stuff if you can find it and feel like pulling out your old recently unused brass templates!