Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Just a quick post to share this layout we made at my last scrap class.  I am (slightly) obsessed at the moment, with Ranger embossing paste.  It is absolutely the coolest stuff!  You spread it over a stencil, lift the stencil off, and you have this raised, textured pattern.  My mind automatically went to.... "how can I make it sparkly, too?" So, I put Irridescent Ice embossing powder over the paste while still wet -- then let the project sit aside and dry for a while.  Then, melt the embossing powder with the heat gun.  Note: if you use the heat gun before the paste has dried, then the paste will puff up -- giving you a different look, so that's why you let it dry for a while first.

SU has the stars and stripes masks (which are basically stencils) -- as well as several new ones right now, so I immediately thought of how I could show case my new obsession, embossing paste, with the SU stars and stripes mask -- on a Fourth of July layout.  I wanted to keep it simple, so this is what we made.

The 3" squares with the cute sparkly stars on them on the right hand page, are simply squares of red card stock that we added the stars to, so you can see how versatile this idea is -- add any sort of pattern you like to your project with a stencil and some paste!  AND, you don't have to get the fancy Ranger paste -- you can make the paste yourself with cornstarch, glue, and not sure what else -- just Google embossing paste recipes or look on Pinterest.  There are hundreds out there.

For the Navy striped square, we embossed a navy 3" square with the Stylish Stripes embossing folder, then used the white craft ink pad and just "drug" it across the embossed square to add that look to it.

Other products used on this layout: Larger than Life alphabet, retired Bright and Beautiful set, various star punches and Real Red, Night of Navy, DSP, Red and silver glimmer paper.

Have a safe July 4th, everyone!

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