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Old 02-23-2014, 08:53 AM   #1
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Default How is embossing paste different from modeling paste?

I don't see much general Mixed Media discussion here, but I have a question and thought I'd just post it and see what happens!!

I'm new to MM - I've been in the "acquiring supplies" phase and now I'm getting to the "actually doing something with it" phase! I have a jar of Wendy Vecchi embossing paste - it's the white, or plain. I also have some Martha Stewart Sparkle Texture Effect. I'm using the embossing paste with stencils (recently took the "Stenciled" class over at Online Card Classes).

I'm seeing "Modeling Paste" in some online stores, and I'm wondering if that's the same/similar to embossing paste. Is it not as good, almost the same, or ??? I was placing an order from SSS for a few things, and I realized after I placed the order that I could've gotten another "color" (like silver or gold) Wendy Vecchi embossing paste, but I totally forgot about it. I get a ton of stuff from Amazon, but their WV EPaste has $4.99 shipping on it (we have Amazon Prime). I live fairly close to a brick-and-mortar Dick Blick store, and I'm wondering if they have any (their website doesn't list any embossing paste, but they do have "modeling paste").

Anyway, just wondering if anyone knows... And if you wanted to tint your embossing paste, would you use reinker, acrylic paint or ??

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There are LOTS of "modeling pastes" - Golden has a great line of all sorts of texture pastes - check out their mediums next time you're at Blick (lucky duck) - it doesn't have to be called embossing paste to do what you want it to do. One of my fave textured mediums is Golden glass bead gel which you can tint and has these fun tiny glass beads in it.

I use water based reinkers with my dimensional mediums because many of them are water based - I wouldn't recommend an alcohol ink in most of them because it might de-nature them. But also mica powders look really pretty with some of them!

I always buy an un-dyed one so that I can play with color.

ETA - it doesn't have to be dyed before you use it. After its dry, then you can use acrylics, inks of all sorts, etc.
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Lydia, I knew you'd have the answer! Thanks for your quick reply! I haven't been to Dick Blick in years, and I think I need to go this week! I'll look for that Golden Glass Bead Gel too! And it makes sense to use the plain embossing paste so you can color it either before or after!!
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I just read that embossing paste is the same as light modeling/molding paste, but with a different name for the craft market.
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... And if you wanted to tint your embossing paste, would you use reinker, acrylic paint or ??
As Lydia says, dye-based reinkers will work. Acrylic paint is fine too. I recently tried Pan Pastel and found that worked really well - as it's dry it doesn't make the paste sloppy at all and the pigment is really concentrated so you don't need much for even quite strong colour. I just put a little blob of paste on my craft mat, dusted a sponge over the Pan Pastel so it dropped over the paste and mixed with a spatula.

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You can also use decorator's spackle from the diy store....I'm guessing it's much cheaper!
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I have been looking for the embossing paste but couldn't find any local over the weekend only online. I did however find some Modeling Paste and it worked great with my stencils. I loved how it turned out! It did exactly what I was wanting to do with it.
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Yesssss! I use acrylic household caulking from the hardware store.
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You can also use decorator's spackle from the diy store....I'm guessing it's much cheaper!
Thanks for posting this because I wondered about that. I have some embossing paste from Dreamweaver (which is who manufactures Wendy Vecchi) and noticed that the texture seemed awfully close to spackle. I imagine spackle is much cheaper because I haven't seen embossing paste for less than $10 a jar!
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Yesssss! I use acrylic household caulking from the hardware store.
Can you tint the caulk?
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