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Old 05-27-2013, 06:26 AM   #6
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I don't use my stencils with a lightbox anymore but I do use them with paint, spray mists, ink daubers, etc. Here are some tips using embossing paste:

Have a plastic container with water and a good cleaner like Simple Green so you can immediately wash your stencil. Other wise the paste is really hard to get off your stencil.

Lay stencil on the cardstock and hold in place with post-its. Put the post it on the bottom of the stencil first as this will be the last one you take off. The sticky part of the post it should be half on the stencil and half on the cardstock.

Apply embossing paste with a palette knife (I use a small cake decorating palette knife)
Apply the paste like icing a cake and make sure the paste is smooth (Unless you want a bumpy finish)

gently peel off the post its leaving the bottom post it in place. Slide the cardstock to the edge of desk and very gently bend the cardstock & stencil over the edge of the desk. The stencil will pop-up off the paper so you can grab the stencil and gently lift it off the cardstock.

Set the cardstock aside - drying time is a couple of hours

Scrap off any remaining paste on the stencil and put it back in the jar. Wash your stencil with the Simple Green solution. I usually let mine soak a few minutes.

It may take you a couple of tries to be able to remove the stencil and not smudge the paste, but the post its really help. Good Luck!
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