Pasty Razzle Dazzle

by Linda Bullard

Combine stenciling and sponging techniques with translucent embossing paste and glitter to add dimension and color.


  • Brass Stencil
  • Cardstock (heavy weight)
  • Removable Tape (or low-tack painter’s tape)
  • Inks
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Translucent Embossing Paste (dries clear)
  • Palette Knife
  • Glitter
  • Shallow Pan of Soapy Water (for soaking stencil)
  • Scrub Brush (a nail or vegetable brush are good choices)
  • Paper Towels
  • Rubbing Alcohol (for removing stubborn paste residue)
  • Optional – scrap paper for making a mask or shield


  1. Step 1

    Center the brass stencil on cardstock (here Confetti Cream) and adhere to hard, flat surface with removable tape. Take care not to tape over any of the openings.

    Hint: It’s important to create a hinge at the top of the stencil, so tape down the top first, then the remaining sides. Tape the bottom second and the sides last, and remove them later in the reverse order.

  2. Step 2

    Use sponge daubers to color the image with the darker inks.

    Hint: It's helpful to use masks to keep the sponging more controlled.

  3. Step 3

    Clean the stencil well with a slightly moistened paper towel. Remove the stencil (keeping the tape intact) from the paper and set aside.

  4. Step 4

    Use sponge daubers to fill in the background with lighter colored inks.

  5. Step 5

    Line up and reattach the taped brass stencil over the colored image. Make sure the top “hinge” tape is well adhered.

  6. Step 6

    Pick up a generous amount of embossing paste with the BOTTOM of a palette knife.

  7. Step 7

    When applying the embossing paste, right-handers should start from the right side of the stencil, lefties from the left side. Try to keep the palette knife at about a 45 degree angle as a thin, even layer of the paste, is applied using gentle pressure, NOT pressing hard. The layer should be about 1/8 to ¼ inch thick.

    NOTE: Work quickly! The moisture in the embossing paste can warp the paper and the paste dries quickly, so use as few passes as possible to cover the stencil. Immediately scrape any excess paste on the palette knife back into the container, replacing the lid as you work to prevent the paste from drying out.

  8. Step 8

    Keep the palette knife at about 45 degrees and hold it level against the surface of the stencil. Move across the stencil in a continuous, steady motion to scrape off the paste. Leave behind a level coating in the stencil openings.

    It may take more than one pass with the knife on large stencils. Try to avoid scraping off any area more than once. The paper tends to warp up into the openings from the moisture of the paste, and you might find yourself scraping the paste right off the image! Immediately clean your palette knife with a damp paper towel.

  9. Step 9

    Remove the tape from the sides and bottom, leaving the top hinge tape in place. Lift the bottom of the stencil straight up (see photo).

    The security of the tape hinge minimizes disturbing the paste as the stencil is removed. Should the stencil be dropped accidentally, it will fall right back into place.

    Remove the stencil and tape from the paper.

  10. Step 10

    Dispose of the hinge tape and IMMEDIATELY immerse your stencil in pan of soapy water.

    This can be scrubbed and cleaned later.

  11. Step 11

    Quickly apply the glitter to the embossing paste while it’s still wet.

    Tap off the excess and allow at least an hour to dry.

  12. Step 12

    Carefully brush off excess glitter and admire the dazzling results!

  13. Step 13

    Trim image and finish card as desired.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Pasty Razzle Dazzle. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Thanks for a wonderful and beautiful tutorial, Linda! This is fabulous! I have a lot of brass stencils, and some paste here in the store that I manage and people have lost interest in them BIG time! Years ago, before I worked here, this technique was done but not nearly with the beauty and sparkle that you've showcased here! Maybe I will go sort through them and find some inspiration to try your technique and get them interested again! Thank you!
Tammy  |  Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 11:40 AM
Oh! What perfect timing!! I had bought a stencil and thought that I might give this technique a try....just need to go get the paste (which was on my list to do tomorrow!!!) I'm soooo glad to "see" how this is done
Starla (star)  |  Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 12:03 PM
Thank you for the tutorial, Linda. You've inspired me to pull out my stencil icing again.
Vickie Y  |  Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 12:03 PM
Beautiful tutorial and GORGEOUS card!!
Dotty  |  Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 12:08 PM
now I need to buy all the stencils I sold & gave away!
Laurie  |  Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 1:06 PM
Wonderful!! I have the stencils and stencil paste. Tried this technique once, but did did it all wrong. Now that I know the right way, I will try again. Thank you, Linda
GarnetJ  |  Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 1:25 PM
Great tutorial and beautiful card, Linda! I've tried this with toothpaste before, but will try it with the *real* stuff again. Thanks!
broni (waterchild12)  |  Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 3:29 PM
Very nice card. I like to use simple green in my water it helps to really get the stencil clean.
silverdragoness  |  Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 4:04 PM
I have some stencils that I need to use and now I can do try it.

Thanks for the tutorial.
Amy  |  Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 4:30 PM
Linda, What a gorgeous card and a GREAT tutorial!!
Qbee  |  Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 4:30 PM
I have seen this before, but don't know where I can find the embossing paste. Where did you find it, or can you buy it online? Would really like to do this in a workshop.
Mary  |  Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 5:59 PM
Wowee! Now that's so cool. I have a bazillion of those little brass templates I got when I first started stamping. I must figure out where to get embossing paste.

Thank you so much for sharing!
Penascodragonfly-Misti  |  Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 7:01 PM
What perfect timing. I just got some of that paste and a brass stencil as a gift from a very special friend. I am so excited. I can't wait to try it. Thanks so much!
CraftCrazy24  |  Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 8:05 PM
Thanks so much for this detailed and coherent tutorial! I have used stencil paste quite a few times, and never liked the results, but your directions and tips make me ready to try again!
Claudia Zimmerman  |  Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 9:31 PM
You make it sound like something that I can manage. And the resulting card was "Outta this World".
Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial.
Beth  |  Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 10:42 PM
LOVE the card. Two questions:
1. Why can't you use embossing powder instead of the paste?
2.Would this technique work on plastic stencils (from Fiskars)?
Thanks for the great tutorial.
Judith  |  Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 10:58 PM
could you use the same technique on the acrylic albums to make it look like snow?
debbie Ebat  |  Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 11:11 PM
This is just like Mary C Anderson's tutorial posted back in March. She is also a member of SCS.
Cre8  |  Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 3:33 AM
I do basically the same process, but I use the white emb paste then the glitter -- without the colors. This makes a beautiful card when you use gold c/s and the white/glittered stenciled image.
Kathay  |  Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 3:53 AM
A beautiful card and wonderful technique Linda, thank you for making the tutorial and sharing with us. Where did you purchase the embossing paste?
Jerri Jimenez  |  Thu Nov 29, 2007 at 4:00 AM

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