Texture Pressing

by Kyra Sanders

Add interest to a background with stamps and texture paste.


  • White texture paste (Whipped Spackle by Faber-Castell used here)
  • Ink pad of your choice (SU! Pacific Point used here)
  • Rubber stamp with lots of texture (SU! Awesomely Artistic used here)
  • Cardstock approximately the same size as the stamp image
  • Palette knife (metal used here, plastic is fine)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project


  1. Step 1

    Load the back of a palette knife with a small amount of texture paste.

  2. Apply the paste to a piece of cardstock in a thin layer. The area covered should be about the same dimensions as your stamp image.

  3. Step 2

    Ink a rubber stamp and gently press it into the paste.

  4. Use care so it doesn’t slide.

  5. Step 3

    Holding the paper on both sides of the stamp, firmly but slowly lift the stamp off the paper.

  6. Step 4

    Clean the stamp with an old toothbrush to get all of the paste out of the nooks of the image.

  7. Step 5

    Let the panel dry. Cut it to size, and apply it to a finished project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Texture Pressing. 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, Ky-- love the technique and the many options!
Carolynn  |  Wed Dec 30, 2015 at 7:41 AM
Awesome tutorial, Ky! Can't wait to try it.
Debbi  |  Wed Dec 30, 2015 at 8:03 AM
Thanks Kyra ... will give it a go!
Leanne Cyr  |  Wed Dec 30, 2015 at 8:33 AM
What a fun technique! I'm going to raid my husband's tool room until I can get to the craft store, lol! Just curious though, does the paste dry hard? I'm worried that it will crack, especially if the card is mailed.
MrsHappyWife  |  Wed Dec 30, 2015 at 8:59 AM
It's quite flexible, and it's spread so thin - it shouldn't be a problem.
dina  |  Wed Dec 30, 2015 at 10:42 AM
I did three pieces before I left this morning. They are all dry now, so I can finish them up now.
muscrat  |  Wed Dec 30, 2015 at 1:31 PM
Gorgeous Ky!!! I need to try this!
Lee Murphy  |  Wed Dec 30, 2015 at 1:57 PM
Thanks everyone! I have only had it crack when it was applied thickly. I use this a lot in my art journal where pages are flipped and art is applied on the back of the paste area. Not had a problem. I'm so jazzed to see what all of you do!
Ky Sanders  |  Wed Dec 30, 2015 at 2:07 PM
Cool idea. Thanks.
kab  |  Wed Dec 30, 2015 at 3:27 PM
How quickly do you need to clean your stamp? I love this technique!
Kathy  |  Thu Dec 31, 2015 at 3:03 PM
Kathy, you wouldn't want to let the paste dry hard in your stamp... I just take it to the sink as soon as I've stamped.
dina  |  Wed Jan 6, 2016 at 7:24 AM
What a fun video!! Love hearing you too!
Judy Rozema  |  Fri Jan 8, 2016 at 9:29 AM

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