5 Exciting Stencil Paste Ideas You’ve Got To Try!

Stenciling is incredibly fun! It might even be one of my favorite things about crafting! Stenciling has all the fun of painting, while also being quick and often foolproof. For many of us, inking our stencils is the go-to. But using a paste with your stencil lends texture and dimension that can really elevate the look of your project!

It’s very easy to use a wide variety of pastes with your stencils. Simply place your stencil where you’d like your design. You can use the whole stencil, or just part of the design (use stencil tape to hide the parts you aren’t using). I also recommend using stencil tape to secure your stencil in place to prevent shifting.

Then, simply spread a thin layer of paste across your stencil (go easy, you can always add more). Remove your stencil and wash it right away. Allow your image to dry completely. Congratulations—you’re going to love experimenting with all the fun looks you can achieve! Here are some of my favorite pastes for stenciling.

 

Asphalt Paste

Adds a dark, gritty texture that is perfect for urban themes, Halloween and more!

By Debbie Samples

By Debbie Samples

Learn more about Faber-Castell’s Asphalt Texture Paste here.

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Glass Bead Glitter Gel

This stuff is truly beautiful and amazing—I just had to show you a couple of examples. Perfect for Christmas card making, you can layer this sparkling gel over an inked design for colors with texture and sparkle!

By Teresa Welch

By Teresa Welch

 

You can also stencil it directly onto acetate for clear, glittery sparkle! Here, the acetate was placed over a self-adhesive mirror sheet for a double-dose of shine.

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By Ann Barba

Learn more about Faber-Castell’s Glass Bead Glitter Gel here.

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Pearlescent Embossing Paste

This pearly, glistening paste adds a little bit of magic to your projects! One of Teresa’s tips for this product? Tint your Pearlescent Paste with ink refills to customize your look!

By LeNae Gerig

By LeNae Gerig

Learn more about Dreamweaver’s Pearlescent Embossing Paste here.

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Crackle Embossing Paste

This is a super fun one—a paste that gives this wonderful crackling effect! Gail added Crackle paste over a dried layer of black embossing paste.

By Gail Booth

Learn more about Dreamweaver’s Crackle Embossing Paste here.

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Glossy Black Embossing Paste

We carry a variety of embossing pastes in black, white, silver, gold, and copper, but for an extra special look try Glossy Black Embossing Paste! It adds gorgeous, patent-leather shine that will definitely enhance your cards, scrapbook pages, art journals and more!

By Gail Booth

By Gail Booth

Learn more about Dreamweaver’s Glossy Black Embossing Paste here.

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I hope you enjoyed this peek at just a few of the stenciling options available here at Paper Wishes! You’ll have the best result with these pastes by spreading them with a straight edge of some sort. You could use an old gift card, but here are a couple of other options:

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Palette Knives 3-Pack

Paste Spreader (Dreamweavers)

Paste Spreader (Dreamweavers)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by our blog! Let me know if you try any of these ideas, and feel free to share your photos below. I hope you make it a point to have some fun playing with stencils soon. 😀

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

PS—Here are some of my favorite new Hot Off The Press stencils:

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Paper Wishes® Events: Girlfriends Getaway 2016!

 

Get out your cutting mats & clear your calendars!

Every year, papercrafters unite in Canby, OR to attend Hot Off The Press & Paper Wishes’ Girlfriends Getaway. It’s an incredible all-day event filled with card making & scrapbooking, free giveaways, lunch and lots of laughs! Girlfriends Getaway 2016 will be held this year on Saturday, September 17th at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds.

Spaces are very limited so be sure to reserve your spot ASAP.

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Feel free to post any questions you may have in the comments, and I’ll do my best to answer them! See you in September! 😀

 

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Our 2016 National Scrapbooking Day Challenge Winner Is…

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Hello friends!

Our National Scrapbooking Day Challenge has ended, and we’ve gone over all the entries received here on the blog and on Facebook! There were quite a few entries even though our contest coincided with Mother’s Day weekend, but in the end, there can only be one winner.

The designer of the winning scrapbook page is… Linda Holt!!! 😀

Congratulations to Linda, and here’s a look at her page:

 

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Fabulous job, Linda! We loved the techniques that you used, plus your wonderful journaling truly embodies WHY we create scrapbook pages & albums! You’re the winner of a $50 gift certificate to Paper Wishes so hopefully you can put that toward something on your wish list. Watch your inbox for an email from us! 😀

Also a huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our NSD Sketch Challenge! It’s always amazing to see both the creativity, and the real moments captured in your scrapbook pages, and it’s an honor that you share them with us! Keep on creating, and we’ll be right here to inspire!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Paper Wishes® Contest: National Scrapbooking Day 2016 Sketch Challenge!!!

Hello Paper Wishers! It’s that time of year again—Saturday, May 7th is National Scrapbooking Day, and we’re ready to celebrate! Now all we need is you!

Perhaps you scrap daily, or maybe it’s been a little while since you made a page. Either way, here’s a fantastic excuse to grab a favorite photo (or two or three…) and have some fun creating a page all about you. Your family. Your life.

Read below to find out all the details! Then, just post an image of your page here on the blog, or on our National Scrapbooking Day Challenge Facebook Event! There aren’t too many rules. We mostly just want you to have a great time creating something you love! The winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 10th so get scrappin’! Post any questions you might have here or on Facebook and I’ll get the answers!

 

“Scrappy” Holidays!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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A New Way To Connect With Paper Wishes!

 

Our Paper Wishes customers are just like family to us. And like a real family, we like to keep in touch! There are so many ways that you can connect with us here at Paper Wishes!

  • Check out our Weekly Webisodes! Every Wednesday, watch Paulette & Gail as they share new products complete with tips & technique, plus incredible project ideas that will have you absolutely inspired!
  • On the Paper Wishes Blog, you can find stunning and seasonal project ideas, the latest & greatest new crafting products, contests and giveaways, plus behind-the-scenes peeks of Paper Wishes!
  • You can also find us on Facebook & Twitter! Here, you will find more amazing project ideas, contests & giveaways, notices of our sales and even more behind-the-scenes fun!

 

Not enough for you?

That’s okay—starting April 21st, we are bringing you something new!

 

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“Explore the world through someone else’s eyes.”

 

Periscope is an app that lets us broadcast live video directly to you.

Straight from Paper Wishes.

No scripts, no editing, no second chances.

Maybe best of all, Periscope lets you interact directly with us in real time. Ask questions, make a comment or just show us some love!

 

How can you watch Paper Wishes through Periscope? Two ways.

  1. Smartphone or Tablet: Periscope is a free app available for your iOS or Android device. Download the Periscope app from the iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store, and enable notifications. Be sure to follow Paper Wishes (our “handle” is @PaperWishes)! You’ll receive an alert when we’re broadcasting live (which makes this the best option for viewing).

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  1. Desktop Computer (Mac or PC): You can also catch Paper Wishes’ LIVE Periscope broadcasts on a desktop computer using your Twitter account (sign up here for free)! Then, be sure to follow @mypaperwishes. You’ll be notified through Twitter when we go live!

 

However you choose to watch, Paper Wishes’ LIVE Periscope broadcasts will be available for 24 hours following the broadcast. It’s going to be a whole lot of fun, and probably even more laughs, so get ready to join us on Periscope! Download the Periscope app by April 21st when Paper Wishes will go LIVE at a special event. Don’t miss a moment!

If you have questions, ask them in the blog comments. It will probably help someone else, and I will do my best to answer them all!

See you soon!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Spring 2016: Card Kits, Planners, Watercolors & Spring Cleaning!

 

Here at Paper Wishes, spring has officially sprung! Just as we’re seeing signs of new life outside, we have lots of fresh new items that debuted in the Early Spring 2016 Paper Wishes® Special Edition catalog (all available now at PaperWishes.com)! This catalog has a lot to get excited about, so here’s a peek at a few of my favorites (love my job)! 🙂

 

Rose Garden Foiled Die-Cut Topper Kit 

First I want to share something that’s both new and spectacularly gorgeous—the Rose Garden Foiled Topper Kit! Gail demo-ed this kit during her appearance on HSN and it completely sold out. If you didn’t get yours, here’s your chance! Supplies are limited.

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A luxurious, foiled card topper kit in vivid fuchsia, lime and teal florals.

  • 160 stunning, gold-foiled die-cuts
  • 16  patterned papers (8.5″x11″)
  • 24 blank white cards (5″x6.5″) and 24 envelopes
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Here are a couple of project ideas, although clearly you’ll have TONS of beautiful options to play with!

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Some of the toppers are so large that they make a perfect shaped card! Designed by Debbie Samples.

 

 

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You can layer the toppers, and yes—that beautiful, lacy paper is part of the set! Designed by Gail Booth.

 

Carpe Diem Planner Collection

Another favorite (especially among Paper Wishes employees) is the Carpe Diem Planner Collection from Simple Stories! Apparently, we all needed to get organized—but doing so also had to be fun and creative. The planner already comes with everything you need. Then, just choose coordinating Carpe Diem planner extras to customize it—take a look!

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Carpe Diem Planner in Platinum

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Carpe Diem Planner in Coral

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Carpe Diem Planner in Black

 

 

 

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Planner comes with foiled acetate insert; 12 monthly calendar pages; 12 monthly tabbed dividers; 72 weekly inserts; 7 decorative inserts; one A5 notepad tablet

 

Here are all the fun extras—with even more coming in April 2016!

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Carpe Diem Magnetic Bookmarks

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Carpe Diem Bits ‘N Pieces Die-Cuts

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Carpe Diem Sticky Note Bookmark

 

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Carpe Diem Pocket Inserts

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Carpe Diem Calendar Stickers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And one of our graphic designers, Kristen, had a fabulous idea—use the weekly pages as a journal! You can still plan ahead on the monthly calendar AND have a place to jot down those precious daily moments that we forget all too easily! Genius!

 

Stackable Caddy Organizer (Deflecto)

Embracing some much-needed organization, I also picked up one of these!

caddyMoms and grandmas, do you see this!? This caddy features three compartments with snapping lids to keep little fingers out! You can even turn the containers so the lid latches on the inside (close to the handle) keeping your “helpers” away from anything sharp, sticky or permanent. The lids are removable if this isn’t a concern for you, but you probably have a good sense of where I’m coming from… 😉 Another cool feature? You can stack multiple caddies and lock them together. This is a storage solution that I LOVE and it’s perfect to hold all your “basics.”

 

NEW Watercolor Basics

Another fun trend we are seeing lots of is watercolor. Personally, I love to paint. A simple watercolor background is an easy way to give your cards, pages and projects an extra layer of mixed-media-loveliness, so I’m very excited that PaperWishes.com now carries everything you’ll need to get started!

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Tri-fold Watercolor Tin

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No. 1 Watercolor Brush

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9″x12″ Watercolor Pad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Watercolor Coloring Book

Here’s one of the pages from this incredible watercolor coloring book. I haven’t tried this book out yet, but it’s definitely on my wish list (along with this one).

 

So there you have just a few of my Spring Special Edition favorites! Post any comments or questions you might have below, and I’d love to hear—what were some of your favorites?

See you soon!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Behind-the-Scenes: Paper Wishes’ Annual Easter Egg Hunt!

It’s official—spring has sprung! Thursday was our annual employee Easter Egg Hunt, and surprisingly we had clear skies (not typical for an Oregon Easter)!

 

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Our tulips came up just in time for some Easter fun!

 

 

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Paulette and others waiting for the hunt to start!

 

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Just joking around…

 

Nathan, our Warehouse Lead, used highly-trained Eva to sniff out hidden eggs!

 

Our AWESOME Sales Manager, Carol, and myself!

Our AWESOME Sales Manager, Carol, and myself!

 

Poor Paulette found only TWO eggs—thank goodness there’s a prize for that!

 

Two of our Graphic Designers, Kristen & Kelcie, getting their prizes from event emcee, Scott!

Two of our graphic designers, Kristen & Kelcie, getting their prizes from Paper Wishes “Fun Committee” Leader, Scott!

Partners in crime! Bethany, our Personal Shopper Kit administrator, and myself.

Partners in crime! Bethany, our Personal Shopper Kit Administrator, and myself.

 

Bethany hid little “Peter Rabbit” somewhere in the building for employees to find! The winner received a chocolate bunny.

 

I hope you all have your Easter cards finished because the big day is almost here! Next week I’ll be highlighting some of my favorite new Paper Wishes crafting finds, so stay tuned for that. Have a fabulous Easter weekend everyone!!!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Paper Wishes’ Favorite Easter Card Ideas!

 

Just a couple weeks ago, my spring fever was feeling a bit premature. Yet somehow, Easter is now just a month away!

So now is the perfect time to start bringing the spirit of spring into your home, and into your crafting! Here are a couple fabulous Easter-themed projects using brand NEW Bunnies Dazzles™ stickers from Hot Off The Press! Click each project for supplies and instructions.

 

Hoppy Spring Card by Susan Cobb

This playful card has a fun springtime look that would be especially perfect for a little boy!

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Designer’s Tip: Place your Dazzles™ stickers onto layered label shapes for an easy, polished focal!

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Cardmaker’s™ Earth’s Palette Creative Pack

Layered Labels Design Tool Kit #10 Template

 

 

Tulip Fold Happy Spring Card by Teresa Welch

This card gives you a sneak peek at our NEW 2-Way Diamond cards! Teresa’s latest computer DVD shows how to make this card, or buy a whole pack of blank 2-Way Diamond Fold cards (available in March).

Click here for more!

Designer’s Note: Place your Dazzles™ onto NEW Dazzles™ Glitter Sheets for incredible sparkle and shine!

Roses & Lace Double-Sided Paper Pack

Bunnies Dazzles™ Stickers

Layered Labels Design Tool Kit #10 Template

Spectrum Noir™ Florals Blendable Pencils

 

 

Hoppy Spring! Tunnel Card by LeNae Gerig

This project is from the November’s Premiere Dazzles™ monthly kit. Click on the project to learn more about our HUGE selection of monthly craft kits!

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Designer’s Tip: Create the perfect Easter bunny by placing a Dazzles™ bunny onto white cardstock. Then cut next to the Dazzles™ edge. Chalk is the perfect way to add just a hint of color to the white rabbit!

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Tunnel Die-Cut Cards (3-pack)

Bunnies Dazzles™ Stickers

 

Don’t miss our new webisode this coming Wednesday for even more great Easter-themed projects using our gorgeous Easter Egg cutting dies (and order yours now to get them in plenty of time for Easter)! We hope you enjoy this week of ideas for creating delightful Easter and springtime projects! Please share your Easter and spring projects in the comments below. We love to see what you’re creating! 😀

 

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Steampunk Collection + Masculine Card Ideas!!!

 

Sometimes “pretty” comes easy, while “manly” remains a little more elusive. How do you make a pretty (or rather, manly) card for a man? Paper Wishes designers to the rescue! Below are some of my favorite masculine looks our incredible design team created using Hot Off The Press’ new Steampunk Collection!

Susan created the card below using Steampunk Foiled Fancies™ which are gold-foiled, deeply embossed die-cuts just waiting for your creative touch! Ink them, sand them, or add paint, markers and more for incredible effects. Susan colored her Foiled Fancies™ hot air balloon, gears and butterfly with Spectrum Noir™ markers. She then stamped black designs from the Fancy Patterns stamp set using Black StazOn® ink. Click on the project for details.

Click here for Susan's instructions!

Click here for Susan’s instructions!

 

Here’s a gorgeous card from Teresa who has embellished a Steampunk Foil Paper Tole “winged clock” with tiny, self-adhesive copper “nailheads.” She’s also used the Steampunk stamp set and Gold StazOn® ink for her card greeting! I just love this look, especially with that brown twill ribbon!

Click here for Teresa's instructions!

Click here for Teresa’s instructions!

 

On this version, Gail customized her Foiled Fancies™ by inking them with black StazOn®, and applying rubbing alcohol over the top for a pewter look. She then combined her Foiled Fancies™ with Steampunk Scrapbooking Dazzles™. She backed her Dazzles™ heart and gears with Mocha Suede specialty paper, then layered her pieces together with foam tape. Wonderful dimension!!

Click for Gail's instructions!

Click for Gail’s instructions!

 

Steampunk is the perfect collection for creating masculine cards, with deep brown and golden tones, teal accents and “manly” motifs like gears, top hats and more. You’ll be able to make the perfect birthday card for your husband, son, father, brother or any other special guy!

 

I hope you have a love-filled Valentine’s Day! <3

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

Check out Hot Off The Press’ Steampunk Collection!

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Brighten Up With Our “Colorist” Collection!

The February sun is shining down on Hot Off The Press today, and I could’ve swore I felt the tiniest twitch of spring fever. Not full-blown-can’t-focus-must-clean-my-house spring fever. Just a pinch. Enough to remind me that, eventually, winter will give way to springtime.

To shake off some of the winter grays, I’m sharing our new Colorist Collection with you! The 12″x12″ paper pack features black and white outline artwork on one side, with vibrantly colored, dotted patterns on the other! These are some of the most versatile papers for papercrafters EVER! The black and white motif, contrasted against the bold colors and simple polka dots allows these papers to really travel through the seasons.

Below, Gail’s adorable easel card was covered with Colorist papers, and her framed robin focal (cut from the Feathered Friends Colorist book) was colored in with Spectrum Noir™ markers. I love how she used a ribbon bow to prop up her card front! And the floral background paper inside is so striking when left black and white! Click on the card for Gail’s supplies and instructions.

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Susan’s card below features Colorist Scrapbooking Dazzles™ stickers, and I love the look of this card! For her greeting, she simply placed the Dazzles™ “Celebrate…” sticker onto matted Colorist papers. The flowers were made by placing Dazzles™ flower stickers onto Double-Sided Adhesive. She covered the adhesive with Crystal Micro Glitter, and backed the flowers with Colorist papers for beautiful sparkle and shine! Click her card for more details.

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Here’s a scrapbook page that LeNae created using Colorist papers, Colorist Scrapbooking Dazzles™ and Colorist ribbon. You can color these papers any way you like. Use markers, colored pencils, chalk, ink, anything… and make it your own! 🙂

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Designed by LeNae Gerig

 

This last card easily makes my “Top 10” list—take a look! LeNae has covered a Center Step card with Colorist papers that she colored in with ArtGrip Watercolor Pencils. The focal is Florals for Colorists Paper Tole which is a quick and easy way to get a gorgeous, playful look like this! You can click on the card for supplies and instructions.

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This paper pack is a natural choice for Easter (and beyond)! Click any of the products below for more info (and more project ideas too!)

 

Thanks for stopping by! 😀

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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