Are you ready to learn how to create this fabulous embossing paste technique? Grab your embossing paste, your favorite color card stock and embossing folder. You’ll be creating backgrounds in no time flat. But beware, it’s addicting.

Embossing Paste Background Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I chose Night of Navy for my background, I knew this card was going to be dramatic. And boy or boy was I right, if I say so myself. 

Embossing Paste Background Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

I was inspired to create a focal image for the butterfly. Did you remember that I live in New Orleans? Well, the architecture here is stunning. The old houses are covered in finials, crown moldings, medallions and corbels. By embossing and stacking some die cut scallop circles, I think I was able to mimic a medallion I adore. What do you think?

New Orleans Medallion

Pieces like this one are plentiful all over the city.  If you ever visit our the Big Easy, be sure to take a tour in the French Quarter or Garden District. Warning, you’ll want to be sure you have lots of space on your phone or camera. You’ll be taking lots of photos. Now that you know what inspired me, back to today’s project.

Embossing Paste Background Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Vellum is a very underused medium in my opinion. You don’t know what you’re missing until you give it a try. I’ve used a bit to add subtle color behind the butterfly. Our Stampin’ Blends color it up with no streaking. Then I decided to tone down the bold colors in the foliage a bit by cutting and layering in a few small leaves.

Embossing Paste Background Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

This has got to be one of the easiest techniques EVER. All you have to do is “butter” your embossed cardstock evenly with the embossing paste. The hardest part is letting it dry.

Embossing Paste Background Technique, Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Stampin' Up!

Because I used the Flowering Blooms bundle, I was able to include that fabulous floral image on the inside of my card. Talk about dramatic! It’s beautiful no matter whether you color it or not. Let’s get to today’s FREE video tutorial.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Basic Gray CS – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored @ 5 1/2″
  • Inside Mat – Basic White CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Mat – Basic White CS – 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Embossed Mat – Night of Navy CS – 4″ x 5 1/4″, embossed with the Parisian Flourish 3D embossing folder. Butter the surface with the embossing paste. Allow to dry.
  • Foliage – Old Olive CS – two @ 3″ x 4 1/2″ and Rich Razzleberry – 2 3/4″ x 5 1/2″. Cut two each of the images shown in the video with the dies from the Forever Flourishing die set.
  • Vellum Leaves – Vellum CS – 3″ x 2″, cut five images with the dies from the Flowering Dies set.
  • Focal Medallion – Basic White CS – 3 3/4″ x 4 3/4″, cut with the Layering Circle Dies. Emboss with the Tin Tile 3D embossing folder. Lightly ink with Basic Gray.
  • Butterfly – BumbleBee CS – 1 1/2″ x 2″ and Vellum CS – 1 1/2″ x 2″, cut with the dies from he Brilliant Wings die set. Color the vellum die cut with the Dark Rich Razzleberry blend.
  • Sentiment – Basic White CS – 2″ x 1 1/2″, stamped in Basic Gray and fussy cut.
  • Lacy Trim – Basic Gray CS – 4 1/2″ x 1 1/4″, cut with the die from the Flowering Dies set. Spritz with Champagne Shimmer Mist.
  • Envelope – Basic White, stamped in Basic Bray
  • Metallic Pearls – Silver – four

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Let me know if you give this one a try. I think you will really enjoy it. Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations