Stencils and homemade texture paste

Hi everyone! When I first started making cards way back when, I used stencils on almost everything. There weren’t so many around back then so I would cut my own and use acrylic paint to apply them. These days stencils are everywhere and there are so many ways to use them. I’ve been looking for texture or embossing paste for a while but found it a bit pricey. So I was very impressed when I stumbled across a YouTube video that showed me how to make my own! And it works beautifully. You can see it at

There are only three ingredients: 1 tablespoon tacky glue, 1 tablespoon acrylic paint (any colour you like. I use white paint and coloured the paste later) and 1/2 cup talcum paper. I halved the amounts the first time I made it because I just wanted to see if it would work.

But work it did and here are a couple of the cards I made.


The stencil is from Urban Artist and it’s called Polka Grad. I glued some of my scrap stash to a sheet of paper and die cut the heart. I die cut 4 more hearts from white cardstock and stacked them behind the paper one to lift it up a little. The sentiment is from Fiskar’s Happy Birthday set.


The stencil on this one is from The Crafter’s Workshop and it’s called Mini Chicken Wire Reversed. I can’t remember what ink I used to colour the texture paste but it was a distress ink that I’ve mixed into the paste with a pallet knife. The balloon was made the same way as the heart and the greeting is from Hero Art’s It’s Your Day stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by. Cheers for now.

Kathy 1


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