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UWF Better Together Blog Hop: How to add texture

I’m so happy to be participating in the January UWF (United We Flourish) Better Together blog hop! You should have hopped over to me from Kittie Caracciolo’s blog. The Better Together stamp/die set was created exclusively for Ellen Hutson by Hero Arts as part of the United We Flourish Campaign. I’ve got a giveaway as well, but first let’s check out the card.


Some lovey dovey birds were screaming out to me when I saw this stamp set. But I wanted to find a way to add some texture so I pulled out some crackle embossing paste and the Sketched Lines stencil. I have an old video using some Ranger texture paste AND crackle embossing paste if you want to check it out HERE.

I love crackle embossing paste and really need to pull it out more. For this card, I didn’t tint it anything. I just applied it with a palette knife thru the stencil and let it dry (wash the stencil and palette knife straight away)… I added some more color with distress inks and the birds and branch were colored with Copics.

Next up on the hop is Libby Hickson


To celebrate, two randomly selected commenters will win a $30 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson shop! To enter just leave a comment on the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog by 11:59 PST on January 28th.


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  1. terebene says:

    The background for your cards is so pretty. Thanks for the ideas.

  2. Lindar C says:

    Very sweet card, I’ve never tried texture paste, I like the look of it.

  3. Samantha Johnson says:

    I love the soft background you created.

  4. So sweet with these birds and love the background.

  5. Lorraine Turner says:

    Hi Laurel,

    I have seen these stamps being used a lot just lately I really need to go onto Ellen’s shop site to look at the full set. I love this card particularly the background as my New Year’s Resolution is to make more backgrounds for my own cards rather than use DSP. I definitely need to purchase some embossing paste – need to go shopping!

  6. Carla Hundley says:

    Love these birds! The
    texture added to the
    background is pretty
    and the parrots lovely.
    Carla from Utah

  7. Valerie Breingan says:

    Oh Ms. Laurel,girl this is my favorite way to get texture.This is beautiful.


    Now that’s a really tweet card you’ve made there Laurel. Love that texture you’ve added, great idea.

  9. Sharon O says:

    Love the textured background behind the beautiful birds!

  10. janellegr says:

    Love your card, Laurel. Funny thing is that I’ve just been drawing a parrot to turn into a shaped card. These are cuter. ☺

  11. I love all the pink and purple!

  12. Great card! I love the added texture.

  13. Patt H. says:

    Awesome card, Laurel! Love the textured background & the birds are wonderful! You’ve inspired me to get out my texture pastes & use them! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Love the United We Flourish stamp set BETTER TOGETHER! Great card, I love the texture paste background!

  15. Paula Haller says:

    love the effect the paste gives your card!

  16. Thank you for explaining your steps! I have paste and still have NOT used it (sigh). I love the texture in your background ♥

  17. Daria Zender says:

    Your card is so soft and lovely! And, I love that sentiment.

  18. Teresa Doyle says:

    Laurel, the crackle embossing paste makes a cool background for this bird scene you’ve created, I really like it

  19. jean marmo says:

    Love how you did this.

  20. Tanja S. says:

    Great card, love the added texture. Each of the team’s cards are unique, it’s great!

  21. Mary-Anne V. says:

    Wonderful card…the crackle paste and slight inking give such great depth and dimension.

  22. That’s a wonderful card with a great background !

  23. Jen Forster says:

    SUper unique! Love your background and these cute birds

  24. Betty J says:

    Great background for these cute little birds!

  25. Such a sweet card!

  26. Sharon L. says:

    Very nice card. Thanks for the reminder to pull out my texture paste as well.

  27. tsurutadesigns1 says:

    Laurel! I LOVE your SWEET card!

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