Using Texture Media on Cards

You can make 3D cards by using texture media on cards.  Some of you may have seen the card I made at CKC St. Louis with texture media and a stencil.  It was in the Bee Creative stamping class.  I was intrigued by the technique so I set out to learn more.

Relief print I made in class
Bee Creative class

My first hurdle was finding texture media.  I never found it but what I did find was dry wall joint compound.  Maybe they are the same thing.  I don’t know but joint compound works great!  Now I’m going to teach you how to do it too

What you need:
        • Dry wall joint compound
        • masking tape or painters tape
        •  plastic scraper
        • Stamping pad
        • stencil

I chose a stencil I have had forever.  It is part of a sheet with lots of designs on it from fiskars.  You can find lots of stencils there.  I taped off the design I wanted to use with masking tape.  When you choose your stencil, choose something without large open spaces.  It tends to warp the paper if it is too big.

Tape off the stencil
Tape off the stencil

Next, place the stencil over the card.  Mine was held in place by the masking tape through the holes I covered, but if you need to you may have to tape the paper to the back of the stencil.

Cover the stencil with texture media
Cover the stencil with joint compound
Applying the Media

Cover the stencil with joint compound using the paint scraper.  Make sure you use enough to fill in all the open spaces.  Make sure you smooth it out evenly.  The top part of the picture above shows the proper way to apply the joint compound.  In the bottom half there are too many ridges.  Remember the texture you leave will be the texture of the final product.

Pull the stencil off
Pull the stencil off

After about 30 minutes, carefully remove the stencil.  As you can see there are a few spots of joint compound on the card at the edge and a little bit went under the stencil next to the heart.  Wipe those off before the compound dries if you can.  If not, just leave them.  We will cover them later.  Let the card dry for about an hour.

Finishing your Card

Once the card is dry, color the card with the stamping pad.  You can do this one of two ways.  Either turn the pad upside down and use it to stamp the color on the card, or use a dauber to put the color on.  I use Tim Holtz blending set.  Click the link to see it.  This is the best way to apply the ink if you want to have more than one color.

I also put some washi tape along the edges.  And that is how to use texture media on cards.


These are some of the other cards I did.  I use stencils I bought at

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