I made a shamrock mat and cut it out of cardstock. Then used it as a stencil. The embossing paste was really thick and some of it pulled off with the stencil. When the embossing paste was dry I used chalk to color my background. Cut my scallop out of kraft cardstock for the focal image. I'm not sure where I got this image but probably from Fairy Graphic. I decided that I wanted just part of the image cut out so traced the image where I wanted it cut out and did some point editing. I edged the image with Vintage Photo distress ink.
If you wish to make your own embossing paste to play with here is the recipe:
2 T flour
1 T white glue or Mod Podge
1/2 tsp of acrylic paint
water if needed to thin to the consistency you want
reinker optional to color or you could use food coloring like I did
Mix everything together until smooth. Then apply with an old credit card,spatula, or whatever you have on hand. If you use plastic stencils, embossing plates or anything like that be sure to clean them immediately or at least soak them in some water. This mixture probably will not keep but it is only pennies. I do want to try some other recipes like using paper pulp for texture.
Yesterday was a sunny day with blue sky. A little chilly but the perfect day for the boys and I to walk to our favorite place. I'm not sure how far we hiked in the snow as I let the boys lead the way and choose the paths. We ended up making a long loop with lots of scenery. Luckily my boys are patient and were willing to stop so I could take lots of pictures. Thank goodness for a digital camera as I took close to a hundred pictures.
Off to walk the boys but not to the park today. I am lucky that there is a paved pedestrian trail outside my door. If I walked it in one direction it would take me to the big city fifteen miles away. I'm not ready for a walk that far. LOL! Especially since I would have to walk it back. Perhaps some day on my bike with the boys in the trailer if they get tired. Will have to gradually work up to that though as it has been a long time since I've ridden fifteen miles a day.
Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!