The title is one of the most important elements of a scrapbook page and usually the first to catch our eyes. Adding texture to titles on your layouts is a sure way of making them more interesting. I explored some of the techniques of adding texture to titles in my article "Textured Titles" in Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Texture. Let me elaborate one of those techniques here today- how to use texture paste on die cut letters to create a unique look and feel.
Masks by Mou Saha, as seen in Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Texture, page 65.
First of all, pick large sturdy die cut letters to work on.
If you don't have letters in the color you need, paint them with acrylic paint.
Pick stencils that suit your page theme. I picked identical seashell stencils in two different sizes, used the bigger ones above the photo on the left page and the smaller ones to create my textured title. I found it easier to work with the stencils when I cut around them so I could position them as I wished.
Tape the stencil onto the letter with painter's tape.
Following instructions on the tube knead the texture paste tube in your hands and squeeze it out onto a plate. You can change the color of the paste by adding a few drops of acrylic paint to it. If you start out with a neutral color of paste, this is very easy to do.
Mix the paint with the paste with a palette knife. Don't add water as you don't want the paste to become runny.
Using the palette knife, apply the paste onto the stencil area. Remember, less is more as you don't want extra paste to get underneath your stencil.
Gently remove stencil right away to keep it from sticking to the letter permanently. Wash off tools and stencils with warm water.
Now, it's your turn! Create a title using texture paste. If you don't have texture paste handy, consider using paper clay or combine paper and decoupage medium or come up with your own way of making texture paste. You can even use alphabet stencils to create your title.
-Mou Saha, contributing writer