The Color Shaper is the best tool to use when you want to achieve a raised stencil look using a variety of texture products. Works especially well with Pixie Dust and Southern Blenders Texture as well as a number of other products. The shaper works better than a trowel because it is made with silicone and is very forgiving. It won't thin out product too much or force it under your stencil like a trowel or putty knife can. Clean up with soap and water.