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NEC Special - Our Demo Projects

We're delighted to bring you details on all the fabulous demonstration cards and projects shown on the stand during the Hobbycrafts exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham (8th-11th November 2012).



BAUBLE CARD by Neil Burley 
[Video tutorial here]

You will need:
WOW! Primary Ebony (Ultra High)
WOW! Clear Gloss (Ultra High)
Embossing ink, e.g. Versamark
Card: C6 white, strip of thick card 10.5x2.5cm
Bauble template: 10.75cm diameter, add hanger detail

1.   Draw the bauble shape on a suitable card, making sure part of the fold and the bottom are overlapped. Cut out. Use the embossing pen to colour in the hanger, cover with WOW! Metallic Silver, tap off the excess and heat set. Repeat until smooth and while the last layer is still molten, stamp with the Christmas Tree from the WOW! Christmas set.
2.   Ink up the WOW! Vintage Wallpaper stamp and print onto the bottom half of the card. Cover with WOW! Silver Pearl, tap off the excess, and heat set.
3.   Take a strip of thick card and ink it up using the pad directly on to the surface. Cover with WOW! Primary Ebony Ultra High, tap off the excess and heat set from above, starting a fair distance from the card to avoid blowing the powder away. Repeat twice or three times until you have a smooth surface. Allow to cool completely.
4.   Ink it up again and cover with a layer of WOW! Violet Pearl, tap off the excess and heat set, taking care not to heat the layers beneath. Allow to cool.
5.   Ink it up again and cover with a layer of WOW! Clear Gloss Ultra High. Tap off the excess with a firm flick on the back – an uneven coverage works better. Heat set, only heating enough for the large clear crystals to sink into the layer beneath – this creates the mottled appearance. Allow to cool completely.
6.   Ink up the Merry Christmas sentiment and print onto the top of your mottled strip. Cover with WOW! Metallic Silver, tap off the excess and heat set. Mount onto your card with high tack double sided tape.




MELT-IT CANDLE HOLDER by Bianca Mayer



I made a candle holder. It looks like china but it's just paper. I have used:

Silicone Flower Mould

I melt the "Melt-It" Powder together with Pearl Gold than simply dump it over the candleholder and heat it up again with my heatgun for the running effect. I create the glittering edges with Embossing Pen and Nubean Sparkle. It's very glossy. The flowers are also made with Melt-It and Pearl Gold Embossing Powders.



BELIEVE CARD by Bianca Mayer


I printed the image of this card with black ink and heat embossed it with "Salt & Pepper" from the new "Sugar & Spice" Box.

Materials:
Clearstamp from the WOW! "ME Collage" Clearstamp Set
Empossing Glitter "Salt and Pepper" from the "Sugar & Spice" Special Edition Box



MELT-IT CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS by Neil Burley
[Video tutorial here]

You will need:
     WOW! Melt-It
     WOW! SW Deck the Halls Stamp Set
     Clear embossing ink, e.g. Versamark
     WOW! Embossing Glitters (see list below)
     Non-stick craft sheet
     Heat gun
     Drill bit suitable for hanger size to make holes

Suggested WOW! Embossing Glitters (for clear decorations):
      Any of the metallic-based glitters, e.g. Metallic Brass Sparkle
      Any powder will work, but may have different appearances on each side of the disc

Options for making molten Melt-it:
  • Heat gun: place Melt-it into a disposable foil pie dish and hold securely with a wooden peg. Heat from beneath with the heat gun until molten.
  • Oven: place Melt-it in a disposable foil pie dish and bake at 130°C until molten
  • Melt Pot: use Melt-it directly into the pan as you would UTEE
  • IN ALL CASES: be sure the pie dish is securely held with a non-heat-conductive tool/peg and away from you to avoid burns.
  1. Start by melting a generous amount of Melt-it.
  2. Pour puddles of the molten powder onto a clean non-stick crafting sheet, making sure the powder stays liquid – if it starts to thicken, return the dish to your heat source and re-melt, or use a heat gun on top. Leave the puddles to cool completely before removing from the sheet.
  3. Return any misshapen discs to the melting dish and re-melt to pour with the next batch.
  4. Using stamps from the Christmas sets, ink up with the embossing ink and press onto the flat side of the discs.
  5. Cover with embossing powder of your choice and tap on the other side to remove the excess. If you don’t want stray glitter pieces sticking down, brush these off with a dry brush.
  6. Gently heat set the powder – don’t overheat it otherwise the stamped image will swim off in the melting disc beneath. Aim to see the powder slump into the surface and then move on to the next bit.
  7. Using the drill bit (either in a hand drill or between fingers) to drill a hole in the disc – you won’t need much pressure, too much may crack the disc. This is easiest while the disc is still warm.



FAUX LEATHER AND BUTTERFLY PROJECT by Sue O'Connell
You will need: 
   1 tag of card
   1 tag of brown paper
   Small piece of card and acetate
   Vintage photo distress ink
   Versamark
   WOW! Clear Gloss embossing powder
   WOW! Earthtones Pepper embossing powder
   Ribbon
   Heat gun

Wet the brown paper tag and scrunch this into a small ball.  Unravel and put vintage photo distress ink all over the tag.  The veins will pick this up. Heat dry.
Put Versamark all over the tag and sprinkle regular clear embossing powder over the brown tag.  Heat set.
Glue the brown paper tag to the card tag.
Stamp the back of the butterfly in vintage photo onto card and cut out.
Stamp the body of the butterfly onto acetate in versmark and sprinkle with pepper embossing powder.  Heat set.  Cut these out.  Stick the body onto the back of the butterfly and then onto the tag. 
Add ribbon.



MAKE A WISH CARD by Rachel Walker


You will need:
    6” square card
    Blank Tag
    Black card
    Black Pigment & Clear Embossing Inks
    WOW! Super Fine Embossing Powders – Silver Pearl, Green Pearl & Metallic Silver
    WOW! Clear Stamps – Make a Wish, Brocade & Funky Border Strips
    Two contrasting colours of ink

  1. Stamp and emboss the Brocade Clear Stamp onto black card using Silver Pearl Super Fine Embossing Powder. 
  2. Stamp the dandelion from the Make a Wish Clear stamp set onto a tag using two ink colours of your choice. 
  3. Stamp the dandelion a third time in the centre of the other two using black ink and emboss using Silver Pearl E/P. 
  4. Stamp the dots border from the Funky Border Strips in black ink along the bottom of the tag and emboss using Green Pearl E/P. 
  5. Stamp and emboss the same border in Metallic Silver Embossing Powder on both edges of a square card blank. 
  6. Distress around the edges of your card and tag to add some depth of colour. 
  7. Assemble the card as shown adding an eyelet and ribbon to decorate. 



DECK THE HALLS CARD by Neil Burley


You will need:
   WOW! ME Blizzard clear stamp
   WOW! Earthtone Blueberry embossing powder
   WOW! SW Deck the Halls clear stamp set
   Faded Jeans distress ink, Versamark pad
   White cardstock
   Wet wipe
   ‘Anti-static’ bag
   Heat gun
  1. Cut a square of resist paper to 3x3” and print over with Faded Jeans Distress Ink using the Blizzard clear stamp
  2. Allow to dry slightly, and then wipe over the resist paper with the wet wipe – you should find the resist cleans white, and the printed image becomes two tone
  3. Dry completely – you can use a heat gun at this stage. Allow to cool.
  4. To be sure that the distress ink is completely sealed before the next stage, use an antistatic bag to mop up any sticky bits
  5. Ink up the sentiment with Versamark and print in the centre of the resist square. Cover with WOW! Blueberry embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat set.
  6. Mount on a piece of white card
  7. Print the Blizzard stamp onto a piece of white card 4x4” using the Versamark ink. Cover with WOW! Blueberry embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat set.
  8. Mount onto a 6x6” square card as shown.


We hope you've been inspired by these projects. We love seeing what you make with WOW! products, so do share them at our Facebook page, or enter our monthly challenges here on the design team blog.


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