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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Earthtone Sampler Canvas by: Sesil Cratin

Sesil here to share a project I made for CHA.  If you are at CHA make sure to stop by the WOW Embossing Powder Booth #2700 and see the amazing creations made with WOW Embossing Powders!

I wanted to create a sampler of the wonderful colors the Earthtone collection has to offer.
I created my background by adhering down text paper to the canvas. Then I used coaster tiles from Technique Tuesday and used the "Floral background" stamp for the main frame. and used the script from "Call Me" stamp collection for the additional tile on some of the frames.  I added little roses to the centers of some of the open frames and just added a ribbon to the tiles frames.


Canvas Sampler


Close up of the tiles
I am honored to be with such great talent on one Design Team. Make sure to check back often to be inspired and ready to learn some amazing techniques on our blog.  Don't forget to like us on the WOW Embossing Powder Facebook page.  You don't want to miss out on the great give-a-ways and contest we hold on our Facebook Page.  Thank you for letting me entertain you for a breif moment.  Till next time!

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{love}message in a bottle


Hello, this is Doris from Cheap Psychology - my turn to do a DT post on Valentines ideas for men.

I wanted something to encapsulate a lot of little messages to him, something non-cute that we could keep for the future and would I be happy to display. The messages are all rolled up like paper beads. So this is how the idea panned out.

It is quite simple really! Roll your bottle in embossing ink and shake on your embossing powder. Start heating the bottle up slowly on the lower setting of your head gun and work in sections.

I used a the end of a wooden spoon wrapped in some cloth and stuck it in the bottle neck. This way my fingers were out of the way and I could turn the bottle to where I needed it. Work in sections and do not worry if you missed a bit. When the bottle is warm from your heat gun, you can add more embossing powder and it will stick.

When the bottle was covered, I heated up sections again and used some
clear embossing powder and drips of water. This gives an aged effect. The crystals were stuck on by again heating up a section of the bottle that
was already embossed and place them carefully. Use a pair of tweezers to manipulate the crystals into place, you have a brief window before the embossing powder sets hard.

It struck me that having a shelf of embossed bottles and jars would look quite beautiful. Especially with the range of metallic and coloured metallic WOW embossing powders at my disposal.
A great beginners project, but watch your fingers -it can get hot!

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Monday, 30 January 2012

12 WOW Powders in One Mini!

Hi everyone! Iris here with my first blog post for WOW embossing powders. I'm so happy to be designing for WOW because the powders are really top of the line quality with gorgeous stunning colors! I wanted to share with you all a "revamped" project I made with WOW. I had a mini that needed an "edge" to it so I took out my WOW powders to do just that. Now I consider it "done" and I also have a reference of how all my 12 powders look like when melted.



Sierra Sunshine on the tag, Bodacious Blue on the flower, Polka Dot Whirly Pop on the blue flower.


Sour Lemon and California Sunshine on the yellow edge. with some Sierra Sunshine too.


Berryliciious and Presidio Purple


Layers of bay Area and Cotton Candy on the blue edge. This was fun to do. made a thick layer so when you heat and melt the top layer kind cracks and melts through to the darker lower layer. A kinda distressed shabby look.


Bubble Gum on the Pink Edge...


Mixed Tea Garden and Gummy Bear. Texture differs in the amount of heating time. Cable Car Red swirly dots.


Whirly Pop on the dark pink edge...


Bubble Gum and Cotton Candy with the super distressed look of the Skyline Grey puff...


I sure had fun doing this and I can't wait to get some more powders which are already on it's way to me. These powders are addictive! These powders will debut in the coming CHA show so can start telling your LSS about it to be sure that they get to place an order soon.

Have a great day everyone!

Hugs!

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Lovebirds for Valentine's Day

Hi there, it's Sarah here!  It's now time for me to inspire you with a male themed card for Valentine's Day. My thoughts were drawn to something fairly plain and simple with not too many ribbons or glittery things. I then decided on this lovely lovebird stamp and decided to create something with a sense of movement to it! Here's how to make it…












































































STEP 1:
Using Wow Embossing Stampset1 - Is It A Bird

Stamp the lovebird onto white card using a clear ink pad and sprinkle Primary Ebony Wow Embossing Powder over the area that you have stamped. Tap off the excess powder then heat the card from below using a heat gun. You can see when the embossing powder has set as it turns glossy.





STEP 2:
A neat trick for creating a mirror image of a stamp is to use a lightbox (or a window) to trace the positive stamp image (trace the design on the reverse to get the mirrored image). I traced the image using a Wow Embossing Pen and then quickly heat embossed the design (with Primary Ebony Wow Embossing Powder) to get the mirror image of the stamp.
TIP: If you are using a different stamp range that doesn't come with an acetate sheet with the design printed onto it, heat emboss the stamped image that you want a mirror image of, and flip it over on the light box and trace the reverse.





STEP 3:
Using the Wow Embossing Pen, colour in the heart (within the lovebird stamp) and then heat emboss with Apple Red Wow Embossing Powder.
Use a fine pencil to lightly draw a line around the two stamped birds. This pencil line provides a guide to follow as you use scissors to cut around the heat embossed lovebirds.




STEP 4:
Punch a medium sized heart from the white card and triple heat emboss with Apple Red Wow Embossing Powder
TIP: To create a glossy heart embellishment, I pressed the heart shape onto a clear ink pad and covered with the embossing powder. The trick to layering the embossing powder and building up multiple coats is to work quickly. Once you have heated the first layer, quickly sprinkle over more powder and heat again and repeat this process a couple of times to get a thick glossy heart embellishment. Use long handled tweezers or flat nose pliers to grip the heart.




STEP 5:
Stamp a couple of the little heart stamps (from the same stamp set -  Wow Embossing Stampset1 - Is It A Bird) and heat emboss using Apple Red Wow Embossing Powder. Cut around them or use a small circle punch to easily punch them out.




STEP 6:
Cut a thin strip of acetate about 2.5mm wide and cut this into two strips about 120mm long.





STEP 7:
Take a square card 144mm x 144mm and using glue dots, attach the lovebirds and small hearts to the acetate strands and then attach these to the inside of the card. To make it look neater, I used small square pieces of the same background card to hide the area where the acetate strands are attached to the inside of the card.




STEP 8:
Attach the triple embossed heart embellishment somewhere in the middle of the card (near to where the lovebirds sit using thick mini foam pads. I decided on 'je t'aime' for the sentiment as I felt it suited the illustration style of the lovebirds. I hand wrote the sentiment on the front towards the bottom of the card. (If your don't feel that your freehand skills are up to this, you can find a template here that you can trace) Enjoy! :D



TA DA! A lovebird inspired Valentine's Day Card

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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Hi Friend! by Jamie Cripps

Hi everyone!  Jamie here with my first ever WOW DT blog post!  Today I am sharing with you a card that I created mostly using the Flowers background stamp!  I inked my Flowers background stamp with my VersaMark stamp pad and stamped a large area on a light blue cardstock.  I covered the area in the Suzy West Berrylicious WOW Embossing Powder and heat set it.  Once it was dry, I punched three scalloped circles and trimmed out the mat shown on the card below!  With the mat, I reinked my stamp and stamped over the image again, offsetting the stamp a little to have a shadow effect, and then I covered the ink with the Clear Gloss Ultra High WOW Embossing Powder.  This powder gives it a wet, shiny look and really brings out the texture of my cardstock!  I then spiral cut the scalloped circles and rolled them to form flowers.  I just adore the way the flowers look with the flower pattern on them!

WOW Supplies:
Suzy West Berrylicious Regular Embossing Powder
Clear Gloss Ultra High Embossing Powder
Flowers Background Stamp
Call Me Stamp Set 

Other Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill 
Pattern Paper: Cuddle & Coo (Momenta)
Border Punch: EK Success
Scallop Circle Punch: Fiskars
Ink: VersaMark
Jewels: Creative Charms
Pen: Dual-Tip (Creative Memories)
Misc: Ribbon and Foam Squares


Be sure to stay tuned for CHA updates and if you are at CHA, be sure to stop by the WOW booth (#2700) and say "Hi!" to Suzy and the girls and check out the amazing powders and projects while you are there! ♥
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(Gentle)manly card and a quick mask tutorial

Hi, its Amy here with my first individual post for the WOW design team. Its my turn to post my manly card so here it is...


WOW powders used:

Apple Red (Hearts)
Primary Ebony Ultra High (torn edges and question mark)
Primary Ebony Super Fine (figure and text)

Stamps:

Indigo Blu (main image)
Various clear stamps I have had in my collection for so long I have no idea what make they are - sorry!

I made the background on white card by putting my hand into a plastic bag and scrunching it onto a Weathered Wood distress ink pad before dabbing it onto the paper. I then stamped and embossed the main image in ebony, 3 different sized hearts in apple red and the 'be mine' text in ebony. The 'will you be my valentine' caption was created using a dymo labeller. I triple embossed the question mark (from a grungeboard alphabet set) in ebony ultra high.

The crown and wings were die cut from black card using the Tim Holtz Heart Wings die. I triple embossed these with metallic silver ultra high. Because this was quite thin card when it was heated they naturally curved slightly so this was perfect for the effect I wanted to achieve. Of course if you want them to stay flat then I would just use thicker card. I used a craft knife to carefully cut a slit down each side of the image where I wanted to pop my wings through and used double sided tape on the back to hold them in place. I tore the edges of the finished piece against a ruler and embossed them in ebony by roughly running the embossing ink pad along the edges. I think this gives a lovely vintage look but it also provides a frame without using additional card. I then mounted the finished result on red card and there you have it. Hope you like it?

Embossing with Masks

As I have been playing with this effect all week I thought I would also share a quick method for embossing with masks. There are many other ways to use them too but here is mine:

I used various masks from The Crafters Workshop. First I applied embossing ink to the mask by squishing it (technical term!) onto the pad.



I then carefully positioned it onto the card. To apply pressure over the top to transfer the embossing ink onto the card I used a brayer. After experimenting I found the best way to do this was to lay a sheet of paper over the top of the mask and brayer over the paper, holding the mask in place. This way no excess embossing powder can transfer to the brayer and ink up areas which you don't want embossed. Brayer gently in one direction not backwards and forwards so you don't move the mask.



Remove the paper and mask, apply embossing powder, tap off the excess and return to the jar. Then gently heat your powder until it melts.


WOW Sherbert embossing powder


(dont be deceived by the less exotic name of this powder - its an amazing colour)


Can't wait to use these last two as backgrounds for cards. I hope this inspires you to play and have as much fun as I did. I'll be back in February with another post. Meanwhile can't wait to see what the rest of the talented team comes up with.
Amy

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Candy Counter Collection makes me SMILE!

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend awaiting the fabulous CHA releases! I know I am on the edge of my seat here in Sunny Australia waiting and wishing I was there in person to see all the yummy goodies.

Today I wanted to share with you all a quick and easy quilting technique I have used on a layout using WOW Stamps and WOW Emboss Powders.


This was really was quite easy to create and with a square punch would be even easier (I realised I should have used my square punch AFTER cutting all the squares out LOL). Firstly you will need to grab some spare white cardstock and pick the colours you would like to use for your bakground. I have used colours from the Suzy West Candy Counter Collection including Cotton Candy, Gummi Bear Green & Bubblegum. Next up you need to grab your background stamp (I have used WOW Brocade Background stamp) and stamp your versamark or embossing adhesive onto your white cardstock doing one at a time. Sprinkle your powder generously over the surface then tap the excess off. I always have a spare piece of computer paper underneath the cardstock I am working on so I can easily funnel the powder back into the right jar. Then of course you simply heat away and watch the magic begin, then of course repeating the process with each colour you want to use.


After I had heat melted all my coloured background, I got my paper trimmer and cut 1 inch squares out from each colour and then placed them on my layout without adhering so I could play around with positioning etc and glue down when I was ready. Because I have then sewn the edges, there was no need to use a lot of adhesive so I simply have a tiny glue dot behind each square. 
As you can see I am not the best at sewing straight lines on my sewing machine but you could definately use hand sewing for this to make it look neater or use a permanent marker and doodle your stitching.


After my Brocade Stamped Background was complete, I used the same Suzy West Candy Counter Collection Colours to create some Butterflies using the fabulous Build a Butterfly Stamp Set from WOW! I have carefully cut these gorgeous butterflies out with my craft knife then have bent their wings up to make them look like they are taking flight and have adhered their bodies only to my layout using foam tape strips.
As you can see a touch of doodling for the butterflies fligth path and the background was complete. The vibrant colour on this layout means that this very minimalist layout has just enough WOW factor to keep you looking for more fabulous details!

Don't forget to keep an eye on the WOW Facebook page for upcoming promotions and new releases! 

Until next time....
...happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx
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Saturday, 28 January 2012

It´s time for CHA!

Hi there!
Its almost time for CHA, Suzy and the Team leads are setting up the booth as we speak.. They will show us all lots of fun pics from the CHA later on..
The other day I got the big question if I wanted to be the WOW Online Educator, and make a video featuring the Upcoming WOW/Suzy West embossingpowders.... duh.. YES! That was a really easy q to answer :)
Well now I have the honour to show this video for you :)
enjoy!



Have a great day!
//Katarina
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Triple Embossed Masculine Valentines Card

Hi all, Christine Saunders here.  It's my turn today for the Masculine themed Valentine's Day Card. 

I love  embossing and like to experiment with my powders to see if I can alter some of my craft stash to make it match my theme and make it more adaptable too. For this card I found some metal embellishments which I embossed with Copper powder to alter the colour.

I also Triple Embossed a Die Cut Heart  and stamped into the powders with the "Call Me" stamps. Once it had cooled down for approx 10 minutes I "cracked" it by bending it to give a crackled effect.  The sentiment was embossed with Clear Embossing Powder to add a little dimension. I also added a Vellum flower and embossed the edges with  Satin Pearl Gold Powder.

The powders I used were:  Copper Ultra Fine
                                                  Copper Regular 
                                                  Gold Satin Pearl Regular
                                                  Clear Gloss -Super Fine

The Stamps I used were: Set 3 -"Call Me"  



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Friday, 27 January 2012

"Stamping" and Storing

It's Friday baby!!! Hey there everyone, Tanisha Long here with my very first WOW post! I have had so much fun working with these embossing powders and I have to admit, they're quite addictive!!

I found this sketch on the Sketchy Thursdays blog and used it along with some products from Creative Imaginations, Bella Blvd, and WOW's CHA booth neighbors, Basically Bare here on this layout featuring my adorable boys.
To add a little texture to this chipboard gear, I added WOW embossing powder in high gloss silver. I used my finger to brush some of the embossing powder off before heat embossing for more of a distressed look.

Before adhering the gear to my layout, I used it as a stamp.

I inked the back using embossing ink and then stamped in various places on my layout.

I heat embossed as I normally would after stamping an image.

Here are a couple of close-ups of the "stamped" image.

This high gloss is so thick and shiny-- I just love it!

Before I go, I wanted to share with you a great tip for storing your WOW embossing powders for easy identification. This will come in handy because like I said, these powders and addictive. Buy one and before you know it, you'll have the entire collection!

I started by punching small circles from white cardstock for each jar. Next, I embossed each circle (one circle per color).

If you plan to store your embossing powders in these adorable cases that they come in, simply attach the embossed circle to the outside of the case using a glue dot. This way you can tell at a glance which color is located in which case.

I recently reorganized my scrap room and store all of my jars together in a kassett box from Ikea. So, I attached the embossed circles to the tops of the jars. I can't tell you how much this has simplified the embossing process.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Be sure to check back often as our fabulous Design Team members posts beautiful projects on a daily basis!

Until next time,

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