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Guest Design Team Post: Riikka Kovasin (GIVEAWAY CLOSED!)

Hi there! 

It’s Riikka from Paperiliitin blog guesting! I’m so honored and thrilled to have an opportunity to show something I’ve made here in WOW blog!

For this post I created two crafts – a set of cards and a layout. I used the same background steps in both of them and prepared a step by step tutorial for the background and finishing the cards. So let’s get started with that!

What you need is the “Big Words” stamp set from Wow, naturally some embossing powders, the new Wow embossing ink and also “Hearts” silicone mold and Melt-It! powder. You also need some patterned paper and white cardstock and also a stencil and watercolors.

Step 1) Stamp the words to your background using the embossing ink. Try to avoid stamping the words on top of each other, but vary the orientation – stamp some vertically, some horizontally.

Step 2) Sprinkle the pattern with white embossing powder and heat to melt the powder.

Step 3) Add some watercolor touches on top. The embossed areas will resist the color. Just add paint freely and don’t forget to include some splashes, too.

Step 4) After drying the paint, add embossing ink through a stencil to your piece. Concentrate to one focal point. Emboss the design using a colored powder of your choice.

Step 5) Make the greeting to the card. Stamp a word or a phrase to a piece of white cardstock and emboss with the same color you used in previous step.

Step 6) Time to put everything together – adhere your background piece to a slightly larger piece of white cardstock and then include the greeting piece using foam dots for extra detail.

Step 7) Finish the card with a heart made using the silicone mold, Melt-It powder and same color you have used in steps 4 and 5.

I used similar steps also in the making of this layout. There’s the words stamped and embossed with white, there’s the watercolor touches and then another embossed layer using a stencil and colored powder.

The embellishments in the layout are also made using the same silicone mold but I also made little drops or pearls with the powder. I used the last drops of Melt-It! – embossing powder mix for them and let the heated mixture drop from the Melt-It! Case to the edges of the mold and then let the drops cool. Waste non!


Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you find inspiration in these! And please come and visit me at my own blog, too! Ta ta for now!

Materials from Wow:

Big Words Stamp 
Hearts Silicone Mould
Melt It

Edit from Tania: What a gorgeous project by Riikka and I absolutely love how she used the same ingredients to create two different kinds of projects <3 Thank you for joining us on the blog!

*GIVEAWAY ALERT* Leave us a comment showing Rikka some love and what you loved about the project and we will select a winner to receive a set of all WOW products used in this post! The winner will be announced on the 1st of July :D

Good luck and happy embossing!!!

Tania xx


  1. Such a fabulous tutorial ...a gorgeous way to use and highlight sentiment stamps
    Dr Sonia

  2. Thanks for the step by step from Rikka and the card is extremely pretty with the words and then the watercoloured bsckground, such a great idea. x

  3. Your background is amazing. Such a beautiful!

  4. What WOW creations!!! These are so fabulous and I love these colours. The BG and the melt it hearts accent your projects, Your tutorial is very helpful.

    just lovely!!!

  5. Lovely. I really like the layout.

  6. Loved the embossed words n their arrangment on the backgrounds both on cards and layout !

  7. That's just lovely! Was looking for home made gifts for the teachers at school and the layout and cards are just perfect -thank you! X

  8. I'm a cardmaker so her lovely set of cards caught my eye right away! What I love is the texture she achieved with embossing and stencilling! Her LO is gorgeous too and what I love most is the cute little DIY hearts she made! So adorable!

  9. Just Love the highlighted sentiment stamps and the beautiful backgrounds. What a beautiful layout. I didn't know Wow had their own embossing pad. Just love the Big Words stamp set. Would love to make sets of these cards for encouragement to send to others. Thank you Riikka for sharing your great ideas. Just Lovely.

  10. Love Rikka's style of Mixed Media! Great card and layout and I like the translucency of the EP embellishments.

  11. Beautiful card Rikka!! Love the use of sentiment stamps in the background!! The layout is lovely!!
    Moxie Craftie

  12. Love those sentiments stamps. The white embossed background is fun and gorgeous. Fun technique. Love the result. Hugz

  13. The cards are so much fun great texture and the scrapbook page is gorgeous a great use of products.... Fab results and inspiration xx

  14. Fabulous projects!!! I totally adore the combo of the emboss resist with the stenciled embossing over the top! Wow. Thanks for sharing.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  15. I love those melt-it drops and hearts. Cool beans! You always have wonderful projects Riikka. So thank you for sharing your great ideas and tutorials.

  16. What's NOT to like about her projects? Oh my goodness, I have a number of WOW EP's but didn't realize you had stamps as well as the other products. (Love the font on those stamps.) I love how she used the water colors on her backgrounds in both the cards and layout. Really awesome work. TFS!

  17. Love those heat-embossed resist cards and your layout is stunning. So glad to visit the blog today and found out more about the Melt It powder. Very interesting :)

    Thank You for the tutorial and inspirations!

  18. Love the background on the layout! Beautiful colours ! Love the idea of mixing emboss resist with stencilling, and water-colour . Texture and beautiful colour !........swoon!

  19. Beautiful and inspirational projects! Loved so many elements, but the little self-made heart embellishments were sooo adorable! I need to try them out myself!

  20. Stunning card & layout! I love the Melt It Powder hearts!!!!! Oh, the things I could do with that Melt It Powder....... :)

  21. A wonderful card and layout...emboss resist is one of my fave technques and you have shown it off beautifully xx

  22. Wow! Wow! Beautiful and inspirational! My favourite, emboss resist technique.

  23. I love those colours, especially the layout... And the mini droplets are so cute!

  24. Beautiful inspiration and a fabulous step by step tutorial! I was really taken by those little drops made with the last of the Melt It powders! Now I must have these powders!

  25. Beautiful projects and a great tutorial! I love how you embossed in two layers,and as many others said, the melt-it hearts are super cute! I didn't know of this product before. And the letter font in the word stamps is very cool, too!

  26. Great to see two totally different projects! And I love them both; both so beautiful in there own way!

  27. I follow Riikka and always enjoy what she creates. It's really helpful to see how the same tools can be used in different ways, and the different projects that you can create using those tools.

  28. Thanks for the "do it"... I just love Rikka's work and these ways for using embossing powder are just fan tastic !


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