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Altered paint palette by Riikka

Hello you Wow fans! Is it spring in your parts of the woods already? Or even early summer? Here in Finland it starts to look like spring! 

I'm in a spring or even summer kind of mood and going for flowers and candy colors all the time. For this post I created something with flowers, yes, but the color scheme isn't the most summery of them all. I actually first thought to use white gesso instead of black... but I just love how the black really lets the metallic touches shine and shows the colors! 

Can you believe that all the colors in the palette are created with embossing powders and foil? On top of those I only used black gesso and silver wax, but all the turquoise and green shades are of embossing powders!  

I created a step by step tutorial to this piece. This time there's quite a few steps so let's get started! If you want to see the pictures bigger, just click them to see more details. 


Step 1. Grab a tube or jar of black gesso and paint the palette black. Let the paint dry or use your Wow Embossing heat tool to dry. 

Step 2. Add the first metallic layer. Stamp the smallest butterflies with embossing ink, cover with Bonding Powder, melt and then add the Ice Blue Fab Foil on top. If you are unsure how to use the foil, please see this video (link).


Step 3. More metal shine in there! Take the medium sized butterflies of the "Mariposa" set and stamp using the embossing ink. Then cover the butterflies with "Silver Stratosphere" embossing glitter. 

Step 4. Add some splashes to the background. Dilute some Soft Gloss Gel with a little water, splash it to the palette and then add embossing powder on top. I used "Metalline Kiwi Krush" and "Oceanic". Heat with care. 


Step 5. Cover the whole palette with embossing ink and sprinkle lightly embossing powder on top. Heat to add spots of color to the palette. You might need a couple of layers here and there to get the coverage you want. 

Step 6. Prepare your embellishments. Rummage your stash for great shapes and pieces. Emboss some to match the butterflies by coating them with "Silver Stratosphere". Paint other embellishments, that won't fit the color palette, black using black gesso. 


Step 7. Make the composition using the embellishments you chose. Use 3D Gloss Gel as your adhesive. Make a couple sets of buttons to be mixed in using the button mould, Melt-It powder and "Metallic Silver" powder. Let the composition dry some time or preferably overnight.

Step 8. Use a water mister to create a surface for the powders to grab on to. Mist lightly and then sprinkle some powders on top the composition. Heat using the heat tool. Be careful not to boil the other mediums used.  


Step 9. Highlight the high points of the composition using Metallique wax. Also define the edge of the palette using the wax. 

Step 10. Add more metallic shine to the raised parts of the composition. Use a glue stick here and there, sprinkle Bonding powder on top and then use "Bright Silver" Fab Foil on top. Go for a weathered look. You might even have the look using just the glue as I did with this card (link)

Step 11. Finish you sparkling creation with some glitter. Add Soft Gloss Gel in places near the composition and then cover with two Sparkles "Santorini" and "Stroke of Midnight". 

This kind of project needs some time and patience, but the end result is quite striking, don't you think? Like I said, the black background really makes the colors and shine pop. 

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you find this post inspiring! Ta ta for now! 

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  1. This is beautiful Riikka and love all the texture and shine from the foil. x


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