Friday, 31 August 2012

Black and White

Hi! I thought I would do a really simply, but dramatic card with black and white. It came together really quickly and looks pretty good! I used black cardstock for the base and added a pretty piece of black and white patterned paper. 

I used the Suzy West "Gratitude" stamp set along with the WOW Opaque Bright White and Suzy West rBay Area Blue powders. The patterned paper had little teeny blue flowers on it, if you look closely you can see them, I used an embossing pen and used the blue powder on them! The white powder on the black just gives a really clean look and pops off the page! This little card was really quick so it would be great for something that you needed multiples of! Pull out your dark paper and use some lighter powders, we'd love to see what you create!!!

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to check back tomorrow for more inspiration!!!

Thursday, 30 August 2012

A Little Spider! by Jamie Cripps

Good Morning WOW fans!  Jamie here with you and today I am sharing a fun and easy tutorial for creating your very own spiders just like these...
Embossing Powders: Ebony Regular (WOW Embossing Powders)
Presidio Purple, Berrylicious by Suzy West (WOW Embossing Powders)
Adhesive: V2 Adhesive Spray and Gemstone Glue (Helmar)
Other: Black Wire, Styrofoam ball, Google Eyes
Tutorial Steps:
  1. Spray a small styrofoam ball with V2 Vellum Adhsive Spray
  2. Place a toothpick in the styrofoam ball and then cover with Ebony embossing powder. 
  3. Remove the excess powder.
  4. Combine a little of Presidio Purple and Berrylicious embossing powders together and shake.  Then cover the ball with the mixture.
  5. Remove excess powder and then use a heat gun to set the powders.  Note: The styrofoam will melt and shape under the heat, take caution when setting.
  6. Cut eight black wires to 1-1/2" for the legs.
  7. Insert four legs on one side...
  8. Insert the remaining four wires on the opposite side.
  9. Use Gemstone Glue to adhere small google eyes to the front of the spider.
These are perfect to do for Halloween and easy enough that the kids could help out too!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Steampunk Wall Hanging

Jen Matott here to share a Steampunk-themed project that started out as a card front and emerged into a wall hanging because I just couldn't stop myself from adding more and more!  I started with a shipboard base and used modeling paste through a Prima gear stencil. 

 I used Basically Bare's gears in chipboard and cardboard and applied VersaMark to them and added the metallic powders in Ultra High Gold and Regular Silver and Regular Copper.  These powders create such an amazing metallic surface that it appears to be real metal!  I also stamped a wing onto a wing chipboard piece and embossed the felt key with silver powder!  It gives it a very shimmery and flocked appearance!
 The dressform is also Basically Bare and I peeled away the top layer and stamped VersaMark again to the raised areas and embossed Ultra High Gold and Regular Copper.

Here you can see that while the Ultra High Gold was wet, I added a bit of Black Glint to mix in.  Gives it an aged look don't you think?

Here's a bit of the copper cardboard gear peaking out of the hat shape. 

I added some May Arts Ribbon, a doily and some bling and metal rings to complete this piece!  It was so much fun to make and once it finished I knew it was going to hang on my wall instead of be mailed to someone!  I added some ribbon and a ring to hang it with.

Are you as crazed with the Steampunk/ gear look as I am?

WOW Metallic Embossing powders in Ultra High Gold, Regular Silver, Regular Copper
Wow Embossing powder in Black Glint
Basically Bare chipboard from Hats & Stashes, Gears, Dressform, and Frames
May Arts Ribbon
Prima metal Gears/ hatpin & Stencil
The Rubber Cafe bling and stamps
Golden Paint Modeling paste

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Create your own easy Pin Stripes

Hi everyone! Amy Prior here today to share a fabulous and easy little tutorial on how to make your own Pin Striped backgrounds. Best thing about stripes is they never seem to go out of fashion!!!!

Today I am going to create a card and although I am starting off with this amazing fun 6x6 paper from Prima, I am actually going to create my own background using this baby as a base. First off you will need some Double Sided Tape in any size you like. I decided to use 3 different sizes here. 

Rip off pieces of the Double Sided Tape and place them on your page to make stripes. You can do them as close or as far apart as you like and you can do any pattern you like if you are using more than 1 thickness. 

Once the Double Sided Tape is all adhered, trim off the excess using your craft knife or a pair of scissors. I found this step easier by flipping it all upside down and using my craft knife carefully.

Next step of course is to remove the backing off the tape. My girls helped with this part LOL they think it is so much fun peeling the backing tape off me whenever i get out the trusty double sided tape roll haha.

For the next step I have simply sprinkled some WOW Suzy West Cable Car Red Embossing Powder over the top of the tape and paper and then tapped off the excess.  

The next step is of course to heat that baby and watch the magic of the powder melting. Best part about the WOW powders is that there is almost never any static cling so no need to get out a paint brush to clean up edges etc. 

Voila! An almost perfect pinstriped background. Now there is a little chunk missing that I could easily go and fix up using an Embossing Marker and some more Cable Car Red but I have some distressful plans for this pinstriped background so I am just gonna leave it and work it haha. 

Now I am onto embellishments for my card and firstly I wanted to make some cute flags to sit amongst some kind of cluster. I have again used 6x6 papers from Prima Marketing and these are from the new CHA released Craftsman Collection which is probably one of my fave masculine collections ever released from any brand. I find the easiest way to make my flags is to cover a rectangle of patterned paper with some doublesided tape (on the back of course). I would then curl it over and bend and squish on the toothpick then I can snip it into a flag with my scissors. I have diamond dies that work as well but I find they don't look as neat because you don't have that extra amount to wrap around the toothpick. 

Once the flags were cut, I wanted to add some embossing to the edges so I have inked up the edges of the flags and embossed them using Suzy West Cable Car Red WOW Embossing Powder as well as Azure Blue WOW Embossing Powder. To ink the edges up nicely I have used a piece of Tim Holtz Blending Foam and very roughly applied embossing ink to the edges. I also inked the toothpick as well. 

I found a couple more embellishments that I wanted to use and decided to add a bit more grunge to them using Suzy West Skyline Grey Puff WOW Embossing Powder. The Skyline Grey is my go to powder for anything grungey as I just love the gritty effect it has. Again using my Blending Foam, I have roughly added some Embossing Ink to these couple of embellishments. 

Now we are getting somewhere but I wanted to add some more distressed features so I have used some Archival Ink along with the fabulous Script Stamp from the WOW Call Me! Stamp Collection. I just love the script on this stamp and I decided to use my blending tool so only the script part of the stamp was inked up. I then added some subtle bits of the script to each of the embellishments and then I inked the edges  as well. 

To add some script to my background, I did not want to add blocks so I have added ink tot he stamp in very random small amounts and instead of using a stamp block, I have curled the stamp onto the page using my hand and only putting pressure on little sections at a time. I wasn't worried if I smudged it a little as it helps with the over all distress effect I was going for.  I then inked the edges up as well.

Next I decided I wanted some shine and glimmer as I always do, so I have sprayed randomly some Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist over my background and my embellishments. As you can see in the background  I have also stamped a Gratitude Ticket onto some cardstock using some Azure Blue WOW Embossing Powder. I then could assemble my card when everything was dry...

The finished card is yes as little over the top but that is usually how I roll! hahahahaha. This Sunday is Father's Day here in Australia so this will be a father's day card for the man in my life who I am ever so grateful for every single day. My girls loved helping me make this one and yes I would have changed it a little but it's always better when it is from them creatively of course.

Some fabulous closeups show the beautiful texture and colours of those gorgeous WOW Embossing Powders.

Checkout the cute Grateful Ticket Stamp that was fussycut and poking out of the cluster. The fabulous star is from Charm's Creation and isn't it fabulous? I have these in almost every colour haha.

Closeup of another part of that fabulous Charm's Creation Star and the gorgeous flags. I think flags go with anything who agrees?

Lastly a little closeup details of a very shiny background. Sorry about these terrible pictures but you can tell by the sequence of pics when it got dark in my house haha. Will try update pics tomorrow for you all.

Well that is it from me this morning, I hope you have been inspired to try different fun embossing techniques using more than just Embossing Ink. More fun ideas include making your own chevron pattern or just bordering your pages etc. Have fun with it!

Until next time...happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xxx

Sunday, 26 August 2012

.:How to make your own resist:.

Hi everyone!
Katarina here with todays tips and trix :)
Don´t you just love all of those pretty resist papers showing up everywhere right now?

Well I do.. but I love the fact that I actually can make the resist myself using the Wow Embossing powders....
check out this short video and learn different ways how to..

Thank you so much checking it out :)

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Back to Basics - Embossing Party Items, Tag Sets, Cards, Hair Bands and Home Décor

Hello, friends! For most of us in the US, it’s time for students to go back to school. To me, the “Back to School” season reminds me of fresh paper, freshly sharpened pencils, A-B-C’s and 1-2-3's.  The basics really…that make us remember a simpler time.

This month, we continue with an amazing designer showcase from the ever-so-talented, Erika Taylor. Following her inspiration, the team of designers from “7 Girls & a Smoking Gun” will be bringing you amazing projects using “the basics”.

Designer Showcase

As luck would have it, Erika was next in line to showcase her talent. She is a mixed media artist and oozes talent. Erika’s projects, for those of you that are beginners in crafting, is inspiring and something to reach for as you learn how to apply multiple techniques.

You can start by learning the basic techniques that follow this project, and you can literally layer the methods and powders for a similarly stunning effect.

Erika say’s this project was a labor of love, but her favorite, WOW! project to date. For the Miracle Star, she used a lot of double embossing of three of the regular powders from the Suzy West Collections and a regular Silver powder.
  • WOW EMBOSSING POWDERS:  Whirly Pop, Silver, Skyline Grey Puff and Metallic Platinum Sparkle.

The larger elements of this layered piece was stamped with a background stamp and embossed with Plantinum Silver and Silver to create a textured look.

The stars were given full coverage of Whirly Pop and Platinum Silver. There’s a touch of Silver embossing powder accenting the angel’s wings.

The sentiment, “Believe in Miracles” shows a fantastic use of our Skyline Grey Puff from the Suzy West Collection, By the Bay. This is a textured, matte powder meant to stay “rough” when melted. I absolutely love how it turned out on this project!

Our next project is also “off the paper”, but does not require a beginning embossing powder crafter to put on a heavy duty thinking cap. Instead, you’ll be putting on a beautiful headband. Anyone can do this project!
Amy repurposed an old Leopard Print Fabric covered plastic headband. She loves making accessories for her girls, but this time she wanted to make one for herself. Amy says, “One of the only headbands I own was this plastic thick band that was covered in Leopard Print Fabric. I kept the fabric on and went to town with my powders to create an uber cute look I can wear every day!! My beautiful youngest girl Chloe just had to model it for you all.”
  • ·         WOW EMBOSSING POWDERS:  Black Glint Embossing Glitter (on the underside), Ultra High Copper Embossing Powder, Ultra High Gold Rich Embossing Powder (just sprinkled over the copper when it was hot)

The topside of the headband was embossed with Ultra High Copper that leaves a “thicker” embossed look. After applying Ultra High Copper to the tacky surface of the headband (full coverage with Versamark Ink), and before heating, Amy sprinkled Ultra High Gold powder on top of the UH Copper. She melted the powders all at once.

The underside of the headband was covered and embossed with Black Glint powder.

Lovely Miss Chloe! [I’m not sure how much you’re going to get to wear this headband, Amy! It looks great on her!]

If you just love paper, but do want something you can display, here’s a brilliant project you can customize for anyone.  

Donna made for a colorful wall decoration for her daughter, Ruby who turns 3 in a couple of weeks.  She wanted to keep it really simple, and had the idea of putting Ruby’s name on her wall.  Thankfully Ruby's name is short!

Donna picked up some frames from the warehouse and colored them with a number of products.  She says, “I really like how the dylusions ink sprays match beautifully with the WOW! embossing powders.  I used some Tim Holtz grunge board letters which fitted into my frames; I then embossed each letter with a different color to match the frame.  I got some plain white card stock and stamped all the little love hearts in a matching color.”

I love the bright girlie colors!

·         WOW EMBOSSING POWDERS: Suzy West Collection, Candy Counter– Cotton Candy, Bubble Gum, Sour Lemon & Gummy Bear Green
·         WOW Stamp Sets Used: StampSet2 - Gratitude

Close up of Embossed Letter and Stamped Background

Coming back to paper with basic techniques, we can still deliver amazing, giftable embossed projects your friends, family or you will love!
Irit came up with a fantastic project anyone with some paper, popsicle sticks and embellishments (stickers, cut outs, flowers, etc.) could do.
She put together three place cards/toppers that can be used as bookmarks later. Irit heat embossed the edges of the cards by tapping along the edges with Clear embossing ink and using cable red, presidio purple and ebony black. Irit also embossed the wooden sticks with the same colors, using the same clear ink and nothing more for sealing or bonding and it works perfectly. It’s a great way to get into embossing and playing powders with beginner steps for heat embossing without stamping.

·         WOW EMBOSSING POWDERS:  Suzy West Collection, By the Bay – Cable Car Red, Presidio Purple, WOW! Collection – Ebony Black
·         OTHER: Echo Park papers and stickers and Spellbinders dies to cut the shapes.

One of my favorite “basic” techniques of all time comes by way of gift wrapping. I love putting plain colored tissue paper, white butcher or craft paper or solid colored gift wrap around gifts and then topping it off with a fantastic ribbon and tag.

Here are three tags that really started from one simple technique. All three tags are basic manila mailing tags. I used “Joy to the World” from WOW! Merry & Bright Christmas stamp set with a pink chalk ink and randomly covered the tags.

For the very first basic tag, you can tie a ribbon through the hole at the top of the tag, and stop there. You can take one more half step and emboss snowflakes with Neutral Ultra Shimmer embossing powder to give a touch of iridescent festiveness to the tag.

To take this a step further, use the Holiday tree from the same stamp set and emboss on one end of the tag with Tea Garden Green.  Voila! You have a fancy tag you can tie a ribbon to and add to any holiday package.

If you really want to get crazy, the last tag was sprayed with Tattered Angel’s Glimmer Mist in Cherry Limeade before I stamp and embossed the tree to the tag.

  • WOW Embossing Powders: Suzy West Collection, By the Bay – Tea Garden Green, WoW! Collection – Neutral Ultra Shimmer
  • WOW Stamp Sets Used: StampSet8 – Merry & Bright Christmas
  • Other Products Used: Manila tags, ribbon

This last card is hopefully, a touch of encouragement for Sherrie and Anne who have each had a tough week.
This is a simple tone-on-tone stamping and embossing technique. The black cardstock has been stamped with WOW!’s “Vintage Wallpaper” stamp and Black Glint powder for a solid color but textured look. The heart was cut and the word “love” from WOW!’s “Beyond Measure” stamp set was randomly stamped and embossed with Pastel Pink.

  • WOW Embossing Powders: WoW! Collection – Black Glint, Pastel Pink
  • WOW Stamp Sets Used: StampSet12 – Vintage Wallpaper, StampSet13 – Love Beyond Measure

The final touch was a sticker …”It’s All Good”. J
Have a great weekend, all!

For more fabulous projects, please visit our blogs!
Click Here to Erika’s blog, Taylord Concepts.
Click Here to Irit’s creativeness at her blog, Irit Shalom’s Designs.
Click Here to Anniebee’s Craft Room. 
Click Here to see Amy’s blog.
Click Here to see Sherrie and hear about what is keeping her busy  at her blog, Each Days Memories. Click Here to see Jen’s latest pinteresting obsessions.
Click Here to see Donna’s late night creations.

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