Sunday, 30 September 2012

Christmas is almost here again....

Hi there!

Katarina here with todays educator post :)
Time flies right?! and this year my goal is to be a bit prepared for the holiday season.. uhm.. yeah who am I kidding..??

I´m scrapping all year round.. and let me tell you who always do the gift tags for the Christmas tags all freaked out just hours before the kids wake up at christmas eve... Yes that me!! always last minute.

well this year I think I will manage to get the Christmas tags ready on time... bec I have the new  Christmas stamp sets from Wow embossing The Suzy West Collection..


They are so cute, and so easy to work with.. and it makes the tag making a lot easier and I got myself the Pillow Box template on my Silhouette,,, so I have the entire gift set package ready for christmas... just check it out...

and as usual on my educator blog posts there is also a short tutoral video... yup it´s me talking :))



Saturday, 29 September 2012

Create your own embossing powder colours

Hello to you all... It's Sarah here!

This month, our theme is Halloween so I thought I would show you how to create the perfect Halloween colour using Wow embossing powders... Once that you have created Halloween orange embossing powder, you will have the perfect colour to make anything Halloween inspired. I transformed a white favour bucket into a Halloween inspired mini treat bucket!

When melting the powders, I always add in a small amount of clear embossing powder to the mix as it helps the powders start melting quicker. Add the powders into a mini foil tray and heat underneath with a heat gun until the powders turn into a molten liquid. (Remember to hold the foil tray with pliers as it gets very hot)!

To create the Halloween orange colour I mixed the following powders:
Clear Embossing Powder
Sherbert Embossing Powder
Lemon Embossing Powder (use double the amount of this colour)

I have just ordered this mold to make some mini pumpkin earrings!

You can also layer colours to get different colours and effects...
I started with a layer of  Clear Embossing Powder and then added a layer of Lemon Embossing Powder then added a layer of  Sherbert Embossing Powder then a final layer of Lemon Embossing Powder to get the orange colour shown below. Between each colour, I let the embossed powder cool before inking with clear ink and adding another layer of colour.

With mixing colours, the possibilities are endless...

I mixed Apple Red Embossing Powder with Metallic Gold Rich Sparkle to create this wonderful red and gold sparkle colour to use on Christmas cards.

We would love to see what colours you create, why not share your colour creations on our Wow Embossing Powder facebook page or share with us the colour of embossing powder that you would like to see added to the range.

You can see all the colours available on The Wow Embossing Powder Website

Happy Embossing!

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Spooky Halloween Treat Bag

Good morning everyone!! It's Sandie here and after a hectic summer I am back with a cute SCARY project that I want to share with you. 

We all love die cuts and the general rule is to cut them out and stick them down onto our projects. They add just that little extra to your creations - however, heat embossing your die cuts brings them into a whole 'nother world. There are so many options from just one layer embossing to embossing/stamping to the cracked glass effect. 

Each element of my 'scene' has been heat embossed.... 

A side view of the treat bag. You can add goodies inside... or maybe even ghastlies ;) 

I used Black Glint on the house to make it sparkle

The 'moon' has been heat embossed 3 times with Mandarin and then stamped on using memento black ink and Funky border Strips clear stamps. For the bat I used ultra high black. 

A little close up of the shimmery house.... 

For the tree I used Clear Semi Dull. I didn't want it glossy, trees aren't shiny. 

This treat bag was so much fun to create and all you need to do is.. 

Take one piece of 4"x 12" card scored at 5.25" on either side and folded on each of the scorelines, this makes up the base/outside. For the box inside you need a 4" x 6" piece of card and score it at 1.25" on all 4 sides. Once you have the box assembled, adhere it to the centre of the base. Decorate to taste :)

WOW! products used:

Ebony Ultra High


Thanks for dropping by!!

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Embossing + Laminating = Custom Embellishments

Hello everyone!! Tanisha here with with a really cool embossing technique that I used to create acrylic embellishments.  I grabbed my purple cows laminator and hot pockets, embossing ink, WOW's Gratitude Stamp set, powders in a few different colors, and circle dies.

I started by stamping the "looped squiggle" inside the hot pocket and then coated with WOW embossing powders (I did one color at a time).
 Once all of the stamped images were covered with embossing powders, I placed the pocket on a piece of cardstock, to prevent curling, and ran it through the lamintor.

The heat from the laminator melts (and seals) the powders, leaving you with an acrylic sheet to work with.  At this point, you can use the acrylic sheet as is...

...or pull out your dies and put them to work!  I wanted to create a banner, so I die cut circles and cut some of them in half and stitched them across the top of my layout.

I used the other circles to highlight embellishments and create a visual triangle.  WOW embossing powders are so versatile!  Not only did I create a custom embellishment, I also used them with stencils to add depth to my background and create a mat for my photo!

Here are a few close-ups:

I added a little sparkle to my title using WOW's Neutral Ultra Shimmer Embossing Glitter and changed the color of the metal "love" by embossing it with California Sunrise.

WOW products used:
Neutral Ultra Shimmer Embossing Glitter

Suzy West Collection:
Cotton Candy
Sierra Sunrise Embossing Glitter
Earthtone Nutmeg
Cable Car Red
Earthtone Paprika
Tea Garden Green
Earthtone Olive

California Sunrise

Gratitude Stamp Set

Thanks for stopping by today!!


The WOW! Guide to Perfect Embossing

You will need:
  • Something to stamp onto – try card, paper, heat-proof acetate, glass, wood
  • An image stamp – clear or rubber, try to avoid very fine detailed lines or large areas of fill if you’re a beginner
  • An embossing ink 
  • Wow! Embossing Powder
  • A sheet of clean paper
  • A heat gun

Get your stamp ready.

For Wow! Clear Stamps, peel from the backing sheet, hold it in the air for a couple of seconds to allow it to relax and get back to shape.

Allow the clear stamp to lay down on the acrylic block and pat down gently with your fingers.
Place your stamp on a flat surface and ink it up using a suitable embossing ink. Press firmly and evenly, making sure the whole of the stamp is covered with ink. Frantic dabbing is not required!
Print your image onto your card stock – place the stamp face down onto the page, and hold it firm with your fingers on one side.
Press firmly, but not too hard, on the other side, before swapping hands and pressing over the whole image to transfer the ink evenly to the page.
Peel the stamp from the paper.
Place your stamped page onto a clean sheet of paper, and completely cover the stamped area with embossing powder. Don’t worry about emptying the whole jar at this stage – only a small amount will be used!
Lift up your stamped and powdered image, and pour off the excess powder onto your clean sheet of paper. Tap gently to get the last few grains off, and set aside. The powder is not set at this point, and will brush off if knocked.
Return all the unused powder back to the jar and replace the lid. Wipe up any stray bits of powder to make sure these don’t transfer to your page during the heat setting.
Preheat your heat gun for a few moments by turning it on and directing it away from you and your project – this helps predictable heat setting of the powder.

The air from the heat gun is at a temperature that will burn! Make sure the heat gun air flow is not directed toward you, and you don’t touch the pointy end. Holding the tool still for too long on one area is also a fire risk.
You can heat the powder from below, holding the tip of the gun around one to two inches from the page. Hold the gun in a vertical position. Watch for the powdery matt finish to become smooth and shiny and then move the heat to the next area. You may wish to hold the card with tweezers or a peg.
Alternatively, you can heat set from above. Start with the heat gun around 12 inches away from the powder and move slowly closer – this helps stop the air speed blowing the powder about. As above, keep the heat gun moving to a new area as the powder fuses. In this image, you can see the difference between the heat set area (shiny gold) and the unset powder stage (brownish matt).
When you have finished heat setting, make sure the pointy end of the heat gun is not in contact with anything flammable. Allow the embossed image to cool completely before handling. If you have been heating from above onto a surface, bear in mind the surface can be hot as well, particularly if you are using a glass mat.



I keep getting patches of powder sticking where I don’t want them to.

Though Wow! Powders and jars are designed to be anti-static, the powders will stick to finger marks, grease or anything wet. To help avoid unwanted patches try these tips:
  • Wash your hands and allow them to dry before starting to use embossing powders
  • Handle your card stock by the edges
  • Use a clean sheet of paper to catch excess powder and return it to the jar straight away (don’t use a plastic tray as these add static each time you use them)
  • Try swiping an ‘anti-static’ bag across your card before stamping – these will cover sticky bits with the enclosed powder, making it more likely that the embossing powder won’t stick anywhere it shouldn’t
  • Brush away the patches with a fine dry paintbrush before heat setting.

My embossing powder doesn’t stick in some areas of my stamped image.

This is likely to be an incomplete stamped image – there are several things to check:
  • Make sure you are stamping on a flat, stable surface
  • Make sure that you have inked the stamp evenly and don’t allow the ink to dry
  • Use firm even pressure to stamp the image, across the whole image
  • If you are still having problems, try putting a couple of sheets of paper or kitchen paper under what you’re stamping onto
  • If you use thick acrylic blocks with clear stamps, try using our thinner blocks as these allow a little more flexibility and better stamping.

Some of my powder brushes off after I have heated it.

The powder has not been properly heat set – make sure you have used the heat gun across the whole image and it all looks the same. Any area that looks dusty or matt in appearance generally has not been heat set enough.

My Wow! Clear Matt Dull looks shiny when I am heat setting it.

This is normal – once the melted powder cools, the matt finish appears.

When I use the Wow! Earthtones , Wow! Fluorescents or the Wow! Pastels, I sometimes get white flecks spoiling the colour after I have heat set the powders.

The core of these powders is white, so if they are overheated the white middles can appear as the colour pigments move on the molten surface. Try heating the powder less, or using the heat gun a little further away.

I like to use embossing powders to melt in batches and then use it in moulds. Do you have more colours in Ultra High?

You don’t have to stick to Ultra Highs – all our grades of embossing powder can be used in this way, with the finer grades having more pigment in them and melting a bit quicker due to smaller granule size. Please note that not all of our powders and glitter colours have predictable effects when melting in large quantities – please check a sample before adding to a project.

What inks are suitable for embossing with your powders?

Any slow drying ink will work well. There are specific brands of ‘embossing’ ink which are designed for the purpose. Most pigment inks are suitable, whereas dye inks are generally fast drying and unsuitable. Design Team favourites include Versamark Watermark Stamp Pads (clear), Tim Holtz Distress Inks (coloured), Perfect Medium (clear and black).

My heat gun keeps cutting out/there’s not much air coming out.

The heat gun cuts out to prevent overheating. It will reset in a few minutes. A common cause of overheating and poor air flow is a hand blocking the air vents at the top of the tool – hold the tool in the middle.

Guide prepared by Neil Burley, September 2012

Friday, 21 September 2012

Fall Mini Album

Have you seen the wonderful Challenge that Erika put up on Tuesday?  Are you going to participate?  I know I am what an inspiration.

Did you see Birgit Koopsens wonderful canvas?  Her Canvases are amazing.

Hi Jenifer here with you today sharing a quick and easy Mini Album that I made using the Gratitude Stamps and some of the Earth tone embossing powders.
I kept the mini small 4x6 that way I could quickly install some of my favorite pictures of this fall season and do some journaling when needed.  I used the leaf from the gratitude stamp and just cut close to the edges, I love how they look like they are falling down the page.
Here is a peak at the inside and a couple close ups of some of the cute patterned paper.

 Supplies:  Gratitude Stamp
Earth tone Honey and Olive embossing powders
Gold Rich Pale embossing powder
My Little Shoebox "O Dear Collection"
May Arts Ribbons
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my project today.  Make sure you stop by tomorrow for more inspiration from this very talented team.

Ravens and decay

An extra couple of ideas to 'spook up' your Halloween projects:
1. Ravens
These birds just shout Halloween. I printed out an online picture and then cut it out and embossed it.

2. Decay
These ATC's have been created with many layers of acrylic paints, bits of papers and embossing powders. I loved in particular what happened when I soaked an old lace doily I had bought from a charity shop. I tipped gold embossing powder over it and heated it and got the most gorgeous decay!!! A little bit of water works fine, no need for inks or anything fancy, the embossing powder will stick. Instant texture that looks great on any distressed Halloween project.

Happy decaying (as an art form of course ;)

Thursday, 20 September 2012

WOW-up your canvas

Hi there and welcome to the WOW blog today!

Last weekend I have been teaching some fun workshops at a Dutch scrapbook store called Scrap4Fun.
In one of the workshops we used WOW Embossing Powder to spice up our canvasses.

Do you notice that I put all the cans up-side-down? That's how I store them in my studio too. Makes finding the right color a lot easier :)

This project is one of the examples i made for the class:

After creating the texture for the background and all the painting we finished the canvas with adding a lot of interest using WOW Embossing Powders.

We stamped and embossed all the circles around the book paper circles and used Punchinella stars and dots to create extra texture.

Colors used: Suzy West Cotton Candy regular, Wow Magical Mauve Embossing glitter, Wow Earthtone Grape, Wow Earthtone Pomegranate, Wow Opaque Bright White regular.

And here are some of the results. Don't you just love how they all turned out so differently?!

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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