Friday, 30 November 2012

A Wow Mini Album

Hello, Wow fans! Anne here.  It's the last day of November and soon Christmas will be knocking on our doors. I'm sure a lot of you industrious people have already put up your trees, decorated them, adorned the exterior with lights and lawn ornaments and have all your shopping done and packages wrapped. Well, guess what... I haven't bought the first gift yet. Truth be known, all of my gifts will be hand made this year as money is awfully tight and there's no room in my budget for shopping.

I have for you today a mini album I made featuring Graphic 45's A Ladies' Journal collection and lots of WOW! Embossing Powders and Clear Stamps. I'm going to cut right to the chase and show it to you as there are several pages in this little book.

This collection by Graphic 45 is absolutely gorgeous.  I have been wanting to do this for quite some time and when I was assigned to do a mini or scrapbook layout, guess which one I chose!

As you can see in the above photo, all of the pockets, envelopes and waterfall flip work.

This is the waterfall flip feature. Each flap can hold a photo, description or anything you desire. 


And here's the back. The embossing powders I used were: Metallic Gold Regular, Metallic Copper Regular, Neutral Shimmer Regular, Opaque White, and Primary Ebony. The stamp sets I used were With Love, Simply Amazing, Brocade and Make A Wish. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing this little book. It's going to a special person on my Christmas list. Mini albums are a lot of work but the results are usually so eye-catching it makes all the extra effort worthwhile. Thanks for stopping by the WOW blog today. Until next time....

Happy crafting!

A Christmas Angel

I have had so much fun creating with the wonderful range of powders that we are using this month.
I used,
Red Glitz, Green Glitz, Nice Ice Blue and Sparkling Snow....... I loved the glittery shine on them all....
For my project, I thought I would make a paper angel - just a little one... for my desk.......
This is what I created,

I love the depth that you get from the glitter - it's just sooooooo sparkly..
What have you been up to, remember to let us know so that we can go and visit your blogs too.

Happy crafting
Nikki x

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Broken Glass technique tutorial

Hello, my dear crafting friends! Irit is here today with my Broken Glass technical tutorial.
All you need to make this broken glass look is a big background stamp , clear embossing ink and a lot of Clear embossing powders.
Step 1:
Pick your WOW Embossing Powders stamp. I picked Suzy West  French Music Background stamp.
Stamp a background stamp with permanent ink. I used black Memento, but any permanent ink will do the job. Please, not any kind of pigmented ink as it will be a mess after the first heat embossing step, unless you want to heat the stamped background a lot before the next step.

Step 2:
Cover the entire  stamped piece with  Clear embossing ink  and add a thick layer of  Clear Gloss Ultra High  embossing powder. Heat it and add 2-3 more layers of the same powder.  Cool it and add more clear ink all over. Now add a thick layer of  Clear Gloss Super  Fine embossing powder and heat it again. Make it 2-3 more times with the fine powder. The fine powder should cover  some spaces that are not totally flat in your  Clear Gloss Ultra High powder embossing.

Step 3:
Put your embossed paper in  your deep freezer and wait for a half an hour. You may eat some ice- cream while waiting as you are near it anyway.
Now take the frozen paper and break it all over as much as you can. Any wooden piece from your kitchen will do the job.  The thicker your embossing is and the smaller is you paper piece,  the better crackles will be shown. As  my paper is pretty big (so was this Music stamp), I can see just some small crackles around.On the other hand, maybe I didn't wait as long as it should be, as I was trying to catch the sunlight to take the photos of the next steps.
 Add  some light brown distress ink over the embossed paper and   clean it with  a wet cloth.
 Now we can see the broken glass areas and our background piece is done.

Step 4: Make a final project using your glass background . I covered Tando Creative brown  Misic chipboard with black pigmented ink and heat embossed it a bit with Ebony Black Ultra High powder for the glossy effect. Then I made this Prima paper background matting and made  this flowers cluster.
Other products used here:
American Crafts Black cardstock
Prima patterned paper , butterfly and flowers
Handmade Halo resin rose
Martha Stewart punch

This technique  works perfect over any printed images too (not a newspaper ones as those are not permanent), but patterned paper, magazine cuts etc.

And one final tip: use a box when you do your massive embossing, so you can pick all your leftover powder. I didn't... I need to mop my craft room as it looked like a sandy beach , but as my craft room is always a total mess, this was an obligatory anyway.
See you again next month!

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Merry Merry Christmas

Hi everyone! It's Sandie here today with some more Christmas inspiration for you. If you haven't entered our Christmas challenge yet you have just a few more days to do so. You can find all of the details HERE. Remember, you MUST use heat embossing and/or some WOW products to qualify for the prize. 

My card features the new background stamp, Blizzard, and I've heat embossed with Sparkling Snow to create the background. It's so sparkly and shimmery :D  I adhered it to the card base with 3D foam and layered up a little bit of white lace on the front, adhering it with fabric glue. 

Next I used Green Glitz, Metallic Gold Sparkle and the Christmas Tree from the Deck the Halls clear stamp set. I had cut the tree once I had embossed it and adhered it with some 3D mounting foam. 

For the sentiment I used the Metallic Gold Sparkle. The stamp is from the Merry and Bright clear stamp set. This too is adhered with 3D foam so my card has loads of dimension to it. 

To finish off my card I added some white pearls in the top corners and on the sentiment strip.

WOW Products Used: 
Stamps - Merry and Bright, Deck the Halls, Blizzard

Thanks so much for dropping by today. I do hope you're inspired to be a little bit crafty

Re-cycled light bulbs become Christmas ornaments

Hello, Doris here with my my Christmas project.

I had this box of light bulbs staring at me for some time now. I rescued them, they are the (now) old fashioned shapes which are no longer being produced because they are not energy saving. And then I had all these new embossing powders WOW has just come out with. I was itching to use them so I rebelled and did not go with this month colours. Because......

Glitter + light bulbs= tree baubles!!

I have tried embossing on glass before, but had trouble getting the embossing ink on evenly, especially when the shape was not straight. On my table sat a can of spray glue and I decided to spray my light bulb all over and it worked a treat - very even coverage (even on my floor until I used my bin as a spray booth)

                       Glitter+glue spray+light bulbs=quick 'n easy baubles!!
I decided to do several light coatings and that worked great. Every embossing powder I tried performed well and looked stunning. In the pictures I used the new Dessert Sand set (gorgeous!!!)

I decided to add some string but could also have used wool or wire. The perfect way to re-cycle used or unusable light bulbs. Very green!!!!

On a trip to America I scored several boxes of clear glass ornaments. Guess what is going to happen to them now??!

Monday, 26 November 2012

Christmas Card

Hi everyone and thanks for stopping by the WOW! Embossing Powder, U.S. blog!!

Today I am going to share with you a Christmas card I created for the upcoming Christmas season here in the U.S. But first I want to start off by saying I am SORRY for the picture quality. I have been without a camera for a little bit now (horrible I know!) so these were taken with my phone. BUT....that is all going to change very soon cause my sweet sweet wonderful husband informed me on Saturday that he bought me a new one and it will be here this week!! I am super excited and can't wait for it to arrive and start trying it out. So by the time my next post is due I will be able to provide much better pictures for you all.

But back to my card now....I used some left over paper scraps from the My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas collections (loved this collection!!), the Merry & Bright stamp set from the Suzy West WOW! Collection, and both Metalline Green and Opaque Bright White WOW! Embossing Powders.
 And here are some closeups of the WOW! items.
 I just love this stamp by how the letters are in a block and that they are different sized. Makes for a really fun looking sentiment.
For the Christmas Tree embellishment I used my WOW! Embossing Pen and ran it all over the tree. Since the tree was slightly indented it made it really easy to use the pen on. I then just poured my powder in it, tapped off the excess, and heated it up.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Saturday, 24 November 2012

Fun And Easy Christmas Wrapping Paper

Hi there! Birgit here today with a post about Christmas wrapping paper.
Did you know it is very easy and fun creating your own wrapping paper? It is!

What do you need? First of all simple plain wrapping paper in a nice color and paper bags.
Stamp sets "Merry and Bright Christmas" and "Deck the Halls".
Versamark and your favorite embossing powders. I used Opaque Bright White Regular, Bay Area Blue Regular and Metallic Copper Super Fine.

Don't make it to hard on yourself, there's no need to stamp word by word. Just mix and match a whole lot of stamps on one large block and the work will be done in no time :)

It's as easy as that! And it's only November so you have more than enough time to give your Christmas gifts a personal touch!

Happy stamping!

Christmas card with hanging snowflakes

Hello, It's Sarah here. I have created a card this month for this month's Wow 'Christmas' theme.

This card uses our new 'Blizzard' snowflake stamp that's a wonderful intricate stamp that fits perfectly into the Christmas theme. I started by stamping the stamp onto heat resistant acetate and heat embossing with Bright White Embossing Powder. I then cut a rectangle from my card blank (just slightly smaller than the stamped area) and mounted the acetate to the inside of the card.

Next, I stamped the Christmas Tree from the 'Deck The Halls' stamp set and embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. This was onto a semi-translucent pearlised paper. I cut around  the embossed area and added a gem star and silver bow embellishment and mounted this with foam pads onto the card.

To complete the card, I cut two thin strips of acetate and attached them to the inside top of the card but positioned them so they hang over the front and added some snowflakes and silver diamante gems.

And there's the final card... an easy to make but beautiful Christmas Card. :D

Shopping List
Bright White Embossing Powder
Silver Embossing Powder
Deck The Halls Stamp Set
Blizzard Stamp

Head over to the Wow Embossing powder website to see the new products and also take a look at our Pinterest page to see more inspiration...

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

A Challenge To Make Your Own Embellishments!

Hello WOW! fans!  Jan here with a fun and easy challenge.  Do you ever have an embellishment that you'd like to enhance or change the color or texture of?  WOW! Embossing Powders work well on metals, chipboard and papers.  I used WOW Embossing powders on all of the above to complete my "Nutcracker Sleigh and Mini Album".  The chipboard on the side of the sleigh has been embossed using Presidio Purple.  The sleigh pattern is my design.
Embossed chipboard
Embossed Metal Label Holder using Metallic Gold Rich Ultra High.
Front of the sleigh with mini album.

A peek at the inside of the mini which is made using Graphic 45 packaging, Nutcracker Sweet paper line, Cable Car Red, Presidio Purple and Metallic Gold Rich Embossing Powder.
The cover of the mini is a shaker with tiny jingle bells.  I have left the clear window in place and heat embossed with Metallic Gold.
A look at the jingle bell shaker
A few more pages.

Triple Embossed Glitter Christmas Card

Make a two in one card for Christmas with Glitter Embossing

 Hi, Christine Saunders here again with a new technique for you all to try - Iv'e been playing again with powders and glitter and have come up with this technique for glitter embossing. 

This Christmas Card has Glittered Triple Embossed Christmas Trees which can double up as Christmas Decorations too.  All 3 trees have wire loops attached to them so you could hang them up on your tree or use them for decorations next year.

To make the card ink up the WoW Embossed swirly cardstock with green and brown ink leaving the centre white. Stick onto brown folded cardstock leaving a section on the left for a ribbon embellishment.

Cut out 3 triangles, ink up with clear embossing ink and add Red Sparkle Embossing Powder - heat to set . Repeat this 3 times more but this time use Clear Gloss Ultra High to add thick layers. 

Using the "Is it a Bird" stamp set, ink up a tree with gold paint, dip this into gold glitter. Heat up your embossed tree and stamp into the hot powder with your prepared, glittered stamp.  The glitter will stick to the image creating a lovely gold sparkly effect.

Be sure to wash your stamp off thoroughly - I use a hard stencil brush to get all the glitter and paint off.  Repeat this twice more with other stamps from the set on the other two trees. Add a wire loop to the back of each tree. (Each tree could then used as a Christmas Decoration if you want).

Stick these to your card with 3D Foam squares.

For the sentiment - use the Merry Christmas from the "Merry and Bright Christmas" Set of stamps and emboss with Evergreen powder on white cardstock.  Cut a piece of card larger than your wording and emboss the middle with Red Sparkle and the outside with Evergreen. Add this to your card to finish.
I'm off now to make more Christmassy things using the paint and glitter technique.  Have a go yourselves. It's easy and looks fab.

Products used:   " Is it a Bird" stamp set.
                           "Merry and Bright Christimas" stamp set
                           Red Glitz Embossing Powder
                           Evergreen Embossing Powder
                           Clear Gloss Embossing Powder

Monday, 19 November 2012

Happy Holidays!

Hello!!  Jen Roach here and today I'm sharing a Happy Holidays card I created using an embossed background and some embossed die cuts.  Adding embossing powders to your die cuts is a way to change them up and add some extra WOW!

First I created the stamped background using the new Funky Borders set and some pastel blue embossing powder.  Then I embossed some die cut snowflakes with some clear and white powders.  I was going for a rustic look so I only added one layer of powder to let the background kraft paper show through a bit.

Here's a close up to show the embossing details on the snowflakes.  As you can see, the clear embossing powder give some really nice shine and texture to the die cuts.

Hope you enjoyed my holiday card today....thanks for stopping by! 
WOW! Stamps: Funky Border Strips (polka dot background) from WOW!
WOW! Embossing Powders: WM03 Pastel Blue, WL01 Opaque Bright White, WA01 Clear Gloss
Papers: Bazzill kraft cardstock, Recollections patterned paper
Ink: Versamark (for embossing)
Accessories:  SRM Sticker sentiment, lace, ribbon, The Twinery Twine, Prima pearls, Cuttlebug snowflake die cut

Exploring Embossing - stamping foam!

Hey everyone, it's Jayne here with the latest instalment of "Exploring Embossing". I don't know if you know, but I am actu...