Monday, 28 January 2013

Sparkling Winter Canvas with Fab Foils

Hi and welcome to the WOW! blog today!

My name is Birgit Koopsen and this is my first post as a DT-member for WOW! UK. The previous year I was on the US team where I had a wonderful time and I'm sure that will continue here! I hope I will be able to inspire you to use WOW! products in your mixed media projects and layouts and show you why they are so wonderful to work with!

Today I want to share with you a canvas that I sparkled up with hologram embossing powder and Fab Foils to create a frosty, wintery look.

I first create the canvas by layering tags, doilies, tissue paper, lace ribbon and chipboard letters and then covered the whole with gesso. Then I added more layers using modeling paste and stencils, added some buttons and sprayed the project with a variety of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist colours,
This is how it looked when I finished all that:

When everything was completely dry (!) I put some of the stencils back on top in the right place and filled in the open spaces with Versamark using a piece of blending foam. After removing the stencils I added WOW! Bonding Powder and heated it. I randomly added Fab Foil by laying the sheet lightly on top of the heated parts in a dabbing way and removing it quickly.  This way not all the heated parts where completely covered with foil. Then I heated those parts again and added a second colour and did the same with a third colour. Re-heat as often as needed. Now the colours get mixed and create a shiny and distressed look.

I also added foils to the buttons. Since the buttons stay hot a long time after heating the bonding powder it takes a bit longer before you can remove the foil sheet. As long as the buttons (and therefor the bonding powder) are still warm the foil will not release from the sheet, so make sure to let the buttons cool down.

Fab Foils used are: Dark Blue, Turquoise, Green and Glitter Silver.

I took some wood veneer snow flakes and embossed them twice with Silver Hologram Sparkle. Of course you could use chipboard shapes here too.

I finished the canvas by embossing the word "love" on the tag at the right side (Love Beyond Measure - Clear Stamp Set), adding some letter stickers and crystals.

Thank you for stopping by today! Hope to see you again next time!
Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Hello Winter!

Hello. my dear crafty friends! My name is Irit  and this is my very first post here, also for a year I was on Wow Embossing Powders USA team, so I am not new to those gorgeous WOW! products at all.
 This month is a month of Ice and Snow  in our blog. Ice and snow for Israeli girl? We hardly see snow once in a lifetime. But as I design  only for out of Israel companies, I do have great winter products to design with and today I am going to show you  my "Hello, Winter" wall deco full of Wow! Embossing Powders stamps and powders.

The basic part of this deco is this 30*30 cm (12*12'') chipboard piece from Australian A2Z Scraplets company. It was a long way to make this board to look like it is now: each part of it was covered with Versamark embossing  ink and heat embossed with a lot of WOW powders.
I used Metallic  Silver Sparkle , Azure, Pastel Blue and Neutral Ultra Shimmer in a mix and most of them were double or triple embossed.
 Then I made this  inner stamped circle: American Crafts light blue cardstock was stamped (on the smooth  side, not over this textured one) with a lot of WOW! stamps. I used Brocade, French Music and  all three backgrounds form Fanky Border Strips set and made them in a kind of a grid , totally randomly, stamping with the same Versamark ink and then heat embossed with  Bright White embossing powder.

After stamping and heat embossing I  cut a circle and embossed it around with Azure  powder.
The Pink Paislee huge chipboard letters were distressed and then heat embossed with Neutral Ultra Shimmer powder again. Finally I added some American Crafts letters  and as those letter are not so sticky after all, I made a made a thin line over them with Glossy Accents (my tip for altered projects using so called  self adhesive letters- looks great and different).

Then I added some button snowflakes and one big grunge board one on the bottom. I decided not to add any more embellishments over the central part as I wanted the stamping be shown and not covered with other products.

Hope you like my altered piece and see you next month with more WOW! inspiration!
Products list:
Cardstock: American Crafts
Chipboard: A2Z Scraplets
Letters: American Crafts, Pink Paislee
Buttons: Dress it Up
Snowflakes: Advantus
WOW STAMPS and inks
French Music
Fanky Border Strips
Versamark ink
Bright White
Metallic  Silver Sparkle
Pastel Blue
Neutral Ultra Shimmer

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Winter Wonderland

  This is my first posting for WOW Global and I am so excited to be here!!!  

Here in New Zealand it is mid summer, kids are playing on water slides, day trips to beaches,  local parks and enjoying ice cream.  All my photos on my camera are of sunny warm days.  I had this fabulous idea of getting a great photo of all the kids (6)  lined  up eating ice cream but it just did not happen.  So I found myself a bit stuck with this months challenge!  ICE AND SNOW! So I had to put my thinking cap on.  I was at our local garden center the other day getting some lettuce seedlings for the kids to plant when I stumbled across this CUTE bird. I knew I had to take him home! He sat on my table for a while and then it hit me.  I could do a winter theme canvas. I have not played with canvas a lot so I was a bit worried that it would not work. I love what I achieved and will be doing more!

I have started with a wee canvas turned round so I could use the back which created a framed working surface.  I applied  gesso over the whole surface.  Building it up in places hoping it would look like lumps of snow :-) and let it dry.   

While it was drying I got out my cuttlebug and created a few textured surfaces. The first one I did I got a bit of chip board and created a frame.  I used my Versa Mark pad and ran it over the top surface of my embossed area and then embossed with WOW BLACK GLITTER. Once that was set I got out some Picket Fence distress stain and stamp effects metallic rub on to add some dimension. 

For the second textured background I used my WOW EMBOSSING PEN and randomly swiped it over areas to emboss with OPAQUE BRIGHT WHITE POWDER  and NEUTRAL ULTRA SHIMMER EMBOSSING GLITTER. I then got out my distress inks and added a bit of colour.  (broken china)
I then covered the entire surface with my Versa Mark Pad and embossed over with CLEAR MATT DULL EMBOSSING POWDER to give it that iced over effect. 

Now there is 3 photos showing this next part.  I REALLY loved how this turned out! 

Here I have made some branches using Creative Paper Clay and a cake icing mold which I brought at Scrapbook Paradise, sorry I can not remember the brand.  I then embossed them with three colors by sprinkling them over to give it a multi- colour effect. The colors I used were EARTHTONE PAPRIKA and NUTMEG with PRIMARY BARK, I also added some gathered twigs distress ink.

I added a mixture of fibers and beads to the back ground and coloured some white leaves.  Once it was all stuck together with glossy accents I added some Diamond Dust and more distress stain for a bit of a white wash effect.  The easel was to clean so I got some METALLIC COPPER EMBOSSING POWDER out and embossed randomly over the entire easel, added some metallic rub on and again some Picket Fence Distress Stain.  And there you have it! My first posting YAY!  hope you enjoy.  

Now don't forget you still have some time to join us in our monthly challenge   You can find all the details here.   
Until next month take care and Happy Scrappin :-)  Donna 

WOW Products used, Click on the pic and it will wizz you away to the details :-)

WH07 BarkWJ00 PaprikaWJ07 NutmegWC02 Metallic CopperWL01 Bright WhiteWS01 Black TwinkleWS02 Neutral Ultra ShimmerWA02 Clear Matt DullWOW! Embossing PenWow Versamark Inkpad

Sunday, 20 January 2013

A cheerful little chap...

I have decided that this year I will start my Christmas cards now to avoid the madness that I know happens every year....
I demo Christmas cards from June, so by the time I get around to making my own cards I run out of steam....
This year I plan to make at least a couple every month - that's very do-able and at the end of it I will have at least a few to start me off...
So that is why I made this card....
One the must have products of this year are these papers...
The resist papers are STUNNING!!!! I love them and can think of a million and one things to do with them!
They are brilliant when you want the embossed look but have run out of time or you need a quick card on the go.....
I will always have some of these in my stash.......
Did I say just how much I adore these!!! lol

This is the finish card...

 And here are a few close ups for you.....
 I've added extra sparkle by using an embossing pen and some neutral ultra shimmer powders....
 The shine on my embellishments comes from this ink and clear powder......
Can you see the resist paper? It's white when you get it and all you have to do is ink over the top.
I used red and blue inks here so that when I had finished I had purple in lots of different shades....
When you have finished adding your ink, wipe across the top of your design and where the embossed resist design is, the ink will wipe away - very clever.....

Remember to join in with our challenge - we love to see all your crafty projects.
Happy crafting
Nikki x

Friday, 18 January 2013

Let it snow, let is snow, let it snow!

Hello to you all,

It's Sarah here and I thought I would share with you a couple of cards that I made and sent out to family and friends at Christmas...

On this card, I wanted the snowflake to be suspended so it would hang and create movement.
I started by creating the card background that the snowflake would hang in front of. I used a square card and measured 3 cm from each edge of the front of the card and then cut this square section out.

I then typed different Christmas sentiments and selected different sentiments to be in different fonts. I selected the font colour to be grey (30% black) and then printed this onto transparency paper. I printed a complete A4 page so that I could make two cards from the one sheet of transparency paper. I cut two squares 12 cm x 12 cm from this printed transparency and then mounted one square onto the middle of the card using 3mm foam squares.

The foam squares used to mount the transparency were slightly visible through the transparent paper which I didn't like so I created 4 silver circles to hide them! Using a standard hole punch, I punched 4 circles from silver card and attached these circles using glue dots to cover the unsightly foam pads.

Next I made the snowflake. I digitally cut a snowflake from thin card and then inked this up with Versamark and then covered with Metallic Silver Embossing Powder and heat set this. As I was making up quite a few of this design (30 cards in total), I created the snowflakes in batches and heat set them in an oven at about 140 degree's for a couple of minutes. To suspend the snowflake, I cut a thin strip (3mm wide) of acetate and attached this to the inside front of the card and then folded it to hang infront of the card and attached the silver glitter snowflake to the front. I finished the card by adding a white insert to the inside of the card.

The second card was made using the Blizzard Stamp and Blueberry Embossing Powder and finished with a strip of navy blue satin ribbon. The stamp fits perfectly onto a square card 144mm x 144mm.

Shopping List:
Metallic Silver Embossing Powder
Blizzard Stamp
Blueberry Embossing Powder

Visit Wow Embossing Powder to see the full range.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

"Jolly Holiday" Card - Snow and Ice theme

Hi again - Chris here again.  This "Hope that you have a Jolly Holiday" card was made using a plain image which I added WoW Embossing Powders to creating the look of a sparkly snow scene.  This card would be suitable for anyone going on a winter or ski-ing holiday.

To create the sparkly snow use the WoW Embossing Pen to draw along the roof tops exactly where you want the snow. Then sprinkle on Silver Hologram Sparkle powders  and heat with a WoW heat gun. 

I also stamped a "with love" sentiment using the Everyday Sentiments Stamp Set and embossed with Lagoon Blue powders taken from the Primary Range.

The snow at the base of the card was achieved by cutting out two layers of white cardstock, one larger than the other, shaped at the top to look like drifting snow. I then embossed the top of each piece of card with Earthtone Blueberry powders and then dragged my Versamark Embossing pad over the cardstock  and added Silver Hologram Sparkle powder. 

The brads were also embossed by tapping them onto the Versamark pad to make them sticky then dipping them into Earthtone Blueberry  powder. I then heated them and whilst still hot re-dipping them into Silver Hologram Sparkle powders then re-heating again to give a sparkly blue finish.

Products used for this card were:

Monday, 14 January 2013

- 3 Ideas for your Dinner Table -

Hi Christine here again with this month's theme - Snow and Ice -

For the Snow and Ice theme I decided to  "think outside the box" a little and came up with some techniques this time just to be a bit different.

I created a little table setting name plate using the Chandelier stamp from the Vintage set to create a  snowflake.
An embossed candle using the lovely Bahama Blue powders from the Caribbean set  and a wire candle charm with embossed paper icicle beads using the St Lucia Surf powder and Collage stamp.

To make the table name plate I stamped the Chandelier stamp 8 different ways, first facing north, then south, east then west then filled in the gaps - this created a snowflake image which I then mounted onto my card all ready to write on the name.

To make the embossed image on a candle I embossed a snowflake image onto tissue paper using the Bahama Blue powders. I then wrapped the tissue round the candle covering it with baking parchment paper then heated it with a heat gun. The tissue soaks into the candle along with the image.

To make the "icicle" beads for the candle charm I stamped a tapered strip of paper with the flower border Collage stamp then embossed the image with St Lucia Surf blue powders. I then glued the paper on the inside and wrapped it around a cocktail stick starting with the large end tapering off to the point. Once dry I added an eye pin, some beads and bead cap then formed a loop to finish. I used memory wire threaded with small beads and added 6 "icicles" to the wire at various stages. I formed a loop at both ends of the memory wire to stop the beads from falling off.
Hey presto, three items to decorate your dinner table.

Items used making this project were:

                             - St Lucia Surf
               Vintage set -Chandelier 

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Live from CHA!!

Hi Everyone! We had a great first day of CHA! Please come on by and see us in the booth # 1687. We are doing make and takes and have so many new glittery powders! Some are limited edition, so come and get them while we still have some left! :)

pictured here are our WOW girls, Jen Deal, Suzy West, Tania Ahmed and Marion Emberson.

Here is a photo from the show of Marion Emberson doing demos in the booth.

If you are at the show - please stop by to see us and come do a free Make and Take!

Here is the Make and Take lineup:
Marion--Saturday and Sunday
Suzy--Monday and Tuesday

Come see us at booth #1687

and look what's new.........

Here is a look at a brand new product that debuted at the show this year!

Introducing Melt-IT!! It is an extremely fine embossing powder. It melts faster than any other embossing enamel or powder in the market. It can be used to create 3D objects like card toppers, jewellery and gorgeous embellishments.

We would love for you to stop by and try it out! See you there!!

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Wooden Icicle

Hi Everyone
Sue Here

This months theme of Ice and Snow for WOW made me go back to a peg snowflake I made, earlier in the month and loved it so much I'm making another one with WOW embossing powders and Flock.

I purchased mine from Sainsbury's and at present it is buy a pack of 24 for £1.05 get another pack free!.  The snowflake takes 8 pegs so 3 from each pack.

Firstly you need to separate the pegs from the metal clip.

Next put the pegs together flat side, and glue with cosmic shimmer acrylic glue or a hot glue gun.  This makes 1 branch of snowflake.  Glue 4 branches together for the inner snowflake, then put a further 4 branches in between the others and leave to dry overnight.

Take some white acrylic paint and paint this on the snowflake.  It doesn't matter if you miss anywhere if you are going for the grunge effect.

I then pressed versamark into it and sprinkled holographic and blue blast embossing powder onto it and heat set.  Then put versamark on again in placed followed by bonding powder and again heat set.  The sprinkled blue flock onto the snowflake and heat set again.  I then lightly brushed some of the flock off to give a distressed look.

Next I die cut some flourishes and stuck these onto the front and added a diamante button for effect

At the top I stuck some blue cord with a hot glue gun.

Voila, your very own snowflake.
Take care speak soon, Sue

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Crisp & Cold

Hi Wowsers, Rachel here with my project for this months theme, Ice & Snow.
I decided to create a layout using a photo I took last winter. I'm not the best with my camera but I keep on trying and I quite liked this one as I think it goes well with our theme.

WOW! products used:
Antigua Breeze & St Lucia Embossing Glitters from the Carribean Dreams set
Clear Hologram Sparkle Embossing Glitter
Blue Blast Embossing Glitter
Silver Pearl Embossing Powder
Blizzard Clear Stamp

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