Sunday, 30 June 2013

Mixed-Media Nature Canvas

Hi everyone!

My name is Marsha Valk and I'm happy to be guest blogging here today!

I'm a scrapbooker/crafter from the Netherlands and one of the regular contributors to Scrap365 magazine. You may also have seen some of my cards in Craft Stamper recently.

I love to use stamps and embossing powders in my projects and I can't wait to share with you what I've created with this month's nature theme in mind!

For this small 8x8" canvas I took inspiration from an illustration by Alice Lickens in a Flow magazine publication. (BTW. Flow is by far my favourite Dutch magazine!)

I started with a square of gesso in the middle of the canvas that I applied using a hotel key card. Once that was touch dry, I covered the square part with three colours of yellow/green ink and let the gesso and ink dry thoroughly for a couple of hours.

The two flowers in the background were drawn with a VersaMarker (you can of course use a WOW! Embossing Pen for that!) and embossed with Clear Gloss Regular before I added several coats of green spray ink and water to create the resist effect.

The dots of glitter are actually dots of Blue Lagoon, which is one of the brilliant embossing glitters in the Girls Night Out Kit.

To create the orange plant I drew the stalk and leaves with a brown Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen and then added the berries by applying orange pigment ink through Nathalie Kalbach's What's the Point Stencil.

Next step was embossing the berries with Opaque Primary Mandarin Regular. And it turned out that my drawing underneath wasn't completely dry yet, so everything got covered in orange embossing powder... Ah well!

The white highlights on the berries were achieved with my embossing pen and Opaque Bright White Regular. All other white details were added with a Sharpie.

The black frame was again drawn with my embossing pen and then embossed with Primary Ebony Super Fine. I masked off outside the frame before I stamped and embossed the leaves.

I used a grey Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen to add some shadowing and in the end I decided to cover the outside of the black frame with a thin coat of gesso. A couple drops of black ink were the finishing touch!

Thank you so much WOW! for having me as a guest blogger and thank YOU for reading!

Have a wonderful Sunday!


Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Nature in technicolor (or with a lot of WOW! glitters)

Hello my dear crafty friends ! Irit is here again and this time with my full of glitters Nature project.

My new altered Mixed Media project made  with Wow! Embossing powders stamps and powders and Tando Creative chipboards.

First I stamped the background with WOW! Collage stamp and heat embossed with Black  Glint  powder. Then I used gesso and Tando  mask for the orange- pink spots over the stamping. I added Peach Gleam  glitter powder over the wet gesso and heat embossed it till is was dry.
I stamped some inspirational words from this gorgeous stamp set randomly (not much seen now) and misted the whole piece with a lot of Ranger mists.

The chipboard Gate Tando piece was covered with  White Puff Twinkle embossing  Glitter powder randomly, as I didn't want the perfect covered look.
Then I cut the gate into 2 halves and glued it over the stamped piece.
3 more words were added on the upper right corner with permanent black ink.
Then I added a thin layer of Lime Light  Glitter powder over the edges and this colors is  quite translucent and hardly seen after all.
Now for the flowers. Those resin flowers were in all impossible colors: like purple, bright pink etc. So I  had to make an adjustment  and to colors them with embossing  powders.
I used 2-3 glitter powders such as Peach Gleam, Clear Sparkle,Metallic Brass Sparkle, The only way is Orange glitter  and made some layers of them to get this similar to my colors look.

I think this Mixed Media project is a nice tribute to Mother Nature.
You still have a lot of time to play with our Nature challenge and to win some great goodies too!
See you next month!

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Experiementing with WOW Embossing Powders and Foils

I have been having so much fun lately and its all because of WOW!  Have you tried the foils?  They are so much fun.  Today I am going to show you a project out of my art journal where I like to experiment.  Do you Experiment, how?  I love it as you never know what you are going to come up with.

This is my latest page in my art journal.  I have a habit of using masks and them blotting them off in my art journal.  I loved the looks of these leaves.

I wanted to keep the colour of these leaves,  I had Dylusions Ink Spray on the mask and it reacts with water,  so my first experiment was to see if it reacted if I used the WOW Embossing pen over top,  and it did not!  SO EXCITED :-). this meant I could colour over all the bits I wanted to keep. (which was all of it) and then embossed with Wow Embossing Clear gloss.
I have been using a lot of foil in my projects lately and I wanted to add some to this page.  I wish I had taken a photo before sticking this butterfly down.  I had tried to do random bits of foil on my page but when I heated the embossing powder up the foil stuck to large portions of the page.  So my solution to that was cover it :-)  I created this butterfly with a mask and muilti medium.  Once dried I heated and added the fab foil Copper.  I then got out my inks and blended in some colour.  The picture has not captured this as it goes from light purple to dark blue.  I embossed the center with Martinique Mauve Embossing Powder and then applied   glossy accents to the top. 
I am really enjoying building up layers at the moment and can spend hours and hours playing.  I hope I have given you some inspiration to go get your supplies out and play.  If you would like to see other projects I have been doing with Fab Foil, come visit me  here on my blog.  I will be loading some projects up after I say bye here.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Make a Wish...

Hi!! It's Sandie here today with a little WOW Inspiration for you. This month our theme to follow is Nature and here is what I came up with. 

I love this Make a Wish stamp set and thought it was perfect for the theme. I started off with a white card base (105mm x 148mm) and layered on a slightly smaller piece of kraft card, leaving a white border all around. The I cut another piece of white card slightly smaller than the kraft. I used a mix of glimmer mists and spritzed the card. If you're as impatient as me you can use your heat gun to dry the mist spray rather than wait for it to dry ;) 

Once I had dried the mist spray I took some Primary Bark embossing powder and added the Dandelions. Then I stamped out the sentiment, also in the set, with black memento ink. 

WOW Embossing Products used: 

You still have time to enter our monthly challenge following the 'Nature' theme to be in with a chance of winning some WOW goodies!! 

Thanks for dropping by today. Happy Crafting

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Mason Jar Vase

I noticed my go-to brand of premade spaghetti sauce comes in a mason jar. Mason jars have been popular for meals-in-jar, crafts and other projects that have gone viral on Pinterest.

Since we had pasta this last week, I had a jar and a desire to craft! What I came up with was a colorful vase ready for fresh cut flowers from the garden. If it's not filled, the painted and embellished Mason jar still looks beautiful!

The flower embellishments were made from cardstock and dipped in Wow embossing powders to add some shine and texture.

 I also made one small rose by heating "Melt It" with yellow embossing powder and pouring it into a silicone mold. 

I love how this upcycled vase will always have flowers!

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Pretty Birthday Card

Hi everyone, it's Sarah here with a project that I have made for this months Wow! nature theme.

Using the Wow! Embossing Powder Collage Stamp, I stamped toward the bottom of the card and heat embossed with Wow! White Pearl Embossing powder. The dandelion clock is from Wow! Embossing Powder 'Make a wish' Stamp Set which I stamped using Wow! Metallic Platinum Sparkle Embossing Powder. Also from the make a wish stamp set, I stamped and heat embossed the birthday sentiment in Wow! Silver Embossing Powder and also stamped and heat embossed a couple of little butterflies in Wow! White Pearl Embossing powder. I added ribbon to the sentiment message to make it stand out and mounted this onto the card with foam pads.

Products used:
144 mm x 144 mm blank folding card
Wow! Embossing Powder Collage Stamp
Wow! Embossing Powder 'Make a wish' Stamp Set
Wow! White Pearl Embossing powder
Wow! Metallic Platinum Sparkle Embossing Powder
Wow! Silver Embossing Powder

Why not join in with our monthly challenge and see what you can create using the 'nature' theme? Also head over to to see the full range of products available.

Happy crafting! :)

Friday, 14 June 2013

Nature Theme - "Summer Blooms" Canvas

"Summer Blooms" Canvas

Hi  - Christine here again with a project for this month's theme - Nature. I decided to make some flowers using the silicone moulds from WoW.

I melted some embossing powders of various colours and poured the melted powder into the moulds. Once cooled I removed the flowers ready to stick onto the canvas.

I painted the canvas green at the bottom and blue at the top for the sky, then added an embossed sun using Pearlescent Satin Pearl powder. I then added some grasses/stems which were drawn with a WoW Embossing Pen and added Verdigris powders.

All the flowers were then stuck on with silicone glue. I also made a Butterfly using some Copper Metallic powder then wiped some mica powders over the top to add a sheen.

Wire antennae were added to the Butterfly and leaves to the flowers to finish off the piece.

Products used:
Opague Primary Cardinal Red 
Pearlescent Gold Satin Pearl
Colour Blend Verdigris
Coloured Metallics - Metallic Pink
Metallic - Copper
Primary - indigo
Silicone Mould Daisy
Silicone Mould Rose
Silicone Mould Petal

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

A little birdie told me

Hi Everyone
Sue Here

Today I'm showing you NATURE, made with the 'Is it a bird' stamp set and  an embossing powder bow made in a silicone mould with bark and paprika mixed together.

The background is a sheet of ledger paper and the bottom is a clock pieces embossing folder

The scallops and tag are spellbinders.

Hope you have a wonderful month.

Sue xx

Monday, 10 June 2013

Flutter By Butterfly!

Hi there, Rachel here with my project for this month's 'Nature' theme.
I decided to go with a layout this month as I had some photo's that I took in my garden last year and have been waiting for the right moment to scrap them.

I am fortunate enough to have a couple of 12"x12" sheets WOW! Resist Paper. These papers are already embossed and take ink, paint and chalk beautifully. They are available to purchase in mixed patterned 6"x 6" packs on the website. 

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Pattern Canvas

This is one of my mixed media pattern canvases I am so caught up with at the moment. A stylized flower was my take on the nature theme. For two days I have been trying to take a picture which reflects the colours accurately and this is the best I could get. 
Lots of embossing on this mixed media piece. the little stems look like jewels and are a good contrast to the papers used.
Liberal use of WOW Vertigris  give a lovely texture to this piece.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Embellished moulding for your centrepiece

Embellished moulding octagonal card by Neil Burley

With the launch of the new WOW! range of silcone moulds, I thought I would show you how I embellish then further to add depth, gloss and interest to your cards and layouts on our 'Nature' theme. Oh, and I've thrown in a bit more of the embossing powder resist technique for the border, as well as some tips for turning a square card octagonal!

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Create a bagground with white Embossing Powders

Hello Everyone!

As the theme of our WOW! Embossing Powders Challenge is Nature this time. I have a card with natural themed images for you.

The dandelions on the base card (from the WOW clearstamps set) are stamped with clear embossing inkpad and empossed with Brithe White Embossing Powders on white card. You will think that there will be nothing to see if you embosse white on white but if you use blue and lilac stamppads and rub over the embossed card you will get this fab effect. The dandelions will shine in bride white after wipp of the ink from the embossed areals.

For the large image you can use the inkpads you have used for the bagground, stamp and embosse the dandelions with clear embossing Powder.

You can use this fab embossing technik for every occation.

Monday, 3 June 2013

WOW Garden Markers

Hi this is Jenifer here with you today to share a simple project to help label the plants growing in your garden.  All you need is some flat rocks, Wow embossing powder and a Wow embossing pen.

How cute are these?  And they are super easy :)

Please note that it did take a bit longer to heat the embossing powder on the rocks, but you will know when it is ready to go because the powder turns bright white.  Enjoy and beautify those rocks.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

May 3D Challenge Winner

We're delighted to announce the randomly selected winner for the May 3D Challenge is... No.2.

Well done Claire C! Please email Tania with your selection of six of our fabulous powders and your contact details to claim your winnings :)

Don't forget to enter June's Challenge, which is the broad theme of 'Nature'.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

The WOW! 2013 Challenges: June

For our challenge this month, we'd like you to take inspiration from nature. Cards, layouts or altered art are all welcome as long as there's a clear nature link and you use our products or heat embossing on your project.

By entering the challenge each month, you'll get a chance to win a set of 6 embossing powders in a handy carry case. The winner will be randomly selected from eligible entries.

Remember, all projects must have either heat embossing or use our products to qualify!
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