Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Thanks! - A Simple Card

Hello and welcome to the WOW! Embossing Blog! 

Today I want to share with you a simple card.
Sometimes a simple "thanks" is enough to say it all and the receiver knows how meaningful this simple card really is :)

I used a black cardstock base and stamped the Vintage Wallpaper on it.
Then I embossed it with Opaque Bright White and Opaque Pastel Blue. Simply sprinkle half of the card with the first color and tap off the excess sidewise. Then add the second color, overlapping the first a little bit, tap off sidewise and emboss.

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great one!
Happy crafting,

Monday, 26 August 2013

Clean and Simple technique with colorful results

Hello my dear crafty friends!
Irit is here again and this is our Art Deco month.
Art deco -  A decorative and architectural style of the period 1925-1940, characterised by geometric designs, bold colours, and the use of plastic and glass. 
This article  had been published in UK Craft Stamper August 2013 issue and this is the same article here for you.
So I will show you some great technique that can make a 10 minutes artistic card.I am totally not sure it is Art Deco, but it's as close to it as  I could craft and I really wanted to share this easy technique that was  print published by me in August 2013 issue of UK Craft Stamper magazine.
This is  my own fast stamping and embossing techniques and all you need are great huge background stamps , StazOn inks and good embossing powder. That's it. Not more then 10 minutes to make am artsy card. And as WOW! Embossing Powders have those great background stamps and sure have great embossing powders, that's all you need.
So here we go.
1. Stamp  a big stamp over cream cardstock with embossing ink. I used slightly coloured embossing ink , so you see it a bit coloured.  I used WOW!Embossing Powders Brocade and Flowers stamps on those cards. Heat emboss it with  Clear Gloss embossing powder and let it be cool.
2. Make 3 circle sizes template over a leftover cardstock with 3 circle punches . You can also use dies or any other circle cutting system. Then put the template over your card and wipe Blazing  Red,  Azure Blue and  Mustard Yellow Staz-On inks inside the circle. Three primary colours will do all possible rainbow colours  you see.
Trim the cardstock and make your card layers.
3. The sentiment were both heat embossed with Black Ebony embossing powder, also one is a chipboard title and the second is made of foam letters. I made one embossed layer over foam letters (was afraid of the extra heat) and 3 layers over the chipboard.
Make some white pen stitches and  your card are finished.

Brocade - Clear Stamp

Flowers - Clear Stamp

I think it's a really cool technique to use and WOW! Embossing Powders have  much more of those huge stamps you can use at once and to make more lovely 10 minutes artistic cards.

Products used:
WOW!Embossing Powders stamps:
WOW! powders:
Cardstock: American Crafts
Inks: Staze- On
Punches: Mc Gill
Pen: Uniball
Chipboard title: Handmade Halo
Foam letters: American Crafts
See you all next month with more embossed inspiration!

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Art Deco/Noveau Challenge Time

Hello all, WOW its been a super challenge this month.  I hope you have all joined in.  I must admit I was stuck on this challenge as I had no idea what Art Deco/Noveau was UNTIL.....  I googled imaged it!   AMAZING and what makes it even funnier is that style of art is one of my favs.   So my next issue was what am I going to do.  I think most of you will all relate to this.  You buy papers, awesome papers and save them cause they are so stunning. We'll that's what I do with my G45 papers...I LOVE THEM.  but hardly used them cause I don't want to cut them,  sound like you?  Well I'm telling you something now!   CUT THEM, its so much fun and you can make amazing projects.  Don't be afraid as you can always go buy another piece.

So my share today is inspired by the Noveau style and I have used Graphic 45 with Metallic Copper Embossing Powders and WOW Copper Foil.

I used my silhouette and cut a frame for my project,  at present my project is sitting on paper but I plan to either put her in a frame or use her as the top of an altered book.  What ever I do I promise I will share, but for now I will just ponder on it.

I covered the frame in WOW Metallic Copper, regular WCO2R-L, and to make my frame more solid I double embossed it. Double embossing is you apply your first layer and then reapply your versa mark and added another layer of embossing powder.  You can miss the middle step if you are creating a small embellishment and simply pour embossing powder of it while it is still hot.  But because this frame is large I chose to add the versa mark.

For my butterfly I wanted to incorporate the copper into the actual image. I wanted to be suttle so I added a tiny amount of WOW Copper foil to the edges of my butterflies.

I also added foil to the cogs

For this project I did A LOT of fussy cutting.  I have used 3 of the same image and layered them on top of each other so it looked like the lady was sitting on the frame.

Here you can see the layers, I love doing this.  I can fussy cut for hours, wee tip for fussy cutting is use a really SHARP pair of scissors and wiggle your fingers ever so often.

I have another project that I created for a design team swap a while back which fits into this challenge

I have used Graphic 45 again here, but this time I added white embossing powders to the chip board, you can find the fully project here.

Well I hope I have inspired you to go find some supplies and create for this months challenge.  You still have a few days left.

Take care and Happy Scrappin xox Donna

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Inspired by Art Deco

I love Art Deco so was really pleased to see the challenge that WOW set us this month.
I decided to do something a bit different this month....
Art deco to me is designs with hearts, silver and elegant....
So I decided to create a birthday heart wall hanging..... if you wanted to you could add a handle to the heart and then you would have a fan....... But I liked to the idea of a wall hanging...
So this is what I created...
 Here are a few close ups for you....

This really was a lot of fun to make and I can see me making a lot more...
The base of the heart is just cut (freehand) from a cardboard box... then I painted it with a cream acrylic paint.
Next I inked the edges of everything I wanted to use with silver embossing powder - I do love the effect that this has given to the edges and flowers.
We would love to see what you create with the art deco theme..... make sure you add your blog link so that we can pop over and leave you some crafty love xx
Happy crafting
Nikki x

Monday, 19 August 2013

Art Nouveau with free clipart and Wow embossing Powder!

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

I had bought a lovely ornate black frame and had been wanting to create a piece of artwork to go into the frame for a while and this months Wow! theme provided the perfect theme.

I love the beautiful forms within Art Nouveau style and hunted the internet for non-copyrighted clipart that I could use. I found this fabulous background artwork online and decided to use this as the Art Nouveau border for my quote. I had a quote in my head based on one of my favourite quotes 'Love is friendship set on fire' but with a new twist that incorporates my love of everything that sparkles. :) I used an Art Nouveau inspired font to create this quote and added my anniversary date.

Experimenting with a new technique of printing (using an ink jet printer) onto shiny card, I created the artwork using two colours of Embossing Powder. I experimented with different card to achieve this technique... some types of card absorbs the ink too quickly and so can't be embossed so it really is trial and error to find which works. Another tip when using this technique is to work quickly... as soon as the card comes out of the printer sprinkle the powder over and heat emboss quickly. Also, be careful not to handle the card too much as the oil from your fingers sits on the surface of the shiny card and the embossing powder will stick to this also creating unwanted smudges.

I used two colours of embossing powder so I printed the quote first and used Wow! Black Twinkle Embossing Powder to emphasize the sparkle quote and then I put the artwork through the printer again (the same way round) and used Wow! Black Ebony Embossing Powder in superfine on the rest of artwork. The final result looks great and even better framed!

Products used:
Shiny card
Ink Jet Printer
Wow! Black Twinkle Embossing Powder
Wow! Black Ebony Embossing Powder

Also visit to see the full range of embossing powder colours available.

Happy crafting. :D

Friday, 16 August 2013

Layered Cakes Frosted with Embossing Powder

Summer is almost over but I still have a few more birthdays and weddings to attend. What I love about these events are the cakes, especially layered ones! 

I came across a tutorial on this technique while feeding my addiction to YouTube. 

Using paper scraps (who doesn't have a mountain of these), you can cut rectangles to put together into a layered cake. 

Start with a sketch, on cardstock, of the cake that will fit your card and be the base of your card creation. 

Step two is to cut rectangle shapes from various paper scraps to fit the layered shapes in your sketch. 

Step three is to adhere the layers to the sketch. You can choose to outline each layer for a little more 

The final steps are to cut out the cake and emboss it with a layer of regular or ultra high clear, glitter or any other delicious Wow embossing powder to give this cake it's body and luster. 

The mini cakes are great for cards, scrapbook pages or gift tags.

You don't need hours or a special recipe for these sweet paper creations. Make them your own and share your designs with us at our Facebook page! 

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Art Deco Wall Fan

Hi, Chris here again with this month's theme - Art Deco.

I made a Fan to put onto the wall using some of my craft stash which I had left over from an Art Deco kit. To add interest to the images I inked over the dresses, hats and jewellery with a WoW Embossing Pen and added coloured WoW Powders.

You can re-colour and update any embellishments that you have in your craft stash by adding just a touch of Embossing Powder.
To make the Fan, I stuck 2 A4 sheets of paper together then folded them in a concertina, opened them out and attached a binder at the bottom so that they formed a semi-circle. I then cut the two sides away.

I inked the edges with a WoW Embossing pen and added Process Blue powders. Three triangles of black card were added which I marked with an Embossing Pen at random angles, then embossed them with Metallic Platinum Powder. I then added the two Art Deco altered images to the fan.

Feathers and sparkles were attached, plus a tassle made from coloured twine.

Why not take a look at your craft stash and see how you could alter your old unused embellishments to brighten them up a little and make more of your powders.
Back again next month with more ideas.....

Products used:

Embossing Pen
Process Blue
Opague Pastel Blue
Platinum Metallic
Blue Glitz 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Wow - Art Decor

 Hi Everyone, Sue here again

I couldn't resist doing another tag this month and thought I would share it with you.  The theme Art Decor inspires a lot of things and after looking on the Internet I have come up with my own version using WOW 'with love' stamps for the sentiment, 'Brocade' for the background and WOW 'bright white embossing powder' to set it all.

 art deco A decorative and architectural style of the period 1925-1940, characterised by geometric designs, bold colours, and the use of plastic and glass.

I first cut out a Tim Holtz alterations tag, then stamped the Brocade onto it with Versamark and heat set with bright white embossing powder.

Then I cut the tag out again on copy paper and took the spellbinder classic circles and cut these out of the tag.  I then put the aperture tag over the embossed tag and inked through with kaleidacolour spectrum inks (again something I haven't used in AGES.....) then took the aperture tag off and added the 3d sentiment.

Hope your world is full of colour this week...Sue

Monday, 12 August 2013

Art Deco Poppies

Hi Everyone

Today I have made an 'Art Deco' Tag and I have to say that I have dug into my craft stash and come out with some items I haven't used in years!

I firstly die cut a white tag from Tim Holtz Alterations, then stamped in Versamark the Indigo Blu Blazing Poppies and heat set with WOW Platinum embossing powder.

I then sprayed over the embossing with Moon Glow Glitz Spritz - Moon Endless Sky and heat dried. 

I then used a Crafters Workshop mini hexagons stencil and used this with blue distress inks around the edges.

I then got some masking tape and stuck this onto the tag in the top right and bottom left corners folding it and making it bobbly. 

I then dripped hot glue over the masking tape making squiggly lines.  I let this cool and then added white acrylic paint over the top of the masking tape and glue.  Once this was dry I sprayed Moon glow again over the same.  Once this was dry I touched the top of the glue and masking tape with weathered wood distress ink and 
on the top of that added Crafty Notions Sky Blue rainbow glaze.

I then stamped out onto parchment paper the stamp a few times in Versamark and heat set with WOW bright white embossing powder.  I then turned the flowers over and used an embossing stylus with a sponge pad and lightened the flowers in places.  I then cut these and the butterfly out and decoupaged them onto the platinum embossed outline.

Hope you have a wonderful week...Sue

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...