Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Sympathy Card with Marbled Embossing Powder Background

Happy Wednesday! I'm Nicole and I am very happy to be a part of WOW family and share projects with you all! (You can read all about me here.) This is my very first project and I hope it inspires you today. My goal is to share very simple and easy ways to create awesome cards so you can always find a bit of time to craft in your busy life.

Today's card features a marbled coloring background using few different shades of purple. I stamped the background image by using the Brocade Stamp Set with Versamark Ink Pad. Then I took out few embossing powders and sprinkled bits of them here and there, so the powders would blend together. Colors I used are: Earthtone Grape, Primary Indigo, Metallic Lilac, and Metalline Violet.

You will notice that each colors show different textures. I thought using different types of powders would create more fun texture, including those metallic powders to fit our theme for April. I love how fine these powders are where they show detailed background images clearly. Don't you love those awesome colors ?

For a final touch, I wrapped gray/white backer's twine on the bottom of the layer and added the 'With Sympathy' sentiment from the Everyday Sentiments Stamp Set. I like to leave rest of the card really clean when showcasing a detailed, busy background.

I hope you enjoyed the card as much as I did sharing it. Next time I will be back with a video tutorial so you can follow along in the cardmaking process. Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!


Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Embossed texture paste

Hello, Maya here with my very first post here at WOW! I am so very happy to be a part of this team, there are so many amazing powders and products to try and I hope I can inspire a bit. I had a lot of fun with this months theme and experimented with embossing on different metal objects around the house and trying out different techniques. Since I'm a cardmaker I still decided to share a couple of cards with you just because it is so much fun making cards and there are heaps of fun techniques to try out to make the card pop.

I made a mask from cardstoch and applied texture paste over it to make the arrows. I then added Metallic Silver WOW! Embossing powder on top and heated it up. Since the texture paste was still wet it started to bubble making a cool effect when the embossing powder melted. For a smooth surface apply the embossingpowder while the paste is wet, let it dry completely and than heat it up to melt the powder.

I cut out the word Always using my Cameo and stamped thinking of you below, using the Everyday Sentiments stamp set

Look at that cool texture! I love applying embossingpowder to texture paste, there are lots of combinations to try with all the different powders WOW! carries and all of the pastes on the market. The combinations are endless. 

I made a bonus card too just because I love the effect of metallic embossing powders on cards. I used the very pretty big stamp in the Collage stamp set and embossed it with Metallic Gold Rich embossing powder and it turned out just beautiful! I added some foam letters and stamped one of the sentiments in the same set and embossed it in one of my favorite colors, Primary Fuchsia Fusion, and added a neon pink layer of cardstock to match it. Very pretty!

I hope you got some inspiration and don't forget to take part of this months challenge with a metallic theme.

Take care/

Monday, 28 April 2014

Imagination is the key to any door

Hello all, Nataliya is here :)
I am very happy to be with you on the pages of WOW! blog!
I hope you do not forget to take part in our Challenge? if you are still thinking, allow me to inspire you, I hope I will succeed :)
I believe that imagination allows us to open many doors - new talent, new solutions, new friends. And this is what my work is.

I love to do texture, especially old and tattered:

Old brickwork ...

to create it, I used a mix of powders of different colors -  WJ00 PaprikaWJ02 Honey & WJ07 Nutmeg

Scaly wall ...

to create it, I used a Cracked Leather stamp and WC01 Metallic Gold Rich Pale

I stamped inscriptions on the book sheet (Collage stamp) and used WS28 Black Glint

And a bit of volume:

Have a imagination day!

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Simple and Fun Necklace

Hi this is Jenifer here with you today.  For my Metal project I kinda cheated and used these Bezels from Spellbinders and filled it with a flower that perfectly fit in the center.  I tied it all together with some silk ribbon that can be changed out with different outfits.
Wow powders used:
Melt it
Earthtone Grape

Other Supplies used:
May Arts Silk ribbon
Bezels- Spellbinders

See quick and easy, hardest part is trying to figure out what color to use :)  Thank you for stopping by and looking at my project today.  Come back again soon,

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Three Graces- Metallic Art Dolls!

I'm really excited to be sharing my first DT project today, so thrilled to be part of the WOW team!

The theme this month is metal....and being typically indecisive, it was hard to choose WHICH metal to go for. So I decided to choose three...... my 'Three Graces'!
I made three Art Dolls, in gold, silver and copper. LOADS of WOW powders involved, as you might imagine, using a few different techniques!
I'll give you a closer look at each one. First up, my antiqued silver 'melancholy' doll:
My main aim with this project was to show how you don't need loads of different powders to achieve different looks. It's lovely to have plenty of choice, but sometimes that isn't possible! 99% of my embossing powder use today is very simple, just Black Ultra High. The silver, gold and copper colour comes from taking just a little metallic paint on your fingertip, and gently rubbing it over the surface of the cold embossing powder. For the cube 'bodies' of the Art Dolls, I created 5 square embossed panels. Each panel was triple embossed with the black powder, then had a stamp pressed into it whilst the powder was still molten. For the antique silver doll, I used the De Vine stamp...
I rubbed silver paint over the panels, then glued them together to form a cube. The sixth side was left as a plain bit of chipboard, as this is the side that sits on the stand!
My copper 'mystery' doll:
This is my shortest doll, and she has a wooden spool as her stand. The other two dolls have small wooden candlesticks. All three stands were painted black, then had paint rubbed over them. I also added a little wire wrapped around the stands, to add to the metal feel!
The copper doll had the Cracked Leather stamp pressed into the panels...
The wings for each doll are petal shapes cut from an old book page. Each doll has colour coordinated dots on her wings, these were done using an embossing pen and Super Fine powder in copper (and silver and gold!) The doll faces were cut from collage sheets, then adorned with a crown, again created from black ultra high powder, with rubbed in paint for colour!
My gold 'whisper' doll:
I used the Sexi-Hexi stamp for the panels in this doll....
The embellishment on the front of each doll was created using the heart mould. Again, black powder was used, with paint to colour it once cold...
I glued headpins (used in making jewellery) behind the hearts, and a cut out word to the front to complete the look.
I really enjoyed making these, I hope you like them too!

See you next month with another WOW project!
love Trish xxx

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Puff Power!!

Hi guys!

I'm here with my FIRST WOW! DT post and I'm super excited!  Thank you so much to Tania and the guys for having me as part of this fab team and thank you to all you guys who have left such lovely comments on here and have taken the time to visit us newbies at our blogs - I don't know about the others, but I feel very welcomed!  :)

Ok, less babbling, more embossing...

As I'm sure you all know, the theme this month is 'Metal'.  I'm not going to lie, I was a little stumped to begin with.  I thought about using metal embellishments or making something to look like metal...but then I was cooking and the light bulb in my head pinged - tin foil!  It's a slightly unusual crafting material I know, but that's just how I roll...

Here's my card...

So now you can see how the tin foil fits into the equation!

I started by covering a piece of card in tin foil, but I used the least shiny side - I didn't want it to be too much!  Also, I saved myself some hassle from a photography point of view, but I've only just realised that ;)  

Once the foil was adhered to the card, I used Versamark ink with the gorgeous 'De-Vine' background stamp from WOW! and embossed it using 'Black Puff Powder'.  It came out so well!  The thing I most love about heat embossing is the texture and interest you can add to a project without having to use a lot of layers, which suits my CAS style.  This puff powder gives so much texture...I can't stop touching it!  I can't explain what it feels like, you'll just have to try it out for yourselves  :)  

I was amazed how well the powder took to the foil as well...not one miss or smudge or stray grain of powder - just perfect.

I cut the Teal mat for the base, created my black and white banner for the top and sewed that onto the background.  I then made that cute little button using 'Primary Fuchsia Fusion' and created the sentiment banner using the same powder but on Turquoise card.  I like how it's changed the colour slightly - it has an almost mauve tinge to it which is pretty!  For the sentiment I used the 'Express Yourself' stamp set.  This is such a versatile set of stamps...each word is separate and so you can create a sentiment of your choosing :)

Here is a close up of that puff powder on the foil...

Can you see the texture?!  Cool, huh!!?  :)

Thanks so much for joining me for my first post...I hope you all enjoyed it and I can't wait to see what you talented bunch come up with...I'll be keeping a beady eye out for more 'Metal' ideas!  

Keep checking back in because there are plenty more gorgeous DT samples on their way  ;)

WOW! Supplies
Stamps:    De-Vine, Express Yourself
Powders:  Black Puff Powder, Primary Fuchsia Fusion

Friday, 18 April 2014

Keep Shining - Art Journal Page

Hi Everyone!

It has been a very long time since I have posted on the blog, but since the offices are closed for the holidays, I had time to photograph a project that I had finished a few days ago :)

I first quickly covered my paper in Liquitex Acrylic Ink in Cerulean Blue and Vivid Lime Green and let it dry completely. You can zap it with your heatgun to speed up the process!

I cut out my own "ray" stencil using a sturdy clear acetate sheet and chose a point for my rays to radiate outwards from. I then sponged Versarmark ink onto my painted surface through my diy stencil and dusted Calypso WOW! Embossing Powder on top and heat set it. I repeated the process for each ray. I love that Calypso is a transluscent embossing powder and it allowed some of the colour and texture of the surface underneath to show through.

I then die cut the word Shine using a Sizzix Bigz die called Vintage Market and heat embossed it with Raspberry Coulis Embossing Powder which is a gorgeously bright colour with flecks of sky blue glitter! I think this is one of current favourites at the moment.

I glued my word onto the point where all the rays converged and added some washi tape (I have too many!) around the edges for added interest. I looked at it and thought that the rays needed some extra oomph so I used my trusty Derwent Charcoal pencil in Dark to add shading and smudged it with my fingers for a softer look.

Thank you for stopping by to take a peek at our blog and make that you click on the subscribe button to the right to see what the rest of the design team is upto!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend :)

Happy crafting and inky hugs:
Tania xoxo

Monday, 14 April 2014

Pinterest-Worthy Pins - a Metal Project for WOW!

At least a decade has passed since all the hype of "Flair" hit the big screen in the movie, "The Office". Collecting or earning buttons and badges, wearing buttons, pinning buttons to 'real' bulletin board have been fads we've all been through over time. More recently, my latest fascination with buttons and badges has been in paper crafts!
Paper craft badges on Pinterest from various Manufacturers

The touch of color these button (or badge) embellishments add are fun and simple to recreate with your WOW Powders and some metal disks.

Here are a few I made using a white Ultra High powder for texture and washi tape, a new vibrant pink called Fuschsia Fusion with wording in white Sharpie, and a more country-style, distressed looking Blueberry pin (older powder from the Pantry collection) that was inspired by a badge I saw online.

You can upcycle small buttons (pull off the pins with some pliers), or small flat disks, or some plain button covers. Button covers are available at the sewing notions store. I happened to have a few in my stash from an Imaginisce I-Top Tool kit. 

The steps are simple. Find your inspiration. Gather your supplies.

Tap the face of your button onto a Versamark ink pad, coat with your favorite Wow powder, and shake off the excess powder. I suggest using tweezers or attaching your button to a stick (ruler, coffee stirrer) to hold your button while you heat set it. The heat gun will both melt the powder and heat the metal so it will be too hot to hold with your fingers!


Friday, 11 April 2014

Welcome to the New Design Team Additions!!!

Hi everyone!

We are so very proud to present our newest additions to the Design Team!

Click on their pictures or names to have a good nose around on their blog:

Maya Isaksson

Nicole Picadura

Sian Ridley

Nataliya Serova

Trish Latimer

 In honour of these lovely and exceedingly talented ladies joining us, we would like to host a giveaway! Leave our new DT some love in the comments below and subscribe to our blog and you could win a chance to win a set of 6 limited edition embossing powders in a carry case! I will draw 2 winners randomly and announce them on Friday 18th April! So keep commenting until that day. :)

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tania xoxo

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Looks like Metal!!!

This month is "Metal" here on the WOW blog and I have 2 cards to share using a couple of "metal looking" techniques! There are so many things you can do with the WOW powders to mimic metal. Lots of perfect colors, Gold, Copper, can stamp on it, layer it, use the awesome WOW molds, just endless possibilities. I'm anxious to see what everyone has to share!

I started off using the molds to make some "faux" buttons. I see gold buttons with pretty designs on top all of the time, especially old buttons, which I love! I used the melting powder and some Gold ultra high for these. I used the Daisy mold.  I just got a small container and mixed about half and half. Not sure what the proper amount is, but that worked fine for me!  I used some scrap patterned paper and an Anna Griffin sentiment sticker with gold trim that matched. Added some twine and the three buttons and that was it!!!

This is the daisy mold that I used!

On the card below I just used Gold powder and covered a piece of lightweight chipboard. I used several layers for good coverage. While still hot after the last layer I stamped the images into it. Then after it cooled I rubbed black ink over for an aged look. I used two different stamps for this one.

Again, I used scrap paper and an Anna Griffin sentiment. Just added some gold trim ribbon! I love playing with the metallic powders, there's just so much you can do!!! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the cards!!!

Patti :)

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Metal WOW Style

Hi Everyone

This month at WOW HQ is the theme'METAL'

I have started with a tag and inked it up with Versamark, then put onto it 2 coats of Ultra Thick clear embossing powder (like triple embossing).

Then I used the new colours Luscious Lime, Blue Topaz and added silver, bright white and ebony into the mix on the tag, sprinkling it on where the embossing powder had melted.

I then inked up with Stazon the new stamp 'Cracked Leather' and whilst hot pushed the stamp into the melted embossing powder on the tag.  AND LEFT IT TO COOL....This is soooo important. Once lifted out of the tag the inked stamp leaves an impression.

I then reheated 2 places where I wanted a butterfly and pressed the 'Simply Amazing' stamp into the reheated embossing powder to make a shadow impression in the tag.

I then stamped onto white card with Versamark, the butterfly again from 'Simply Amazing' and sprinkled Gold Satin Pearl embossing powder onto it and heat set.  I then cut the butterflies out.

I then added some Tim Holtz metal embellishments as antenna and glued them onto the tag, adding some peel off dots onto the backs of the butterflies.

The words are from the new set 'Express Yourself' and stamped onto black card with bright white embossing powder.  The embellishment in the right corner is again a peel off.

Have a great month


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